“Our visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with visions of humanity, compassion and justice.”
– Bryan Stevensen
• 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).
terms: net neutrality, algorithmic filtering, #iftheygunnedmedown
2. Ferguson and media
The title of the NPR blog that has the first reading is called “code switch.” What does this mean?
Sept. 1 – Labor Day – No class
3. The City and the “Creative Class”
• Richard Florida, “The Rise of the Creative Class”
• Charles Leroux And Ron Grossman, “Putting the Chic Back in Chicago”
• From Sin City to Sim City: Can Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh Reinvent Downtown Las Vegas? pdf: From Sin to Sim City
4. • Alec Macgillis, “The Ruse of the Creative Class”
• Sean Andrew Chen, “Questioning the Cult of the Creative Class”
• Timothy Williams, “Cities Mobilize to Help Those Threatened by Gentrification”
What do you think this quote, from the first article, means: Florida’s creative-class theory “is bad because it distracts from what’s important.”
Here’s a trailer:
6. • Robert Putnam: “The Prosperous Community: Social capital and Public Life“
• In class – Flag Wars documentary cont.
7. • Richard Florida, From Social Capital to Creative Capital (pdf): Florida – From Social Capital to Creative Capital
weak ties, strong ties, Explain the “new divides” he talks about.
• Paul Starr, “Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Age of Corruption),” New Republic (optional)
Thanks to Ben Chapman for forwarding me a piece by Clay Shirky on the demise of print newspapers. His advice to journalists already working in newsrooms (and these skills apply to those who want to go into journalism as well):
First, get good at understanding and presenting data. Second, understand how social media can work as a newsroom tool. Third, get whatever newsroom experience you can working in teams, and in launching new things.
9. • Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody Ch. 1-2
news kinds of group-forming, post-managerial organizations
10. • Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Ch. 5-6
11. Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Ch, 7-8
Intro to Hacking
12. Intro to Civic Hacking
• Catherine Bracy, “6 Unexpected Historical Figures with the Civic Hacker Mindset”
Civic Hacking II
13. Jake Solomon, People, not Data: On Disdain and Empathy in Civic Tech
Civic Hacking III
14. • Rui Kenaya – “How Civic Hackers are Helping Local Journalism”
Here are a couple of projects to look at:
The New York City Subway Project (an oldie but a goodie)
This is the talk I tried to show in class (12:25 section) but couldn’t get the sound to work.
The mid-term, which is next Friday will review the theoretical concepts that we covered over the first six weeks of the course. These will come from Richard Florida (the creative class), Robert Putnam (social capital) and Clay Shirky (sharing, collaboration, collective action). As I mentioned in class these will be applied to a real case that I will present to you.
The mid-term will be a take-home that you can work on through early next week as there is no class on Monday nor Wednesday (I am at a conference in Edmonton. In October. Yay.)
I will post the midterm question – problem on Sunday evening and it is due Friday morning at 9 a.m. There will be no other readings during this time. We will start the Anthony Townsend book on the following Monday.
No class – I am at the ESC Conference
No class – Fall Break
How to analyze digital media and contentious politics
15. Read pages 1-12 in Blogs and Bullets (pdf) – Blogs and Bullets
Pay particular attention to the “Five levels of analysis” in your reading notes.
Today we will consider the case study of the Zapatistas, one of the first groups to rely on digital media and the Internet
What does he mean by: information geurillas, “new political fabric,” “Zapatista effect”
The new “majoritarianism” of protest culture
17. Read: Paolo Gerbaudo, “Not Fearing to be Liked: The Majoritarianism of Contemporary Protest Culture”
Explain this idea of a “new majoritarianism” in your reading notes.
Case Study: Iran and the rumblings of a “new media revolution”
18. Blogs and Bullets (the entire document is linked under Oct. 15) pp. 13-31
Protest and iconography – The Case of Neda Agha-Soltan
19. Nazila Fathi, “In a Death Seen Around the World, a Symbol of Iranian Protests”
In class we will watch A Death in Tehran.
The Origins of the Arab Spring
Read “Prelude to Revolution” in Manuel Castells, Networks of Outrage and Hope. pdf: Castells
Final Project Intro
We will draw on the memoir of Wael Ghonim for our discussion of the revolution in Egypt (and of course on the ideas of collective action that we have already discussed.
22. Wael Ghonim, “Searching for a Savior” from Revolution 2,0: The Power of the People is Greater than the People in Power. pdf: Searching for a savior
23. Wael Ghonim, “Kullena Khaled Said” from Revolution 2.0. pdf: Kullena Khaled Said
A “Tahrir moment” in the U.S.? #occupy
24. Manuel Castells, “Occupy Wall Street: Harvesting the Salt of the Earth” pdf: Occupy Wall Street- Harvesting the Salt of the Earth
We will watch 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film in class.
Making Sense of “Networked Protest”
25. Paolo Gebaudo, “‘Freindly’ Reunions: Social Media the Choreogrphy of Assembly” (from Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism) pdf: Gebaudo – Friendly Reunions
Quiz covering our readings on social movements
There are some distinct similarities in the social movements we have examined over the last couple of weeks. The organizing goal of each was to bring about a “majoritarian” movement – one that included a broad range of people. How did they achieve this?
The quiz will be one multi-part question that will ask you to explain and provide examples for the following concepts:
• Choreography of Assembly
• The “sales tunnel” approach
• The importance of the “silent stand”
• Breaking down the “psychological barrier”
• “hybrid public space”
Citizenship and “DIY Citizenship”
26. Matt Ratto and Megan Boler, “Introduction” from DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media pdf: DIY Citizenship Intro
“DIY and Activism: New Modes of Civic Engagement and Participatory Politics” pdf:
DIY Citizenship, continued
27. Henry Jenkins, “Fan Activism as Participatory Politics: The Case of the Harry Potter Alliance” pdf: Jenkins – Fan Activism as Participatory Politics
Proposal for final project due in reading notes.
Kony 2012 and social movement branding
28. Graham Meikle, “Social Media, Visibility, and Activism: The Kony 2012 Campaign” pdf: Meikle – Social Media, Visibility and Activism
No reading for today. In class we will look more closely at final project proposals.
Anthony Townsend, Smart Cities
Ch. 6 – “Have Nots”
Girls Who Code: Closing the Gender Gap
Annotated bibliography due on Google doc reading notes.
No class – Thanksgiving Break
No class – Thanksgiving Break
Final Project work
Detailed outline due
This should be long enough and detailed enough that we can get an sound idea of your argument. So you should have looked through some primary sources (tweets, Facebook posts or whatever you are using) by now.
Put this on your google doc.
Final Project Work
Last Day of Class
Dec. 11 – 1 p.m.
Final for 12:20 section (final project due)
Dec. 16 – 10 a.m.
Final for 10:10 section (final project due)