What are the effects of developments in communications technology (writing, printing, radio, TV, computers, digital communications, etc.) on the ways we think and learn? How do these changes affect what it means to be literate? How do (or should) they influence the teaching of reading, writing, and literature? In this course we will investigate the changing nature of literacy and other cultural, educational, political, and economic systems in the context of changing technologies in the history of western communications.
- Marshall McLuhan and Quenton Fiore, The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects, Gingko Press 2001 (originally published 1967)
- Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, New York University Press 2006; paperback edition 2008 (with afterword)
- D. E. Wittkower (Ed.), Facebook and Philosophy: What’s on Your Mind?, Open Court Press, 2010
- Henry Jenkins et. al., Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century, MIT Press, 2009