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
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 10thPresentation 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 Constructedexcerpt 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

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