WMST 240 - Gender in American Popular Media
Semester Offered: Fall
Topic for 2017/18a: Gender in Digital Media. In this course we explore how the gendered body is represented, consumed and (dis)embodied through digital media. Beginning with the first coders and digital laborers, we study the work of Women of Color, Cisgender and Queer pioneers. Turning to media processes and interfaces we examine how gender is transversally present in issues such as the digital divide/generation/revolution, mediamaking, surveillance, revenge porn, social media, and gaming. Interrogating our assumptions about the analog, the digital and cyberspace, we probe gendered, sexualized and racialized constructions of avatars, hackers, cyborgs and androids in texts such as Ex Machina and Westworld. We end by analyzing the future of gender in a post-media, post-human era, on the cusp of the singularity. Assignments offer students opportunities to both theorize concepts and produce digital media. Eva Woods Peiró.
Prerequisite(s): WMST 130 .
Two 75-minute periods.
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