This course investigates precursors to new media, revealing the possibilities and limitations of today’s incarnations. Students search analog media for examples of supposedly new technologies like associative thinking, multimedia and participatory design, and examine the social and economic structures that allow for such tools to arise and to determine what exactly is new in new media. Further, the course considers how to use the concept of antecedent to critique present manifestations of media and how to incorporate ideas from the past into the present while avoiding homologies.
Prerequisites: Completion of first year writing requirements, and one Level 2 STS cluster elective. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS Elective