This course surveys the history of several technologies we now consider to be “new media”: computers, video games, the Internet, and digital photography. It will also examine several older media, such as cinema and television, at the moment of their emergence. By looking at old technologies when they were new, what can we learn about today’s “new media?”
This class will also emphasize hands-on examination of several media technologies, both old and new. Students will have the opportunity to view a 19th-century 3-D technology called the stereoscope, and to play a vintage Atari game system. Course requirements may include weekly writing responses, a historiography project, a self-guided field trip, and two exams.