HL90CH: Computers and American Culture





Instructor: Jennifer Schnepf
Meeting time: Tuesday, 2-4

This course introduces students to digital culture in the United States after 1945. In the span of only a few decades, the role of computers in American society dramatically transformed from a complex tool serving the aims of the military to a children’s toy found in the domestic space of the American home. How did authors and filmmakers make sense of this dramatic transformation? We will engage with cultural sources ranging from classic midcentury novels and educational films, to Looney Tunes cartoons and DC Comics in order to formulate answers to this question. Course includes film screenings and field trips.