NYU Steinhardt

Special Topics in Technology Studies: Politics of Code

  • Course Number: MCC-GE 3153
  • Hours: 40
  • Units: 4
  • Description: This course focuses on political analyses of computational media. We begin with an overview of cybernetics, information theory, systems theory, distributed communications networks, & theories of postmodernity. Next, we examine the rise of immaterial labor in the service economies & the extension of codified labor practices into the realm of daily life. The seminar will also consider the ramifications of informatic capture & the formation of coded objects & bodies. Finally, we explore networked struggle &, through it, a political theory of the present moment. The course will favor both close readings of specific technologies as well as social & cultural claims about the information age.
  • Old Course Number: E57.3153