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Academic Bulletin Freshman Tutorials - 2009-10 - 9 FT 9

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FT 09-Q Film, Photography, and the Internet: Digital Visual Culture in the Past, Present, and Future

We have been using and viewing photographs for one hundred and seventy years, films for one hundred, and the Internet for twenty (to forty). By now, we have developed very sophisticated ways of using these media. But what are they used for? How do they disseminate messages? Why do we love to consume them? How do we take advantage of them or take them for granted?
In this course, we will examine technology and its impact on forms of communication, particularly in popular culture and art. We will examine the influence of photography, Hollywood films, computers, and the World Wide Web on how and what users communicate. Students will complete a number of writing and media projects in conjunction with discussions of essays, films, web sites, YouTube videos, and fiction, to name a few. Over the course, students will maintain a written and photographic blog to chart their own discoveries in visual culture.
Where did digital visual culture come from? Where is it going?

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