Imagining Language
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5169
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
Of necessity, one of the early blindspots of any New Mediaism is that while all media have the ambition to be transparent, their transparency is always measured against that of language, and while the online game Everquest has an economy almost as large as Russia, poetry remains the most popular of art forms. So, apart from shopping lists and being right, apart from being a pale imitation of something with an Off switch, what is it that we use language for and how does language use us? From language as a mechanism for rehearsing proposition and memory to process and electronic literatures, from logolalia and the constructivists to economics and the language of things, from jokes and the talking cure to the fact that the majority speakers of English speak it as a second language: codes, logics and law; pause, style and rhetoric; graffiti and the advent of literacy, irony and the word of god. The object: to build (in the form of a web site, or portal), a course as a network or ecology of practice where the subject is conjugated by both the learning and the teaching of the participants, and where everyone (either individually or in groups) works on a piece for the duration of the semester (the form of the work or contribution may be as screen or code or animation or text or mp3 or game or interface ..). This is a hybrid course built around the interlocking themes of formalism (what you think you know), constructivism (what you think you dont know), and silence (what you cant say).
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.