Schedule


Part 1: Key issues and examples
Jan.13: 
Week 1: Introduction: Friends, Likes, and Tweeps - Mediating the Social
Recommended Reading: 
  • boyd, d. (2008). Why youth social network sites [pp.119-142] in D. Buckingham (ed.) Youth, Identity, and Digital Media. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. [**] 
Jan.20: 
Week 2: Key Attributes of Social Networking Technologies
Required Reading: 
  • boyd, D., & Ellison, N. B. (2007). Social network sites: Definition, history and scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13. [**]
  • Shirky, C. (2008). Here comes everybody. Chapters  1 & 2.
  • Pasquale, F. (2015). The Black Box Society. Chapter 1.
Recommended Reading: 
  • Grimes, S. & Fields, D. (2012) Kids online: A new research agenda for understanding social networking forums [pp. 5-47]. Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. [**]
Jan.27: 
Week 3: Privacy, Surveillance and Always-On Access
Required Reading:
  • Pasquale, F. (2015). The Black Box Society. Chapter 2.
  • Cohen, Julie E. (2010). The inverse relationship between secrecy and privacy. Social Research 77(3): 883-898. [**]
  • Raynes-Goldie, K. (2010). Aliases, creeping, and wall cleaning: Understanding privacy in the age of Facebook. First Monday, 15(1). [**] 
Recommended Reading: 
  • Read the privacy policies of your class-related social networking forum
Feb.3: 
Week 4: Search, Locative Technologies and Resituating the Network
Required Reading:
  • Pasquale, F. (2015). The Black Box Society. Chapter 3.
  • de Souza e Silva, A. & Frith, J. (2010). Locative mobile social networks: Mapping communication and location in urban spaces. Mobilities 5(4): 485-505. [**]
Recommended Reading:
  • Borland, J. & King, B. (2005). Bees, ARGs, and the birth of the collective detective. PhiKappaPhi Forum 85(2). [**]
Part 2: Networking Creativity, Collaboration and Culture
Feb.10: 
Week 5: Shifting Modes of Distribution and Production 
Required Reading:
  • Pasquale, F. (2015). The Black Box Society. Chapter 4.
  • Sørensen, Inge Ejbye (2012). Crowdsourcing and outsourcing: the impact of online funding and distribution on the documentary film industry in the UK. Media, Culture & Society 34(6): 726-743. [**]
  • Gauntlett, D. (2011) Making is connecting. Chapters: 3 & 4
Recommended Reading:
  • Lobato, Ramon, Thomas, Julian and Hunter, Dan (2011). Histories of user-generated content: Between formal and informal media economies. International Journal of Communication 5(2011): 899–914. [**]


Special Event: Feb. 12 4-5:30pm (BL205). 
Frank Pasquale will be speaking on The Black Box Society, as part of the iSchool/KMDI Colloquium Series. SMC316 Students are invited (and highly encouraged!!!) to attend. 
Feb. 15 - 19 Reading Week - No classes, no social networking posts required
Feb.24: 
Week 6: Fan Networks, Social Capital and Participatory Culture
Required Reading:
  • Jenkins, H. (2006). Why Heather can write [p.169-205], Convergence Culture. MIT Press. [**]
  • Lessig, L. (2008). Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy. John Wiley & Sons: USA. [Chapter 1] [**]
  • Gauntlett, D. (2011) Making is connecting. Chapters: 5 & 6.
Recommended Reading:
  • Visit http://thehpalliance.org/
  • Bourdieu, P. (1986) The forms of capital [pp.241-58] Richardson, J. (Ed.) Handbook of theory and research for the sociology of education. Greenwood. [**]
Mar.2: 
Week 7: Online, Multiplayer Gaming Networks
Required Reading:
  • Coleman, Sarah and Dyer-Witheford, Nick (2007). Playing on the digital commons: collectivities, capital and contestation in videogame culture. Media, Culture & Society 29(6): 934-53. [**]
  • Cybulski, Alex Dean (2014). Enclosures at play: Surveillance in the code and culture of videogames. Surveillance & Society 12(3): 427-32. [**]
  • Jakobsson, M. (2011) The achievement machine: Understanding Xbox 360 achievements in gaming practices. Game Studies, 11(1). [**]
Recommended Reading:
  • Williams, D., Ducheneaut, N., Xiong, L., Zhang, Y., Yee, N., & Nickell, E. (2006). From tree house to barracks: The social life of guilds in World of Warcraft. Games and Culture, 1(4): 338-61. [**]
Mar.9: 
Week 8: No Lecture: Catch up on readings, Post on your social networks, Work on Assignments 
Part 3: Network Politics and Ethics
Mar.16: 
Week 9 “We Are Data”
Required Reading:
  • Coupland, Douglas (2015). We are data: the future of machine intelligence. FT Magazine, July 16, URL: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/475789b8-2b2b-11e5-acfb-cbd2e1c81cca.html - axzz3isfNOLpl
  • Hearn, A. (2010). Structuring feeling: Web 2.0, online ranking, rating & the digital ‘reputation’ economy. Ephemera, 10(3/4): 421-38. [**]
  • boyd, danah and Crawford, Kate (2012). Critical questions for big data: Provocations for a cultural, technological, and scholarly phenomenon. Information, Communication & Society 15(5): 662–679. 
Recommended Reading:
Mar.23
Week 10: Networking Activism & Political Action 
Required Readings:
  • Shirky, C. (2008). Here comes everybody. Chapters 7
  • Goldberg, G. (2011). Rethinking the public/virtual sphere: The problem with participation. New Media & Society 13(5):739-754. [**] 
  • Bonilla, Y. and Rosa, J. (2015). #Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States.” American Ethnologist 42(1): 4-17.
Mar.30: 
Week 11: Transnational Networks and the Globalization of Social Media
Required Readings:
  • Poster, M. (2008). Global media and culture. New Literary History, 39: 685-703 [**]
  • Castells, M. (2011). A network theory of power. Int’l Journ. of Comm 5: 773–87. [**]
  • Hounshell, B. (2011). The revolution will be tweeted. Foreign Policy, July/Aug. [**]
  • Mejias, U.A. (2011, Feb.) Revolutions are made by people, not Twitter. Post-standard[**]
Apr.6: 
Week 12: Reclaiming Social Media
Required Reading:
  • Pasquale, F. (2015). The Black Box Society. Chapters 5 & 6
  • Shirky, C. (2008). Here comes everybody. Chapters 10 & 11
  • Gauntlett, D. (2011) Making is connecting. Chapter 7 (+ optional/recommended: Chpt. 8)