Category Archives: Lectures

Class 14: Open Source and the Commons

In today’s class, we discussed some of the open source projects, specifically Linux, Firefox, and Wikipedia. These examples illustrate the concept of collaborate working behind the open source movement and contribute to something Lievrouw calls “commons knowledge.” This level of … Continue reading

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Final Exam Available Now, Due Monday December 19, 6:00 PM

The final exam is now available. If you did not receive, or have lost, the handout with the instructions, you can download a PDF. Complete the exam on Blackboard. Navigate to the Assignments section of our course, then to Final … Continue reading

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Is it Me, or is it Hot in Here?

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Class 12: Get Unfiltered and Pop the Bubble

If I may make a connection between Pariser and Rushkoff, I’d say that the one of the main themes that our two readings share is that we have to be aware of how our digital experience is constructed and how … Continue reading

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Class 11: Many Inputs, Only One Possible Output

As I articulated in class, much of Douglas Rushkof’s argument in Program or Be Programmed relies on an ontology of the digital technology. He outlines the way that digital technology works and how it operates in different way from what … Continue reading

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Class 10: The Master Switch: From Magic to Monopoly

Today we dealt with what was a much longer book than I had anticipated. (I guess that misjudging the heft of a book is but one drawback of the ebook.) Tim Wu’s The Master Switch is a story of five … Continue reading

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Class 9: Google

In preparation for our discussion on Google, both for today’s class session and for the online discussion, please watch this independent documentary on Google from 2006. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1508211417393454786 Following our discussion in today’s class about how the Google products googlizeus, please … Continue reading

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Class 7: Social Networking and Communication Models

In today’s class, we covered some of the basic communication models that have been in place for, ummm, a long time. We also tried to figure out whether social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have somehow transformed these … Continue reading

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Midterm Exam Review Guide

The midterm exam, taken in class on October 31, will consist of five identifications and three essay questions. Each identification question will list a term and require you to define the term and explain its significance for new media technologies … Continue reading

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Class 6: The Internet and the Public Sphere

In today’s class, we covered the concept of the public sphere as it developed in the Enlightenment and how it requires open debate among participants with a degree of expressive freedom. The concept is useful for analyzing the Internet and … Continue reading

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