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Margaret E Achterman
COM 300
Seattle Campus

Basic Concepts of New Media

Provides a comprehensive examination of the effects of new, digital media on interpersonal communication, media industries, and media culture. Emphasis on economic, social, political, and aesthetic implications. Provides limited experience with computer-based media. No prior technical computer experience assumed.

Class description

This course explores basic concepts of new media as well as the role new media technologies play in society. Throughout the course, we will explore the evolution of new media technologies as well as their impact on economics, politics, communication and community. The course also examines key moments in computing and media history to gain a perspective on the nature of technological innovation and change. Because new media do not inhabit one specific discipline, this is an interdisciplinary that includes communication, computer science, law, political science, history and economics.

Student learning goals

Explain basic concepts and theory in new (digital) media

Describe the historical context of computer-based communication

Identify three inventions that provided the foundation for today’s digital communication technologies

Explain how digital media technologies – current and future – may affect society: politically, culturally and economically

General method of instruction

The course is structured like a workshop or seminar; each class member is responsible for formally and informally contributing to discussion of readings, activities and assignments.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Margaret E Achterman
Date: 03/22/2009