Syllabus

September 10: Introduction

September 17: Histories of the book
– Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe (pp. 42-91)
– Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (pp. 1-40)
– Roger Chartier, “Representations of the Written Word,” in Forms and Meanings: Texts, Performances, and Audiences from Codex to Computer (pp. 13-24)
– D. F. McKenzie, “The Book as an Expressive Form” (1984), in Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts (pp. 9-29)

September 24: Writing systems
– Friedrich A. Kittler, “There Is No Software,” “Protected Mode,” and “Gramophone, Film, Typewriter,” in Literature, Media, Information Systems
– Vilém Flusser, Does Writing Have a Future? (Flusser’s Introduction, Superscript, Inscriptions, Notation, Letters of the Alphabet, Print, Instructions, Newspapers, Stationeries, The Digital, Subscript)

October 1: Perception, reception
– Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” Illuminations
– Wolfgang Schivelbusch, The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the 19th Century (“Panoramic Travel”)
– Jonathan Crary, Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture (pp. 11-51)
– Miriam Hansen, “Early Cinema, Late Cinema: Permutations of the Public Sphere,” Screen 34:3 (Autumn 1993)
– Lynn Hershman, “The Fantasy Beyond Control” (New Media Reader)

October 8: Information
– Claude E. Shannon, The Mathematical Theory of Communication (excerpts)
– Warren Weaver, “Some Recent Contributions to the Mathematical Theory of Communication,” in Claude E. Shannon and Warren Weaver, The Mathematical Theory of Communication (same pdf as above)
– James Gleick, The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood (Prologue, Chapters 7-8, 15) [bookstore and Bobst reserve]
– Tiziana Terranova, “The Concept of Information

October 15: Fall recess

October 22: New media
– Selections from The New Media Reader: Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Norbert Wiener, J.C.R. Licklider, Douglas Engelbart, Roy Ascott, Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, Theodor Nelson (#s 11, 21, 30)
– Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media (Chapter 1)
– Lisa Gitelman, Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture (Introduction)

October 29: Media ecologies
NYU closed

November 5: Media ecologies & media spaces [classes combined because of hurricane]
– Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage and selections from The Gutenberg Galaxy (New Media Reader)
– Myron Krueger, “Responsive Environments” (New Media Reader) [pdf from AFIPS]
– Browse Situated Technologies pamphlets: Adam Greenfield and Mark Shepard, Urban Computing and Its Discontents | Philip Beesley and Omar Khan, Responsive Architecture / Performing Instruments | Julian Bleecker and Nicolas Nova, A synchronicity: Design Fictions for Asynchronous Urban Computing
– Friedrich Kittler, “The City is a Medium,” New Literary History 27:4 (Autumn 1996) [access through campus network]
– Matthew Fuller, Media Ecologies: Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture (Introduction) [recommended]

November 12: Simulation and modeling
– Jean Baudrillard, Simulations  (pp. 1-58)
– John L. Casti, Would-Be Worlds (“Reality Bytes”)
– Peter S. Jenkins, “Historical Simulations: Motivational, Ethical, Legal Issues” (pp. 23-27, 36-37)
– Historical modeling: Rome Reborn | Sistine Chapel | Real estate roller coaster | Democracy Island | Simulation of attack on WTC | Sitsims from University of Oslo | Virtuelle Mauer / ReConstructing the Wall [demo video]

November 19: Things and non-things
– Bruce Sterling, Shaping Things
– Vilém Flusser, The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design
(pp. 85-94)
– Bruno Latour, “Third Source of Uncertainty: Objects too Have Agency” in Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (pp. 63-86) [emphasis: pp. 69-73]
– Browse: Amelie Hastie, Objects of Media Studies

November 28, 6:00-8:30pm (rescheduled): Socio-political engagements
– Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron, “The Californian Ideology” (August 1995)
– Wendy Chun, Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (Introduction)
– Alex Galloway and Eugene Thacker, The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (pp. 25-35, 58-63)
– Nigel Thrift, Knowing Capitalism (pp. 212-226)

December 3: Residual media: recovery, curating, and preservation
– Matthew Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (Introduction, Chapter 1)
– William Gibson, Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) (Kevin Begos, 1992); browse The Agrippa Files
to see facsimile images of pages of the deluxe edition, press releases announcing the publication of the “book,” an emulation of Gibson’s poem in original digital form, et al
– Christiane Paul, “The Myth of Immateriality: Presenting and Preserving New Media,” in MediaArtHistories
– Recommended: Bruce Sterling, Embrace the Decay (2003) | Dead Media Project | Nick Montfort and Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Acid-Free Bits (2004) | Joasia Krysa, Curating Immateriality: The Work of the Curator in the Age of Network Systems (Introduction)

December 10: The Digital Humanities
– Geoffrey Rockwell, “What is Text Analysis?” (also see “Electronic Texts and Text Analysis“)
– Stephen Ramsay, “Toward an Algorithmic Criticism
– Lisa Samuels and Jerome J. McGann, “Deformance and Interpretation,” New Literary History 30.1 (Winter 1999): 25-56
– Recommended: Willard McCarty, Humanities Computing (pp. 20-72)

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