MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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1. Introduction to Digital Media Studies

Mon Sep 06, 2004

The relationship of media and technology and their connection to broad social patterns; the idea behind "the medium is the message"; computers as technological media; digital media studies overview.

I. McLuhan: Technological media and culture

II. "The medium is the message" and media studies

III. Computers and culture

IV. Digital media studies overview

Study Questions

  1. What is the difference between a media and a technology? Is there a difference? Why or why not is this question important?
  2. How might McLuhan's ideas of extension and amputation apply to digital media like the web or video games?
  3. What kinds of rules do computers follow? What kinds of rules don't they follow?
  4. Is it possible to imagine modern society operating without the kind of "electric speed" McLuhan mentions so often? How dependent are we on media technologies?

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