TOPIC: Swimming the Data Stream: Culture, Technology, and the Discourse of Information

In this course, students will develop critical reading and writing skills through an examination of texts dealing with contemporary computing and information technology. We will examine several written genres dealing with information technology including biography, fiction, short stories, criticism, and magazine writing. We will also look at multimedia texts online and have a required film screening. All of these texts will allow us to question how contemporary technologies are constructed, and in turn, construct the myths about the world we live in. How does technology affect discussions of socio-economic class, issues of race, gender, and sexuality? Students will be investigating ideas such as these through analytic, argumentative academic essays which examine technological texts through the lens of social issues.