INF 386 - History of Information and Society: Information in Everyday Life
Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.
Topics on the histories of information; libraries; archives; information science, technology, and businesses; conservation; and museums.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
This course will examine the use of information and information technology in the pursuit of everyday life in America. The course will begin by looking at some concepts of information and information businesses that have been employed in the past by scholars. It will then look at the principal literature on the Internet and everyday life before having the students examine not only the Internet but information and information technology more generally and its effects on everyday American life in such domains as work, dating, family life, commuting, politics, work-life balance, education, entertainment, news, health, travel, friendships, interpersonal communication, and material goods such as food, clothing, and shelter.
Information in Everyday Life