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MS148B PO - Drone Theory

When Offered: Last offered fall 2019.
Instructor(s): M.Andrejevic
Credit: 1

This class draws on the figure of the drone to consider contemporary developments in media theory and practice. It invokes the drone – understood not just as a weaponized device but as forming part of a distributed, mobile, interactive, information network – to explore emerging logics of interactivity, data processing and automation. The course will rely upon critical theory to examine the development of asymmetrical power and remote control associated with drones and will situate the drone within the cultural imaginary, drawing upon the historical relationship between military and media technology. The goal will be to use the figure of the drone to illuminate more general logics of cybernetic control – their fantasies and actualities and the ways in which these relate to historical figures of automata, telepresence and action-at-a-distance. Additionally, the class will explore and critique theoretical developments that anticipate the forms of knowing, sensing and experiencing associated with the figure of the drone. Letter grade only.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
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