DTEM1401-Fall19 Readings & Material

Intro to Digital Technology & Emerging Media

The syllabus is here.

It is useful for you to know how technology works. Unfortunately we will not be able to go through this in great detail in the course. Fortunately there are some excellent resources online. See for example: How does the Internet work?, How Internet Infrastructure Works, and McNamee et al, How the Internet Works: A guide for policy-makers. European Digital Rights. Also check out Julien Hopkins: How to Define Social Media – An Academic Summary. Smith, A., & Anderson, M. (2018).

Social media use in 2018. Pew Research Center http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/03/01/social-media-use-in-2018/

Quiz: Our Surveillance Society or Black Mirror

This quiz asks if you can tell the difference between surveillance techniques which currently exist and techniques used in Black Mirror episodes. For each question select Surveillance Society or Black Mirror. This was inspired by @hypervisible’s thread on invasive surveillance.

Tim Wu, The Tyranny of Convenience, New York Times Opinion. Feb. 16, 2018.

Convenience is the most underestimated and least understood force in the world today. As a driver of human decisions, it may not offer the illicit thrill of Freud’s unconscious sexual desires or the mathematical elegance of the economist’s incentives. Convenience is boring. But boring is not the same thing as trivial.

Jay Owens, Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture, Medium. April 11, 2018.

Reality’s been having a tough time of it lately. From fake news to fake video to the utter charade of our Instagram personas, ‘authenticity’ seems to be over. When everything is an ironic meme, what are the new vectors for talking truth?

In 2017 Jean Twenge wrote that smartphones have destroyed your generation and made several claims about you and your phones. Is she right about you?

Week 1 Introduction, Access, & Media History

Greenfield: A Sociology of the Smartphone Longreads

Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.

It’s not you. Phones are designed to be addicting.

Free Software as Social Movement

What is FOSS (Free and Open Source Software)? Learn in 2 minutes?

Richard Stallman Interview on the History and Ethics of Free Software

Reality & Hyperreality, Control

iLaw 2004: Lawrence Lessig on Regulation


Introduction to Langdon Winner’s “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” for Digital Culture Students

Jean Baudrillard’s “Simulacra and Simulation” (notes/reflections)

Can We Trust the Media? (Baudrillard) – 8-Bit Philosophy

Algorithms & Access

What is an algorithm?

The Truth About Algorithms | Cathy O’Neil

How I’m fighting bias in algorithms | Joy Buolamwini

Identity & Authenticity

Why 23 million Americans don’t have fast internet

Is The Internet A Luxury Or A Right? | AJ+

The Future of America

Participatory Culture

Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture (Big Thinkers Series)

Everything is a Remix Remastered (2015 HD)

Moderators Speak Out About Abuse On Reddit

Selfies, Oversharing & Sharing

SEMIOTICS: The theory behind media literacy

Selfie City Project

Murphy, K. What Selfie Sticks Really Tell Us About Ourselves

Should You Post A Selfie?

The Art of the Selfie | Art History Lesson

The Art History of the Selfie | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

What Is The Treachery of Images?

What is Semiotics? A short film by Creative Semiotics

AstroTurfing & Trolls

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson

Astroturfing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Are Internet Trolls Born or Made?

Politics in the Digital Age

Piercing the Narrative: Political Deceit in a Social Media Age | Matt Katz | TEDxCapeMay

The impact of social media in political debate | Mark Shephard | TEDxGlasgow

How politicians troll the media

Surveillance and Privacy

An Introduction to Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish – A Macat Sociology Analysis

PHILOSOPHY – Michel Foucault

Surveillance and Race Online | Simone Browne at MozFest

Online Privacy: How Did We Get Here? | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

The Power of Privacy – documentary

Surveillance and the City: Know When You’re Being Watched

Online Activism

Social movements | Society and Culture | MCAT | Khan Academy

Episode #083 Henry David Thoreau – https://youtu.be/Kl1Ao4PJa-I

Civil Disobedience – https://youtu.be/elrTpoY6AYQ

Thoreau and Civil Disobedience – https://youtu.be/gugnXTN6-D4

Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail – https://youtu.be/s5Y-64GJT8E

Is The Internet a Public Place? – https://youtu.be/FmZbdaqGqlc

Digital Labor

Who Really Wins In The Share Economy?

Automation entering white-collar work

The big debate about the future of work, explained

Digital Labour and Exploitation: It’s not a Done Deal

Digital Labour and Development: New Knowledge Economies or Digital Sweatshops

Future Property

Aaron Perzanowski – The End of Ownership – CopyCamp 2017

Lawrence Lessig: Re-examining the remix

Manufactured Outrage

Fake news wasn’t the biggest media problem of 2016

How Social Media Makes Us Angry All the Time | Molly Crockett