Telecommunications | Communication, Technology & Society
T551 | 26663 | Bucy, E.
This seminar considers the role new information and communication
technologies play in the ongoing evolution of network societies,
focusing primarily but not exclusively on developments in the United
States. The course is pitched at a social level of analysis and will
encourage seminar participants to think expansively about the
impacts new technologies have on different aspects of society,
including social structure and social behavior, civic participation,
politics and power, economic trends, policy developments, and the
increasing mediation of everyday experience.
Throughout the seminar we will consider how the forms technology
takes have been shaped by society, and how the structure and
organization of society, in turn, has been influenced by technology.
Topics will include the nature and development of information
societies and networked media systems, the experience of new media
through interactivity, virtual community, ubiquitous surveillance,
and technological acceleration, and the latent potential of
technology to not only render space and time obsolete but also ease
aggression and facilitate destructive tendencies.
The seminar will work from a foundation of communication theory
important to thesis or dissertation work and will maintain a cross-
disciplinary appeal. Although this semester's emphasis is on
the "network society," the course should benefit graduate students
interested in media and new technology generally, regardless of
their specific field of study.