DTEM1402-Fall17 Readings & Material

Here are a bunch of extra resources for the Fall 2017 Digital Cultures course. The syllabus with its main readings is important but this is an attempt to collect the additional material that is otherwise only found on the closed course website. I also hope to use this as a storage space for links to new material that becomes available as the course progresses.

A good booklet on how many of our fundamental technologies work is 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.


Shapin What Else Is New? How uses, not innovations, drive human technology. New Yorker 2007.

Twenge, J. Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Shwartz, A. Smartphones Have Destroyed More Than a Generation

Cavanagh, R. No, Smartphones are Not Destroying a Generation

Samuel, A. Yes Smartphones are destroying a generation, but not of kids

Week 2

Hebdige, D. Subculture the meaning of style. Chapter 6.

Shudson, M. How culture works Perspectives from media studies on the efficacy of symbols.


Video: Social Groups: Crash Course Sociology #16

Video: Everything you always wanted to know about culture | Saba Safdar | TEDxGuelphU

Video: How Culture Drives Behaviours | Julien S. Bourrelle | TEDxTrondheim

Video: 7 Myths about Cultural Appropriation DEBUNKED! | Decoded | MTV News

video: Are There Internet Dialects? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Week 3

Lindgren, S.Digital Media & Society Chap 1-3 Digital Media, Social Media, Cyber Debates

Delwiche & Jacobs Henderson. Introduction: What is Participatory Culture. Chapter 1.

Tim O’Reilly (2005) What is Web 2.0

Ben Tarnoff (2016) How the internet was invented

John Perry Barlow (1996) A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

A Cyberpunk Manifesto: 20 Years Later


Computer Networks: Crash Course Computer Science #28

Week 4

Lindgren, S. Digital Media & Society Chap 5 Communities & Networks

Jemielniak, D. Common Knowledge? Chap 8

Litt & Hagittai: The Imagined Audience, Social Media & Society.

Pentzold Imagining the Wikipedia community

Kostakis, V. Identifying and understanding the problems of Wikipedia’s peer governance: The case of inclusionists versus deletionists First Monday

Webster, F. Network society: Manuel Castells. Chapter 5.


Week 5

Lindgren, S. Digital Media & Society Chap 4 Interaction & Identity

Van Dijck, J.: ‘You have one identity’: performing the self on Facebook and LinkedIn. Media Culture & Society.

Sharma, S. Black Twitter? Racial Hashtags, Networks And Contagion

Nakamura, L. Queer female of color: The highest difficulty setting there is? Gaming rhetoric as gender capital. Ada Journal of Gender, New Media & Society

Tobi Oredein 29.05.17 Excluded by the wedding industry, black brides turn to Instagram The Pool

Gray, K. L. “They’re just too urban”: Black gamers streaming on Twitch in Digital Sociologies


TEDxUIllinois – Dr. Lisa Nakamura – 5 Types of Online Racism and Why You Should Care

The Myth of Race Debunked in 3 Minutes

Black Eye on America – What Is Black Twitter?: The Daily Show

Week 6

Lindgren, S. Digital Media & Society Chap 12 Software, Algorithms & data

Winner, L. Do Artifacts Have Politics? Deadalus

Greenfied, A. Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for?

Vincent, J. Transgender YouTubers had their videos grabbed to train facial recognition software

Bhorat, Z. Do we still need human judges in the age of Artificial Intelligence?


What is Open Source explained in LEGO

TEDxRedDeer – Steve Fisher – What Can We Learn From Open Source

Week 7

Lindgren, S. Digital Media & Society Chap 6 Visuality & Visibility

Madison, N. The Bisexual Seen: Countering Media Misrepresentation M/C Journal

Week 8

Lindgren, S. Digital Media & Society Chap 7 Feeling Digital

Papacharissi, Z. Affective Publics: Sentiment, Technology, & Politics. Chap 5

Phillips, W. This is why we cant have nice things Chap 8

Malone, N. Zoë and the Trolls New York Magazine

Lees, M. What Gamergate should have taught us about the ‘alt-right’ The Guardian.

Amanda Marcotte & Laurie Penny “They came for the nerd girls first”: Ignoring Gamergate’s “weaponized trolling” carried a price

Pelley, V. Can You Get Addicted to Trolling?


Why Are You So Angry? Part 1: A Short History of Anita Sarkeesian

The Experience of Being Trolled | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

When Is A Troll No Longer A Troll?

Week 9

Murillo, L. F. R. New Expert Eyes Over Fukushima: Open Source Responses to the 3/11 Disaster in Japan. Anthropological Quarterly.

Garnet Hertz – Disobedient Electronics

Garnet Hertz – Concept Lab

NYC Resistor


The Hackerspace Movement: Mitch Altman at TEDxBrussels

What we can learn from hackerspaces: Catarina Mota at TEDxStockholm

Week 10

Lindgren, S. Digital Media & Society Citizenship & Activism Chap 8 & 10

Milan, S. From Social Movements to Cloud Protesting: The Evolution of Collective Identity
Information, Communication & Society, 18(8), pp. 887-900

Gerbaudo, P. Protest avatars as memetic signifiers : political profile pictures and the construction of collective identity on social media in the 2011 protest wave. Information Communication & Society, Vol. 18, No. 8, 2015, p. 16.


Habermas & The Public Sphere

Is the Internet a Public Space?

The Era of Digital Activism | An Exploration


Week 11

Lindgren, S. Digital Media & Society Chap 9 Power/Exploitation

Brown et al #SayHerName: a case study of intersectional social media activism Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies
Volume 40, 2017 – Issue 11

Jackson & Foucault Welles: Hijacking #myNYPD: Social Media Dissent and Networked Counterpublics Journal of Communication

Gerbaudo, P Tweets & The Streets Conclusion

Runciman, D. Political Theory and Real Politics in the Age of the Internet The Journal of Political Philosophy: Volume 25, Number 1, 2017, pp. 3–21

Week 12

Marwick, A. (in press, 2015). “You May Know Me From YouTube: (Micro)-Celebrity in Social Media.” In A Companion to Celebrity, Marshall, P.D. and Redmond, S., Eds. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Abidin, C. Micromicrocelebrity: Branding babies on the Internet. M/C Journal

Shifman, L. An anatomy of a YouTube meme. New Media & Society

Wiggins & Bowers Memes as genre: A structurational analysis of the memescape. New Media & Society.


Are LOLCats and Internet Memes Art? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Where Have All The Memes Gone? | FURTHERMORE

What’s in a meme? | Andrew Baron | TEDxSacramento

Week 13

Lindgren, S. Digital Media & Society Mobile Culture Chap 11

Wynn: Covert leisure and public spaces: Geocaching in post-9/11 in Digital Sociologies

Power et al ‘Why bother seeing the world for real?’: Google Street View and the representation of a stigmatised neighbourhood  New Media & Society.

Schwab There’s An Entirely New Way Of Mapping The World, And It’s Brilliant


How does your smartphone know your location? – Wilton L. Virgo

The Frightening Future of Digital Maps: Monica Stephens at TEDxEureka

Week 14

Owens: Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation Chapter 3.

Pitsillides et al: Museum of the self and digital death

Isaacson: Storing Digital Data for Eternity

Brubaker et al: Beyond the Grave: Facebook as a Site for the Expansion of Death and Mourning The Information Society

Pritchard, W. How The Great 78 Project is saving half a million songs from obscurity

The evolution of physical music formats – an interactive timeline 

Museum of Obsolete Media

Week 15

Lindgren S. Digital Media & Society: A Theory of Digital Media & Social Change Chap 17