History C192 - History of Information

UC Berkeley - History C192: History of Information (Spring 2012). Instructors: Professor Geoffrey Nunberg and Professor Paul Duguid. This course explores the history of information and associated technologies, uncovering why we think of ours as "the information age." We will select moments in the evolution of production, recording, and storage from the earliest writing systems to the world of Short Message Service (SMS) and blogs. In every instance, we'll be concerned with both what and when and how and why, and we will keep returning to the question of technological determinism: how do technological developments affect society and vice versa? The course is also listed as Cognitive Science C103.


Lecture 01 - Introduction
Lecture 02 - Talking about Information: The Age of Information and the Information Revolution
Lecture 03 - Technological Determinism
Lecture 04 - The First Information Technology: Writing Systems
Lecture 05 - What Follows from Writing?
Lecture 06 - Manuscript Culture
Lecture 07 - Print Revolution
Lecture 08 - Scientific Revolution
Lecture 09 - The Emergence of the Public
Lecture 10 - The Organization of Knowledge
Lecture 11 - The Organization of Knowledge (cont.)
Lecture 12 - Language and the Dictionary
Lecture 13 - Unnoticed Revolutions?: Time-keeping and Book-keeping
Lecture 14 - The Rise of Literacy
Lecture 15 - Information as Property
Lecture 16 - Communications Revolution
Lecture 17 - The Impact of Photography
Lecture 18 - Information, Propaganda, and Objectivity
Lecture 19 - Information & Advertising
Lecture 20 - Advent of the Computer
Lecture 21 - The Rise of Broadcasting
Lecture 22 - Storage and Search
Lecture 23 - The Internet
Lecture 24 - Disintermediation, Dematerialization, Disaggregation, Disruption
Lecture 25 - Social Implications
Lecture 26 - The Internet: Social Effects
Lecture 27 - Social Effects of the Internet: Virtual Pollution