what it means to be digital

where: Sharp 410
professor: Nick Briz
when: Th 9am - 4pm
email: nbriz@saic.edu
class website: http://m3t4.media
office hours: by appointment only


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The single most important thing you need in order to have a career in the arts is persistence. The second most important thing you need is talent. The third most important thing is a grounding in how the online world works. It’s that Important.

Cory Doctorow

This course presents a view from the future when we will recognize that the true cultural innovators at the turn of the 21st century were those who engaged directly with the technologies that have come to define our age, rather than those whose fields remained relatively stable during this historical period. The course will investigate the ideas that have shaped contemporary technologies (computers, networks, algorithms, etc.) and consequently how those ideas affect society in the way that technology work as environments.

The themes will be explored from historical, theoretical (through research and discussions) and technical (through new media workshops) perspectives. Topics surveyed include networks, the web, social media, participatory cultures, online communities, memes, sharing, open source, remix, originality, versioning, algorithms, automation, artificial intelligence, code, programming, data mining, hacking, privacy and digital rights.

The Web represents a grand emotional, sensory, and intellectual adventure for anyone willing to explore it actively. [...] For artists, ignoring the imperative to grasp the cultural implications of the Internet means risking irrelevance. [...] As human discourse adapts to its new home, everything we do and think as human beings will be and is being shaped by new values. [...] If it’s ever fair to say that anything has “changed everything,” it’s fair to say so about the Internet.

Virginia Heffernan

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