Software & Difference

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Software & Difference

Spring 2021

Taught By: Fabiola Hanna

Section: A

CRN: 8599

Credits: 3

In this course, we will explore what place difference occupies in software environments using the lenses from the fields of software studies, media studies, feminist studies, art, political theory, and computer science. Digital environments have contributed to already-existing polarizing effects described by some as echo chambers, walled gardens and filter bubbles. Early media scholars had hoped that the rise of the Internet would bring about more democratic forms of engagement as well as the inclusion of previously excluded communities. However, sameness has occupied a large space in mainstream software, undermining the potentials of the digital medium. This course begins with an examination of what software is and how difference is conceived. We will then study how difference is treated by software tasked with searching, seeing, listening, conversing, executing, reading, and translating. Assignments consist of short written experiments and a final media-based "talk-through" critique of a selected software piece. This project builds on a live-coding environment to present a critique of a software piece. No previous coding experience required.

Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 8:46pm 9/18/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021