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C LIT 397 B: Special Topics In Cinema Studies

Cell Phone Cultures

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
OUG 136
SLN: 
11810
Instructor:
HeadShot
Stephen Groening

Syllabus Description:

Whatever it is called – the cellular phone, cellphone, mobile phone, or just plain mobile – it has become the preeminent communications device worldwide. Its uses include telephony, calendaring, mapping, instant messaging, time-telling/time-keeping, web browsing, and more. It has hailed as the new solution to economic development in so-called emerging (and neglected) markets. It has been vilified as the cause of shortened attention spans, decrease in sociability, and increase in teen-age driving accidents. Whether villain or panacea, the cell phone is seen as a necessary precondition for economic and social success in the contemporary world.

 

This course will explore these issues, treating the cell phone as a technological device whose cultural, social, and economic significance is a key indicator of the structures of contemporary society. After beginning with some foundational studies of the cell phone’s precursors, we will examine contemporary histories and analyses of the cell phone and cell phone cultures.

 

Additional Details:

Whatever it is called – the cellular phone, cellphone, mobile phone, or just plain mobile – it has become the preeminent communications device worldwide. Its uses include telephony, calendaring, mapping, instant messaging, time-telling/time-keeping, web browsing, and more. It
has hailed as the new solution to economic development in so-called emerging (and neglected) markets. It has been vilified as the cause of shortened attention spans, decrease in sociability, and increase in teen-age driving accidents. Whether villain or panacea, the cell
phone is seen as a necessary precondition for economic and social success in the contemporary world.

This course will explore these issues, treating the cell phone as a technological device whose cultural, social, and economic significance is a key indicator of the structures of contemporary society. After beginning with some foundational studies of the cell phone’s precursors, we will
examine contemporary histories and analyses of the cell phone and cell phone cultures.

Assignments include: a photo essay (using your cell phone), fieldwork on people using cell phones in public spaces, a silent texting class session, and organizing a flash mob.

Catalog Description: 
Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema Studies Elective
GE Requirements Met: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am
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