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This schedule is provisional. Readings will be added, and topics may be rescheduled or dropped.

Always use the latest online version (www.tomandmaria.com/691SI/schedule.htm)

Week Topic Readings
1 JAN-24 Introduction None
2 JAN-31 The Culture of IT Enthusiasm
(discussion questions here)

(slides from class here)

Levy, Steve. Hackers: Heroes of the Digital Revolution, Doubleday, 1984. Pages 17-77 (password).

Winner, Langdon. "Mythinformation", from  Langdon Winner, The Whale and the Reactor, University of Chicago Press, 1986. (password)

3 FEB-07 Open Source Software and IT Enthusiasm
(discussion questions here)

(slides from class here)

Turkle, Sherry "Hackers: Loving the Machine for Itself" from The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1984) Chapter 6. (password)

Krishnamurthy, Sandeep. "A Managerial Overview of Open Source Software," Business Horizons 46:5, September/October 2003, 47-56. (password for pdf) (html from UWM library)

Raymond, Eric. "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," First Monday 3:3, March 1998. (online)

4 FEB-14 No Class  
5 FEB-21 Intellectual Property and Free Culture
(discussion questions here)

(slides from class here)

Mann, Charles C. "Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea," The Atlantic Monthly, September 1998 (UWM library)

Wu, Tim. "Weapons of Business Destruction: How a Tiny Little 'Patent Troll' got Blackberry in a Headlock," Slate, February 6, 2006. (online)

The GNU General Public License (online)

Lessig, Lawrence. "Afterword", from Free Culture, Pengiun, 2004, pages 274-306 (online)

Cha, Ariana Eunjung. "Creative Commons is Rewriting Rules of Copyright," Washington Post, March 15, 2005. (online)

6 FEB-28 Digital Rights Management and File-sharing Networks
(discussion questions here)


Graduate Response Paper 1
(due in class)

(File sharing slides from class)
(DRM slides from class)

Howe, Jeff. "Licensed to Bill," Wired Magazine 9:10, October 2001. (online)

Lessig, Lawrence. "Adobe in Wonderland," The Industry Standard, September 8, 2001.  (online) -- there are two pages, you need to click "next" to read the second one.

Anonymous, "What Can I Reproduce from a Copyrighted Work Without Permission?", University of Pennsylvania Library Website (online)

7 MAR-07 The Internet as a Medium:
Blogs and Bloggers
(discussion questions here)
Welch, Matt. "The New Amateur Journalists Weigh In," Columbia Journalism Review, September/October 2003. (online)

Lasica, J. D., "The Promise of the Daily Me", USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review (02 April 2002). (online)

Klam, Matthew. "Fear and Laptops on the Campaign Trail," New York Times Magazine, September 26, 2004. (online)

Levy, Steven. "The Alpha Bloggers," Newsweek, December 20, 2004. (online)

8 MAR-14 The Internet as a Medium:
Spam and Email

(discussion questions here)

(Slides from class here)

"Confessions of a Spam King," New York Times, September 28, 2003. (password)

Husted, Bill and Hardie, Ann. "Spam Wars Play Out Across Internet", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 14 December 2003. (password)

Stross, Randall. "How to Stop Junk E-Mail: Charge for the Stamp" (password)

Hansell, Saul. "Postage Due, With Special Delivery, for Companies sending E-Mail to AOL and Yahoo," New York Times, February 5, 2006. (password)

  MAR-21 Spring Break  
9 MAR-28 Midterm None
10 APR-04 The Cyberspace Concept: Networks as Places
(discussion questions here)

(Slides from class here)

Gibson, William. "Burning Chrome." Burning Chrome, Ace Books, 1986: 168-191. (password)

Lessig, Lawrence. Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace. New York: Basic Books, 1999. Ch 6: Cyberspaces (63-84). (password)

11 APR-11 Life in Cyberspace: Early Virtual Communities

(discussion questions here)

(slides from class here)

Graduate Response Paper 2
(due in class)

Rheingold, Howard. "A Slice of My Life in My Virtual Community", in Ludlow, Peter (ed.) High Noon on the Electronic Frontier: Conceptual Issues in Cyberspace. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1996. 413-436. (online)

Dibbell, Julian. "A Rape in Cyberspace: or How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database Into a Society." (password)

Turkle, Sherry "Virtuality and its Discontents: Searching for Community in Cyberspace," The American Prospect no. 24 (Winter 1996): 50-57. (password)

12 APR-18 Online Communities in Practice

(discussion questions here)

Haigh, Thomas. "Status Anxiety Among the High Flyers: An Online Ethnography," unpublished draft of work in progress. (password)

Schiesel, Seth. "Voyager to a Strange Planet," New York Times, June 12 2003. (password)

Dibbell, Julian "The Unreal Estate Boom," Wired 11:1, January 2003. (online)

13 APR-25 Networks in Real Space

(discussion questions here)

(slides from class here)

Garfinkel, Simson. "Welcome to Sealand. Now Bugger Off." Wired 8:7, July 2002.  (online)

Berlind, Willam. "Bookies in Exile," New York Times, August 17 2003. (password)

Thompson, Clive. "Google in China, The Big Disconnect," April 23, 2006. (online)

14 MAY-02 Information and Inequality

(discussion questions here)

(slides from class here)

Benton Foundation, "The Digital Divide," The Digital Beat, Vol 1, No. 8, July 1999. (online)

Mariott, Micahel. "Blacks Turn to Internet Highway, and Digital Divide Starts to Close," New York Times, March 31, 2006. (password)

Warschauer, Mark. "Demystifying the Digital Divide," Scientific American, August 2003. (password)

Anonymous, "Beyond the Digital Divide" and "Behind the Digital Divide", The Economist, March 12, 2005 (password)

15 MAY-09 By Popular Demand


Graduate Response Paper 3
(due in class)


Final paper due

Hellweg, Eric. "The Net Effect of Neutrality," Technology Review, February 10, 2006. (online)

Wu, Tim. "Why You Should Care About Network Neutrality," Slate, My 1, 2006. (online)

Blanchard, Anita. "Blogs as Virtual Communities: Identifying a Sense of Community in the Julie/Julia Project," in Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs, Ed. Laura J. Gurak, Smiljana Antonijevic, Laurie Johnson, Clancy Ratliff, and Jessica Reyman, June 2004. (online)

16 MAY-16 Final Examination To be held in usual room. Same format as midterm.


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