This is Fanuel Tsehaye (aka The Dream) expressing some personal thoughts and ideas about the discussions and topics that will be discussed in one of my classes for the spring 2009 semester, Jour 4551 New Media & Culture.
Here is a brief description of the course as described by Professor and Dr. Shayla Thiel-Stern on the course syllabus:
"New Media Culture, or New Media and Culture, is an upper-level survey and exploration of how new media communication technology has shaped and been shaped by culture and society. Within various fields of liberal arts – from those based in social science to hard science, from humanities to arts and literature – we examine the issue of how new media functions within the world and gives shape to various disciplines within the liberal arts. Furthermore, added insight on this one vital topic within the world of liberal arts will lend a critical understanding of new media as it relates to your own liberal education. Although new media has become a standard part of learning within your own major fields of study, this course will encourage you to critically examine the broad function of digital media in your lives. The course will examine a number of relevant themes within the study of new media and culture, from the realms of politics and government to the understanding of gender, the media, globalization, democracy and literature as explored and defined through new media."