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Writing and Watching: New Media in the Age of Surveillance

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number PRACT-UG1460
Section 001
Instructor Sarah Leonard
Days R
Time 8:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Units 4
Level U



This course will examine how surveillance affects the communication of ideas in a new media environment. We will begin by considering the public sphere and its contribution to democratic life. We will examine surveillance historically and theoretically, with a focus on the role of emerging technologies. We will work our way up to the early anonymous days of the internet, the rise of social media platforms, and finally the Snowden revelations, the Trump administration and an understanding of the modern surveillance state. We will experiment with simple counter-surveillance techniques like encrypted texts. These tools are increasingly fundamental to the sensible practice of modern journalism and media work. The course will feature occasional guests. Students will finish the course with an understanding of the relationship between modern media, surveillance, and the expression of ideas in the public sphere. Readings may include Michel Foucault, J├╝rgen Habermas, Astra Taylor, Gabriella Coleman, Zeynep Tufecki, Glenn Greenwald, and Laura Poitras.


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Practicum (PRACT-UG)