Digital Cultures & Ecology: DICE 3010
Offered: Spring Quarter 2021
When we watch an advertisement for a new technological gizmo, such as an iPhone, it is presented almost as if it were floating in space. The object exists in a vacuum, separated from human hands and raw materials. But that objective point of view is only an illusion. In fact, entire ecosystems are destroyed to source the raw goods required for digital technology mined by humans—in many cases, children—subjected to horrific work conditions.
Students concerned with where their digital technology comes from and how to combat the exploitative practices behind it will benefit from establishing difficult historical links, analyzing rhetorically deceptive advertisements, and designing alien technology for a more just and hospitable future.