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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Gillespie, Tarleton. 2013. “The Relevance of Algorithms.” In Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society. Ed. Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Pentland, Alex. 2012. “Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data.” Edge.org. http://www.edge.org/conversation/reinventing-society-in-the-wake-of-big-data
- Small team presentation: “Digital Dynamics across Cultures,” http://vectorsjournal.org/projects/index.php?project=67
- 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
- Zittrain, Jonathan. 2008. Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 2 in The Future of the Internet–And How to Stop It. New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. ix-x, 1-5, and 19-35.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Zuckerman, Ethan. 2004. Making Room for the Third World in the Second Superpower. In Extreme Democracy, ed. Jon Lebkowsky and Mitch Ratcliffe. http://extremedemocracy.com/chapters/Chapter13-Zuckerman.pdf
- Auletta, Ken. 2013. “Freedom of Information.” The New Yorker. 7 Oct. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/10/07/131007fa_fact_auletta
- Check out Wikipedia page on Wikileaks. https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/WikiLeaks
- Small team presentation: “Global Voices In English,” http://globalvoicesonline.org
Week 9: Redefining ownership
- Boyle, James. 2008. “Chapter 1: Why Intellectual Property?” In The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Lessig, Lawrence. 2008. “In Defense of Piracy.” Wall Street Journal.
- Stim, Rich. 2007. “Chapter 9: Fair Use.” Read the sections “What is Fair Use?” and “Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors.” http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter9/index.html
- Small-team presentation: “Everything is a Remix,” http://www.everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/
- 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
- 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/
- Dibbell, Julian. 2007. The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer. New York Times, June 17, 2007. http://www.juliandibbell.com/texts/goldfarmers.html
- In-class film screening: MTV News. 2006. “The Real Price of Virtual Gold.” http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/120059/is-mining-virtual-gold-exploitative.jhtml#id=1545907
- Recommended: Rivera, Alex. 2008. “Sleep Dealer.”
- Recommended: Freeman, Carla. 2000. High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy: Women, Work, and Pink-Collar Identities in the Caribbean. Durham: Duke University Press.
- Recommended: Ahn, Luis von. 2006. Presentation for Google TechTalk on Human Computation. October 26. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtFroEJN1nI
Week 11: Remaking identities
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Coleman, Beth. “Interview with the Virtual Cannibal.” In Hello Avatar! Rise of the Networked Generation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010. pp. 81-107.
- In-class film screening: Baggs, Amanda. 2007. “In My Language.” http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2007/03/28/found-in-translation
Weeks 13 and 14: Student conference