Week 1 – Civics, media and the new Normal
- Setting up reading notes
- Henry Jenkins, What is Civic Media?
Reading 1. (for your reading notes)
- Ethan Zuckerman, New Media, New Civics? My Bellweather lecture at the Oxford Internet Institute.
- Peter Levine, What is the definition of civic engagement?
Rights vs. responsibilities, participation, engagement,
Week 2 – Social capital and the public sphere
- Jurgen Habermas, The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article
- Catherine Squires: Rethinking the Black Public Sphere (pdf)
public sphere, counterpublics, subaltern
Transit ethnography assigned
Clay Shirky, Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable
social capital, social trust, associational membership
Transit ethnography assigned
Week 3 – Newspapers and their (dis)content
- Paul Starr, Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Age of Corruption), New Republic.
- Knight Commission, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age (Executive Summary).
Topic proposal discussion. In your reading notes for today, list three issues that interest you. Think broadly about this. Issues can range from mass incarceration to blight to improving education.
Here are some possibilities: death penalty, child abuse, Dream Act, equal pay, felony disenfranchisement, gentrification, health care disparities, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, human trafficking, hunger, poverty, teen pregnancy, veterans’ issues, prison reform, minimum and living wage, migrant worker issues, gun violence, fair housing, juvenile justice, mass transit.
5. Watch: PBS 13: Journalism in Crisis
Topic proposal assigned, groups selected
So here are the groups I came up with base on the interests that you noted in your reading notes. There are 20 people in the class, so I went with 2 groups of 4 and 4 groups of 3. Some people got their top choice, some didn’t, but I think they are all interesting topics. Of course, these topics will become much more refined as you move through the semester. Here they are:
1. Katie Mac, Rebecca, Sophia
2. Maggie, Ryan, Cait??
Audrey, Abby, Molly, Kristin
Aileen, Tudetso, Mary Mad
Juvenile justice/gun violence
Holly, Noelle, Cat, Mike
Piper, Trisha, Katie
Week 4 – Mapping grassroots media
Sept. 15 – Class cancelled for today. Reading notes are still due though.
Jamilah King, #backlivesmatter: How three friends turned a spontaneous Facebook post into a global phenomenon, California Magazine.
Jay Caspian Kang, “Our Demand is Simple: Stop Killing Us.” New York Times Magazine.
Case study: #blacklivesmatter
In class – Stakeholder mapping your issue.
Transit Ethnography Due
Week 5 – The Digital Citizen
• Chris Wells, The Civic Organization and The Digital Citizen: Communicating Engagement in A Networked Age (required book) Ch. 1 – “Young Citizens and the Changing Face of Information”
civic information, civic information paradigms, civic information styles,
Based on this first chapter, what do you expect this book to be about?
• Wells, Ch. 2 –“ Two Paradigms of Civic Information”
In class – Stakeholder interviews assigned
Week 6 – Civic orgs and new media
• Wells, Ch. 3 – “Civic Organizations In the New Media Environment”
• Wells, Ch. 4 – “Civic Organizations’ Communications on the Web”
In-class – Proposal formally assigned
Week 7 –
Today we will work on the final proposals. The reading for today is pushed to Thursday.
• Wells, Ch. 5 – “Civic Organizations’ Communications Through Facebook” Case study: #PHLED
• Wells, Ch. 5 – “Civic Organizations’ Communications Through Facebook”
Case study: #PHLED
Come to this panel before class and you will get 5 points added to your mid-term grade.
Week 8 – Media Advocacy
Oct. 13 – Fall Break, No classes
Wells – Ch. 5 and 6
“Take-home” mid-term. The mid-term will be posted on this site after class and will be due on your reading notes Google doc by 5 p.m. on Friday.
Week 9 – Collective Action and DIY Citizenship
12. • Center for Healthy Communities, Communicating for Change: Making the Case for Health with Media Advocacy (pdf)
Case study: Health communication
Case study: New Media Advocacy Project
• Matt Ratto and Megan Boler, “Introduction” from DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media pdf: DIY Citizenship Intro
Week 10 – Fan Activism
13. • Henry Jenkins, “Fan Activism as Participatory Politics: The Case of the Harry Potter Alliance” pdf: Jenkins – Fan Activism as Participatory Politics
• Watch: Jenkins NYED Ted Talk
Stakeholder interview due.
• Meetings on proposals
Week 11 – Storytelling, narrative and activism
14. • Francesca Polleta, “It was like a fever…”: Narrative and identity in social protest
Terms: narrative, frames, free rider, emplotment.
How do these relate to the sit-ins? What is Polleta’s point in this article?
15. • Sam Gregory, Transnational Storytelling: Human Rights, Witness and Video Advocacy (PDF)
Case study: Witness
Week 12 – Politics, media and campaigns
16. • Watch: Frontline: The Digital Campaign
Week 13 – Counterpublics, cute cats and the Arab Spring
17. • Wael Ghonim, “Kullena Khaled Said” from Revolution 2.0. pdf: Kullena Khaled Said
“sales tunnel approach,” silent stand
18. • Ethan Zuckerman, The Cute Cat Theory Talk at ETech
This article was written in 2008. What is the theory and does it still hold up?
• In-class: Proposal work
Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Break, no classes
• In-class: Proposal work
• Proposal Presentations
Final – Dec. 11 – 1 p.m.