Outline for The Internet

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.
10 Conclusion: ???

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