Week 1: Introduction to Everyday Life
- Introductions, Course Requirements, and Syllabus
- Felski, Rita. “The Invention of Everyday Life.”
- Williams, Raymond. “Culture Is Ordinary (1958).”
Week 2: The “Passiveness” of the Old Media?
- Adorno, Theodor W., and Anson G. Rabinbach. “Culture Industry Reconsidered.”
- Jenkins, Henry. “Eight Traits of the New Media Landscape.”
- Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin, 2005. Read Chapters 1 and 2
- McLuhan, Marshall. “The Medium Is the Message.”
Week 3: The Failure of Mass Communication?
- Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin, 2005. Read all of Part 2
- Submit three tentative books you hope to review by email in order of preference.
- Bucher, Taina. “About a Bot: Hoax, Fake, Performance Art.”
- Sample, Mark. “A Protest Bot Is a Bot so Specific You Can’t Mistake It for Bullshit: A Call for Bots of Conviction.” Medium, May 30, 2014.
Week 4: Aesthetics of New Media
- Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Reprint edition. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2002. Read Prologue, Introduction, and Chapter 1 (What is New Media?).
- Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Reprint edition. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2002. Chapter 2 (The Interface)
- Moran, Thomas P., and Shumin Zhai. “Beyond the Desktop Metaphor in Seven Dimensions.” Beyond the Desktop Metaphor—Designing Integrated Digital Work Environments, 2007.
Week 5: Online Identity
- Haraway, Donna. “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late 20th Century.” The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, 117–158. Springer, 2006.
- McPherson, Tara. “I’ll Take My Stand in Dixie-Net: White Guys, the South, and Cyberspace.” In Race in Cyberspace. New York, NY: Routledge, 2000.
- “The Front and Back Regions of Everyday Life.” In Goffman, Erving. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Harmondsworth, 1978.
- Kolko, Beth. “Erasing @race: Going White in the (Inter)Face.” In Race in Cyberspace, edited by Beth Kolko, Lisa Nakamura, and Gilbert Rodman. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013.
- Alter, Alexandra. “Is This Man Cheating on His Wife.” Wall Street Journal 10 (2007).
- Class Will Meet Anonymously Online
Week 6: Space
- Harvey, David. “Space as a Keyword.” 2012.
- Farman, Jason. “Mapping the Digital Empire: Google Earth and the Process of Postmodern Cartography.” New Media & Society, 2010.
- In-Class Book Review Presentations
- Book Reviews Due before Midnight
Week 7: Ready, Player One?
- Fall Break
- Altice, Nathan. I Am Error: The Nintendo Family Computer / Entertainment System Platform. 1st Edition edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2015. p.1-33; p. 53-69
Week 8: Game Over?
- Altice, Nathan. I Am Error: The Nintendo Family Computer / Entertainment System Platform. 1st Edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2015. p.81-98; p.110-118; p.289-305; p.314-324
- We will hack and solder Super Nintendo Cartridges to understand fan culture
Week 9: Sound in Everyday Life
- Sterne, Jonathan. “The Mp3 as Cultural Artifact.”
- Bull, Michael. “To Each Their Own Bubble: Mobile Spaces of Sound in the City.” In Mediaspace: Place, Space and Culture in a Media Age, edited by N. Couldry and A. McCarthy. London:
- Molnár, Virág. “Reframing Public Space through Digital Mobilization: Flash Mobs and the Futility of Contemporary Urban Youth Culture.” Theory, Culture, and Society, 2010.
- Douglas, Susan J. “Zen of Listening.” In Listening in: Radio and the American Imagination. Mineappolis, MN: U of Minnesota Press, 2004.
Week 10: Open Source and Free Software
- Moore, J. T. S. Revolution OS. Wonderview Productions, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw8K460vx1c.
- Chopra, Samir, and Scott D. Dexter. Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software. Routledge, 2008. Introduction and Chapter 2
- Chopra, Samir, and Scott D. Dexter. Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software. Routledge, 2008. Chapter 3 and 5
Week 11: Privacy and Surveillance
- Jurgenson, N., and P. J. Rey. “The Fan Dance: How Privacy Thrives in an Age of Hyper-Publicity.” Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives, 2012.
- Zimmer, Michael. “‘But the Data Is Already Public’: On the Ethics of Research in Facebook.”
- Sparrow, Robert. “‘Just Say No’ to Drones.”
- Salter, Michael. “Toys for the Boys? Drones, Pleasure and Popular Culture in the Militarization of Policing.”
Week 12: Youth and New Media
- boyd, danah. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Yale University Press, 2015. Introduction to Chapter 3
- boyd, danah. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Yale University Press, 2015. Chapters 5 to 8
Week 13: Labor and Capitalism
- Wark, McKenzie. “A Hacker Manifesto[Version 4.0],”
- Aytes, Ayhan. “Return of the Crowds: Mechanical Turk and Neoliberal States of Exception.” Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory, edited by Trebor Scholz
- Thanksgiving Break
Week 14: Final Projects
- Final Project Presentations 1
- Final Project Presentations 2
Final Paper Due During Exam Time