This course offers an introduction to thinking about relationships among emerging media technologies, everyday life, society, and history. We will be exploring questions about what kinds of social impacts new media are having, as well as how social, political and cultural forces are shaping the way new media technologies are being designed and deployed. We’ll be using new media as platforms for performing this inquiry and adopting ways of generating knowledge associated with digital culture (such as a focus on gathering knowledge through collective intelligence). This course is not a survey of the entire range of new media studies, nor will we focus on a single area. Rather, we will explore several important issues and controversies as entry points into thinking critically about the significance of contemporary media changes and we will be using emerging media to facilitate complex analysis.
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