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Week 1:




Orientation Session

(No readings this week)


 Early Computing


Discussion Session


Part I: The Cultures of Computing

Week 2:
Origins and Definitions of Hacker Culture


Origins of Interactive Computing

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


Microchips & Videogames


Discussion Session


Week 3:
Computers and the Masses


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)


Home Computing & Computer Utopianism


Discussion Session


Week 4:
The View From the Inside


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)


Inside the World of the Computer and

Culture Concept

Discussion Section


Week 5: The Hacker Ethic Today


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)


Is There a Downside?

Discussion Section


Part II: The Information Society & The Internet

Week 6: The Internet


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)


The Internet in the 1990s

Discussion Section


Week 7:
More Internet


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)


Internet & Media

Discussion Section


Week 8:
The Internet Goes Business


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)


The New Economy

Discussion Section


Week 9:
The Information Society


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


The Digital Divide

Discussion Section


Part III: Networks as Places

Week 10: Networks as Places


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)


Virtual Communities: The Concept

Discussion Section



Week 11:
Life On-line


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)


Massively Multiplayer Online Worlds

Discussion Section


Week 12
Intellectual Property


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”


File Swapping and the Law

Discussion Section


Week 13
Digital Outlaws


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)


No Class -- Thanksgiving Break

No Discussion



Week 14


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)


Routine Data Logging

Discussion Section



Week 15: Digital Nation


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)


International Issues 2

Discussion Section


Week 16

Final Examination

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

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