You will quickly learn that this course is not a ringing endorsement for social media—nor is it a stinging critique. It is a Media Ecology course using, as its theoretical foundation, the work of Neil Postman.
Media Ecology looks at media as environment. We also look at works that see both the bright and dark sides of technology. I believe you will find Postman’s writing engaging and eerily relevant to the issues of media and technology we face today. We are reading a little fiction, a little theory and a good dose of critique. It will prove interesting—especially for those of you well tethered to the social media landscape.