New Media History and Theory
Instructor: Curt Cloninger / curt at lab404 dot com
"New Media" may be understood as media that is dependent upon computers. This course traces the history of new media, from the origins of computing in the first half of the 20th century to contemporary new media art, design, and theory. We will read critical texts by artists, scientists, and theorists; and we will respond in writing, through class discussion, and by making -- interpreting these texts in various social, political, aesthetic, and ethical contexts.
Note: This course fulfills the university's Arts requirement.
This course is Writing Intensive, which means writing is an essential component of this course. You will read and be exposed to various multi-disciplinary perspectives. Writing is an integral tool which will allow you to better comprehend and assimilate these perspectives. Through your writing, you will develop and explore original insights regarding new media and its relation to contemporary culture. Research, thinking, and written expression are intrinsically related.
NOTE: The University Writing Center (UWC) supports writers in one-on-one sessions with student writing consultants. Consultants can help writers decipher a prompt, organize ideas, document sources, and revise prose. For your consultation with the UWC, have a copy of your assignment, any writing or notes you may have, and the sources you are working with. To make your appointment, simply visit writingcenter.unca.edu and click on "Schedule an Appointment."
Student Learning Objectives