AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Fall 2021, Section 009 - Bullshit and Digital Rhetoric
Instruction Mode: Section 009 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Trolling. Disinformation campaigns. Ad hominem attacks. Gaslighting. Obfuscation and pedantry. These things, and more, are modes of address that have come to typify popular representations of social media discourse. In this class, we’ll examine the theory and practice of bullshit as it relates to digital rhetoric and online circulation. Among other questions, we’ll consider how and where manipulation, truth, and ethos mediate what we popularly describe or understand as bullshit. We’ll think together about how complex appeals to lived experience and alternative data circulate among certain communities of practice online, with particular attention paid to anti-vaccination discourse. We’ll not only examine what it means to argue on the interwebs, but we’ll also ask what it means to imagine digital rhetorical practices that center on questions of ethics, justice, and power.

Course Requirements:

Assignments for this class will include short response assignments, a midterm project on a digital community, and a collaborative final project.

Intended Audience:

No prior knowledge of digital rhetoric is required to take this course – we will learn together! This class is open to students across programs and departments. It may especially be of interest to students with interests in digital studies, medicine, psychology, language/communication, or social justice.

Class Format:

This course will be offered in a blended design. This course will meet mostly in-person but online activities/learning will make up at most 1/3 of the course content.

Schedule

AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
  Hybrid
29111
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0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: 001: Early American Cultural History
002 (LEC)
 In Person
27291
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: 002: Authenticity and Representation
003 (LEC)
 In Person
29112
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: 003: Stereotypes in American Culture
004 (LEC)
 In Person
30655
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: 004: Games, Narratives, Cultures
005 (LEC)
 In Person
30671
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: 005: Screen Jewish Cultures Lecture
006 (LAB)
 In Person
30973
Open
2
 
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: 006: Screening Jewish Cultures Lab
008 (LEC)
 In Person
25890
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
009 (LEC)
  Hybrid
27771
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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