AFR 202 Spring 2010 Blackness 2.0: Race and New Technologies

Cross Listed as AMST202
Media theorist and cultural critic Neil Postman poses a number of important questions about new technologies: what will the new technology do, what will it undo? Who will be the winners and who will be the losers in any new technology? This course seeks to determine what people of color win and lose vis-a-vis new technologies. How can we conceptualize the role of race in, ostensibly, a utopian race-less environment? Is there more to new media and race than assumptions about a "digital divide"? Course materials include secondary literature and qualitative research to explore how the racial discourse of the "real world" is (or isn't) reshaped and redefined in the virtual world. Topics for discussion include: defining the "new" in new technologies; reproduction and reproductive capacities; queer science/transscience; the politics of blogosphere; social networking and power; digital art; love Internet-style; designers, artists, and viewers; fandom; e-commerce and capitalism; gamers and the virtual world; and convergence cultures of television and radio on the Internet.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on participation in the course's topical blog via Blackboard; the practicum requires an interactive component (e.g. short video, website, blog, podcast) in which we use the theoretical elements of the course to reflect on our practice
Additional Info: the final research/practicum paper is on a topic related to race and new media or race and new technologies
Prerequisites: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 19
AFR202-01(S) SEM Race and New Technologies Division 2: Social Studies Kimberly Springer
MW 11:00 AM-12:15 PM North Academic Building 158

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