Info 103

History of Information

4 units

Course Description

This course explores the history of information and associated technologies, uncovering why we think of ours as "the information age." We will select moments in the evolution of production, recording, and storage from the earliest writing systems to the world of Short Message Service (SMS) and blogs. In every instance, we'll be concerned with both what and when and how and why, and we will keep returning to the question of technological determinism: how do technological developments affect society and vice versa?

(Before Fall 2018, this course was offered for 3 units.)

Prerequisites

Upper level undergraduates

Last updated:

October 15, 2018