Dr. Striphas' current research focuses on the relationship of culture and technology. The research explores the historical conditions out of which algorithms and computational processes have come to play a critical role in cultural decision making; it also considers the contemporary effects of 'algorithmic culture' (the title of his forthcoming book) on human thought, conduct, and expression. Striphas is author of The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control, published in 2009 by Columbia University Press.
communication, cultural studies, technology studies, rhetoric, rhetoric of science and technology, media studies, digital technology, digital culture, print culture, history of the book, science and technology studies, algorithmic culture, critical information studies, scholarly communication, critical theory
COMM 3610 - Communication, Technology, and Society
Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Examines how electronic media influence our communication in relationships and communities. Focuses on how we use technology to create shared meanings, express identities, and coordinate interaction, and why such efforts succeed and fail. Also focuses on political and ethical questions concerning the development of communication technology in a global society characterized by conflict and inequality. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
COMM 6010 - Communication Research and Theory
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Provides an introduction to graduate study of communication, offering an overview of the discipline and its scholarship. Required for MA and Ph.D. communication students.
COMM 6200 - Seminar: Selected Topics
Facilitates understanding of current and past theory and research on a selected topic in communication and the ability to develop new theory and research on that topic. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours on different topics.
COMM 6360 - Social and Cultural Theory
Traces select traditions in social and/or cultural theory, emphasizing how those traditions affect and are affected by the field of rhetoric studies. Examines the origins and resolutions of major debates in social and/or cultural theory from a rhetorical perspective. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 5320.