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 [ ]. 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).
Bennett, L. (2014), Tracing Textual Poachers: Reflections on the development of fan studies and digital fandom, Journal of Fandom Studies 2: 1, pp. 5–20. [pdf]
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. (2008). Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 11. [pdf]
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]
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]
Ferguson, K. (2011, 2012). Everything is a remix, parts 1 – 4.
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]
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. (1992). Conclusion: Reconsidering Fandom. Textual Poachers: Television Fans & Participatory Culture. New York: Routledge. [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]
Jones, J. (2014). 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]
McNely, B. (2010). Exploring a Sustainable and Public Information Ecology. SIGDOC 2010. [pdf]
Nardi, B.A., & O’Day, V.L. (1999). Information ecologies. Information ecologies: Using technology with heart. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [pdf]
Porter, J. (1986). Intertextuality and the discourse community. Rhetoric Review, 5(1), 34 – 47. [pdf]
Potts, L. (2012). Amanda Palmer and the #LOFNOTC: How Online Fan Participation is Rewriting Music Labels. Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 9(2), 360 – 382. [pdf]
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]
Rettberg, J.W. (2014). Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves. New York: Palgrave Macmillan [download full book for free in PDF, epub, or Kindle formats]
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]
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]
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.
Wolff, W.I. (forthcoming, 2015). Baby, We Were Born to Tweet: Springsteen Fans, the Writing Practices of In Situ Tweeting, and the Research Possibilities for Twitter. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. (working draft) [Note: this is a hypertext article. Please read by following the links as list in the nav menu or at the bottom of each page.]
Other readings to be added as needed.