Black Mirror: Five Minutes into the Future

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Black Mirror

Spring 2019

Taught By: Trebor Scholz

Section: AX

CRN: 7142

Credits: 4

[Tracks C,M] This seminar takes the horrors of the dystopian UK television series Black Mirror as a jumping-off point to investigate day-to-day digital culture in the 21st-century. We will research our conflicted relationship with dominant platforms and businesses through the lens of themes including: “fake news” and cybercrime; social media fame, Instagram, emotional labor, and reputation; device addiction, algorithmic control, identity, and anxiety; life logging and digital memory; the dark web, anonymity, and Blockchain; immediacy and digital sex; digital self; defense and government-backed privacy tools; privacy and the privilege of being offline; trolling and cyber bullying; political organizing and resistance. Rather than blaming technologies for our woes, this course will occupy the vibrant space between dystopian and Pollyannaish visions of the future. [Tracks C,M]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*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: 3:25am 1/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 904

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019