Why is the notion of ‘post-racial’ synonymous with this digital age? How are political and social effects visible not only in the practice of digital technology, but in the underlying structure itself? Crossing the fields of digital humanities, critical theory, feminist theory, race studies, and new media studies, this course considers how technology is a constant reflection of fantasies and fears. We will consider the interplay between users, humans, bodies, avatars, code and systems as we simultaneously practice (by developing) and critique (by engaging with) the prevalent forms of digital technology in our lives today. Readings include work by Nakamura, Gonzalez, Haraway and Coleman.
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An ACLU video on the possible ramifications of law enforcement use of location data. Its striaghtforward and "reasonable" line of argument does well to ameliorate the dystopian reality it presents. It does not at all seem like a large leap.
"To view wages for Facebook as a thing rather than a perspective is to detach the end result of our struggle from the struggle itself, and to miss its significant in demystifying and subverting the role to which we have been confined in capitalist society."