History C192: History of Information

History C192: History of Information (Spring 2014, UC Berkeley). 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 - The Age of Information
Lecture 03 - Technological Determinism
Lecture 04 - The First Information Technology: Writing Systems
Lecture 05 - What Follows from Writing?
Lecture 06 - Manuscript "Culture"
Lecture 07 - The Print "Revolution"
Lecture 08 - The Scientific "Revolution"
Lecture 09 - The Emergence of the Public
Lecture 10 - Language and the Dictionary
Lecture 11 - Unnoticed Revolutions?: Time, Space and Money
Lecture 12 - The Organization of Knowledge
Lecture 13 - Communications and Progress
Lecture 14 - Information and Advertising
Lecture 15 - The Rise of Literacy
Lecture 16 - Information as Property
Lecture 17 - The Impact of Photography
Lecture 18 - The Rise of Broadcasting
Lecture 19 - Computer "Revolution"
Lecture 20 - Information, Propaganda, and Objectivity
Lecture 21 - Governing the Commons: Wikipedia
Lecture 22 - Storage and Search
Lecture 23 - Advent of the Internet
Lecture 24 - Social Implications of the Internet I
Lecture 25 - The Internet: Social Effects
Lecture 26 - Breaking up is Hard to Do: Politics, Porn and the Press

Syllabus for History of Information
INFO 103 | COG SCI C103 | HIST C192 | MSC 104C. Spring 2014. Lecture Slides. Introduction. Age of Information. Technological Determination. ...