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|Meet Day||M/W||11:40 AM - 1:00 PM||L230|
From Obama's use of the Internet to drive his presidential campaign victory to the upheaval of the Arab Spring, digital technology is challenging and changing established institutions on a number of fronts. This course introduces students to the history of the Internet and the emerging technologies that are defining the Digital Age. We work through the impact on established institutions as well as the underlying technical concepts and infrastructure of digital media. After the course, the student should have a basic technical literacy, appropriate for any professional, and broad knowledge of emerging trends. To understand the digital age, you need to live it. In addition to the assigned readings, students will be expected to use the online tools that are discussed. Only by participating in the online digital culture can students begin to understand the changing nature of the media landscape and glimpse the future.