Tentative Requirements and Assignments for Impact of New Information Resources: Multimedia and Networks
40% Class and Working Group Participation: Each student will
participate in a Working Group which focuses on some aspect or perspective on
new information technology. (Examples include Virtual Communities, Critical
Theory, Public Policy, Future of Publishing, Creative Arts, Digital Commerce,
etc.) This working group will meet weekly through about 2/3 of the term, and
will assign and discuss its own readings, and develop and maintain a Website
that is designed to both reflect the group's work and to provide useful information
to anyone on the Web who is interested in the chosen aspect or perspective (see
the Spring 97 list of potential working groups,
as well as examples from the Winter 96 focus groups
or the Fall 96 focus groups).
Besides Working Group participation,
this portion of your grade also includes
participation in class discussions, and
interaction with a variety of other student presentations.
40% Term Paper/Project:
Do a term paper or project on some
aspect covered in class. This may be a follow-up to one of your earlier
exercises/papers/group discussions. Please check your proposed topic with the
instructor before the middle of the semester.
20% Short Assignments:
You will need to complete a number of short assignments. The most significant
of these are listed below.
Evaluation of Multimedia
We will explore how to evaluate multimedia programs.
- Readings on Multimedia Evaluation
- You will read at least 2 evaluations of multimedia programs
- You will find guidelines or criteria for reviewing multimedia programs
- You will find guidelines or criteria for reviewing other types of works
- As a class, we will go through various evaluation criteria.
- Students will gain an appreciation of the various component parts that
go into making a multimedia program successful.
Science Fiction Assignment
Viewings During the course of the semester, all students
will watch at least two science fiction films and report back to the class
(and/or discuss these within their focus groups):
- One film from the past (1950s or before) to examine whether past visions
of future information technologies have come true:
Metropolis (1927), *Things to Come (1936), Just Imagine
(1930), *Wonderful World of Tomorrow (1939), Time Machine
(1960), War of the Worlds (1953), Charleston (1927, Renoir),
Transatlantic Tunnel (1935), *Woman in the Moon (Lang, 1929),
Aelita (1924), *You Can't Get There From Here: Ephemeral Films
1946-60 (1987), To New Horizons: Ephemeral Films 1931-45
(1987), Fantastic Planet (1973)
- One relatively modern film that contains visions of future information
Emphasis on how collective memory/information will be handled, stored,
destroyed: The Net (1995), Total Recall (1990), Rollerball
(1975), *Farenheit 451 (1967), *1984 (1956, 1984),
*Forbidden Planet (1956), Solaris (1972), Dreamscape
(1984), Death Watch (1980), *Outer Limits (Robert Culp)
Emphasis on how major aspects of society will change due to new
information technologies: Johnny Mnemonic (1995), They
Live (1988), Wild Palms (1993), Until the End of the
World (1991), *Bladerunner (1982), Brazil (1985),
Terminator (1984), *T-2 (1991)
Examination of future societies and capabilities: The Jetsons
(1990), *THX-1138 (1971), *Star Wars Trilogy (1977,
1980, 1983), *2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Born in Flames
(1982), Tron (1982)
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