Short Course Description
The course addresses the question: can digital technologies be studied with the same theoretical frameworks we used for industrial age technologies or "older" media? For this purpose, students are introduced to the key tropes of digital cultural research, and a selection of contemporary genres & phenomena, from a historic perspective. Some aspects of the digital may seem novel and transformative, however, they fall easily into ancient patterns, and have surprising older precedents; while true novelty might go unnoticed, requiring a keen eye and different or new theories to detect it. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to preform basic discourse analysis of digital discourses, applying lessons from older genres while identifying the meanings of the new aspects.
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