1 Introduction No readings assigned.
2 Ideologies, Stereotypes and Agency

Buy at Amazon Hall, Stuart. "Culture, the Media and the 'Ideological Effect'." In Understanding Stuart Hall. Sage Publications Limited, 2004. ISBN: 9780761947141. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Adorno, Theodor, and Max Horkheimer. "The Culture Industry." In Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader. Sage Publications Limited, 2007. ISBN: 9781412923217. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Schweinitz, Jorg. "The Intellectual Viewpoint Versus the Stereotype in Mass Culture." In Film and Stereotype: A Challenge for Cinema and Theory. Columbia University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780231151481. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Butler, Judith. Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative. Routledge, 1997. ISBN: 9780415915885. [Preview with Google Books]

3 Propaganda, Censorship and Net Neutrality

Buy at Amazon Herman, Edward S., and Noah Chomsky. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Pantheon, 2002. ISBN: 9780375714498. (Introduction pages only.)

Buy at Amazon Patrick, Brian. The Ten Commandments of Propaganda. Arktos Media Limited, 2013. ISBN: 9781907166815. [Preview with Google Books]

Obama, Barack. "Net Neutrality." 2014.

Buy at Amazon Stiegler, Zack, and John Anderson. Regulating the Web: Network Neutrality and the Fate of the Open Internet. Lexington Books, 2014. ISBN: 9780739197639.

Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore. Directed by Melnyk, and Caine. Color, 97 min. 2007.

4 Violence in Media and Video Games

Buy at Amazon Huesmann, L. Rowell, and Laramie D. Taylor. "Exposure to Violence in the Media Leads to Violent Behavior." In Media Violence. Greenhaven, 2008. ISBN: 9780737742190.

Buy at Amazon Jenkins, Henry. "The Problem of Media Violence is Exaggerated." In Media Violence. Greenhaven, 2008. ISBN: 9780737742190.

Buy at Amazon Bickham, David S. "Video Games Foster Violent Behavior." In Media Violence. Greenhaven, 2008. ISBN: 9780737742190.

Buy at Amazon Ferguson, Christopher J. "Video Games Have Become a Scapegoat for Violent Behavior." In Media Violence. Greenhaven, 2008. ISBN: 9780737742190.

5 From Big Data to Big Brother: Surveillance and Privacy in the Information Age

Buy at Amazon Bollier, David. The Promise and Peril of Big Data. The Aspen Institute, 2010. ISBN: 9780898435160.

Buy at Amazon Mayer-Schönberger, Viktor, and Kenneth Cukier. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. Eamon Dolan / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ISBN: 9780544002692. [Preview with Google Books]

Esposti, Sara. "When Big Data Meets Dataveillance: The Hidden Side of Analytics." Surveillance & Society 12, no. 2 (2014): 209–25.

Kitchin, Rob. "Big Data, New Epistemologies and Paradigm Shifts." Sage, 2014.

6 Digital Hacktivism, Civil Disobedience and Piracy

Buy at Amazon Coleman, Gabriella. Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. Verso, 2014. ISBN: 9781781685839.

Buy at Amazon Sauter, Molly. The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet. Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, pp. 1–17. ISBN: 9781623568221. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Sifry, Micah. WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency. Counterpoint, 2011, pp. 15–20. ISBN: 9781582437798. [Preview with Google Books]

Film: The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. Directed by Brian Knappenberger. Color, 105 min. 2014.


Digital Rebellion, Direct Democracy and Cyber Left

Guest Speaker: Lara Baladi, Egyptian-Lebanese artist and activist

Buy at Amazon Wolfson, Todd. Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left. University of Illinois Press, 2014, pp. 181–94. ISBN: 9780252038846.

Buy at Amazon Gerbaudo, Paolo. Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism. Pluto Press, 2012, pp. 1–17. ISBN: 9780745332482.

Eltantawy, Nahed, and Julie B. Wiest. "The Arab Spring| Social Media in the Egyptian Revolution: Reconsidering Resource Mobilization Theory." International Journal of Communication 5 (2011): 1207–24.

Audio: Interview with Lara Baladi

8 GamerGate Controversy

"GamerGate Manifesto." 2014.

Heron, Michael James, Pauline Belford, et al. "Sexism in the Circuitry: Female Participation in Male-dominated Popular Computer Culture." ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society-Special Issue on Women in Computing 44, no. 4 (2014): 18–29.

Buy at Amazon Richard, Gabriela T. "Gender and Gameplay." In Playing with Virtuality: Theories and Methods of Computer Game Studies. Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2013. ISBN: 9783631640609.

Buy at Amazon Shaw, Adrienne. Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture. University Of Minnesota Press, 2014, pp. 1–11.


From Gamification to Gamepocalypse

Guest Speaker: Sebastian Deterding, Professor at Northeastern University

Buy at Amazon Zichermann, Gabe, and Joselin Linder. The Gamification Revolution: How Leaders Leverage Game Mechanics to Crush the Competition. McGraw-Hill Education, 2013, pp. 11–17. ISBN: 9780071808316.

Buy at Amazon Deterding, Sebastian. "Eudaimonic Design, or: Six invitations to Rethink Gamification." In Rethinking Gamification. Meson Press by Hybrid, 2014, pp. 305–23. ISBN: 9783957960009.

Whitson, Jennifer R. "Gaming the Quantified Self." Surveillance & Society 11, no. 1/2 (2013): 163–76.

Buy at Amazon Schrape, Niklas. "Gamification and Governmentality." In Rethinking Gamification. Meson Press by Hybrid, 2014. ISBN: 9783957960009.

Audio: Sebastian Deterding presentation
10 Socialization and Intimacy in Digital Environments

Ducheneaut, et al. "Alone Together?": Exploring the Social Dynamics of Massively Multiplayer Online Games." Proceedings of the Sigchi Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2006): 407–16.

Buy at Amazon Bonenfant, Maude. "Pour un changement de paradigme." In Socialisation et communication dans les jeux vidéo. 2011. ISBN: 9782760622678.

Buy at Amazon Bonenfant, Maude, and Yanick Farmer. "Je suis libre moi non plus." In Mobilisation de l'objet technique dans la production de soi. Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2013. ISBN: 9782760536463.

Buy at Amazon Lambert, Alexander. Intimacy and Friendship on Facebook. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 8–28. ISBN: 9781137322845.

Buy at Amazon Taylor, T. L. "Living Digitally: Embodiment in Virtual Worlds" In The Social Life of Avatars: Presence and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments. Springer, 2002. ISBN: 9781852334611. [Preview with Google Books]

11 One-on-one Appointments to Discuss the Final Paper No new readings assigned.
12 Collective Intelligence versus the Expert Paradigm

Buy at Amazon Lévy, Pierre. Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace. Plenum Trade, 1997. ISBN: 9780306456350.

Goodwin, Jean. "The Authority of Wikipedia." OSSA Conference Archive, 2009.

Buy at Amazon Jenkins, Henry. "Spoiling Survivor: The Anatomy of a Knowledge Community" In Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Colilde. New York University Press, 2006, pp. 25–58. ISBN: 9780814742815. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Dumais, Fabien "La sensibilité épistémique face à Wikipédia." In Web Social: Mutation de la Communication. Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2010. ISBN: 9782760524972. [Preview with Google Books]

13 Participatory Culture, Intellectual Property and Media Panic

Buy at Amazon Jenkins, Henry, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green. Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture. New York University Press, 2013, pp. 291–308. ISBN: 9780814743508. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Marwic, Alice. "The Fabulous Lives of Micro-Celebrities." In Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age. Yale University Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780300176728.

Buy at Amazon Burgess, Jean, and Joshua Green. "YouTube's Popular Culture." In YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture. Polity, 2009, pp. 38–52. ISBN: 9780745644790.

Buy at Amazon Jenkins, Henry. "Quentin Tarantino's Star Wars? Grassroots Creativity Meets the Media Industry." In Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York University Press, 2006, pp. 131–74. ISBN: 9780814742815. [Preview with Google Books]

14 Artificial Intelligence, Posthumanism and Technological Apocalypse

Buy at Amazon Kroker, Arthur. Exits to the Posthuman Future. Polity, 2014, pp. 1–28. ISBN: 9780745671635. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon McLuhan, Marshall. The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. Bantam, 1967.

Buy at Amazon Baudrillard, Jean. Symbolic Exchange and Death (Theory, Culture & Society). Sage Publications, 1993. ISBN: 9780803983991.