Calendar

I: Representations

In this section we’ll explore the way various narrative forms represent the intersection of death and technology, focusing particularly on horror. These representations include examples from fiction, film, and videogames.

Tuesday, January 17 (Week 1)

  • Introduction
  • The Ghost of Bob Ross

Thursday, January 19

Tuesday, January 24 (Week 2)

  • “Be Right Back” from Black Mirror (season 2, episode 1) [Screening on Sunday, January 22, 8pm Hance Auditorium]
  • Blog: Group A

Thursday, January 26

Tuesday, January 31 (Week 3)

Thursday, February 2

Tuesday, February 7 (Week 4)

  • Chapters 18-22 of A Head Full of Ghosts
  • Blog: Group B

Thursday, February 9

  • Chapters 23-26 of A Head Full of Ghosts
  • Postmodern Horror Snapchat Story due
  • Blog: Group C

Tuesday, February 14 (Week 5)

Thursday, February 16

Tuesday, February 21 (Week 6)

Thursday, February 23

II: Social Media

In this section we’ll examine death and its expression and consequences on social media and the Internet, including the recurring theme of communing with the dead through technology.

Tuesday, February 28 (Week 7)

Thursday, March 2

  • Jonathan Sterne, pages 287-311 of “A Resonant Tomb” from The Audible Past (2003)
  • Comparative Contemporary Horror Analysis due by midnight March 1
  • Blog: Group B

Tuesday, March 7 (Week 8)

  • Spring Break (No Classes)

Thursday, March 9

  • Spring Break (No Classes)

Tuesday, March 14 (Week 9)

Thursday, March 16

Tuesday, March 21 (Week 10)

Thursday, March 23

  • No Class: work on Haunted Media Project

III:  Augmented Death

In this section we’ll consider the changes to death, dying, and the afterlife in the offline world wrought by contemporary technology.

Tuesday, March 28 (Week 11)

Thursday, March 30

  • Read at least two articles from Fusion‘s series on the future of death
  • Haunted Media Project MVP due in class
  • Blog: Group A

Tuesday, April 4 (Week 12)

Thursday, April 6

  • Haunted Media Project due

Tuesday, April 11 (Week 13)

Thursday, April 13

IV: The Death of Technology

In this section we’ll imagine the death of technology itself, including obsolescence, e-waste, and the post-digital world.

Tuesday, April 18 (Week 14)

  • Easter Break (No Class)

Thursday, April 20

  • Raiford Guins, “Landfill Legend” from Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife (2014)
  • Blog: Group B

Tuesday, April 25 (Week 15)

  • Emily St. John Mandel, chapters 1-12, Station Eleven (2014)
  • Blog: Group C

Thursday, April 27

Tuesday, May 2 (Week 16)

  • Station Eleven, chapters 27-47
  • Blog: Group B

Thursday, May 4

  • Station Eleven, chapters 48-55
  • Blog: Group C