schedule

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unit 1: changing landscape of information

wk1 in-class due by classtime
1/10 introduction to class: what is information?
  • nada
1/12

web 2.0 and beyond: key features of our current digital landscape. in-class we will explore 7 social media predictions for 2012 in light of past web2.0 design patterns

Lecture Notes

  • READ "What is Web 2.0" by Tim O'Reilly (2005). Make sure to understand the following concepts: Web as Platform, Collective Intelligence, and The Wisdom of Crowds.
  • READ "Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On" (2009) by Tim O'Reilly and John Batelle. Pay attention to any differences between, or elaborations on, "What is Web 2.0."
  • READ "Ringside at the Web Fight" by Michael Wolff (2010). Notice connections and/or differences between Wolff and O'Reilly/Batelle.
wk2 in-class due by classtime
1/17

participatory culture (will watch Jenkins TED talk in class): what is it? why/how is it different than before? why does it matter?

Lecture Notes

1/19

participatory culture and the power of crowds (will watch Shirky TED talk or Web 2.0 Expo talk in class): how does participatory culture matter in your daily life? what is crowdsourcing and how does it leverage participatory culture?

wk3 in-class due by classtime
1/24

orders of order--there's a lot of 'stuff' out there, is this a good thing? what do we do with it?

Lecture Notes

  • Make sure to go back and do Thursday's readings. Given the snow day, we're going to try to fit 1/19 and today together.
  • READ "Prologue" and "Chapter 1" of Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger (2007).
1/26

wikipedia

Lecture Notes

wk4 in-class due by classtime
1/31

takeaway day. we will crowdsource the heck out of the first 3 week's of course content.

  • Blog Post #1 Due: Given the readings you've done so far this semester, what are the most important takeaways? List and describe any terms, concepts, issues, or questions you feel are crucial to these first three weeks. This post should be in the ballpark of 600-800 words.
  • EMAIL ME your blog link
  • Come to class prepared to share your ideas from post#1
2/2 Project 1: in-class short essay exam
  • Project 1: in-class short essay exam

unit 2: social media in an information society

wk5 in-class due by classtime
2/7

definitions and history

Lecture: Social Media in an Information Society

2/9

social media and "publics"

Lecture: The Who and Why of Social Media

wk6 in-class due by classtime
2/14

what can social media do for us? Part 1: Social Media + Activism/Awareness: how does social media help spread information about activism? (mr. splashy pants?)

Lecture: The Revolution Will (not?) Be Tweeted

2/16

sharing

  • You will have been assigned an organization for Project 2. Spend some time exploring this organization, noticing what they seem to do (well and poorly) with social media. ALSO find 2 other organizations that you feel are similar in mission.
  • BLOG Post #2: Summarize what you've started to notice about your organization's use of social media. Describe whether, after starting to explore this topic, you tend to agree with Gladwell or Mirani. Does online activism matter?
wk7 in-class due by classtime
2/21

no class

  • no class but use time wisely to work on group presentations!!
2/23 in-class workshopping
  • during class you will peer review each other's works-in-progress so BE PREPARED to share where you're at (should at least have a rough sketch of what you're going to talk about next week)
  • Come with some ideas about connections you can make between the Unit 1 and 2 readings/terms/theories and what you're finding so far in social media.
wk8 in-class due by classtime
2/28

group presentations

  • Project 2: Group Presentations by 1) March of Dimes, 2) Center for Education Reform, 3) MADD, 4) Save Darfur, 5) Greenpeace
3/1

group presentations

 

  • Project 2: Group Presentations by 1) Amnesty International, 2) Hunger Coalition, 3) Audubon Society, 4) PETA
wk9 in-class due by classtime
3/6

Part 2: Social Media Businesses: how do businesses leverage social media to their advantage

Lecture: SNS and Imagined Audiences

3/8

online monitoring of business trends

S P R I N G B R E A K S P R I N G B R E A K S P R I N G B R E A K

unit 3: privacy and copyright in an information society

wk10 in-class due by classtime
3/20

informal reports of best practices of business and social media

  • Draft of Project 3 due in print form for peer review.
  • Be prepared to provide an informal report on your findings.
3/22

no class.

  • Project 3 due on your blog.
  • NO CLASS, but I will be starting to read your Project 3s on my plane ride, so do have them posted by class time.

 

wk11 in-class due by classtime
3/27

How are companies using your information?

 

3/29

What is privacy in an information age? Facebook privacy settings and current state of affairs.

Lecture: Privacy as Commodity

 

wk12 in-class due by classtime
4/3

What is originality? How do we consider authorship? [sopa/pipa. shirky]

Lecture: Textual Authorship, Originality, and The Man

4/5 What is originality? How do we consider authorship? [copyright criminals]
  • BLOG Post #5: Visit www.whosampled.com and dig around. Eventually choose one song and describe either how it's been used AS a sample in music, or choose a song and desribe what songs it samples. Using this song/songs as example(s), describe whether or not you see this use of sampling as innovative. Is it creative? Do you think it's stealing? Why or why not? Make sure to cite the readings from Tuesday in your description of how you understand originality and authorship to function.
wk13 in-class due by classtime
4/10

RW/RO, Cultures of Production [lessig's ted]

Lecture Notes: Copyright

  • READ Lessig, Lawrence. "Preface," "Introduction," and "Chapter 1: Cultures of our Past" (xiii-33) from Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. Penguin Press. 2008.
  • provide 2-3 tweets related to reading
4/12 submit something to the DTC Awards! No class
  • no class. BUT you must do one of two things: sumbit a text to the DTC Awards and/or come to the DTC Showcase on 4/25! (see email sent on 4/3)
wk14 in-class due by classtime
4/17

Hybrid Economies and Creative Commons

Creative Commons Lecture

  • TODAY IN CLASS you must let me know if you're doing the final project or taking the exam.
  • READ Lessig, Lawrence. "Chapter 7: Hybrid Economies" and "Conclusion" (177-223, and 289-94) from Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. Penguin Press. 2008.
  • provide 2-3 tweets related to reading
4/19 exam review
  • BLOG Post #6: Given the readings you've done so far this semester, what are the most important takeaways? List and describe any terms, concepts, issues, or questions you feel are crucial to the entire semester (focusing a bit more on the info post-exam1 in that your post #1 includes the first few weeks). This post should be in the ballpark of 600-800 words.
wk15 in-class due by classtime
4/24 presentations
4/26 exam
  • for those choosing final exam, it takes place today! be there. be smart.
  • for those choosing the project, the project & writeup are due TODAY BY 4:15pm (to my office or my inbox. DO NOT send files bigger than 1MB)