Week 4 Presentations, Film Production Groups, Conferences
1. Present hypertext diaries & personal hypertext projects; peer response and revision plans.
2. Discuss Dibbell, Rheingold, Turing Game, and adventures in SL.
2. Discuss machinima viewing and present film proposals. Organize in groups of three to actually produce these films. (Each group of three will have a partner group to help in each other's acting/voiceover, etc.)
3. Film group workshop/midterm individual conferences.

1. Film groups preproduction: generate the script, sets, props, and avatar-characters for your film.
2. Read short takes on fan and slash fiction at the MIT Communications Forum, in wired, and The Guardian, including the entries on fan fiction and associated legal issues in Wikipedia. Browse the Fan Fiction index and keep a diary of stories you choose to read: view at least 10 items and choose 3 that you think are especially noteworthy. On Counterpower either a) post a piece of fan fiction/fan teleplay of your own or b) post a description of a piece of fan fiction you could write, plus 300 word discussion why you think other people will find the stories you liked noteworthy.
3. Read Jack M. Balkin's Digital Speech and Democratic Culture (55 pages), the one-page manifesto by John Perry Barlow, Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, and the (very short) chapter 1 Creators and chapter 4 Pirates in Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture. DISCUSS the issues raised in these texts on Counterpower.

Week 5 Authorship in New Media: Piracy and the Common Good
1. Reports on film preproduction. Tour of sets & props, dramatic reading of scripts, etc.
2. Discuss reading; join class wiki on citizen media.
3. Film group workshop/midterm individual conferences.

1. Produce film and edit rough cut (without sound).
2. Read the articles and blogs from the list below. As you read, take notes and compile a list of links to interesting blogs and blog entries, posting them to Counterpower as you read. You should write three (3) original entries and make three (3) replies. Your writing should total about 1000 words, over the course of the week. You must post on at least three (3) different days: do NOT do all your posting on one day. Some questions to get you started: In what sense do these blogs and their readerships seem like a “community” to you? Are they “real” communities? Can anyone join?
Send at least one post that finishes these sentences: “If I were to maintain a weblog, I’d like to make it like __________” and “The blog I just couldn’t stop reading was ____________” and “The blog I really think other people should read is _________”.
3. Using some of the blog search engines or major blog hosts (technorati, blogger, blogspot, bloglist, weblogreview etc) search for blogs related to your own interests (women’s soccer, cars, dancing, social justice, eg). Report briefly on these, using the Counterpower weblog.

Short articles:
Rebecca Blood, weblogs: a history and perspective
Simon Garfield, New kids on the blog
Jane Perrone, Random Reality Bites
Tony Pierce, How To Blog
Mena Trott, Blogs, Bandwidth and Banjos: Tightly knit bonds in weblogging.

slightly more advanced articles:
Anita Blanchard,  Blogs as Virtual Communities
Carolyn Wei, Formation of Norms in a Blog Community
Susan C. Herring et al, Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

personal weblogs:
greek tragedy found at:
my boyfriend is a -- found at:
dooce found at:
piehole found at:
bellow at

anonymous workplace weblogs:
“borderline teacher” at
ambulance girl at:

unique weblogs and blogs that become books:
post secret at
Julia/Julie Project at:


photo blogs:

Week 6 Citizen Media 1: Weblogs and Wiki
1. Show film rough cuts
2. Discuss blogging and indymedia material.
3. In class workshop: collaborative writing via wiki

1. Glance at Kate Pullinger's new-media fiction, Inanimate Alice and Martha Deed's new-media documentary, Aftershocks, together with Edward Picot's review of them. Visit the Hypertext Nonfiction section of the Electronic Literature Organization. Keep a diary of 5 ELO nonfiction hypertexts.
2. Read articles on Flash mobs, Korean netizens and James F. Moore's The Second Superpower Rears its Beautiful Head. Visit the directory for Indymedia US, as well as sites covering the Zapatistas and the Durban Shack Dwellers' Movement the RTmark project list, the YesMen, Adbusters and the smartmeme website. Select one story from each and contribute on each to the class wiki.

Week 7 Citizen Media 2: Forms of Counterpower
May 14: 530-7 pm Required Social Networking Seminar
7:30-9:30 Discussion of reading.

Homework: Please read the introduction to the "educational gaming" issue of INNOVATE as well as the short essay Game-Informed Learning and very short interview with Clark Aldrich, The Design of Advanced Learning Engines. Next, visit the Social Impact Games site. Play three games of three different types for at least three hours total. Post a diary of your game playing and a review of the three games to the class weblog. The diary and review should be two double-spaced pages long (min. 700 words). Additionally, prepare a detailed proposal of at least 500 words for a social impact game of your own. Before class, spend an additional hour visiting some of the games recommended by others.

Week 8 Social Impact Gaming

Discussion of reading. Final project topics due.

Reading: Bousquet, "Informatics of Higher Education," Katie King, "Women in the Web," Tiziana Terranova, "Free Labor, Producing Culture for the Digital Economy," Lisa Nakamura, "Interview with Donna Haraway." All are in Bousquet and Wills, eds, The Politics of Information (Alt-X Press, 2004):

Week 9 The Knowledge Worker: Robots, Cyborgs, and Capitalism.

Discussion of reading. Annotated bibliography/review of literature for final projects due.

Reading: Donna Haraway, The Cyborg Manifesto. Interview with Alex Foti

Week 10 Networks and Globalization from Below?

Discussion of reading. Hypertext component of final projects due.




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