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Instructor Info:James Miller
Office Extension x5510
TA Info:Ian Stewart
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
Description: Do new media change the world? Nearly every modern medium of communications has been heralded for its utopian potential, from the nineteenth century telegraph through tomorrow's 4G cell phones. This course will examine several case studies in the history of electrical and electronic communications to understand the complex process of introducing and adopting new media, including issues of technology forecasting, technology standards-setting, the role of the state in fostering media development and the invention of unpredicted media uses by media users. Students will write short, informal responses to readings and a mid-semester essay, and they will complete a final project and present it to the class.