Information & Society, IS 200, Fall 2000

  • What is this class about (short)?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

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  • Our changing field
  • from document custodialship to Documentation
  • Changing institutions and roles of professionals within those
  • Changing nature of the works we're concerned with
  • What is information?  (data? knowledge? wisdom? meaning?)
  • presentation/visualization (content w/o vessels?)
    The social construction of knowledge
  • What is a document, and how would one fine and/or describe it?
  • Antelope?
  • evidence
  • representation
  • situational signifying characteristics
  • how relevant is the physical form?
  • Future of the Book
  • Is the "information society" very different than earlier societies?
  • Is information a commodity?
  • Does the value of information derive from some inherent attribute as a resource, or from its transformation into a commodity?
  • Our Department's response to the changing field
  • Class logistics
  • Readings
  • Assignments
  • Grading
  • The Discussion Sections:
  • The Saga
  • PhD students as teachers
  • TAs as Readers
  • the pedagogy of small-group discussions
  • The wake of the Union contract
  • The Saga as viewed from different social constructs
  • the Union view
  • the Department Chair's view
  • SAGE's view
  • one PhD student's view
  • another PhD student's view
  • one instructor's view
  • Student view(s)
  • Discussion section logistics
  • Discussion section meeting times
  • How would you balance the trade-offs in class logistics?

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