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
Wednesday January 18th: Introduction to class
WEEK 2: What are digital computers and where did they come from?
Monday January 23rd: “The Modern History of Computing”
Wednesday January 25th: 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 January 30th: Presentation 2 / excerpt from Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media
Wednesday February 1st: Presentation 3 / excerpt from Friedrich Kittler’s Gramophone, Film, Typewriter
WEEK 4: continued
Monday February 6th: NO CLASS
Wednesday February 8th: GUEST SPEAKER / ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM #1 ON CLASS BLOG DUE by 11:59pm / continued
WEEK 5: How do media structure discourse?
Monday February 13th: Presentation 4 and Presentation 5 / excerpt from Jay Bolter and Richard Grusin’s Remediation
Wednesday February 15th: Presentation 6 / excerpt from Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy / John Durham Peters’ “Writing” / Scott Bukatman’s “Gibson’s Typewriter“ / “Analog versus Digital” and “Old Media/New Media” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media
WEEK 6: continued
Monday February 20th: Presentation 7 / continued
Wednesday February 22nd: Presentation 8 / Matthew Fuller “Microsoft Word: It Looks Like You’re Writing a Letter” (read pages 137-165)
WEEK 7: How does “search” work and how does it determine our access to information?
Monday February 27th: Presentation 9 / excerpt from Matthew Fuller’s Software Studies: A Lexicon / Michael Mateas’s “Procedural Literacy”
Wednesday March 1st: Presentation 10 / excerpt from John Batelle’s The Search / excerpt from The Googlization of Everything
WEEK 8: continued
Monday March 6th: Presentation 11 / continued
Wednesday March 8th: ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM #2 DUE FRIDAY MARCH 10th by 5pm / Presentation 12 / continued and “Search” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media / “The Data That Turned the World Upside Down“
WEEK 9: What are the politics of digital media?
Monday March 13th: Presentation 13 and Presentation 14 / “Hacker,” “Politics and New Media“, and “Subversion” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media
Wednesday March 15th: Presentation 15 and Presentation 16 / “Cyberfeminism,” “Gender and Media Use,” and “Gender Representation” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media
WEEK 10: continued
Monday March 20th: Presentation 17 / “Race and Ethnicity” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media and “Introduction” and Chapter 2 from Race After the Internet (pdf)
Wednesday March 22nd: Presentation 18 / continued
WEEK 11: Spring Break
Monday March 27th: NO CLASS
Wednesday March 29th: NO CLASS
WEEK 12: What is digital literature and does it have a politics?
Monday April 3rd: RESEARCH PAPER DRAFT DUE IN CLASS
Wednesday April 5th: 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 13: continued
Monday April 10th: Presentation 21 / continued
Wednesday April 12th: Presentation 22 / bpNichol’s “First Screening” / Brian Kim Stefans’ “The Dreamlife of Letters” / “88 Constellations for Wittgenstein” / Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
WEEK 14: continued
Monday April 17th: NO CLASS
Wednesday April 19th: FINAL RESEARCH PAPER DUE BY 11.59pm / continued
WEEK 15: continued
Monday April 24th: Presentation 23 / The Policeman’s Beard Is Half Constructed / excerpt from Erin Moure’s Pillage Laud / John Cayley’s “Translation”
Wednesday April 26th: work on final group projects in class
WEEK 16: Final Project Presentations
Monday May 1st: FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS DAY 1
Wednesday May 3rd: FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS DAY 2