Full course description
In this course, you will explore how digital technologies interact with culture and how culture shapes digital technologies. Digital technologies draw on established ways of experiencing and acting in the world, but they also challenge these ways, and open up new ones. This course focuses on how agents make sense of their – natural, social, and subjective – worlds; how established ways of sense-making are disrupted by digitalisation; and how people are currently trying to make sense of digitalisation itself. Drawing on concepts and methods from philosophy, anthropology and cultural and media studies, you will investigate topics such as artificial intelligence and robots, digitally mediated identity and intimate relations, arts and remix culture, and the blurring of the distinction between the cultural and the natural.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand why people can feel threatened or excited by the cultural changes provoked by digital technologies;
- Critically reflect upon the different facets of digital culture such as the narratives about technological innovation, self and identity, community, robots and AI, nature and culture;
- Apply your understanding of digital culture and cultural changes to your own examples;
- Identify and distinguish how different actors attach different meanings to digital technologies and their expected impacts;
- Analyse the consequences of technological developments for digital cultures and critically investigate the narratives related to them;
- Formulate a feasible research question on the topic of digitalisation of culture, and develop a coherent argumentation verbally and in writing.
Miller, V. (2011). Understanding digital culture. London, UK: Sage.