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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 5278
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media & Management
  • Information Design
  • Media Studies
"There has been more information produced in the last 30 years than during the previous 5000.” We have all heard some variation on this maxim. As U.S. publishers add 250,000 printed books and close to 300,000 print-on-demand books to our libraries each year; as we find ourselves wading through over 200 million websites; as we continue to add new media – from Tweets to Apps to geo-tagged maps – to our everyday media repertoires, we continually search for new ways to navigate this ever more treacherous sea of information. Throughout human history we have relied on various institutions and politico-intellectual architectures to organize, index, preserve, make sense of, and facilitate or control access to our stores of knowledge, our assemblages of media, our collections of information. This seminar looks at the past, present, and future of these information architectures, and considers what logics, politics, audiences, contents, aesthetics, physical forms, etc., ally and differentiate them. **Our work will be included in the "Cloud Sourcing: The Tectonics of Emergent Knowledge Infrastructures" installation, to be staged in The New School's Aronson Gallery in Spring 2015.
Course Open to: Degree Students