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450 - Free and Open Source Culture

Credits: 
3
Prerequisite or Requirement: 
First Year Writing
General Education: 
Yes
Minors: 
Digital Literatures and Comparative Media
Immersions: 
Digital Literatures and Comparative Media
Class Description: 
This course charts the development of the Free Culture movement by examining the changing relationship between authorship and cultural production based on a variety of factors: law, culture, commerce and technology. In particular, we will examine the rise of the concept of the individual author during the last three centuries. Using a variety of historical and theoretical readings, we will note how law and commerce have come to shape the prevailing cultural norms surrounding authorship, while also examining lesser known models of collaborative and distributed authoring practices. This background will inform our study of the rapid social transformations wrought by media technologies in last two centuries, culminating with the challenges and opportunities brought forth by digital media, mobile communications and networked computing. Students will learn about the role of software in highlighting changing authorship practices, facilitating new business and economic models and providing a foundation for conceiving of open source, open access, participatory, peer-to-peer and “Free (as in speech, not beer)” cultures.

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