Culture as Data
social spaces on the internet
CAS 587 (also listed as CS 598KGK / LIS 590SSI / MDIA 590CD)
Tuesdays 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Room 1, CAS, 912 W Illinois St.
Instructors: Karrie Karahalios (email@example.com) and Christian Sandvig (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a special one-time course offered through the Center of Advanced Studies (CAS).
The Internet is home to a panoply
of human interactions. Social media, interactive games, telepresence,
online environments, and simple text e-mails now mediate our normal
experiences of education, medicine, politics, business, sociality,
collective action, and more. As the Internet has become an
infrastructure for social life and society itself, our ability to
measure and represent that society is also transforming. In this
cross-disciplinary campus-wide seminar we will investigate the rise of
"culture as data:" that is, the use of widespread networked computation
to quantify, analyze, explain, and navigate our relationships to social
institutions and each other. Students from all disciplines and colleges
are welcome. There are no pre-requisites. Special guest
lectures and events sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study
campus-wide initiative "Culture as Data" will enhance our work.