Course Info

Digital Technology & Culture 356, Spring 2017
MWF 2:10pm – 3pm, Bryan Hall 404

Instructor:                   David Squires
Office:                           Avery 321
Office Hours:              Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00am – 1:00pm

DTC 356 explores the cultural, legal, economic, political, and social roles of information. We will pay particular attention to how the self and society shape and are shaped by our changing information networks, and we will look at the structures of those networks. Throughout the course, we will work to understand the function and limits of rhetoric in an age of information. Students will complete reading quizzes, write reading responses, participate in in-class discussion, and complete two major creative projects.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Make distinctions between knowledge, information, and data.
  • Explain how information relates to media and modes of access.
  • Think creatively about different cultural conceptions of intelligence.
  • Connect our contemporary moment to a history of technological development.
  • Manage and manipulate personal data sets generated from web archives.

Required Materials



  • Access to a computer and the internet
  • Wikipedia and WordPress accounts
  • Writing instrument appropriate for in-class writing
  • Flash drive or backup storage for safekeeping digital work