10 years ago Skype, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, and Instagram didn’t exist. 20 years ago there were only 130 websites total, Google wasn’t even around yet, and you had to pay for an email account through an ISP.
30 years ago there was no Internet.
This subject orients students within the rapidly shifting landscape of the contemporary networked epoch, exploring media making and sharing as it is being reshaped by the explosion of ubiquitous computing, digital networks, mobile devices and the opportunities, social practices, and business agendas that they give rise to.
The history, evolution, possible futures, opportunities and implications of the networked age are explored.
Additionally, students engage with the range of media making practices that comprise networked culture – from the mobile DIY studios of hand held smart devices, to the diversity of roles and responsibilities within professional broadcast studios – considering the differing practices and outputs associated with each.
Students learn the basics of video and sound production and begin creating their own portfolio, which will be built on throughout their degree, exploring what it is to make media in the broader digital ecosystem of networked culture.