Schedule

Please note the schedule may change slightly as the class progresses. Make sure you listen carefully to my instructions for homework in class and check our class website regularly. 

WEEK 1: Introduction
Monday August 28: Introduction to class
Wednesday August 30: excerpt from Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark / “The Modern History of Computing

WEEK 2: What are digital computers and where did they come from?
Monday September 4: NO CLASS / Labor Day
Wednesday September 6:
Presentation 1 / History of Computers” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media 

WEEK 3: What are some foundational theories of “media” and “digital media”?
Monday September 11: Presentation 2 / excerpt from Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media
Wednesday September 13: Presentation 3 / excerpt from Friedrich Kittler’s Gramophone, Film, Typewriter

WEEK 4: continued
Monday September 18: Presentation 4 / ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM #1 ON CLASS BLOG DUE by 11:59pm / excerpt from Jay Bolter and Richard Grusin’s Remediation
Wednesday September 20: Presentation 5 / excerpt from Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy

WEEK 5: How do media structure discourse?
Monday September 25: Presentation 6 / John Durham Peters’ “Writing” / Scott Bukatman’s “Gibson’s Typewriter” 
Wednesday September 27: Presentation 7 /”Analog versus Digital” and “Old Media/New Media” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media

WEEK 6: continued
Monday October 2: Presentation 8 / Matthew Fuller “Microsoft Word: It Looks Like You’re Writing a Letter” (read pages 137-165)
Wednesday October 4: Presentation 9 / excerpt from Matthew Fuller’s Software Studies: A Lexicon / Michael Mateas’s “Procedural Literacy

WEEK 7: How does “search” work and how does it determine our access to information?
Monday October 9: Presentation 10 / excerpt from John Batelle’s The Search
Wednesday October 11: Presentation 11 / ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM #2 ON CLASS BLOG DUE by 11:59pm / excerpt from The Googlization of Everything / 

WEEK 8: continued + What are the politics of digital media?
Monday October 16: Presentation 12 / continued and “Search” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media / The Data That Turned the World Upside Down” / “Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’” /  “The Age of the Algorithm
Wednesday October 18: Presentation 13 and Presentation 14 /  “Hacker,” “Politics and New Media“, and “Subversion” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media 

WEEK 9: continued
Monday October 23: Presentation 15 and Presentation 16 / “Cyberfeminism,” “Gender and Media Use,” and “Gender Representation” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media
Wednesday October 25: Presentation 17 / “Race and Ethnicity” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media and “Introduction” and Chapter 2 from Race After the Internet (pdf)

WEEK 10: continued + What is digital literature and does it have a politics?
Monday October 30: Presentation 18 / continued
Wednesday November 1: Presentation 19 and Presentation 20 / Nick Montfort’s “What Hypertext Is” / Michael Joyce’s “Twelve Blue” / Judd Morrissey’s “The Jew’s Daughter” / browse hypertext poetry and art works listed here

WEEK 11: continued
Monday November 6: Presentation 21 / continued
Wednesday November 8: Presentation 22 / bpNichol’s “First Screening” / Brian Kim Stefans’ “The Dreamlife of Letters” / “88 Constellations for Wittgenstein” / Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

WEEK 12: continued
Monday November 13: Presentation 23 / The Policeman’s Beard Is Half Constructedexcerpt from Erin Moure’s Pillage Laud / John Cayley’s “Translation
Wednesday November 15: RESEARCH PAPER DRAFT DUE IN CLASS

WEEK 13: FALL BREAK
Monday November 20: NO CLASS
Wednesday November 22NO CLASS

WEEK 14: continued
Monday November 27: FINAL RESEARCH PAPER DUE BY 11.59pm / continued
Wednesday November 29: work on final group projects in class

WEEK 15: continued
Monday December 4: NO CLASS
Wednesday December 6: NO CLASS

WEEK 16: Final Project Presentations
Monday December 11: FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS DAY 1
Wednesday December 13: FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS DAY 2

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