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Class Schedule

Please note that this schedule is subject to some change, in particular in the second half of the course. This is because I may adapt the material to your interests as well as to current events. Readings and assignments for each class meeting will be posted on the course web site.

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Date Topic Readings Assignments
Tue 01-13 Introduction

Social Media Survey (SurveyMonkey)

Thu 01-15 Community

Google Doc with results from classroom activity

Tue 01-20 Nationalism (i)
  • Anderson, Imagined Communities, chs. 1-4
Thu 01-22 Nationalism (ii)
  • Anderson, Imagined Communities, chs. 5, 9-11
Tue 01-27 The Public Sphere

Digital Assignment 1 Announced

Thu 01-29 Studio -- Digital Assignment 1

In-class collaborative research begins (see Digital Assignment 1)

Tue 02-03 The Category of Information
Thu 02-05 The Network and the Computer
Tue 02-10 Unauthorized Messages
Thu 02-12 The First Virtual Communities

 

Tue 02-17 SNOW DAY

Class cancelled

Digital Assignment 1 Due (5:00 PM)

Thu 02-19 Hypertext and the World Wide Web
Tue 02-24 Open Source
Thu 02-26 The Long Tail and Other Laws of the Web

Midterm Posted (evening)

Tue 03-03 The First Internet War
Thu 03-05 SNOW DAY / Midterm Exam

Classes cancelled

Midterm due at 5PM
Enjoy your Spring Break!

Tue 03-17 Cybarites of the Middle East
Thu 03-19 DA 2 / Studio 1

Digital Assignment 2 Announced
In-class collaborative research begins

Tue 03-24 Eritreans Online
Thu 03-26 DA 2 / Studio 2
Tue 03-31 Tamilnet
Thu 04-02 DA 2 / Studio 3
Tue 04-07 Weblogistan
Thu 04-09 DA 2 / Studio 4
Tue 04-14 The Baghdad Blogger
Thu 04-16 NO CLASS
  • Spend class time writing your thesis
Tue 04-21 YouTube and Contagious Mimesis

In Class videos:

  1. Long Tail -> Short Head
  2. Brolsma 
    1. Wesch on Brolsma (watch to 5:53)
  3. Collective Action
  4. Cultural Exposure
  5. Happy
    1. Happy Kiev
    2. UN Foundation 
    3. Intternational Day of Happiness
    4. 24 Hours of Happiness
Thu 04-23 The Datasphere
  • No readings
Tue 04-28 Conclusion
  • No readings