Maintained under the direction of Patrick Jagoda (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago, affiliated with the department of Cinema and Media Studies), this site collects the blog entries and final essay abstracts of students enrolled in the Digital Media Theory course at the University of Chicago. Through a study of contemporary media theory, this course analyzes what precisely is “new” about new media. Along the way, we will think carefully about questions of methodology. For instance, what does it mean to write new media theory without hands-on engagement with digital technologies and design experience? How are digital tools and techniques influencing literary studies? What are the overlaps and differences between the disciplinary formations of the “new media studies” and the “digital humanities”? We will also attend substantively to the social and political implications of digital media. Readings by theorists including Ian Bogost, Wendy Chun, Alexander Galloway, Mark Hansen, N. Katherine Hayles, Alan Liu, Lev Manovich, Nick Montfort, Janet Murray, Lisa Nakamura, John Durham Peters, and others will help us think about concepts such as interactivity, software, virtual embodiment, and networks. Along the way, we will play video games, read electronic fictions, analyze social media algorithms, and explore emergent research methodologies.