Digital Communication and Its Discontents

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Dig Commun & Its Discontents

Spring 2020

Taught By: Leo Zausen

Section: A

CRN: 7013

Credits: 4

How does digital technology change the way we communicate across mediums? The main objective of this course is to ground an understanding of how memory operates through current digital communication, while concurrently tracing its analog predecessors. Using a myriad of science-fiction, auto-fiction and theoretical work, this course delineates the difference between digital and analog communication, and their respective intrusions, repulsions and gatherings of memory. Students will consider how digital communication affects (warps, distributes, solidifies, accumulates) memory and then conceive of analog alternatives - perhaps long lost - to current immediate trends in social media. Departing from emergent and immersive trends of the digital, this course will think critically of the present-ness of communication and then think what “new media” entails in relation to memory via digital art, philosophy of technology and film studies.

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: 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: 7:02pm 7/17/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020