Digital + New Media Theory

This course serves as an introduction to theories of media, focusing specifically on digital media and its predecessors. Our readings will examine the origins and development of technoculture, which is a term that refers to the influence technology has on culture, politics, and aesthetic forms. More specifically, we will study the impact of computation on the ways that we communicate, conceptualize the world around us, make art, tell stories, and understand issues like embodiment, difference, and identity. A key focus for this class will be how digital forms mediate ideas of race and gender within the broader context of society and culture. We will also be looking at the applicability of theory and how to use it to further analyze media objects or texts.