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

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

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