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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 388M • Digital Media Theory

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Course Description

The release of the first Web browser, Mosaic, in late 1993 led quickly to the widespread publication of words, images, and sounds in digital formats. Digital technologies have profoundly influenced all media of communication, changing how we talk, listen, read, write, and view, but not in the ways we might have anticipated. As people increasingly spend their time engaged with digitial technologies¬óworking, communicating, learning, and playing¬ódigital media increasingly redefine live human relationships. Through such new phenomena as peer-to-peer file sharing, identity theft, blogging, Google, Craigslist, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Facebook, digital media have also upset established culture and have led to confusion and conflict.

This course will serve as an introduction to theories of digital media, new and otherwise, with attention to the pre-history of the Internet systems we're now familiar with, the theoretical modes of reading that such technologies have helped give birth to, and the social and political effects that these technologies have had.


Naomi S. Baron. Always On. Oxford UP, 2008. ISBN 0268030855

Katherine Hayles. Electronic Literature. U of Notre Dame P, 2008. ISBN 0268030855

Lev Manovich. The Language of New Media. MIT P, 2002. ISBN 262632551

Mark Poster. Information Please. Duke UP, 2006. ISBN 0822338394 Online essays and multimedia materials


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