CMS.801 Media in Transition

As taught in: Fall 2004

A unique typewriter design, with keys arranged in a circular/arc pattern.

Malling Hansen, Writing Ball, 1867: a model of Nietzsche's typewriter. "Our writing tools are also working on our thoughts." (Nietzsche in a letter to Peter Gast.) (Courtesy of the Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Goethe-Schiller Archive. Used with permission.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Jeffrey S. Ravel

Course Features

Course Description

This course centers on historical eras in which the form and function of media technologies were radically transformed. It includes consideration of the "Gutenberg Revolution," the rise of modern mass media, and the "digital revolution," among other case studies of media transformation and cultural change. Readings cover cultural and social history and historiographic methods.