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Week 1:
Introduction

 

 

01-Sep

Orientation Session

(No readings this week)

03-Sep

 Early Computing

 

Discussion Session

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Part I: The Cultures of Computing

Week 2:
Origins and Definitions of Hacker Culture
 

05-Sep

Origins of Interactive Computing

Levy, Steve. Hackers: Heroes of the Digital Revolution, Doubleday, 1984. Pages 17-77 (oncourse) & 108-128 (oncourse).

08-Sep

Microchips & Videogames

 

Discussion Session

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Week 3:
Computers and the Masses

15-Sep

Evolution of the Personal Computer

Levy, Steve. "A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge", in Tom Forester, Computers in the Human Context, MIT Press, 1991. Pages 318-326. (oncourse)

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

Steve Levy, Hackers, pages 187-231. (oncourse)

Stone, Allucquere Rosanne. "The End of Innocence, Part I" in The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Machine Age, MIT Press, 1995. Pages 123-155. (oncourse)

17-Sep

Home Computing & Computer Utopianism

 

Discussion Session

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Week 4:
The View From the Inside
 

22-Sept

Home Computing Continued

Coupland, Douglas. Microserfs (Regan Books: 1995), chapter 1 (pages 1-42) Read it on-line.

Kidder, Tracy. The Soul of a New Machine (Little Brown: 1981), chapters 2, 3 & 6 (pages 33-65, 103-118). (oncourse)

Ullman, Ellen. Close to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents, City Lights, 1997: pages 17-32 & 95-121. (oncourse)

24-Sept

Inside the World of the Computer and

Culture Concept

Discussion Section

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Week 5: The Hacker Ethic Today

29-Sept

Linux and the Free Software Movement

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

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. (oncourse)

Borsook, Pauline, ”Cyberselfish” Mother Jones (July-August 1996). (on-line)

01-Oct

Is There a Downside?

Discussion Section

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Part II: The Information Society & The Internet

Week 6: The Internet

06-Oct

Development of the Internet

Abbate, Janet. "By No Means Complete or Perfect": The Network as Experienced by Early Users, chapter 3 of Inventing the Internet (Rutgers University Press, 1999). (Oncourse)

Haigh, Thomas. "The Internet in the 1990s," draft book chapter extract. (Oncourse)

08-Oct

The Internet in the 1990s

Discussion Section

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Week 7:
More Internet
 

13-Oct

Midterm Examination

Steven Levy (2002) “Living in the Blogosphere.” from Newsweek, August 26. (online)

Nielsen, Jakob. "The End of Legacy Media" (August 23, 1998). (online)

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

15-Oct

Internet & Media

Discussion Section

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Week 8:
The Internet Goes Business

20-Oct

Internet Startups

Kelly, Kevin. "New Rules for the New Economy", Wired Magazine (1997). (online)

Lewis, Michael. "The Search Engine", New York Times, October 10, 1999. (online)

22-Oct

The New Economy

Discussion Section

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Week 9:
The Information Society

27-Oct

Theories of the Information Society

Markoff, John. "White House E-Mail System Becomes Less User-Friendly," New York Times, July 18 2003. (Oncourse)

Warschauer, Mark. "Reconceptualizing the Digital Divide", First Monday 7:7 (July 200). (online)

Negroponte, Nicholas. Being Digital, Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 1995. It's not on-line, so read these columns instead - they're what it's based on. Bits and Atoms , One Room Rural Schools, Beyond Digital

29-Oct

The Digital Divide

Discussion Section

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Part III: Networks as Places

Week 10: Networks as Places

03-Nov

The Cyberspace Concept

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

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

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)

05-Nov

Virtual Communities: The Concept

Discussion Section

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Week 11:
Life On-line

10-Nov

On-Line Community in Practice

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

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

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

12-Nov

Massively Multiplayer Online Worlds

Discussion Section

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Week 12
Intellectual Property

17-Nov

Intellectual Property and the Computer

Mann, Charles C. "Who Will Own Your Next Great Idea," The Atlantic Monthly, September 1998. (Online in three sections: 1 2 3)

Lessig, Lawrence. "The Internet Under Siege," Foreign Policy Magazine, November 2001. (online)

Harmon, Amy. "261 Lawsuits Filed on Internet Music Sharing," and Lohr, Steve. "Fighting the Idea That All the Internet Is Free," both New York Times, September 9, 2003. (Oncourse)

Gates, Bill ”An Open Letter to Hobbyists” http://www.blinkenlights.com/classiccmp/gateswhine.html

19-Nov

File Swapping and the Law

Discussion Section

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Week 13
Digital Outlaws

24-Nov

Hackers and Spammers

Deadline for paper drafts to receive feedback (optional).

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

 

Rimer, Sara. "A Campus Fad That's Being Copied: Internet Plagiarism," New York Times, September 3 2003. (Oncourse)

26-Nov

No Class -- Thanksgiving Break

No Discussion

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Week 14
Privacy

01-Dec

The Changing Meaning of Privacy

Lessig, Lawrence. Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace. New York: Basic Books, 1999. Ch 11: Privacy (141-163). (Oncourse)

Garfinkel, Simon. "Database Nation" (O'Reilly, 2000), ch. 4 &5 (pages 69-126). (Oncourse)

Penenberg, Adam L. "The Surveillance Society," Wired 9:12 (December 2001). (online)

03-Dec

Routine Data Logging

Discussion Section

 

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Week 15: Digital Nation

08-Dec

International Issues 1
Guest Lecture: Prof. Christine Ogan

Term Paper Due in Section Meeting

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. (Oncourse)

10-Dec

International Issues 2

Discussion Section

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Week 16

Final Examination

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Mon., December 15


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