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


Katie Hafner. (1997, May 1). The Epic Saga of the Well. Wired Magazine.

 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.

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

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.

Sherry Turkle. (2015, September 26). Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. New York Times.

Julia Angwin. (2016). Making Algorithms Accountable. Pro Publica, August 1.

Henry Jenkins. (2009). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Week 4: February 1
Talking ’Bout My Generation…

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.

Week 5: February 8
Digital and Participatory Divides

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

International Telecommunications Union (ITU). (2016). ICT Facts and Figures 2016.

Sheena Goodyear. (2016). Digital Divide: Is High-speed Internet Access a Luxury or a Right? CBC News, February 8.

Acorn Canada. (January 2016). Internet for All: Internet Use and Accessibility for Low-Income Canadians.

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

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.

Aylin Zafar. (2011). Facebook for Centenarians: Senior Citizens Learn Social Media. The Atlantic, August 31.

Case: Fake News
Sapna Maheshwari. (2016). How Fake News Goes Viral. The New York Times, November 20.

The New York Times, Room for Debate. (2016). How to Stop the Spread of Fake News, November 22,

Zeynep Tufecki. (2016). Mark Zuckerberg Is in Denial. New York Times, November 15.


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

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.

Case: Would You Pay for Facebook?
Zeynep Tufekci. (2015, June 4). Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Pay for Facebook. The New York Times.

Tim Wu. (2015, August 14). Facebook Should Pay All of Us. The New Yorker.

Week 8: March 8
Surveillance and Snowden

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

CITIZENFOUR, a film by Laura Poitras (2014)

Screening will be held at the Media Commons Theatre, Robarts Library, 130 St. George St., third floor. 2:15 sharp.

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


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.

Jennifer R. Whitson. (2013). Gaming the Quantified Self. Surveillance & Society. Special Issue on Surveillance Futures 11(1/2).

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.

Week 10: March 22

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.

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

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

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

Data & Society and CiPHR (2016). Online Harassment, Digital Abuse and Cyberstalking in America.

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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