FTVM 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Fall 2020, Section 001 - The Internet of Genders: From Geek to Cute and Beyond
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
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 class will examine both representations of gender identity and the lived experiences of gender identity 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. By using gender as a lens, this course will seek to understand how gender and identity are performed together, whether to play a role or to function in society. This course takes a media studies approach that is informed by cultural studies, material history, and cultural ethnography.

Class Format:

All instruction for this course will be in online formats this term. This will include our scheduled course meetings, screenings, office hours, and any small group meetings that pop up for homework and projects. Some course content will be live and some content may be recorded. The course's Canvas site will be the main home for all materials and content. Any live course content will be made available to online students via Zoom or other appropriate tools. All students will be able to participate in online chats, discussions, and office hours with the instructor.


FTVM 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
Tu 4:00PM - 6:30PM

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