A New Theory of Technology

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

A New Theory of Technology

Fall 2018

Taught By: Simon Critchley and Christian Madsbjerg


CRN: 7633

Credits: 3

This course will be co-taught by Professor Simon Critchley and Christian Madsbjerg, co-founder of ReD Associates. In this course, we will try to create a new take - a new theory - of how human beings adopt and adapt to technology by looking at a large archive of ethnographic data collected over the past 15 years by the ReD Associates consultancy. ReD has more than 30 terrabytes of video collected while studying how people around the world live with and adapt to technology (phones, software, TV, and different types of media). We will work through the data in order to infer some larger themes that might be found in it and use the data in order to try to make sense of what is happening to us with the new technologies that are increasingly permeating and shaping our lives. The instructors will guide the class through the organization and analysis of data and help formulate a new theory of technology. Students will be expected to work for extended periods through a large amount of data, either individually or in small groups, and report back on their findings. It is hoped that we will be able to begin to practice a new philosophical method of understanding who and what we are by reading data rather than the standard approach of commenting on texts.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 8

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: 1:25am 2/19/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 410

Date Range: 8/30/2018 - 12/13/2018