Communication / Information Science 3200 -- New Media and Society
readings online via Blackboard
office hours: Wed. 10-12, 315 Kennedy
Josh Braun: email@example.com
Dima Epstein: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Liao: email@example.com
We are all immersed in a complex and pervasive media culture, which makes it particularly difficult for us to recognize the complex relationship between media and society: how what we see, hear and read is in some ways the product of our society and its particular political, economic, and cultural shape, and how it also shapes our understanding of ourselves, our community, and our world. And at the moment, our media culture is undergoing a series of transformations - as new forms of entertainment, new venues for political debate, and new models of journalism emerge online, and as the established producers of media struggle to adapt to the challenge.
* the most important assignment is to complete all of the reading assigned, for the day it is assigned; comprehension of the arguments is crucial to your success in this course.
There are no books for this course; All of the readings are available online. If there is no URL listed, you can find the article in the course space on Blackboard.
JAN 24 ~~ introduction|
JAN 26 ~~ 'new media'?
Steven Chaffee and Miriam Metzger, "The End of Mass Communication?" (2001)
FEB 2 ~~ studying public discourse [and demo of the blogs]
Zizi Papacharissi, "The Virtual Sphere 2.0: The Internet, the Public Sphere, and Beyond" from The Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics (2008)
FEB 4 ~~ the domains of social impact
FEB 9 ~~ new media industries|
David Hesmondhalgh, "New Media, Digitalisation, and Convergence" (2002)
FEB 11 ~~ case: Google
Google, "Mission Statement"
FEB16 ~~ users as producers, amateurs, and peers
Axel Bruns, "The Key Characteristics of Produsage," from Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008)
FEB 18 ~~ case: YouTube
Henry Jenkins, "Nine Propositions Towards a Cultural Theory of YouTube" (May 28, 2007)
FEB 23 ~~ social networks
danah boyd and Nicole Ellison, "Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship" (2007)
FEB 25 ~~ case: Twitter
MAR 2 ~~ changes in the business of distribution
Joseph Turow, "Audience Construction and Culture Production: Marketing Surveillance in the Digital Age" (2005)
MAR 4 ~~ case: free stuff
Chris Anderson, "Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business" Wired (2008)
MAR 9 ~~ global connections and disparities
Alexander Halavais, "National Borders on the World Wide Web" (2000)
MAR 11 ~~ case: "digital divide"
MAR 16 ~~ governance
Lawrence Lessig, "Four Puzzles from Cyberspace" and "What Things Regulate" from Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999)
MAR 18 ~~ case: Net neutrality
Tim Wu and Christopher Yoo, "Keeping the Internet Neutral?" Legal Affairs (2006)
MAR 30 ~~ politics and new media|
Knight Foundation, "Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age" pages xi-63 only (2009)
APR 1 ~~ case: the Obama campaign
David Talbot, "How Obama Really Did It" (2008)
APR 6 ~~ free speech and new media
Jack Balkin, "The Future of Free Expression in a Digital Age" (2009)
APR 8 ~~ case: platform norms
APR 13 ~~ case: traditional news goes online
APR 15 ~~ journalism and new media
Project for Excellence in Journalism, parts of "The State of the News Media, 2009"
APR 20 ~~ shared culture, fragmentation, collaboration, and expertise
Terry Teachout, "Culture in the Age of Blogging," (2005)
APR 22 ~~ case: Wikipedia
APR 27 ~~ public spaces and new media
Stephen Graham, "From Dreams of Transcendence to the Remediation of Urban Life" from The Cybercities Reader (2004)
APR 29 ~~ case: augmented reality apps
guest lecture: Tony Liao
MAY 4 ~~ privacy and new media
Michael Zimmer, "The Externalities of Search 2.0: The Emerging Privacy Threats when the Drive for the Perfect Search Engine meets Web 2.0" (2008)
MAY 1 ~~ conclusion|
final paper due during exam week