Living in the Digital Age

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141: TR 12:30-1:45PM
Fall 2017
Civic Engagement

Instantaneous information and communication technologies have transformed every aspect of life in our society.  This seminar will examine the impact and implications of those technologies.  Are these new technologies distracting people, coaxing us away from learning and civic engagement with constant streaming entertainment, shopping, and trivial text messages?  Or are these new technologies democratizing, offering us information about issues around the globe and giving us new opportunities to participate in making the world a better place?   Students will engage in thoughtful debate about the ethical, policy, and practical implications of new information and communication technologies in educational institutions, workplaces, the government, and intimate relationships. Students will also consider ways to use these technologies so as to enhance, rather than diminish, their ability to learn and grow as students, as future professionals, and as members of a democratic society.


Martha McCaughey is a professor of sociology and faculty coordinator of the First Year Seminar Program.  Her areas of interest include new media activism, online privacy, gender, and violence.  Her edited volumes, Cyberactivism (2003) and Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web (2014), chronicle the impact of new information and communication technologies on movements for democracy and social change.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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