Schedule of Readings

Week 1: Introduction to Everyday Life

August 29

  • Introductions, Course Requirements, and Syllabus

August 31

  • Felski, Rita. “The Invention of Everyday Life.”
  • Williams, Raymond. “Culture Is Ordinary (1958).”

Week 2: The “Passiveness” of the Old Media?

September 5

  • Adorno, Theodor W., and Anson G. Rabinbach. “Culture Industry Reconsidered.”
  • Jenkins, Henry. “Eight Traits of the New Media Landscape.”

September 7

  • 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?

September 12

  • 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.

September 14

  • 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

September 19

  • 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?).

September 21

  • 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

September 26

  • 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.

September 28

  • “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

October 3

  • 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.

October 5

  • In-Class Book Review Presentations
  • Book Reviews Due before Midnight

Week 7: Ready, Player One?

October 10

  • Fall Break

October 12

  • 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?

October 17

  • 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

October 19

  • We will hack and solder Super Nintendo Cartridges to understand fan culture

Week 9: Sound in Everyday Life

October 24

  • 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:

October 26

  • 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

October 31

  • 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

November 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

November 7

  • 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.”

November 9:

  • 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

November 14

  • boyd, danah. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Yale University Press, 2015. Introduction to Chapter 3

November 16

  • boyd, danah. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Yale University Press, 2015. Chapters 5 to 8

Week 13: Labor and Capitalism

November 21

  • 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

November 23

  • Thanksgiving Break

Week 14: Final Projects

November 28

  • Final Project Presentations 1

November 30

  • Final Project Presentations 2

 

Final Paper Due During Exam Time

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