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Spring 2016-2017
GER 517 / MOD 517   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Modernism and Modernity - Digital Cultures

Claus Pias

Technological change and the proliferation of »new media« has long fueled wild speculation ranging from optimistic visions to dire forecasts. To speak of "Digital Cultures" is to invoke a perspective from which the digital future (announced and imagined since the 1960's) has already happened -- perhaps just more quietly than anticipated. This seminar explores the various ways in which the digital has recast numerous cultural domains and to what extent we are able to identify truly new qualities that allow us to distinguish between Digital Cultures and earlier "ways of world making".

Sample reading list:
Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture
Philip Mirowski, Machine Dreams
Charlie Gere, Digital Culture
Alex Galloway, Protocol
Ned Rossiter, Software, Infrastructure, Labor
Friedrich Kittler, The Truth of the Technological World
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 150 pp. per week

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 60%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42163 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   East Pyne Building   205   Enrolled:14 Limit:20