GSOC

6207

Democratic Crisis and the Politics of Social Media

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Dem. Crisis & Pol of Soc Media

Summer 2019

Taught By: Claire Potter

Section: A

CRN: 1825

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 media 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 privileged 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. Using Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities (1983) as a provocation, we will chart the similarities and differences between social media and its non- digital predecessors, work to understand the present terrain in which citizens manage information, and imagine principles that might guide a democratic digital public sphere.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: Overseas (OS)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 12:45pm 4/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: 12:00am - 12:00am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 6/24/2019 - 7/28/2019