MDST 2011 - Disruptive Entrepreneurship in the Internet's New Economies
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Grapples with the disruptive business models that drive the online economy: both the dominant ones and the alternatives vying to transform it. In addition to the Silicon Valley model, this course explores lesser known internet economies around the world and proposals for a more equitable online future.
MDST 2012 - Hacker Culture
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Chronicles the evolution of hacker culture from its origins as a geeky subculture to a criminal underground to its adaptation by CEOs. Considers how hacker formations sometimes represent a new kind of politics, sometimes a rejection of politics. Explores the contested figure of the hacker in the past, present and science-fiction of the internet.
MDST 5001 - Connected Media Practices
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Provides a crucial frame through which students understand the evolution of film, television and gaming in the digital era. Explores an impending revolution in how screen media are created, circulated and consumed. Relates to a larger trend across the media industries to integrate digital technology and socially networked communication with traditional screen media practices.
MDST 5002 - Media Activism and Public Engagement
Spring 2018 / Spring 2021
Explores politics of media activism. Relies on survey of existing theory and scholarship on media activism and close analyses of activist practices within both old and new media and on local, national and global scale. Special attention paid to questions of relativity and efficacy and value of media activism as both aesthetic and political activity.