DIGITAL 354 - New Media History
Fall 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Digital Studies (DIGITAL)
Department: LSA Digital Studies Institute
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.


Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
FTVM 150 or FTVM (SAC) 236.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
For information on drop/add deadlines, see the Office of the Registrar and search Registration Deadlines.


This class is a U.S.-based history of the digital. While first acknowledging that all media were once new, this class goes on to explore in-depth a more recent period in this long history – the rise of “digital media.” Computers, software, and communications technologies and the social, cultural and artistic exchanges that occur through them have emerged from and actively remediated prior forms like radio, film, and television. At the same time, digital cultures have introduced and spread new kinds of content and experiences across a range of networks and devices. The affordances of digital life feel ubiquitous today, but has it always been that way? We will consider the historical development of computers, the Internet, and the many social and industrial implications these contemporary technologies of entertainment and communication open up. Familiarizing yourself with this history will allow you to better understand current issues facing you today as a new media user and producer, and to integrate this knowledge into your academic studies, career aspirations, creative production, social life, and everyday existence.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed based on mandatory attendance and participation, on multiple writing assignments and responses to readings and screenings, and a final paper/project. 


Intended Audience:

Juniors and Seniors, DSI minors, and FTVM majors.

Class Format:

This course meets twice a week for 80 minutes plus a 1-2 hour at-home screening every week.


DIGITAL 354 - New Media History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for DIGITAL 354.001

View/Buy Textbooks


Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for DIGITAL 354 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)