DIGITAL 358 - Topics in Digital Studies
Winter 2021, Section 003 - Deception, Manipulation, and Privacy in the Digital Age
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Digital Studies (DIGITAL)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course explores how big tech companies create new data streams to compel users to generate new cash flows, how micro-targeting and astroturfing has disrupted elections worldwide, and interventions for taking back control of our data. It’s often said that if you’re not paying for it, you’re the product; this course explores the ways in which we are digitally manipulated to widen the bandwidth of the data we share with corporations and the negative impacts this can have on society. As a class we will be exploring specific instances of clandestine rhetorical operations to sway public opinion through misinformation, such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Kony 2012 social media campaign, and the flood of misinformation spread during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Course Requirements:

All homework and projects will be handed in asynchronously. Students should have access to an internet connected computer, a camera and microphone.

Class Format:

Course instruction is remote and synchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during all scheduled class times. Synchronous class sessions set up over Discord will be recorded and uploaded for students who cannot make it to the online class for the day. Asynchronous discussion outside of class time will be conducted on a private Subreddit.


DIGITAL 358 - Topics in Digital Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: 001: Global Digital Activism
002 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: 002: Digital Bodies
003 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: 003: Deception, Manipulation, and Privacy in the Digital Age
004 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: 004: How Do Algorithms See?

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