Dreams, Memes, and Twittering Machines

Spring 2017

ENGL 2930 Intro Digital Humanities
M 4:00pm - 6:40pm HS 248B

Dreams

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Selfie vs. Self-Portrait

Memes predate the internet but have become pervasive with digital technologies.

Memes

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Everywhere

This course is a Digital Humanities project that investigates memes in digital culture: what they are, how they spread and change, what they mean to us. The course project will be to collect and curate memes.

Twittering Machines

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Twittering Machine, Paul Klee. 1922. Watercolor and ink. Like Duchamp, and not like Picasso, Klee depicts biology meeting machinery. Is it a meme? It was.

Originally displayed in Germany, the image was declared "degenerate art" by Adolf Hitler in 1933 and sold by the Nazi party to an art dealer in 1939, whence it made its way to New York. One of the better known of more than 9,000 works produced by Klee, it is among the more famous images of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). It has inspired several musical compositions and, according to a 1987 magazine profile in New York Magazine, has been a popular piece to hang in children's bedrooms. Our friends at Wikipedia

Now twittering machines are digital: it's Twitter. Wikipedia

Texts
Shifman, Limor. Memes in Digital Culture. MIT Press, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0262525435, ISBN-10: 0262525437. $12.29 print. 10.00. Kindle.

Walker Rettberg, Jill. Seeing Ourselves through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves. ISBN: 9781137476661. Open source text. Free in digital. here.

Topics

as of 16 Oct 2016

There are matters of identity, aesthetics, and value at stake.



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