This is a tentative schedule of topics and readings. It is subject to change.
Jan 15 Course Introduction
Jan 22 Media studies & medium theory
Creeber & Martin, “What is new media?” and “Digital cultures,” from Introduction, Digital Cultures: Understanding New Media (Open University Press, 2009).
Macnamara, “Understanding the mediascape: Philosophies and theories of emergent media”
McLuhan, “The medium is the message” excerpt
Ott and Monk, “Ecological analysis”
Jan 29 Media convergence
Bell, “On the net: Navigating the World Wide Web” from Digital Cultures
Jenkins, “Introduction: ‘Worship at the altar of convergence’”
Boler, “Digital media and democracy: Introduction”
Feb 5 The public sphere, social media, & politics
Dahlberg & Siapera, “Introduction,” from L. Dahlberg and E. Siapera, ed., Radical Democracy and the Internet: Interrogating Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Kahn & Kellner, “Globalization, technopolitics, & radical democracy,” from Dahlberg & Siapera, ed., Radical Democracy and the Internet.
Habermas, “The public sphere”
Poell, “Conceptualizing forums and blogs as public sphere”
Bond et al., “A 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization”
Feb 12 Open source, open content, & the “free culture” movement
Boyle, Public Domain (selections)
Lessig, selections TBA
MEDIA ANALYSIS PROPOSALS DUE
Feb 19 Cultural studies (& politics) after 1968
Jeremy Gilbert, Anticapitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics (Berg, 2008), Introduction, ch. 1 & 2
Feb 26 Case studies: The Zapatistas, alter-globalism, & the World Social Forum
Gilbert, Anticapitalism and Culture, ch. 3 & 4
Mar 4-8 Spring Break: No Class
Mar 12 Theorizing global network society
Gilbert, Anticapitalism and Culture, ch. 5
Hardt, “The global society of control”
J. Dean, “Communicative capitalism”
Deleuze & Guattari, “Rhizome”
Mar 19 Case studies: Culture jamming, hacktivism, & other tactical media
Christine Harald, Introduction and Ch. 2 from OurSpace: Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2007).
Renzi, “The space of tactical media”
McKee, “Tactical media, sustainability, and the rise of the ‘new green revolution’”
MEDIA ANALYSES DUE. ANALYSIS PRESENTATIONS.
Mar 26 Global case studies: Color revolutions, the Arab Spring, et al.
Gilbert, Anticapitalism and Culture, ch. 6 and 7
MEDIA ANALYSIS PRESENTATIONS. PROJECT PROPOSALS DUE.
Apr 2 Theorizing global network society (continued)
Galloway & Thacker, “Prolegomenon: ‘We’re tired of trees’”
Connolly, “Steps toward an ecology of late capitalism,” “Is eco-egalitarian capitalism possible?”
Apr 9 E-waste & the material ecologies of global media
Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller, Greening the Media (Oxford U. Press, 2012): Introduction, ch. 2 (“Words”), and ch. 6. (“Citizens”).
Apr 16 New media ecologies, ecomedia & biomedia
Parikka, “Media ecologies & imaginary media”
Thacker, “What is biomedia?”
Other readings TBA
Apr 23 Case study: The Occupy movement
MEDIA PROJECTS DUE. PROJECT PRESENTATIONS.
Apr 30 Course conclusions
MEDIA PROJECT PRESENTATIONS.