Malling Hansen, Writing Ball, 1867: a model of Nietzsche's typewriter. "Our writing tools are also working on our thoughts." (Nietzsche in a letter to Peter Gast.) (Courtesy of the Stiftung Weimarer Klassik
, Goethe-Schiller Archive. Used with permission.)
This course centers on historical eras in which the form and function of media technologies were radically transformed. It includes consideration of the "Gutenberg Revolution," the rise of modern mass media, and the "digital revolution," among other case studies of media transformation and cultural change. Readings cover cultural and social history and historiographic methods.
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