History of Information

History C192

Spring 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Paul Duguid
Location: 
155 Kroeber
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-1100
CCN: 
39672
Units: 
4

This course explores the history of information and associated technologies, uncovering why we think of ours as "the information age." We will select moments in the evolution of production, recording, and storage from the earliest writing systems to the world of Short Message Service (SMS) and blogs. In every instance, we'll be concerned with both what and when and how and why, and we will keep returning to the question of technological determinism: how do technological developments affect society and vice versa? Also listed as Cognitive Science C103 and Media Studies C104C.