AMCULT 358 - Topics in Digital Studies
Section: 001 Internet is a Trash Fire
Term: FA 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Unlike many other countries, the U.S. defines itself less in terms of its past and more in terms of it future. Technologies, especially digital technologies, have become part of our national identity. Despite the Internet’s origins in the desire for a utopian global village, we have ended up with something very different: a trashfire of toxicity, harassment, and abuse. This course will address these questions: Why is the Internet a trashfire? and what new rules are needed to make the Internet a better place? Our central course problematic is ambitious: is it possible to fix the Internet? As our final collaborative project our class will produce a new universal terms of service for Internet use. We will address these questions: What are the limits to equal participation online and how can we tell when they have been reached? How can we protect ourselves and others from harm online? How do we tell the difference between conflict and abuse, to use Sarah Schulman’s term? Students will write paper, give oral presentations, and collaborate on a New Rules for the Internet white paper.

AMCULT 358 - Topics in Digital Studies
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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