(M) – For Monday • Read for Monday
(W) – For Wednesday
(F) – For Friday

Week 1

• Laying out course

Produce Introduction Video

Week 2

• Introduction to digital media
• Presentation and design

Monday – Thinking critically

(M) Reading – Clive Thompson Brave New World of Digital Intimacy

(M) Watch Digital Nation (Be prepared to discuss on Monday)

Week 3

Monday – Blog design

(M) Reading 7 elements

(M) Reading Krug, How We Really Use the Web

(M) 10 tips for Website design – New York Times

Wednesday – Presentation

(W) Reading – Public speaking: How I prepare every time.

(W) Watch video – Signal to Noise

Intro to prezi

(F) Blog presentations/launch
Using Prezi, create a 3-minute presentation for your blog.

For Monday: What makes a good blog post?
Write a blog post on what makes a good blog post.

This video may help your thinking:

Here’s Mena’s bio.

Also for Monday:

Take the Web Behavior Test
Create a 3-minute prezi on your result

Week 4

The Hacker Ethic
DIY Culture

(M) Present your Web animal test results.


(W)  OS Revolution

(F) Seminar – What is the hacker ethic? What is ethos?

The Hacker Ethic:

• Access to computers—and anything which might teach you something about the way the world works—should be unlimited and total. Always yield to the Hands-On Imperative!
• All information should be free.
• Mistrust authority—promote decentralization.
• Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not criteria such as degrees, age, race, sex, or position.
• You can create art and beauty on a computer.
• Computers can change your life for the better.

(F) The Hacker Spirit Revisited

(F) Blog post: Choose something online that you feel embodies the hacker ethic and tell us why.

One Laptop Per Child

Week 5
Digital architecture
Why is it so easy to share things online?
“The Hive”

(M) DIY Culture
Kitemaking in Gaza

Roll Up Your Sleeves – Doc on DIY culture

(W) The Cluetrain Manifesto – 95 theses

“The Cluetrain Manifesto still relevant 10 years later”

Blog post – “unpack” one of the 95 theses. Show how it plays out online in a specific space.

(F) Seminar – Wisdom of Crowds or Cult of the Amateur

The Hive

Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism

Week 6 – Sharing

(M) Updates on Help Niko Help

Shirky – Cognitive Surplus – Ch. 1

Video – Shirky at Ted
(W) Cognitive surplus, Chapter 2

(F) Seminar • Where do we find the Time?

Cognitive Surplus, Chapters 1-3

Blog post: 300 words or so in response to this question: Does Angry Birds blow Clay Shirkey’s argument out of the water? Why or why not? (This, of course, requires you to articulate his argument).

week 8 – Spring Break (!)

week 9 – Stealing

(M) Update on Help Niko Help

(W) Re-mix The Movie, Part 1

Girl Talk breakdown

Steps to making a mash-up

(F) Re-Mix The Movie, Part 2

Re-Mix the Movie Part 3

Seminar: Stealing and copyright

Blog post • Write at least a 300-word post in response to this question: Is what Girl Talk is does stealing?

week 10 – copying • You Tube and memes

(M) Seminar: Is what Girl Talk does stealing?

Mash-up due

Update on Help Niko Help

week 11


Work on Help Niko Help

(W) Business online

Video – Chris Anderson on “free”

Video – the conversation economy


(F) Start Auletta – Googled

week 12 – quitting

Media diet

Not using Google for one week


The slow media manifesto –

Article – Carr – Does the Internet Make You Dumber –

week 13 – Reading


Review of Googled:

Steven Johnson – Yes, People still read, but now it’s social.


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