Schedule

Week 1

Aug. 25

• Introduction to the class and brief discussion.
• Setting up google doc for reading notes. There is a video tutorial for setting up and sharing a Google doc on the Reading Notes page. Send me the link to your document by Tuesday morning).

Aug. 27

1. #Ferguson

• Bryan Stevenson, “We Need to Talk About an Injustice”
• Jelani Cobb, “The Anger in Ferguson”
• Zeynep Tufecki, “What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson”

terms: net neutrality, algorithmic filtering, #iftheygunnedmedown

Aug. 29

2. Ferguson and media images

“Behind a Twitter Campaign a Multitude of Stories”
“Who’s a Looter?”
“If it Loots it Leads”

The title of the NPR blog that has the first reading is called “code switch.” What does this mean?

Week 2

Sept. 1 – Labor Day – No class

Sept. 3

3. Read: Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium is the Message” (pdf)
Terms/concepts (these should be defined in your reading notes) – medium, content.

• Blown to Bits – Preface and Ch. 1
digital, replicate, social disruption, koan, Moore’s Law.

Sept. 5

4. Technological determinism and control
Culture and Technology, Ch. 3-4 (pp. 41-64)
These chapters are within this pdf: Culture and Technology, Readings 3-9

technological determinism, cultural determinism, technological dependence

Week 3

Sept. 8
5. • Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Ch. 1-2 (Here’s a pdf of the book Neil Postman – Amusing Ourselves To Death)

What does Postman mean by, “The Medium is the Metaphor?” Obviously this is a play on McLuhan’s “The Medium is the Message.” What’s his point?

This is one of the required books and should be available at the bookstore or elsewhere if you need it.

Sept. 10

The Great Internet Slowdown is today. Remember when we talked about net neutrality?

6. •  Amusing Ourselves to Death, Ch. 3-4

Sept. 12
7. • Amusing Ourselves to Death, Ch. 5

 

Week 4

Sept. 15
8. • Amusing Ourselves to Death, Ch. 7 – “And … now this”

Sept. 17

9. • Tim Wu, “The Radicalism of the Internet Revolution” (pdf) Wu – Radicalism of the Internet Revolution
• Social Media Reader – Siva Vaidhyanathan, “Open Source as Culture/Culture as Open Source

Why, according to WU, is the Internet “radical” (like it says in the title?)

open source, proprietary, fencing off, free software

Here is Revolution OS, which we started in class:

Sept. 19

10. • Nicholas Carr: “Is Google Making us Stupid?”
• William Deresiwicz: “the end of solitude
Blown to Bits, Appendix – The Internet as System and Spirit

 

Today we will spend some time recapping Postman and trying to figure out ways to critique his argument.

Week 5

Sept. 22

11. • danah boyd, “Participating in the Always on Lifestyle” (Social Media Reader, ch. 6) – PDF: Boyd – Participating in the always on lifestyle
terms: “always-on ethos,” microdata, “laissez-faire approach to social media,” asynchronicity, affordances

• Zeynep Tufekci, Social Media’s Small, Positive Role in Human Relationships (pdf)

Sept. 24
Social norms and the Norms Breaching Experiment

12. • Garfinkel, Studies of the Routine Grounds of Everyday Activities, Garfinkel (pdf)

Sept. 26

No class. I am at the Online News Association conference in Chicago.

 

Week 6

Sept. 29

13. • Jeremy Keeshin, Social Norms on the Web.

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Oct. 1

Ethical frameworks

Are there absolutely things that should’t be done? Should we operate on the idea “greatest good for the greatest number?” Or is it all cultural (just do what seems right to you)?

14. Read pp. 167-176 from this: pp. 168 (pdf)

In your reading notes, in addition to the summary of those pages, explain utilitarianism and provide an example.

Oct. 3

Ethical Frameworks II

Are there absolute laws that we must abide by?

15. Read pp. 176-195 from this: pp.176-195 (pdf)

In your reading notes, in addition to the summary of those pages, explain deontology, relativism, ethical absolutism.

 

Week 7

Oct. 6

No class. I’m at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference in Calgary.

Oct. 8

No class. I’m at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference in Calgary.

Oct. 10

TBA

Week 8

Oct. 13

No class – Fall Break

 

Oct. 15 (this was the reading that we postponed before last week)

Ethical Frameworks II

Are there absolute laws that we must abide by?

15. Read pp. 176-195 from this: pp.176-195 (pdf)

In your reading notes, in addition to the summary of those pages, explain deontology, relativism, ethical absolutism.

 

Oct. 17

Norms Breaching Experiment Due (draft)

• We will do some in-class discussion about the experiment. The final version is due on Oct. 22.

Week 9

Oct. 20

Surveillance – The Panopticon

16. Michel Foucault, “Panopticism” from Discipline and Punish pdf: Foucault D and P

Explain the panopticon and it’s purpose in your reading notes.

One of the texts for this section is the film We Live in Public, which is available to rent or buy online ($2.99 to rent at Amazon, for example). We will be discussing the film a week from today, so watch it by then. Also, you will have reading notes due on the film next Monday.

Oct. 22

Privacy and the corporate gaze – Google Street View

17. Google’s announcement of Streetview

Boring v. Google – This a crash course in reading legal documents. There is a lot of legal jargon in this. You don’t need to know any of it. Just figure out what the court is saying about the claims of invasion of privacy etc.

Oct. 24

Anonymity

18. danah boyd, “Real Names Policies are an Abuse of Power.” + comments

 

Week 10

Oct. 27

Discussion of We Live in Public

Reading notes due are We Live in Public, so be sure to write some things down as you watch.

Oct. 29

19. Discussion of We Live in Public

Reading notes due are We Live in Public, so be sure to write some things down as you watch.

Oct. 31

More on Anonymity

20. Read: “Confessions of a Former Internet Troll” 

How do you create a healthy, productive comment culture?

Week 11

Nov. 3

Security vs. “The Right to Know” – The War on Photography

21. Read: Radley Balko, “The War on Cameras: OIt’s Never been Easier – or More Dangerous – to Film Police”

In your reading notes, write about the ethical conundrum (through the ethical frameworks we have talked about) raised when we all have a camera, particularly when it comes to recording police.

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Nov. 5

Security, privacy and the right to know

Google Glass Picks up Early Signal: Keep Out (short article in the New York Times)

 

Nov. 7 

Privacy and Journalism cont.

22. Read Part 1 of Janet Malcolm’s article about “The Journalist and the Murderer” Malcolm 1

 

 

Week 12

Nov. 10

23. Part 2 of Janet Malcolm’s “The Journalist and the Murderer” Malcolm II

Nov. 12

Moral Panics and “the Media”

24.William Patry, “Moral Panics, Folk Devils and Fear as Tactical Weapons” pdf: Moral Panics and Folk Devils

also, “Copyright Owners and Moral Panics” pp 139-160 (same pdf)

Copyright I

Nov. 14

25. Read: “Sudden Death of the Record,” in Mark Coleman’s Playback, pdf: Death of the Record

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Week 13

Nov. 17

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We continue with our discussion of copyright this week with a look at Napster

26. The Napster Generation

Watch: Lars Ulrich and Chuck D. on the Charlie Rose Show debate Napster

In class we’ll watch Downloaded

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Nov. 19

 

Nov. 21

 

Week 14

Nov. 24

RiP: A Remix Manifesto from Laurent LaSalle on Vimeo.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto from Laurent LaSalle on Vimeo.

In the film, they focus on four main points of the “manifesto,” which include:

1. Culture always builds on the past.

2. The past always tries to control the future.

3. Our future is becoming less free.

4. To build free societies you must limit the control of the past.

In your reading notes, briefly explain each of these in the context of the film. Provide an example.

 

Nov. 26

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Break

 

Week 15

Dec. 1

Discussion of mash-up project

Dec. 3

Work in class on mashup

Dec. 5

Mash-up due

Week 16

Finals Week

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