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Communication Studies 154 Social Communication and the New Technologies Winter 2008 Bookmark this page and check it regularly for course updates Updated 1 April 2008 Professor Francis Steen <[email protected]> Time: TR 12:30am-1:45pm Place: Humanities Bldg 169 Office Hours: Tuesday 11am in 2324 Rolfe Class web site: Course Abstract The Internet has made social communication cheap, simple, efficient, tailored to individual needs, and available to a vast number of people. Its digital core was first designed to provide military personnel with a reliable way of transmitting instructions, yet the emerging computer networks were gradually co-opted to perform an increasing range of communicative functions, such as establishing personal relations, conveying news, providing entertainment, storing and retrieving information, and performing transactions. The Internet's gradual integration of textual, graphic, and audio communication is unprecedented, allowing it to function at once as an on-demand broadcasting system, a vast marketplace, and a medium for personal and group communication. In this course, we use cultural, cognitive, and evolutionary theories of communication to examine the history, social and personal impact, and possible futures of digital forms of communication. Special events
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Project outline due (work plan) Thursday 24 April -- post to forum -- see project guidelines Midterm exam Tuesday 6 May, in class Project drafts due (3 pages) Monday noon 12 May -- posted on your BOL website See guidelines Project peer review Thursday 29 May -- see checklist Final project due Thursday 5 June -- posted on your BOL website Final exam Tuesday 10 June, 3:00pm - 6:00pm *The web lab requires that you know your Bruin Online account user name and password; see What's my BOL account? Required reading Course reader from Copymat, 925 Westwood Blvd., tel. 310 824- 5276 (not yet available) Additional articles assigned during the course Software Web authoring In this class, you will be required to submit your final project in the form of a web site. You can download a free web authoring program to your computer: Kompozer -- the successor to Mozilla Composer and Nvu, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux o User Guide o Nvu Tutorial wiki If you have Dreamweaver, you may use it; FrontPage is not recommended.
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Transferring your files to your BOL web site In order to publish your web pages to your BOL web site, you need to use a file transfer program called CuteFTP. Download it here and read the instructions . Streaming video Occasionally I may make material shown in class available in streaming video. To display it at home, you will need the latest Flash plugin. Web browser Please download and install the latest version of Firefox ; it has features we will use in class. Optionally install and test the extensions Image Zoom, Nuke Anything, Flashblock, User Agent Switcher, and any other that sounds useful to you (we will discuss this in class).
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