Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In this course, we will explore the concept of "the viral" in relation to emerging media, art, literature, and communication. The course will begin with a look at the history of the term and its definitional and metaphorical operations, particularly in relation to biology and computation. We will then situate the term within the contemporary media landscape that produces "viral structures" that influence our engagement with media, institutions, and one another. Finally, we will place "the viral" in conversation with other theories including meme theory, the popular, spreadable media, fan culture, and so forth. Throughout the semester we will consider "viral media" both as it circulated in operation, and as it is represented through the lenses of film, literature, and digital art.
No prior experience with digital media is necessary.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Assignments will include contributions to a scholarly blog, a "cool hunting" presentation, group project, and research paper.