block 1: popular cybercultures

This first block of study attempts to do two things: to provide a broad overview of some of the narratives and ideas which have structured our notion of what constitutes ‘cyberculture’, and then to explore how some of these extend into the way we think about learning and education within the digital ‘mode’.

We gain an overview of thinking on cyberculture via two core readings – Martin Hand’s introduction to Making Digital Cultures, and the second chapter from David Bell’s An Introduction to Cybercultures. We then investigate some of the ideas from these readings via a course film festival and a series of associated tutorials in Synchtube and Twitter. This will take up most of our time over the first two weeks of the course.

In the third week, we move on to consider the more explicitly educational implications of some of this thinking, via the (debatable) alignment of digital culture with visual culture, and the way this is played out in some of the literacies literature – in particular Gunther Kress’s work on multimodality. Over this third and fourth week, you will be considering how to represent the ideas covered in a purely visual way, building up to the construction of a visual artefact for feeding into your lifestream over week four.

weeks 1 and 2: the film festival

weeks 3 and 4: ‘new forms of texts, knowledge and learning’

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