Why I Am Taking the History of the Information Age

I’m taking this class because I don’t know very much about about the spread of information and people’s perceptions of information. I also hope to learn how to use more forms of technology in the creation of class projects since I do not consider myself very tech-savvy. Additionally, I think this class will help me develop my skills as a class discussion leader and encourage me to find creative and innovative ways to represent my academic research.

Some of the topics that I would like to cover this semester include:

  • Wartime photography (Especially the American Civil War)
  • Various forms of art
  • The postal service
  • Propaganda
  • Film
  • Identity in the Digital Age
  • Ethics
  • The Digital Divide

Since this is an honors class, I would like to do interdisciplinary projects where I can bring in my additional skills and knowledge from historic preservation, English, and music and combine them with resources available at the ITCC. Some of these projects include:

  • A project featuring a traditional form of story/history/creation myth-telling
  • Conveying a message through an early form of communication such as cave paintings, cuneiform, hieroglyphics, old Norse runes, smoke signals, Chinese calligraphy, etc.
  • Making an infographic or video to display in the ITCC on ethics in the Digital Age

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