SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Section: 001 Mobile Media Cultures
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 367.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Much of our everyday lives are spent on-the-go with our hands on our small screen devices. Our interaction with media is guided by touch, the senses, and most importantly perhaps, constant movement. This class develops a deeper understanding and critique of mobile media cultures by investigating how mobility is defined and represented in the contemporary moment, and how it has changed over time. We'll investigate how we interact with communications technologies (e.g., smartphone) and entertainment (e.g., streaming TV) and why the movements and materialities of digital culture matter for understanding the social, political, and economic dimensions of today’s media landscape. We’ll begin with a brief history of the cell phone and the term digital. How did digital move from fingers and hands to something that indicates calculation, computing, and internet connectivity? What does digital signify today? Whether through swiping left or right, stealing the remote, haptic gaming, VR headsets, or strapping a small screen on your wrist, mobility and touch are primary modes for "always-on" entertainment, education, communication, self-improvement, and productivity. We’ll focus on themes of mobility, tactility and haptics, visuality, sound, and ubiquity.

*Please note this course focuses on the critical-cultural study of digital media. While some of the course components include making media, you do not need prior technical knowledge and this is not a production or coding/programming course.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed based on attendance and participation, on critical responses to course readings, on two exams, and a final paper or project.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in the critical study of digital media cultures. Because this class focuses on contemporary media and its impact in our everyday lives, it will be broadly appealing to students from a range of departments. However, this is not an engineering or programming course.

Class Format:

This course meets twice a week for one and one half hour lectures.

SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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