“Digital refers not just to the effects and possibilities of a particular technology. It defines and encompasses the ways of thinking and doing that are embodied within that technology, and which make its development possible. These include abstraction, codification, self-regulation, virtualization and programming. These qualities are concomitant with writing and, indeed, with language more generally, and, inasmuch as language, written or spoken, is digital in that it deals with discrete elements, then almost all human culture may be said to be digital.”
Charlie Gere Digital Culture 2002, 17-18.
This subject is concerned with the representation and reality of future cultures: the way the future has been imagined in the past and present. This subject is also about the experiences of cyberculture and we will be looking to a broad range of issues and concerns which have arisen as a result of the proliferation of digitally-enabled communication, computation, media technologies and internet-based practices.
The focus of the learning assessment tasks for this subject includes the collaborative subject blog, Future Cultures, which includes ‘the stack’, a changing, unfixed collection of topics, concepts, ideas and case studies that you will contribute to and select from in deciding the topic for your major research project.