wecf13 readings

About the Readings

These readings are in addition to the required books, which are not included here. They are listed in alphabetical order. Many of the essays are PDF files, which require a PDF reader, like the free Adobe Reader. Notes from BW are in [ ]. Blogs to be analyzed and Learning Record texts to be read are listed at the bottom. There may be times when a particular reading is not discussed as fully as others. This is okay; the fact that you have read it will contribute to developing a thorough understanding of the ideas presented in the course and will benefit the work you complete. Readings are subject to change.

Atwood, M. (2010, March 19). Atwood in the Twittersphere. New York Review of Books.

Baym, N.K. (2008). The new shape of online community: The example of Swedish independent music fandom. First Monday, 12(8).

Bernstein, M.S., Monroy-Hernandez, A., Harry, D., Andre, P., Panovich, K., and Vargas, G. (2011). 4chan and /b/: An Analysis of Anonymity and Ephemerality in a Large Online Community. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. [pdf]

boyd, d.m., and Ellison, N. B. (2007). Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 11.

boyd, d.m., Golder, S., and Lotan, G. (2010). Tweet, Tweet, Retweet: Conversational Aspects of Retweeting on Twitter. HICSS-43. IEEE: Kauai, HI, January 6. [pdf]

Brand, S. (7 Dec, 1972). Spacewar: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums. Rolling Stone.

Bush, V. (July, 1945). As we may think. Atlantic Monthly. (read only Intro and parts 1, 3, 6, 7, 8)

Data Never Sleeps Infographic

Delwiche, A. & Henderson, J.J. (2013). Introduction: What is Participatory Culture. In A. Delwiche & J.J. Henderson (Eds.) The Participatory Culture Handbook (pp. 3 – 9). New York: Routledge. [pdf]

Dibbell, J. (Dec. 1993). A rape in cyberspace; Or, how an evil clown, a Haitian trickster spirit, two wizzards, and a cast of dozens turned a database into a society. Village Voice. [PDF]

Engelbart, D. (1968, 2007, Aug 5). The mother of all demos (1/9), The mother of all demos (2/9). Youtube. [Watch both videos in full; if you’re interested feel free to watch all 9.]

Faden, E. (2007). A Fair(y) Use Tale. YouTube.

Ferguson, K. (2011, 2012). Everything is a remix, parts 1 – 4.

Furnas, A. (2012). It’s Not All About You: What Privacy Advocates Don’t Get About Data Tracking on the Web. The Atlantic.

Ganz-Blättler, U. (2004). Shareware or Prestigious Privilege? Television Fans as Knowledge Brokers. MIT Communications Forum.

Gaylor, B. (2009). RiP! A Remix Manifesto. EyeSteelFilm / National Film Board of Canada [1 hour 26 minute documentary on Hulu]

Gee, J.P. (2007). Semiotic domains: Is playing video games a “waste of time”? What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy. New York: PalgraveMacmillan. [pdf]

Gray, J. (2006). Intertextuality and the Study of Texts. In Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality. pp. 19 – 40. New York: Routledge.

Highland, M. (2006). As real as your life. Presented in D. Perry Are games better than real life? TED [start watching at 10:00 for Highland’s movie, though I recommend the whole video]

Hudson, J.M. & Bruckman, A. (2004). “Go Away”: Participant Objections to Being Studied and the Ethics of Chatroom Research. The Information Society, 20, pp. 127–139. [PDF]

Jenkins, H. (2007). Afterword: The Future of Fandom. In J. Gray, C. Sandvoss, & C.L. Harrington (Eds.) Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Meditated World (pp. 357 – 364). New York: NYU Press. [pdf]

Jenkins, H. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [This is a link to the PDF for the full monograph, which MIT Press has made available for free. Read only pages xi-xiv, 1 – 34]

Jenkins, H. (2013, May 13). Bastard Culture!: An Interview with Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Part One). Confessions of an Aca-Fan.

Jenkins, H. (2013, May 15). Bastard Culture!: An Interview with Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Part Two). Confessions of an Aca-Fan.

Jones, J. (2013, forthcoming). Switching in Twitter’s Hashtagged Exchanges. Journal of Business and Technical Communication. [pdf]

Lessig, L. (2007, November). Laws that choke creativity. TED. [Note: 18:59 minutes]

Monroy-Hernandez, A., Kiciman, A., boyd, d., & Counts, S. (2012). Narcotweets: Social Media in Wartime. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. [pdf]

McCloud, S. (2009). The visual magic of comics. TED.  [note: 17:06 minutes]

McNely, B. (2010). Exploring a Sustainable and Public Information Ecology. SIGDOC 2010. [pdf]

McNely, B. (2012). Shaping Organizational Image-Power Through Images: Case Histories of Instagram. IEEE. [pdf]

Parry, D. (2012). Knowledge Cartels versus Knowledge Rights. Enculturation, 14.

Perry, D. (2006) Are games better than real life? TED.

Porter, J. (1986). Intertextuality and the discourse community. Rhetoric Review, 5(1), 34 – 47. [pdf]

Postman, N. (1990, October 11). Informing Ourselves to Death. Presented at German Informatics Society, 11 Oct 90, Stuttgart.

Potts, L., & Harrison, A. (2013). Interfaces as Rhetorical Constructions: reddit and 4chan During the Boston Marathon Bombings. SIGDOG ’13. [pdf]

Rettberg, J.W. (2009). What is a blog? Blogging. Malden, MA: Polity Press. [pdf]

Rheingold, H. (1993). Introduction. The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (online version).

Roy, D. (2011, March). The birth of a word. TED. [Note: 19:52 minutes; pay special attention to the parts on data; the stuff about his son you can skip over if you want]

Shirky, C. (2008). It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure. Web 2.0 Expo, New York. [note: 23:50 minutes]

Shirky, C. (2013). Code for America Keynote. Code for America Summit, San Francisco, CA. [note: 25:35 minutes]

Silver, D. (2009, February 25). The difference between thin and think tweets. Silver in SF.

Solove, D.J. (2011a). Introduction. Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security (pp. 1 – 18). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. [PDF; note: scroll through to page 1]

Solove, D.J. (2011b, May 15). Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’. Chronicle of Higher Education.

Unger, S.H. (2013, August 16). Privacy, and open government: both under assault. Personal essay.

Wellman, B., and Gulia, M. (1997). Net Surfers Dont Ride Alone: Virtual Community as Community. In P. Kollock and M. Smith (Eds.) Communities and Cyberspace, New York: Routledge.

Wellman, B. & Tindal, D.B. (1992). How Telephone Networks Connect Social Networks. In G. Barnett & W. Richards (Eds.) Progress in Communications Research, 13, pp. 63 – 94. [pdf; note: this is a weird looking version]

Wesch, M. (Jun 2008). An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube. Presented at the Library of Congress. YouTube. [Note: 55 minutes]

Wolff, B. (2013). Baby, We were Born to Tweet: #Springsteen, Concert Tweets, and an Emergent Transmediated Composing Community. Computers & Writing Conference, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD. [note: 21:12 minutes; at around 14minutes, I say “qualitative” when discussing Franco Moretti. I should have said, “quantitative.”]

Zappavinga, M. (2011). Ambient affiliation: A linguistic affiliation on Twitter. new media & society, 13(5), pp. 788–806. [pdf]

Other readings to be added as needed.

Learning Record Texts to be Read for Week 2

Blogs to be looked at for Week 2

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