GPUB

5222

Democratic Crisis and the Politics of Social Media

New School for Social Research: Creative Publishing

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Democratic Crisis/Social Media

Fall 2019

Taught By: Claire Potter

Section: A

CRN: 7061

Credits: 3

This course seeks to understand the recent history of democratic crisis by examining the rise of a global digital public sphere. In the past three decades, the politics of social meda have been both aspirational and cynical. While increased communication within and across national borders, as well as the possibility of instant translation, can inspire global democratic organizing, digital communication has also fueled authoritarian and anti-democratic coalition building. The benefits of social media are not abstract: it fuels resistance movements; supports access to priviledged information, local journalism, and fact checking; and powers networks that guide refugees and immigrants fleeing state violence. Yet the same apps and digital tools have also fueled the rise of nationalism, authoritarianism, surveillance and global terror. Unsing Benedict Andersone's Imagined Communities (1983) as aprovocation, we will chart the similarities and differences between social media and its no- digital predecessors, work to undertand the present terrain in which citizens manage information, and imagine priciples that might guide a democratic digital public sphere.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Creative Publishing (GPUB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Tutorial (J)

Max Enrollment: 7

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:46pm 11/14/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019