Week 1: Brave New World

Read…   Things Due…

Brave New World

All of it

  • Reading Journal & Questions (paper copy brought to class)

See Reading Journal & Discussion for instructions on creating a reading journal for class.

The readings and due dates are all listed in the Course Schedule (accessible via the link in the menu). Each week, on Tuesday morning, you will receive a reminder of what will be due for the next class. Remember, deadlines are taken seriously. Being prepared for each class’ discussion of the readings are equally so. If you are not prepared for class, you are freeloading on your classmates, expecting them to do all the work. That is not acceptable. Please bring a paper copy of your Reading Journal and the BOOK we are discussing—paper please!! There is nothing more irritating to all of us than watching someone search for a quote on a digital device or see a classroom full of students with their faces looking down at a screen instead of engaging with each other in a dialogue about important issues that are the concern of this course. read more

Welcome to Digital Media in a Global Context

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.

The other big difference in this course is that we will not be using media in the classroom—except for YOUR presentations. No iPhones, no iPads, no computers. We’re going back to the pre-digital and using paper and, occasionally, whiteboard markers. Mostly, we will be talking—to each other.

Please make sure you have your texts acquired (purchased because you will be marking them up) PRIOR to our first class on January 29.
You have to read the first book, Brave New World, for the first class!! 
PAPER PRINT VERSIONS ONLY… AND THESE SPECIFIC EDITIONS. Remember, we are leaving our digital tools behind and we all need to be on the same page.