SMC316 Weekly Schedule & Readings

Week 1: January 11
Introduction to the course:
Friends, Likes, Shares, Tweets: Mediating the Social and Political

Week 2: January 18
Origin Stories

Readings

Katie Hafner. (1997, May 1). The Epic Saga of the Well. Wired Magazine. http://www.wired.com/1997/05/ff-well/

 Alice E. Marwick. (2013). Chapter One: A Cultural History of Web 2.0, in Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Branding in the Social Media Age. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, pp. 21-72. [Ebrary]

Rebecca Solnit. (2013, February 7). Diary. London Review of Books.
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n03/rebecca-solnit/diary

Week 3: January 25:
Key Attributes of Social Technologies and Participatory Culture

Readings
Jenkins, Ito & boyd: Chapter 1, Defining a Participatory Culture, pp. 1-31.

Henry Jenkins. (2006). Welcome to Convergence Culture. Confessions of an Aca-Fan, June 19. http://henryjenkins.org/2006/06/welcome_to_convergence_culture.html

Sherry Turkle. (2015, September 26). Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/opinion/sunday/stop-googling-lets-talk.html?_r=0

Julia Angwin. (2016). Making Algorithms Accountable. Pro Publica, August 1. https://www.propublica.org/article/making-algorithms-accountable

Skim:
Henry Jenkins. (2009). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/confronting-challenges-participatory-culture

Week 4: February 1
Talking ’Bout My Generation…

Readings
Jenkins, Ito & boyd: Chapter 2, Youth Culture, Youth Practices, pp. 32-59.

danah boyd. (2014). Chapter 7, Literacy: Are Today’s Youth Digital Natives? In It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 176-198.

Valerie Steeves and Jane Bailey. (2016). Living in the Mirror: Understanding Young Women’s Experiences with Online Social Networking in Gender and the Politics of Surveillance: Expanding the Gaze, ed. Emily van der Meulen and Robert Heynen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 56-83.

MediaSmarts. (2015). Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Trends and Recommendations, January 21. http://mediasmarts.ca/research-policy

Week 5: February 8
Digital and Participatory Divides

Readings
Jenkins, Ito & boyd: Chapter 3, Gaps and Genres in Participation, pp. 40-89.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU). (2016). ICT Facts and Figures 2016.
http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/facts/default.aspx

Sheena Goodyear. (2016). Digital Divide: Is High-speed Internet Access a Luxury or a Right? CBC News, February 8. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/internet-access-digital-divide-1.3433848

Acorn Canada. (January 2016). Internet for All: Internet Use and Accessibility for Low-Income Canadians. http://acorncanada.org/internet-all-internet-use-and-accessibility-low-income-canadians

Week 6: February 15
Intergenerational Uses of Social Media
Case: Fake News

Readings
Jenkins, Ito & boyd: Chapter 4, Learning and Literacy, pp. 90-119.

Sonia Livingston and Julian Sefton-Green. (2016). Chapter 1, Living and Learning in the Digital Age in The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age. New York: New York University Press. http://connectedyouth.nyupress.org/book/9781479824243/

Aylin Zafar. (2011). Facebook for Centenarians: Senior Citizens Learn Social Media. The Atlantic, August 31. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/08/facebook-for-centenarians-senior-citizens-learn-social-media/244357/

Case: Fake News
Sapna Maheshwari. (2016). How Fake News Goes Viral. The New York Times, November 20. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/business/media/how-fake-news-spreads.html

The New York Times, Room for Debate. (2016). How to Stop the Spread of Fake News, November 22, http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/11/22/how-to-stop-the-spread-of-fake-news?ref=opinion

Zeynep Tufecki. (2016). Mark Zuckerberg Is in Denial. New York Times, November 15. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/opinion/mark-zuckerberg-is-in-denial.html

FEBRUARY 22 READING WEEK

Week 7: March 1
You! (are) The Product
Case: Would You Pay for Facebook?

Readings
Jenkins, Ito & boyd: Chapter 5, Commercial Culture, pp. 120-151

Tim Wu. (2016). Chapter 20: The Kingdom of Content: This is How You Do It, pp. 255-266 and Chapter 23, The Place to Be, pp. 287-302 in The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads. NY: Knopf.

Kathryn Montgomery. (2015). Youth and Surveillance in the Facebook era: Policy Interventions and Social Implications. Telecommunications Policy, 39, 771-786.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. (2015, December). Policy Position on Online Behavioural Advertising. Ottawa: OPC.
https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/privacy-topics/advertising-and-marketing/behaviouraltargeted-advertising/bg_ba_1206/

Case: Would You Pay for Facebook?
Zeynep Tufekci. (2015, June 4). Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Pay for Facebook. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/opinion/zeynep-tufekci-mark-zuckerberg-let-me-pay-for-facebook.html?_r=0

Tim Wu. (2015, August 14). Facebook Should Pay All of Us. The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/facebook-should-pay-all-of-us

Week 8: March 8
Surveillance and Snowden

Readings
David Lyon. (2015). Chapter One, Snowden Storm, in Surveillance After Snowden. Cambridge: Polity, pp. 15-42.

CITIZENFOUR, a film by Laura Poitras (2014)
https://citizenfourfilm.com/

Screening will be held at the Media Commons Theatre, Robarts Library, 130 St. George St., third floor.
https://mediacommons.library.utoronto.ca/Time: 2:15 sharp.

Week 9: March 15
Playing with Surveillance
Case: Self-Tracking

Readings

Julie E. Cohen. (2016). The Surveillance-Innovation Complex: The Irony of the Participatory Turn. In The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age, ed. Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne, and Tamar Tembeck. Minneapolis, MN: The University of Minnesota Press, pp. 207-226.

Sam Biddle. (2016). Privacy Scandal Haunts Pokemon Go’s CEO. The Intercept, August 9.
https://theintercept.com/2016/08/09/privacy-scandal-haunts-pokemon-gos-ceo/

Jennifer R. Whitson. (2013). Gaming the Quantified Self. Surveillance & Society. Special Issue on Surveillance Futures 11(1/2).
http://library.queensu.ca/ojs/index.php/surveillance-andsociety/article/view/gaming/gaming

Case: Self-Tracking
Gina Neff and Dawn Nafus. (2016). Chapter 4: Self-Tracking and the Technology Industry. Self-Tracking. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, pp. 105-134.

Andrew Hilts, Christopher Parsons, and Jeffrey Knockel. (2016). Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security. Toronto: Open Effect Report. https://openeffect.ca/reports/Every_Step_You_Fake.pdf

Week 10: March 22
Activism

Readings
Jenkins, Ito & boyd: Chapter 6, Democracy, Civic Engagement and Activism, pp. 152-179.

Jennifer S. Light. (2015). Chapter One: Putting Our Conversation in Context: Youth, Old Media, and Political Participation, 1800-1971. In From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age, ed. Danielle Allen & Jennifer S. Light. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 19-33.

Sangita Shresthova. (2016). Chapter 4: Between Storytelling and Surveillance. In Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, Arely Zimmerman, By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism. New York: NYU Press. http://connectedyouth.nyupress.org/book/9781479899982/

Stefania Milan. (2015). When Algorithms Shape Collective Action: Social Media and the Dynamics of Cloud Protesting. Social Media + Society, July-December.
doi: 10.1177/2056305115622481
http://sms.sagepub.com/content/1/2/2056305115622481.abstract

Week 11: March 29
From the Good to the Bad to the Really, Really Ugly

Readings
Jenkins, Ito & boyd: Chapter 7, Reimagining Participatory Culture, pp. 180-187

Data & Society and CiPHR (2016). Online Harassment, Digital Abuse and Cyberstalking in America.
https://datasociety.net/output/online-harassment-digital-abuse-cyberstalking/

Whitney Phillips. (2015) Chapter 1, Defining Terms: The Origins and Evolution of Subcultural Trolling, in This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 15-26.

Week 12: April 5
Course Wrap-Up

 

 

 

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