INF 315E - Information and Culture: Hoaxes, Conspiracies, & Pseudoscience In The Digital Age
Prerequisites may vary with the topic.
Examines information as a cultural phenomenon. Topics may include e-commerce, privacy and secrecy, censorship, information as a commodity, Internet culture, access to cultural heritage, and control of the cultural record.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
Information Studies 315E and 315W may not both be counted unless the topics vary.
This course serves to teach students how to judge information from misinformation, and to decide which information is credible. The class will particularly focus on information and misinformation distributed via new technologies, both historically and currently. We will address questions such as the following: how does a channel or medium affect the perception and persuasion of the message? What messages and mediums are persuasive or credible? Does technology influence the perception of information by individuals, groups, or organizations?
Hoaxes, Conspiracies, & Pseudoscience In The Digital Age