History of Information
General Catalog Course Title:
History of Information
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Spring 2015
Spring 2014
Spring 2013
Summer 2013
Spring 2012
Spring 2011
Spring 2010
Course Thread: 
Human-Centered Design
Course Thread: 
Sciences and Society
Course Thread: 
Visible Language
Duguid, Paul
Nunberg, Geoffrey

This course explores the history of information and associated technologies, uncovering why we think of ours as "the information age." We will select moments in the evolution of production, recording, and storage from the earliest writing systems to the world of Short Message Service (SMS) and blogs. In every instance, we'll be concerned with both what and when and how and why, and we'll keep returning to the question of technological determinism: how do technological developments affect society and vice-versa?

Syllabus available at:http://blogs.ischool.berkeley.edu/i103s11/

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