Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
Speculative Media is an upper-division course that investigates the connection between media and speculative thinking. Students read from the history and theory of cybernetics, as well as media theory from the Frankfurt School, Marshall McLuhan, Friedrich Kittler, Niklas Luhmann, and posthumanism studies. They also read work from cinema and television studies, screen science-fiction films and television series, and view new-media artworks. In particular, the course interrogates the complex ways in which "old" and "new" media produce forms of “speculative thought,” or thought not verifiable by everyday experience. We ultimately ask whether and how media itself might be possible of speculative thinking.