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ENGL 923 01 (24012) /FILM652
Media and Media Theory, 1945–75
John Peters
M 3.30-5.20 LC 103
Spring 2017 
The postwar period is of great interest for recent media theorists and historians. Both our moment and the immediate postwar era faced the threat of species extinction; new leaps in computing power; the invention of institutions for monitoring and managing the environment; an ontological flattening between humans, machines, animals, and objects; and ongoing unsettlements in gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity. This course examines the postwar moment of cybernetic excitement and strain, including such media as bombs, bugging devices, computers, film, hi-fi, hydrophones, radio, tape, and television; such themes as archival abundance, decryption, interspecies communication, mind control, and planet management; and such writers as Arendt, Heidegger, McLuhan, Nabokov, and Wiener, in addition to more recent scholars working on the postwar period.