HSS 371

Professor D. Schmüdde

Spring Semester 2017

Atari Mega STE
  1. Week 14 - Finals Week
  2. Week 13 — Computers and Art
    1. Lecture Notes 13
    2. Related Archival Video 13
    3. Related Internet Art 13
  3. Week 12 — GNU, FOSS, and Licensing
    1. Lecture Notes 12
    2. Related Archival Video 12
  4. Week 11 — Second Machine Age
    1. Lecture Notes 11
    2. Related Archival Video 11
    3. Related Archival Audio 11
  5. Week 10 — Internet Governance and Cyberlibertarianism
    1. Lecture Notes 10
    2. Related Archival Video 10
  6. Week 9 — Internet Governance and Cyberlibertarianism
    1. Lecture Notes 9
    2. Related Archival Video 9
  7. Week 8 — Computer History IV
    1. Lecture Notes 8
    2. Related Archival Video 8
  8. Week 7 - Computer History III
    1. Lecture Notes 7
    2. Related Archival Video 7
  9. Week 6—Computer History II
    1. Lecture Notes 6
    2. Related Archival Video 6
  10. Week 5—Computer History I
    1. Lecture Notes 5
    2. Related Archival Video 5
  11. Week 4 — Media
    1. Lecture Notes 4
    2. Related Archival Video 4
  12. Week 3 — NSA Nation
    1. Lecture Notes 3
    2. Related Archival Video 3
  13. Week 2 — Politics
    1. Lecture Notes 2
    2. Related Archival Video 2
  14. Week 1 — Culture
    1. Lecture Notes 1


Week 14 - Finals Week

!! Test Time !!


Week 13 — Computers and Art

Lecture Notes 13


Week 12 — GNU, FOSS, and Licensing

Lecture Notes 12


Week 11 — Second Machine Age

Lecture Notes 11

  • WABOT 2, an early Japanese humanoid robot (1980)
  • One Day More performed by Elaine Purkey (1995)
  • VDT performed by Tom Juravich (1989)


Week 10 — Internet Governance and Cyberlibertarianism

  • Lecture: Computing and Social Movements: Cyberlibertarianism II
  • Discussion: Is it ethical to restrict the free flow of information?
  • Preliminary Reading:

Lecture Notes 10


Week 9 — Internet Governance and Cyberlibertarianism

Lecture Notes 9


Week 8 — Computer History IV

!! Midterm Paper Due !!

Lecture Notes 8


Week 7 - Computer History III

I'll also be eMailing you with feedback on your timeline throughout the week, so be on the lookout for that.

Finally, start preparing for the midterm paper. A printout will be due the 21st of March.

Lecture Notes 7


Week 6—Computer History II

For next week, please assemble a thorough retrospective of your chosen midterm subject. Focus on the development of the technological aspect of your essay. For example, if your subject centered on cryptography, your timeline might look something like:

 ... [various dates and terminology]

  • 9th Century: First book on cryptography entitled Risalah fi Istikhraj al-Mu'amma (Manuscript for the Deciphering Cryptographic Messages) by Al-Kindi
  • 1553: The book La cifra del. by Giovan Battista Bellaso describes the Vigenère cipher

... [various dates and terminology]

  • 1943-1945: Colossus computer helps researchers at Bletchley Park break the German's Lorenz Cipher.

... [various dates and terminology]

Make sure to highlight

  1. Technical milestones
  2. Significant applications of important technology
  3. The consequences of these applications

In addition, please define some of the more obscure terminology. In the example above, you would want to define the Vigenère and Lorenz ciphers. Please include embedded in the timeline itself.

EMail this timeline to me in advance of the next class. The timeline should span two full pages and be listed in chronological order.

Lecture Notes 6


Week 5—Computer History I

Make sure to send your midterm article by the next class period! If you have questions, please consult the syllabus first.

Lecture Notes 5


Week 4 — Media

  • Lecture: The Medium is the Message: Newspaper/Radio/TV/Internet
  • Discussion: Is Fake News an inevitable byproduct of the current digital landscape?
  • Preliminary Reading:

Lecture Notes 4


Week 3 — NSA Nation

  • Lecture: The Church Committee
  • Discussion: Should personal privacy be as valued as social safety?
  • Preliminary Reading: Watch Part 1 of Frontline’s United States of Secrets

Lecture Notes 3


Week 2 — Politics

Lecture Notes 2


Week 1 — Culture

  • Lecture: Atari, Missile Command, and the Cold War
  • Discussion: Does immersive gaming and media pose a threat to society?
  • Preliminary Reading: none

Lecture Notes 1