Teaching Resources

Aside from books and academic articles I tend to collect so many resources. With this page I want to gather them together in some form of order beyond individual syllabi.


Alter (2017) How technology gets us hooked (audio version)
From a young age, humans love to press buttons that light up and make a noise. The thrill of positive feedback lies at the heart of addiction to gambling, games, and social media

Austin (2021) Paid in Full: The emerging dream of an internet where every interaction is a financial transaction

Baird (2021) The invention of whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea (audio version)
Before the 17th century, people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called the white race. But once the idea was invented, it quickly began to reshape the modern world

Bishop (2021) The Safety Dance: Automated tools that try to calculate “brand safety” reproduce the whiteness of mainstream content

Brown (2018) Fake it till you make it: meet the wolves of Instagram (audio version)

Cannon (2019) Recorded for Quality Assurance: The datafication of affect in the call-center industry

Carter & Egliston (2020) No Escape From Reality: The immersiveness of virtual reality fuels a fantasy of richer data collection

Foer (2017) Facebook’s war on free will (audio version) How technology is making our minds redundant.

Gilliard & Golumbia (2020) Luxury Surveillance: People pay a premium for tracking technologies that get imposed unwillingly on others

Glover (2020) This Is Not a Game: Conspiracy theorizing as alternate-reality game

Greenfield (2017) Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for? (audio version)
Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality – ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all – but how can it?

Habgood-Coote (2020) Calculating Instruments: Computing has always been sourced from the knowledge of underpaid or unpaid people

Harvey (2017) Networked Listening: How the way we listen helps delineate the public-private divide

Horning (2018) Plausible Disavowal: Why pretend that machines can be creative?

Kahn-Harris (2018) Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth (audio version)
From vaccines to climate change to genocide, a new age of denialism is upon us. Why have we failed to understand it?

Kawash (2022) Money-Go-Round: Web3 doesn’t eliminate the problems posed by social media; it capitalizes on them

Kneese (2021) Home Spun: Etsy sellers, parent bloggers, and other practitioners of feminized platform labor are tech workers too

Marx (2021) Reconnected: Decentralizing the internet alone won’t lift it above politics or save it from corporate co-optation

O’Gieblyn (2021) A dog’s inner life: what a robot pet taught me about consciousness (audio version)

Popowich (2020) Lawful Neutral: Liberalism and AI share the political project of eliminating human difference

Seymour (2019) The machine always wins (audio version)
Social media was supposed to liberate us, but for many people it has proved addictive, punishing and toxic. What keeps us hooked?

Tolentino (2019) Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman: How we became suckers for the hard labor of self-optimization. (audio version)

Vlahos (2019) Smart talking: are our devices threatening our privacy? (audio version)
Millions of us now have virtual assistants, in our homes and our pockets. Even children’s toys are getting smart. But when we talk to them, who is listening? 

Zeavin (2021) Family Scanning: Parenting tech domesticates state surveillance

Zimmer (2020) Oversights: The massive surveillance apparatus we live in is made for consumers, not for people