Schedule

Course Schedule:

* Please note that the course schedule and assignments are subject to change. All changes will be notified in advance. Readings and screenings are to be completed for the date under which they are listed.

 

Week 1 | Syllabus Review

Th 9/1

 

Week 2 | Introduction

T 9/6

Reading Due:

  • Henry Jenkins, Mizuko Ito, and danah boyd, “Defining Participatory Culture” (Bb)
  • Melissa Brough, “Participatory Culture” (Bb)

 

Recommended:

  • Axel Bruns, Produsage: “A Working Definition,” “Key Principles,” and “Necessary Preconditions,” from org

 

Th 9/8

Reading Due:

  • Paul A. Taylor, “Participation and the Technological Imaginary” (Bb)
  • The Janissary Collective, “Participatory Culture and Media Life” (Bb)

 

Case studies:

 

Week 3 | Selfies, Identity Performance, and Networked Participation

T 9/13

Reading Due:

 

Case studies:

 

Th 9/15

Reading Due:

 

Case studies:

 

Week 4 | Selfies,… pt. II

T 9/20

Reading Due:

 

Case studies:

 

Th 9/22

Reading Due:

 

Case studies:

 

*** Know Thy Selfie project due at the beginning of class ***

 

Week 5 | Augmented Reality and Playful Participation

T 9/27

Reading Due:

  • Jason Farman, “The Ethics of Immersion in Locative Games.” (Bb)

 

Case studies:

Activity:

  • Play Pokémon Go before class

 

Th 9/29

Reading Due:

 

Case studies:

 

Activity:

  • Play Ingress before class

 

Week 6 | Games, Play, and Democracy

T 10/4

Reading Due:

 

Activity:

  • Ayiti: The Cost of Life
  • Tropico (Available in the Art/Music Library)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization series (Available in the Art/Music Library)

 

Th 10/6

Reading Due:

 

Activity:

 

Week 7 | Remix, Memes, and Tactical Media

T 10/11

Reading Due:

 

Screening due:

 

Th 10/13

Reading Due:

  • Owen Gallagher, “The Assault on Creative Culture” (Bb)
  • Suzanne Scott, “Who’s Steering the Mothership?” (Bb)
  • Nicola Maria Dusi, “Remixing Movies and Trailers Before and After the Digital Age” (Bb)

 

Case studies:

 

Week 8 | Remix,… pt 2

T 10/18

No class (Fall break)

 

Th 10/20

Reading Due:

  • Geert Lovink and David Garcia, “The ABC of Tactical Media,” Nettime, 1997
  • Rita Raley, “Tactical Media as Virtuosic Performance” (Bb)

 

Case studies:

 

Week 9 | Remix,… pt 3

T 10/25

Reading Due:

  • Limor Shifman, “Memes Versus Virals” and “Unpacking Viral and Memetic Success” (Bb)

 

Case studies:

 

Th 10/27

Reading Due:

  • Patrick Sharbaugh and Dan Nguyen, “Make Lulz, Not War: How Online Remix and Meme Culture Are Empowering Civic Engagement in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” (Bb)
  • Christina Xu, “A Field Guide to China’s Most Indispensible Meme,” Motherboard, August 1, 2016

 

*** Media Remix/Tactical Media Project due at the beginning of class ***

 

Week 10 | Social Media Architecture, Regimes of Sharing, and Networked Participation

T 11/1

Reading Due:

  • Robert W. Gehl, “The Archive and the Processor: The Internal Hardware Logic of Social Media.” (Bb)

 

Case studies:

 

Th 11/3

Reading Due:

 

Case studies:

 

Week 11 |

T 11/8

No Class (DLF)

Th 11/10

TBD

 

Week 12 | Social Media,… pt 2

T 11/15

Reading Due:

  • Paulo Gerbaudo, “‘We Are Not Guys of Comment and Like’: The Revolutionary Coalescence of Shabab-al-Facebook.” (Bb)

 

Case studies:

 

Supplemental info:

 

Th 11/17

Reading Due:

 

Case studies:

 

Week 13 | Sharing Economy, Crowdsourcing, and Participatory Surveillance

T 11/22

Reading Due:

 

Th 11/24

No class (Thanksgiving break)

 

Week 14 | Sharing Economy,… pt. 2

T 11/29

Reading Due:

  • Daren C. Brabham, “Crowdsourcing: A Model for Leveraging Online Communities” (Bb)
  • Matt Hills, “Veronica Mars, Fandom, and the ‘Affective Economics’ of Crowdfunding Poachers” (Bb)

 

Screening due: Veronica Mars: The Movie (Rob Thomas, 2014)

 

Th 12/1

Guest lecture: Dr. Katherine Thornton

Reading Due:

 

Case studies:

 

Week 15 | Sharing Economy,… pt. 3

T 12/6

Reading Due:

 

Screening due:

 

Th 12/8

Reading Due:

 

Case studies:

 

Week 16 | The End is the Beginning

T 12/13

Class reflection

 

T 12/17

*** The Futures of Digital Participatory Cultures project due ***