Sep 18, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1017 - Communicating in a Virtual World

Hours: 4
Developments in the last decade have changed the way we connect to our friends, family, employers, and world at large. Technology is directing what is appropriate in how we communicate and when. Can you remember life without cell phones? How has the internet affected how you get information as well as what information you get? Technology has even affected the way we play. Do you escape into the virtual world of an on-line game? This course will explore how these changes have affected how we interact with our world and the impact they have on our own perspective of the world around us. We will examine the ever changing role of communication in our lives and how we derive meaning from the new forms of communication we encounter each day. What are appropriate forms of communication in what context? What is legal or what will get you in trouble on the internet? Is cyber vetting ethical? How has this technology shaped our society and what does it mean for us in the future?