An exploration of the impact and effects of the Internet on all aspects of our
lives as global citizens. This course examines the ethical, cultural, economic and political aspects of
the Internet as a social technology.
We have entered the digital age where information and instant global communication have affected the way we work, the way we play and how we interact with the world around us. This class is intended to help us understand how we got here, how it’s affecting our culture and what possibilities it will lead to.
Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the digital age affects their own lives and society as a whole.
By the end of this course students should be able to: • Recognize the progression of technology over time. • Explain how the rapid evolution of technology has impacted society. • Anticipate future technologies and implications they will have on our lives. • Utilize digital media to express an idea, or concept. • Study the impact of the digital media on their own personal life.
(a) Required text: Print edition: “Blown to bits: your life, liberty, and happiness after the digital explosion” Abelson, Harold, Ken Ledeen, and Harry R. Lewis. Blown to bits: your life, liberty, and happiness after the digital explosion. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison- Wesley, 2008. Print. ISBN:978-0137135592 (b) Online Sources: Online edition: http://www.bitsbook.com