This blog is an experimental, public archive for one iteration of the class, “Science and Technology in American Culture,” a second writing course in OSU’s Comparative Studies Department. The intention is to use this blog as a deposit for course materials without copyright restrictions (restricted material will be on Carmen), student research, and as a tool for remote class discussions. If you’re enrolled in CS 2367.04 for summer 2014, you’ll be obligated to contribute to this blog in various ways – to be discussed in class. If you’re visiting this blog because you’ve wandered here via searches, links, or because it was recommended to you by someone, feel free to browse and comment. We’re interested in your thoughts and reactions! I’ll be administering this site to eliminate spam and hate speech.

This summer session class will explore the question “What is human?” broadly understood. Who defines the boundary between the human and the non-human and what are the consequences? Along the way we’ll be exploring texts and composition, taking a “comparative media” approach.

Blogs are one of many new media that organize text and images into a navigable format for anyone with an internet-ready device. To what extent is it useful as an organizing tool for a non-major, undergraduate class on post-humanism? What are the advantages and drawbacks of this particular format and what skills are necessary to use it effectively? Please explore this blog with critical eye and an open mind, and thank you for however you contribute to this project!

-Seth Josephson

Peter Stackpole ~ A trained raven smoking a pipe, 1939


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