This outline is pretty rough. The exact topics covered will depend on student interest.
|Week||Topics and Themes|
|1|| Introduction: Discussion of class goals and
expectations. Initial internet explorations and meanderings.
Preliminary discussion of online "communities".
|2||Background -- History: "History" of information technology. Printing press, radio, telephone, tv, etc.|
|3||Background -- History and Sociology of Technology: Different ways of thinking about technology. Technological determinism vs. social construction vs. ??? .|
|4||Background -- Political Economy: Who owns the media, and why is this an important question? History of public broadcasting in the U.S.|
|5 -- 7||Internet Culture: Online identity. Gender online. Class and the internet.|
|8 -- 9||Intellectual Property and the Open Source Movement.|
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