REBOOT: 21st Century Digital Lit
Are you digitally literate? You use digital technology, but do you think critically about how and why you use it? Do you understand how your digital tech use, patterns, and online persona impacts the way you think, read, and write? Enroll in this new, experimental course, and you'll learn how to think critically about 21st- century digital culture and its place in media history. This class pursues digital literacy as a concept and a practice, a topic and a skill-set. Our goal is to gain the critical perspective and literacy tools needed to understand, critique, and actively participate in—rather than just blindly and passively use—our contemporary digital media. We will study contemporary discourse about attention/distraction, hyper/deep reading, mobile/stationary media, convergence culture, etc. by putting it in context and tracing its precursors. We will read and view a wide range of genres across medial formats: media studies scholarship, cultural criticism, digital literature, youtube animations, interface design, and more. In the process, we will learn to think critically and creatively about cultural, communicative, and cognitive consequences of digital technologies and our contemporary technoculture. We will not only study digital literacy but acquire it.
Jessica Pressman researches and teaches twentieth- and twenty-first century experimental American literature, digital literature, and media theory. She is currently a Fellow with the American Council of Learned Societies and a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at UCSD. She was Assistant Professor of English at Yale University (2008-2012) and received her Ph.D. in English from UCLA (2007). Her monograph on digital poetics, Digital Modernism: Making it New in New Media, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press (2014); Transverse Reading: a Collaborative Case Study of William Poundstone’s “Project for the Tachistoscope: [Bottomless Pit],” co-written with Mark C. Marino and Jeremy Douglass, is under contract with Iowa University Press; Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in a Postprint Era, co-edited with N. Katherine Hayles, was just published with Minnesota University Press (December 2013). She is currently working on a manuscript that examines the fetishization of the book object in 21st-century print and digital literary culture. Pressman is Associate Editor of Fiction for Contemporary Literature and Articles Editor for Digital Humanities Quarterly. She is Board Member for both the Electronic Literature Organization (www.eliterature.org) and the online journal of digital art Dichtung-Digital (http://www.dichtung-digital.de/). Her full CV can be found at www.jessicapressman.com