From the print revolution to the birth of photography, from moving images to social networking, we find that new media technologies are continually adapting to us, as we simultaneously, and more subtly, adapt to them. Every wave of technological innovation leaves human existence more closely intertwined with media of documentation and communication. A central question forms this course’s premise: How has media technology changed the way we interact, the way we think, and the way we live, historically, and in the modern moment? Reading Benjamin, McLuhan, Postman, Baudrillard, Sontag, etc. Screenings from Metropolis and Modern Times, from classic film documentaries to web projects, YouTube, video art, etc.