Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A15. History and Culture in the Digital Age

Big Data. Social Media. Smart Phones. Tablets. Streaming Video.

Digital devices and applications have become ubiquitous in the cultural experiences of well-to-do people in developed economies, and commentary on their cultural effects has kept pace. We will explore continuities and differences between our own era and earlier periods of technological change, asking such questions as: What is the difference between electronic books and print? Is technology gendered? What can you do with games? How do we judge veracity on the web? Students will contribute to a long-term digital history project, learning a bit about how humans talk to machines. And students will research and present on a topic of their choice related to the topic of History and Culture in our Digital Age.

Kathryn TomasekKathryn Tomasek
Associate Professor of History