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Digital Revolution: History of Media III

Semester and Year FA 2003
Course Number K20.1042
Section 001
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


We are in the midst of a revolution. Computers permeate nearly every aspect of our life, yet we understand relatively little about how they work, their historical development, and their impact on our selves and society. Computing is transforming our economic and political landscape, bringing with it new possibilities and problems. In this course we will explore this ever changing and rapidly expanding terrain, paying special attention to how computers and the Internet are transforming how we experience and understand identity and community, control and liberation, simulation and authenticity, creation and collaboration, and the practice of democracy. Authors whose works we will read include: Plato, Lewis Mumford, Jorge Luis Borges, Lawrence Lessig, Henry Jenkins, Jean Baudrillard, the Critical Art Ensemble, Bill Gates, Donna Haraway, Ellen Ullman, Clay Shirky and Yochai Benkler.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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