SSI1 143

Controversies of Communication and Technology

This course explores controversies as they relate to technology and communication. Technology is now a pervasive aspect of daily life. Some technology-related discussion topics include online privacy, cyberbullying, anonymity, surveillance, trolling, and online dating. In addition to reading about developing and structuring arguments, students view relevant media and read popular press and academic articles about the various issues relating to technology and communication. In the process of examining these controversies, students encounter the two central aspects of the humanistic tradition of rhetorical education: argumentation and effective oral and written expression. Students engage in a variety of activities and exercises and prepare a final paper designed to develop their fluency in written composition and oral expression. Affiliate department: Communication Studies.