Jelena Karanović

Anthropologist of digital technologies and media

Introduction to Digital Media

Schedule of Readings for the Spring 2014 Semester

Dr. Jelena Karanovic
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Media, Culture and Communication
New York University

Week 1: What do we mean by digital media?

  • Lev Manovich. 2001. What is New Media? In The Language of New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Ginsburg, Faye. 2008. Rethinking the Digital Age. In The Media and Social Theory, 127-144. David Hesmondhalgh and Jason Toynbee, eds. New York: Routledge.

Week 2: Novelty and obsolescence of digital media

Session 1

  • Bolter, David, and Richard Grusin. 1999. Introduction and Chapter 1. In Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Recommended: Cohen, Kris. 2005. “What Does the Photoblog Want?” Media, Culture & Society 27 (6): 883 -901.

Session 2

  • Sterne, Jonathan. 2007. “Out with the Trash: On the Future of New Media.” In Residual Media. Charles Acland, ed. pp. 16-31.
  • Parks, Lisa. 2004. “Kinetic Screens: Epistemologies of Movement at the Interface.” In MediaSpace: Place, Scale and Culture in a Media Age, ed. Nick Couldry and Anna McCarthy. London: Routledge. pp. 37-57.
  • YesLab and MolleIndustria. 2011. “Phone Story.” http://yeslab.org/project/phone-story
  • Small Team Presentation: Zhao, Michael. 2009. “eDump.” http://michaelzhao.net/eDump/

Week 3: Digital media and social change

Session 1

  • Edwards, Paul. 1996. “Why Build Computers?: The Military Role in Computer Research.” In The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. pp. 43-73.

Session 2

  • Light, Jennifer. 1999. “When Computers Were Women.” Technology and Culture 40: 455-483.
  • Turner, Fred. 2006. “How Digital Technology Found Utopian Ideology: Lessons from the First Hacker’s Conference.” In Critical Cyberculture Studies. David Silver and Adrienne Massanari, eds. New York: NYU Press. pp. 257-269.
  • Recommended: Abbate, Janet. 2012. Recoding Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Recommended: Goldsmith, Jack L., and Tim Wu. 2006. Preface and Introduction. In Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of Borderless World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Week 4: The politics of data, databases and algorithms

Session 1

Session 2

  • Raley, Rita. 2013. “Dataveillance and Countervailance.” In “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron, edited by Lisa Gitelman, 121–145. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. pp. 121-145.
  • Brunton, Finn, and Helen Nissenbaum. 2011. “Vernacular Resistance to Data Collection and Analysis: A Political Theory of Obfuscation.” First Monday 16 (5). http://firstmonday.org/article/view/3493/2955
  • Small team presentation: “What They Know,” http://blogs.wsj.com/wtk/

Week 5: Network

Session 1

Session 2

  • Benkler, Yochai, and Helen Nissenbaum. 2006. “Commons-based Peer Production and Virtue.” The Journal of Political Philosophy 14 (4): 394–419.
  • Burgess, Jean. 2008. “All Your Chocolate Rain Are Belong to Us”? In Video Vortex Reader: Responses to YouTube, ed. Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures. pp. 101-109. http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/portal/files/2008/10/vv_reader_small.pdf
  • Recommended: Albert-László Barabási. 2002. Linked: The New Science of Networks. Cambridge, MA: Perseus.

Week 6: Networked intimacy

Session 1

  • Madianou, Mirca, and Daniel Miller. 2011. “Mobile phone parenting: Reconfiguring relationships between Filipina migrant mothers and their left-behind children.” New Media & Society 13 (3): 457-470.

Session 2

  • Gershon, Ilana. 2010. “Breaking Up in a Public.” In The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. pp. 165-196.
  • Thompson, Clive. 2008. Brave New World of Digital Intimacy. The New York Times, September 7, 2008.

Week 7: Networked activism

Session 1

  • Shirky, Clay. 2008. “It Takes a Village to Find a Phone.” In Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations. New York: Penguin. pp. 1-25.
  • Downey, Tom. 2010. “China’s Cyberposse.” The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/magazine/07Human-t.html?pagewanted=1&ref=magazine

Session 2

  • Tufekci, Zeynep, and Christopher Wilson. 2012. “Social Media and the Decision to Participate in Political Protest: Observations From Tahrir Square.” Journal of Communication 62 (2): 363–379.
  • Coleman, Gabriella. 2011. “Anonymous: From the Lulz to Collective Action.” The New Everyday: A Media Commons Project. http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/tne/pieces/anonymous-lulz-collective-action
  • Recommended: Scholz, Trebor. 2008. Where the Activism Is. In Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times, ed. Megan Boler. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. pp. 355-365.
  • Recommended: MacKinnon, Rebecca. 2012. Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom. New York: Basic Books.

Week 8: Networked journalism

Session 1

  • In-class screening: Sloan, Robin, and Matt Thompson. 2007. “EPIC 2015.”
  • Anderson, C. W. 2012. “From Indymedia to Demand Media: Journalism’s Vision of Its Audience and the Horizons of Democracy.” In The Social Media Reader. Ed. Michael Mandiberg. New York: NYU Press. pp. 77–96. NOTE: Read especially pp. 77-89.
  • Widdicombe, Lizzie. 2013. “From Mars: A Young Man’s Adventures in Women’s Publishing.” The New Yorker, 23 Sept. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/09/23/130923fa_fact_widdicombe

Session 2

Week 9: Redefining ownership

Session 1

Session 2

  • In-class screening: “Grand Theft Auto IV – The Trashmaster: Fan-Made Movie.” 2008. Clips.
  • Paley, Nina. 2009. “Frequently Asked Questions,” http://www.sitasingstheblues.com
  • Rodman, Gilbert, and Cheyanne Vanderdonckt. 2006. “Music for Nothing or, I Want My MP3: The Regulation and Recirculation of Affect.” Cultural Studies 20 (2): 245-261.
  • Recommended: Glass, Ira. 2013. “When Patents Attack… Part Two!” This American Life. WBEZ, 31 May 2013. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/496/when-patents-attack-part-two
  • Recommended: Aufderheide, Patricia, and Peter Jaszi. 2004. Untold Stories: Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture for Documentary Filmmakers. Washington, D.C.: Final Report to Center for Social Media.
  • Recommended: Morfoot, Leigh and Jason. 2010. “Citizen 3.0: Copyright, Creativity and Contemporary Culture.” http://www.kinobserver.com
  • Recommended: Cumberland, Sharon. “Private Uses of Cyberspace: Women, Desire, and Fan Culture.” MIT Communications Forum. http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/papers/cumberland.html
  • Recommended: Benjamin, Walter. 1968 (1936). “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” In Illuminations. New York: Harcourt Brace.

Week 10: Digital labor

Session 1

  • Xiang, Biao. 2005. Gender, Dowry and the Migration System of Indian Information Technology Professionals. Indian Journal of Gender Studies 12: 357-380.
  • Small team presentation: “Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.” https://www.mturk.com/mturk/

Session 2

Week 11: Remaking identities

Session 1

  • In-class film screening: Matulick, Shelley. 2006. “Our Brilliant Second Life.” http://vimeo.com/8610970
  • Kendall, Lori. 2002. Hanging Out in the Virtual Locker Room: BlueSky as a Masculine Space. In Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub: Masculinities and Relationships Online. University of California Press. pp. 71-108.

Session 2

  • Nakamura, Lisa. 2013. “‘It’s a Nigger in Here! Kill the Nigger!’ User-Generated Media Campaigns Against Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in Digital Games.” In Media Studies Futures, eds. Kelly Gates and Anghy Valdivia. New York: Blackwell. pp. 1-15.
  • Small team presentation: Sarkeesian, Anita. 2013. “Tropes vs Women in Video Games.” http://www.feministfrequency.com/

Week 12: Technologies of personhood

Session 1

  • Malaby, Thomas. 2009. “1_The Product: Second Life, Capital, and the Possibility of Failure in a Virtual World.” In Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab and Second Life. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. pp. 17-45.

Session 2

Weeks 13 and 14: Student conference

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