Graduate Topics in Film – Politics of Code
240 001 | CCN: 25250
Jacob R Gaboury
Location: Dwinelle 226
Date and Time: W 12:00pm - 2:59pm
This course begins with the twin propositions that all technology is inherently political, and that digital technologies have come to define our contemporary media landscape. Software, hardware, and code shape the practices and discourses of our digital culture, such that in order to understand the present we must take seriously the politics of the digital. This course will primarily focus on the politics and theory of the past thirty years, from the utopian discourses of the early web to the rise of immaterial labor economies and the quantification and management of subjects and populations. Our classes will be structured around broad themes or theories through which we will examine particular technologies, including artificial intelligence, digital platform economies, hardware and materiality, and techniques of opacity and obfuscation. Our ultimate goal will be to identify a political theory of the present age – one that takes seriously the role of computation and digitization.