Week Fifteen: Review

Tuesday, December 5th
  • Review Day
  • Bring to class a list of the five most important things you learned over the course of the semester, along with two examples for each.


Thursday, December 7th

Final: December 15th. 1:00

Week Fourteen: The News Lies

Tuesday, November 28th

Thursday, November 30th

  • Read: Ethan Zuckerman, “Stop Saying Fake News”
  • Read: Knight Foundation Report on How Youth Consume News
  • Notes:
    • One: Zukcerman doesn’t like the term “Fake News”. First summarize his argument about this and than help illustrate it thru two examples he doesn’t use, at least one should be one closely connected to you (i.e. one where you heard someone you know using the term Fake News).
    • Two: How accurate is the Youth Report by the Knight Foundation for you? That is in their findings what are the biggest overlaps with your experience? biggest difference from your experience?

Week Thirteen: This isn’t so Amusing.

Tuesday, November 21st

  • Black Mirror. “Fifteen Million Merits” (Season 1. Episode 2)
  • Questions:
  • 1. As with the prior Black Mirror episode, this one imagines a future that is on the one hand not so removed form our own, and on the other pretty unimaginable. What aspects of this future do you feel the creators of the show were making most similar to our own in order to critique our culture? What aspects of the episode do you think were the most unrealistic.
  • 2. Think back to the Postman from last week, re: amusing ourselves to death, particularly about how mediums shape epistemology, what would Postman have to say about the message of the Black Mirror episode.
  • Note: Reading notes are not due until Monday at 11:59PM this week since I was so late posting this.

Tuesday, November 23rd

  • No Class: Thanksgiving

Amusing Mobs

TUESDAY, November 14TH

THURSDAY, November 16TH

  • Read: Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death
  • Keywords: Epistemology, “television as a medium,” “Now This” “being informed”
  • Question: Postman seems to not be a very big fan of TV here. In two paragraphs summarize his argument. Do this in a way if Postman were here to read it he would agree with you. That is your goal is to capture the argument not agree or disagree, just present and distill its essential points. Then in a third paragraph tell me if you agree or disagree with Postman’s analysis, why? why not?

Week Eleven: Trolls and Other Problems

Tuesday, November 7th

  • Privacy Tools-Write up a report of how your web browsing experience has changed since using what we did in class. Share that in your notes.

Thursday, November 9th

Week Ten: But What if You Want Some Privacy?

TUESDAY, October 31st

  • WatchCitizen Four
  • Define: Whistleblower, xKeyScore, Mantle of Power, Encryption
  • Answer: After watching this documentary how to do you feel about this government surveillance? What did you learn from this documentary about Snowden and this case that you didn’t previously know? Was there anything in particular that contradicted the media accounts you heard from before? What (if any) should be the limits on government surveillance?

THURSDAY, November 2nd

  • No reading or notes for today. We are going to work on privacy tools in class. Bring your laptop to class.

Week Nine: This is a Disaster

Tuesday, October 24th

  • “The Internet with a Human Face” Maciej Cegłowski
  • “The Internet’s Original Sin” Ethan Zuckerman
  • Define: Car Culture, Center of the Web, The Cloud, Pop-Up Add
    Answer: Both of these authors paint a pretty dark future, one that suggests the web is a pretty dangerous place, or at least as constructed ought to make us worried. Primarily these two do not like targeted ads. Why is this? And, do you agree with them, why? why not?

Thursday, October 26th

  • Terms and Conditions May Apply
  • Instagram Terms and Conditions(in plain English)
  • Define: Cookies, Big Data, Data Mining, Predictive Algorthims
    Answer: This documentary suggests there are lots more pieces than just ad tracking (Tuesday’s reading) that ought to concern you? What three things from these five episodes concerned/worried/creeped you ought the most? Was there anything you didn’t know about what most surprised you? Was there anything that you thought was no big deal?

Week Eight: Who Makes This Stuff

Tuesday, October 17th

  • Carr Benkler Wager
  • Nicholas, Carr Pay Up, Yochai Benkler
  • Yochai Benkler Carr-Benkler Wager Revisted
  • Keywords: Carr Benkler Wager, Peer Production, Price Incentivized, Professional Production
  • Questions: Which side of this argument do you find more persuasive? If you had to declare a winner today which would it be? Do you think ten years from now this will be the same?
  • Thursday, October 19th

    • Rip a Remix Manifesto
    • Keywords: Copyright, Remix Manifesto, Piracy, Clinton Era Trade Agreements
    • Questions: 1. Should what Girl Talk does be illegal? that is irrespective of the current law would you want to make it legal or illegal? 2. How long should a copyright be for? explain your reasoning.
    • Reminder: Your Norm Breaching Experience is due at the beginning of class. You should print out your write up and bring it to class.

Week Seven: Fun with Midterms

Tuesday, October 10th

  • Fall Break. No Class

Thursday, October 12th

  • Midterm Exam


  • Before class on Thursday you should add to your notes for class two things.
    • 1. Note which of the social media norm breaking assignments you decided on.
    • 2. Rough notes from your experiment. Keep in mind you need to collect data during the process. For this no need to make them look pretty or anything, just add the raw notes/data to your google notes.
  • If you were not in class on Tuesday and didn’t get the assignment you can get it here.