Over the last ten years, the world has experienced a drastic change in the way people share information, communicate, interact, learn, collaborate, and work. Today, it is hard to imagine a world without computers, smart phones, and tablets. Some changes have been brought about by new technologies were for the good and some for the bad. Just as the information and communication technologies drive changes in social practices, changes in social practice create opportunities and demand for new technologies.
In this course, we will analyze and critique how the digital (or social) media technologies affect society, and conversely, how society affect the development and use of these technologies through reviewing critical issues (e.g. gender, race, and class) confronting the society in digital age. Here is a blizzard of concepts, terms, and technologies you will hear throughout this course:
digital media, social media, new media, web 2.0, sharing content, collaboration, social networking, blogs, wikis, Facebook, MySpace, podcasting, Youtube, Flickr, MySpace, social software, video games, google, virtual worlds, search engines, technology design, podcasting, participatory culture, digital divide, new literacy competencies,…
If most of these concepts, terms, and technologies get you excited, then you are in the right course!
This site acts as the hub for the SOC334: Technology and Society course. You will find all the information you need on this site about the course. We have a community blog to which all students will contribute throughout the semester. If you have any questions to me or others, I encourage you to post a blog post or use tweeter if others can also benefit to hear the answer to your question. Of course, you can always send me a personal e-mail or call my office. I usually respond to e-mails within 48 hours. If you don’t hear from me within 48 hours, then it is your responsibilities to send me a follow-up e-mail.
Welcome and enjoy the semester!