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Schedule of Readings

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Week One

     August 20

     Class Introduction


The Central Debate: Evolution, Revolution, or De-evolution?

Week Two

August 25

     Marshall McLuhan, "The Medium is the Message" (Course Reserve)

     Tim O' Reilly, "What is Web 2.0: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation"

      Lev Grossman, "Time's Person of the Year: You."

     "History of the Internet" (video)

August 27

     Nicholas Carr, "Is Google Making Us Stupid"

     Jamais Cascio, "Get Smarter"

Week Three

September 1

     Andrew Keen, "The Great Seduction" from The Cult of the Amateur (Course Reserve)

     Nicholas Carr, "The amorality of Web 2.0"

     "The Good, the Bad, and the Web 2.0" Wall Street Journal Online

September 3

     David Weinberger, "The New Order of Order" & "The Work of Knowledge" from Everything is Miscellaneous (Course Reserve)

     "Social Bookmarking in Plain English" The Common Craft Show

Changing Networks and Community

Week Four

September 8

     Manuel Castellas, "Why Networks Matter"

     Douglas Watts, "Six Degrees" (Course Reserve)

September 10

     Howard Rheingold, "Network Literacy" (Videos 1 and 2)

Week Five

September 15

     Garrett Hardin, "Tragedy of the Commons"

     Howard Rheingold, TED talk on Collaboration

     Clay Shirky "How Social Media Can Make History,"  & Web 2.0 Expo Keynote

September 17

     Pieter Boeder, "Habermas Heritage: the future of the Public Sphere in the Networked Society"

     Evgeny Morozov, "Texting Toward Utopia"

Changing Ethics

Week Six

September 22

     Howard Rheingold, "Always on Panopticon or Cooperation Amplifier" from Smart Mobs (Course Reserve)

September 24

     "Understanding Net Neutrality" (video)

     Johnathan Zittrain, "The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It"  (video)

Week Seven

September 29     

     Remix (full length feature documentary)

     Mark Helprin, "A Great Idea Lives Forever. Shouldn't its Copyright?" 

October 1

     Chris Anderson, "Free! Why $0.00 is the Future of Business"

     Malcom Gladwell, "Priced to Sell. Is free the future?"

Changing Art

Week Eight

October 6

     Bolter & Grusin, "Remediation" (Course Reserve)

October 8


The Object(s) of Analysis

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Week  Nine: Twitter 

     October 13

     October 15

Week Ten: Wikipedia

     October 20

     October 22

Week Eleven: YouTube

     October 27

     October 29

Week Twelve: Facebook

     November 3

     November 5

Week Thirteen: Journalism

     November 10

     November 12 

Week Fourteen: Entertainment

     November 17

     November 19

Week Fifteen: TBA

     November 24

Week Sixteen: Mobile

     December 1

     December 3


Final Projects Due December 11th.


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