DIGITAL 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Fall 2021, Section 001 - The Internet of Identities
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Digital Studies (DIGITAL)
Department: LSA Digital Studies Institute
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This class will examine both representations of identity and the lived experiences of users online. During the early history of the Internet, gender play and experimentation were practiced in many ways, from games to seemingly non-fictional self-representations. Despite this sense of free play, representations of online gender often became stereotypical, shoring up categories like "geek" and "cute" in, particularly technological contexts. While we no longer live in an era when the Internet is an anonymous place, online cultures still celebrate identity and representation. This course takes a media studies approach that is informed by cultural studies, material history, and cultural ethnography.

Along the way, we’ll study selfies, profiles, social media platforms, online socialities, race, gender, class, sexuality, labor, toxic geeks, cyberfeminisms, trolls, glitter, cuteness, Black Twitter, virtual signaling, and many more complex ways we make and are made within digital media culture. In this seminar-style course, we will endeavor to understand how Internet users and cultures express, represent, and gives us an opportunity to consider how identities are made. Two key questions will guide us: How are online selves worn and performed? How do social forces like platforms and communities shape our understanding of online identities?


DIGITAL 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (LAB)
 In Person
M 4:00PM - 6:30PM

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