The Digital Public Sphere

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The Digital Public Sphere
Fall 2022
Taught By: Bizaa Ali
Section: A

CRN: 14894

Credits: 4

This course examines the digital public sphere--a virtual social, cultural, and political space of contestation. We will explore the idea of "the public sphere" as signifying a realm of social life in which something approaching public opinion can be formed, where access is ideally guaranteed to all citizens, and which comes into being in conversations when private individuals come together to form a public body. We will also investigate if the digital sphere offers such democratic potential and how digital media invariably influences the general content, tone, and tenor of social conversation in the actual public sphere. Course readings will include texts that offer examples of social resistance and subversion in the digital sphere--for example, hackers, viruses, cyber feminism, Internet art, and online activism—which are seen as being emblematic of the larger transformations currently taking place within digital culture. We will also explore concepts such as the "digital street" and "virtual art activism." [Tracks C, M]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 3:50am EST 2/6/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 458
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/15/2022