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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


COLT 18.03 From the Typewriter to Virtual Reality: Modern Media Theory

The media theorist Friedrich Kittler famously declared, “Media determine our situation.” But what is a medium, and how can we understand its impact? Through analysis of foundational media-theoretical writings from the 20th and 21st centuries, this seminar will explore the relationship between modern media and fundamental cultural practices, ranging from the acoustic (gramophone, radio), to the visual (photography, film, virtual realities), to the tactile (typewriter, e-reader, touch screen). Topics will include the relationship between media technologies, perception, and communication; the interplay of mass media and art; and changing notions of reality. The seminar will emphasize the “German tradition” of media studies with its focus on technology and material media and put it in dialog with international developments (Manovich, McLuhan, Parikka, Virilio).

Cross Listed Courses

GERM 42.04

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:ART; WCult:W

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.