Television and New Media

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ENGL 078 910
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FIRUNTS, MASHINKA

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COML099910
ENGL078910
ARTH107910
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 “I went to sleep one day a cultural critic and woke the next metamorphosed into a data processor.” In the wake of digital media, what does it mean to find oneself transformed into the data processor Alan Liu describes? As smartphones and always-on devices dot the contemporary landscape, each micro-moment involves sorting through digital data streams. How are users transformed by these encounters with media technologies? How are identities coded across platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Grindr? What does it mean to digitize the coordinates of race, gender, sexuality, ability, and class? What are the effects of (“new”) media on television, cinema, and visual art? Finally, what possibilities for user agency and resistance do digital networks afford? CIMS 103 is an introductory survey course that approaches these questions by examining social media; new media and net art; digital activism; distribution platforms; mobile phone cultures; and related technologies. The course will be structured as a laboratory, wherein students produce both critical writing and a creative media project in dialogue with their peers. The final project could take the form of a new media artwork; a text composed on Twitter in 140 character increments; a data mapping initiative; a performance; a blueprint for a game; a thematic Instagram account;, etc. Final projects will be accompanied by a critical essay of 1250 words (5 pages). Students will present their projects in an exhibition staged at the end of the course.

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