All aspects of 21st century culture are influenced by or can be understood in relation to the now-ubiquitous components of “new media” like computers, networks, and “smart” technologies. In this course we will isolate, critique, and expand our understanding of specific aspects of contemporary digital culture, from high tech and corporate computing to D.I.Y. “home brewed” computing. We will also investigate how “digital culture” is part of other media forms like film and television in both their production and reception. By learning the philosophical and historical arguments that anticipate and participate in what is commonly called “new media” culture we will increase our understanding of time-based and moving image media (i.e., movies, television, video, art, music, etc.). As we proceed we will find that theories and representations of emergent technologies are often crucial to how those forms are created, used and received.