Wiki Nation: Producing the Internet

Mary Brehm, Senior Lecturer

Course: ENGLISH 192, SEM 002
Class Number: 49905
Credits: 3 HU
Time: TR 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Place: BOL B83

Course Description:

Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google. Most of us use the internet and associated communication technologies every day, but what do we really know about what is sometimes referred to as the internet revolution? In this class we will ask big questions about “network enabled social tools” and try to answer them. We’ll engage in both traditional classroom activities and hands-on work, producing a class wiki and personal blogs. You don’t need to have experience with the “tools and patterns” that are used to produce the internet – just a willingness to try and to think critically about your experiences.

Work Involved:

In this course, we will read and analyze scholarship on the how the Internet shapes the way we think, work, play and communicate. Perspectives range from cyber-enthusiast to digital dystopian. In addition to participating in small and large group discussions, students will design and develop a website and present it to the class.

Sample Reading:

Get Smarter by James Cascio, published in the July/August 2009 issue of The Atlantic.

About the Instructor:

The instructor of the class, Mary Brehm, is keenly aware of the fact that the future is now. When she is not indulging her interest in the intersection of social and technological change, she can be found reading Wikipedia for hours, following link to fascinating link. She is also known to experiment with writing in various modalities and contexts in her role as instructor of English 102 (College Writing and Research) for the English Department.