Module 4: The Materiality of Media

4.2 Module Overview

Looking ahead

In this module, we’re going to explore the material reality of our media, i.e. the physical environment and objects that let us access, use, and create digital media. We will focus on access to the Internet and technology and then delve into the production of screen technology. Through this process, we will move from local/regional to global/transnational networks. By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand and complicate the concept of a “digital divide.”
  • Understand barriers to media participation.
  • Be able to situate ourselves and our devices in a network of global relationships.
  • Begin to understand the relationship between colonialism, capitalism, disability, and technological development.


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