Digital Subcultures


This course will explore the nature of literacy and the possibility of a “post literate” future.

Visible language (writing and reading) has been transformational not only for how we communicate and preserve ideas but also for how we think. However, as a literate people we have difficulty imagining both the powerful oral cultures that preceded us (and still exist) as well as the possibility of something beyond literacy.

This course will explore the nature of oral cultures, the transformations enabled by literacy, and speculate about the concept of rich human communication beyond traditional literacy (i.e. post literacy) that might evolve from advances in computing, biotechnology, or other, as yet unimagined, developments.

Using WordPress, and other open source tools and services, the instructor and the students will explore the idea of post literacy and engage in the network-mediated realm of digital scholarship by creating, authoring, and curating a publicly available digital publication.