January 25. Introduction and Course Overview
Students sign up for Class Presentations

February 1. The Trap (Marisa, Stacey)
Watch The Trap (Part I). Available at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=404227395387111085 Manuel de Landa, The War in the Age of Intelligent Machines, pp. 84-105. PDF available on Blackboard.

February 8. Secrecy and Transparency in the Networked Society (Daniel Jones, Andrew Rosen, Jana, Natalie)
Raffi Khatchadourian, “No Secrets: Julian Assange’s Mission for Total Transparency,” The New Yorker. Available at www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/06/07/100607fa_fact_khatchadourian?printable=true Watch Julian Assange, “Why The World Needs Wikileaks,” TED Talk. Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNOnvp5t7Do Jay Rosen, “The Afghan War Logs Released by Wikileaks, The World First Stateless News Organization,” Press Think. Available at http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2010/07/26/wikileaks_afghan.html
Farhad Manjod, “The WikiLeaks Paradox. Is radical transparency compatible with total anonymity?” Slate. Available at www.slate.com/id/2262066/
Recommended Reading: Jay Rosen, “From Judith Miller to Julian Assange,” PressThink, December 9, 2010. Available at http://pressthink.org/2010/12/from-judith-miller-to-julian-assange/

February 15. The Open Source Revolution (Dan O’ Connor, Genna)
Watch Revolution OS, USA, 2001. Available at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7707585592627775409#
Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, pp. 237-259 Recommended Reading: Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Chapter 2, available at http://manybooks.net/titles/levystevetext96hckrs10.html

February 22. A Week Without Google (Thomas, Andrew Jajja, Liz)
Nicholas Carr, “The Omnigoogle,” Rough Type. Available at http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2008/09/google_at_10.php Nicholas Carr, “The Cloud’s Chrome Lining” http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2008/09/the_clouds_chro.php
Holman W. Jenkins, “Google and the Search for the Future,” Wall Street Journal. Available at http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748704901104575423294099527212.html
Siva Vaidhyanathan, “Google and Aptocracy,” The Googlization of Everything. Available at www.googlizationofeverything.com/2010/08/google_and_aptocracy.php
Recommended reading:
Cory Doctorow, “Scroogled,” available at http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2007-09-17-n72.html

March 1. A New Architecture of Participation (Kevin, Hannah, Danielle, Elizabeth C.)
Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Chapters 1-3, pp. 1-54 Watch “Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration,” TED Talk, available at www.ted.com/index.php/talks/clay_shirky_on_institutions_versus_collaboration.html
Watch Clay Shirky, “How Social Media Can Make History,” TED Talk, available at www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_how_cellphones_twitter_facebook_can_make_history.html

First Travelogue Due

March 8. The Blogosphere and the Blogipelago (Kyle, Jessica, Kristen)
Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, pp. 55-80
Jodi Dean, Blog Theory, pp. 33-53. PDF available on Blackboard.
Recommended reading:
Elizabeth Kolbert, “The Things People Say,” The New Yorker. Available at http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2009/11/02/091102crbo_books_kolbert?currentPage=all

March 15. Spring Break

March 22. The Crisis of Journalism (Andrew R., Danielle)
James Curran, “The Future of Journalism,” Journalism Studies. PDF available on Blackboard.
Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, pp. 81-109 Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, “The State of the News Media 2010 (Online Overview).” Available at http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2010/online_summary_essay.php
Case Studies: Propublica.org, Spot.us

March 29. Gaming (Andrew J., Kevin, Hannah)

Gonzalo Frasca, “Simulation vs Narrative: Introduction to Ludology,” available at www.ludology.org/articles/VGT_final.pdf

Watch “Jane McGonigal: Games Can Make a Better World,” TED Talk, available at http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html

Julian Dibbell, “The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer,” NYT Magazine, available at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/17/magazine/17lootfarmers-t.html

April 5. Hacktivism (Thomas S., Daniel J.)
Marco Deseriis, “No End in Sight: Networked Art as a Participatory Form of Storytelling,” available at http://deseriis.networkedbook.org/no-end-in-sight-networked-art-as-a-participatory-form-of-storytelling
Watch Gabriella Coleman, “Old and New Battles over Free Speech and Secrecy,” available at http://turbulence.org/blog/2010/04/13/free-speech-anonymous-vs-scientology
Recommended reading: Malcolm Gladwell, “Small Change: Why the Revolution will not be Tweeted,” The New Yorker, available at www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/10/04/101004fa_fact_gladwell

Second Travelogue Due

April 12. Quitting Facebook? (Kyle, Kristen, Stacey)
Danah Boyd, “Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life.” Available at www.danah.org/papers/WhyYouthHeart.pdf
Danah Boyd and Alice Marwick, “I Tweet Honestly, I Tweet Passionately: Twitter Users, Context Collapse, and the Imagined Audience,” New Media and Society. Article available on Blackboard.
Recommended Reading:
Danah Boyd, “Quitting Facebook is Pointless, Challenging Them to Do Better Is Not,” Apophenia. Available at http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2010/05/23/quitting-facebook-is-pointless-challenging-them-to-do-better-is-not.html
Case Studies: Diaspora, Web 2.0 Suicide Machine

April 19. Wikipedia and Commons-Based Peer Production (Jana, Jessica)
Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Chapter 5, pp. 109-142
Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks, Chapter 3, available at http://www.benkler.org/Benkler_Wealth_Of_Networks_Chapter_3.pdf

April 26. Digital Socialism (Marisa, Elizabeth C., Natalie)
Kevin Kelly, “The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online,” available at www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-06/nep_newsocialism
Jaron Lanier “On Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism,” available at www.edge.org/3rd_culture/lanier06/lanier06_index.html

May 2. Remix Culture (Liz J., Jana)
Watch Rip: A Remix Manifesto, USA, 2009. Available at http://ripremix.com/getdownloads/
Watch Lawrence Lessig on laws that choke creativity, TED Talk, http://www.ted.com/talks/larry_lessig_says_the_law_is_strangling_creativity.html
Final Travelogue Due

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