Spring 2006

INSC 598

Digital Culture

Instructor:   Terrence A. Brooks

Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MGH 248

Student essay topics

More profundities

The Self Digitized

The Truth Digitized

The Nation State Digitized


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The idea that 'Digital Culture' is really about the greater availability of information, technologies and the impact they have on the behavioral patterns of society as a whole - it drives a need for the 'culture' to adopt a greater level of discernment. This can be illustrated as a general trend through emerging information technologies as people learn to disregard or perceive what is more meaningful or relevant to them: do not take notice of 'trash' novels or tabloids raving about aliens; do not watch the commercials on television or the melodramas about prepubescents; do not click on the pop-up advertisements or the search engine results that are not what you're looking for. In the same way, when presented with numerous photographs and asked to discern which is the 'real' one, society is still playing catch-up to the wide-spread adoption of image manipulation technology. Leith Caldwell