Term: Summer 2022 - Summer Session I (05/23/2022 - 06/24/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
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From its early roles in World War II codebreaking and the space race, to personal computers, video games, and the internet, computer technology has transformed how we live, play, and work. But to what extent have computers reshaped society, and to what extent has society shaped the use and potential of this technology? This course will explore interactions between computer technology and society in the United States over the past eighty years, and consider how studying this history can help us better understand its role in our lives today. Topics include key developments in digital technology and innovation; cultures of work and digital labor; entertainment and social media; and depictions of computers and those who use them in film and popular culture.