CA 610 (M1) - Communication Technologies and Culture

Communication Tech & Culture

Manchester   Coll of Professional Studies :: Communication Arts
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 55564
The role of communication technologies in shaping cultural meanings and human consciousness. Covers the work of Innis, McLuhan, Ong, Postman, Carey and others to understand the historical development of shifting communication technologies and patterns of culture from orality to computer communication. Also explores the dynamic between mass culture and sub-cultural appropriations of media forms and content. Students must complete two 500 level CA courses (excluding CA 501), at least one of which has CMN 455 as a prerequisite, prior to taking this course, unless granted instructor permission.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Prerequisite(s): CMN 455
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Jeffrey Klenotic

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 R 2:10pm - 5:00pm PANDRA P502
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Culture can be broadly defined as the symbolic process we use to learn about, categorize, and organize our world. It is through culture that we give meaning, value, order, and a measure of predictability to the flux of objects, experiences, and interactions that make up daily life. This seminar examines the role of information and communication technologies in cultural processes. To do this, we undertake a philosophical and historical examination of changing media practices and consider their impact on our values, behaviors, and social relations; the structure of thought and knowledge in the public sphere; the nature of privacy, work, and the economy; and the boundaries between humans and machines, among other topics.

Course Outcomes: After taking this course, students will:

1) Know about the intellectual history of communication, technology, and culture as concepts.

2) Understand the theoretical connections between communication technologies and culture.

3) Identify key eras and transformations in the historical development of communication technologies and culture.

4) Explain how communication technologies shape culture and alter the nature of human relations.


One book is required for this course: "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood" (2012) by James Gleick, Vintage Books, ISBN: 978-1400096237. Students are strongly encouraged to shop around for the best price on this book. Multiple used and new copies (for rental or purchase) may be available across multiple online book retailers. Either a print or electronic version of the book will work fine for this course; choose the format that works best for you. If you have any questions, please email me.