The course will be focused on online blogs, computer games, and social networks in Russia and the post-Soviet space as a unique cultural phenomenon with its own history, conventions, and impact on society. We will begin by considering the Soviet Union's own project to create a nation-wide Internet-like computer network during the Cold War and then explore Russian-speaking online mediascape as an alternative platform for community formation and political expression. The students will learn about the ways in which Russians approach questions of public and private space, censorship, and intellectual property. We will also consider the question of Russian internet "troll farms" and their international impact.
Most readings and discussion in Russian.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
RUS 202 or equivalent.