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

Is there a constitutive difference between analog and digital communication? While digital technology has changed our relationship to the interface of communication, media and mediation still deploy very ancient problems: like, noise, delay and feedback. Yet, our contemporary mediated experience is anything but classical, instead trending towards a seamless immediacy. Starting from early cinema to the future digital landscape, this course pauses in the present moment where both options are still in our periphery. Students will analyze how ‘the digital’ is recombinant of past analog modes while considering new parameters and their rendering, distortion and accumulation of memory and time. Students will also think critically about the rate of immersion of new technologies by observing these futurist scenarios in popular culture and science-fiction. Using a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to literature, media/film studies and philosophy of technology, this course questions the ‘newness’ of new media, and instead wires back to an all-too-human problematic. Texts assigned by: Tiziana Terranova, Hito Steyerl, Susan Howe, Michel Serres and Francois Laruelle among others

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: 5:30am 10/15/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/7/2020