Minor in Digital Culture and New Media
University of Saskatchewan
Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity
Program Coordinator: Allison Muri
“New media transforms all culture and cultural theory into an ‘open source.’ This opening up of cultural techniques, conventions, forms, and concepts is ultimately the most promising cultural effect of computerization.- Lev Manovich, The language of New Media
This minor provides a foundation in the history, theory and practice of digital culture and new media. "Digital culture" describes the participatory culture of global online communications and creative practice: today's inexpensive recording devices and digital editing tools, social software such as Facebook and Twitter, and other "Web 2.0" applications such as Wordpress, Wikipedia, Flickr, and so on, allows everyone to be a creator, a collaborator, and a publisher.
The transformative influences of digitally-mediated communications are widely recognized in a variety of professions that undergraduates will eventually pursue — whether business, the arts, journalism, education, the government, or academia. This minor provides an interdisciplinary education to prepare students to participate in, use, critically engage with and assess, and perhaps most importantly, contribute creatively to the new global information networks, resources, and communications of the digital age. Students completing this minor will develop a foundation for future employment, higher education, or research in these areas.
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