MW 2:30 – 3:45. Cloud computing. Cyborgs. Social Media. Memes and Mashups. This course explores the evolution of digital communications studies.
“The way in which she thinks about technology in relation to the self is partly inspired by the way in which our society has come to relate to technology.”
– Delia Dumitrica, author
“As a culture, we’re still in the process of negotiating how these new technologies should be integrated into our private and public lives.”
– Marc Lombardo, author
INSTRUCTOR & COURSE INFORMATION
Instructor – Alec R. Hosterman, Senior Lecturer and Chair of Communication Studies
Phone – 574.520.4883
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Office – Northside 033K
Office Hours – Tuesdays 11-1; Wednesdays 1-2
Course Day/Time – Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:45 pm
Course Location – Northside 106
Required Text – all readings are linked below
Link to specific course policies.
Read this: Writing a Paper for Dr. Hosterman
DESCRIPTION & GOALS
What is cyberculture and why study it? Cyberculture is the virtual communication space accessed and utilized by popular culture. It is the digital world in which we currently reside. Given this it would be a mistake not to study it. To this end, our class will explore the social, economic, cultural, and technical factors associated with cyberculture and internet studies. Students will critique the concepts and theories presented in the readings and will dabble in the development and creation of new media projects. Whew!
Upon completing the course, students will beable to understand and complete the following objectives:
- Understand, and thereby explain, the concepts and theories associated with cyberculture studies;
- Articulate the difference between interet studies, new media, and cyberculture;
- Understand how digital media technologies may affect the political, cultural, and economic underpinnings of society;
- Develop an informed, critical appreciation for cyberculture theory and tools;
- Use blogging and micro-blogging technologies to share thoughts, interact with, and critique ideas of your fellow classmates;
- Work with classmates to design, refine, and publish new media projects; and
- Create individual projects to reflect your understanding of the principles discussed in class.
- Rusty Holse
- Felicia Love
- Bekka Oxley
- Amanda Matafin
- Austin Mast
- Tiffany Milnes
- Dane Orth
- Cecelia Roeder
- Jessica Schliska
- Shawn Wooley
- Adam Zwierzynski
Here are the podcasts you created:
- Technology Changes Teaching
- The Future of Immediacy: Blurring the Lines
- About Facebook
- On Social Media
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology
- Groups Welcome Anonymity in New Social Media Trends
Throughout the semester, you will produce deliverables (assignments) that gauge your level of comprehension and application of the material in the course. These include:
- Google Doc – An on-going collection of notes made possible by your contributions: accessed here. Worth 50 points.
- Twitter – Tweet the world and follow your classmates: accessed here. Worth 50 points.
- Vine – Creating, uploading, and reflecting on an original Vine creation. Worth 50 points.
- Meme – Prosumers making social commentary via the meme. Worth 50 points.
- Podcast – Voices and opinions abound in this group assignment. Worth 50 points.
- Feature Article – Investigating and writing on an issue related to the course readings for the web 2.0 public: published here. Worth 200 points.
- Pop Quizzes – Keep up with the readings and you’ll ace these surprise quizzes. Worth 100 points.
- Exam – One exam to rule them all. Worth 250 points.
- Attendance and Participation – It’s as easy as not falling asleep, being respectful of others, and contributing to the conversation. Worth 200 points.
More information about these assignments can be found here.
The following schedule is tentative. I reserve the right to change it depending upon our pace through the course, however I will give advanced notice.
01.13 Introduction to the Class. Toyota Commercial.
01.20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – no class
01.22 As We May Think (V. Bush); The Galaxy Reconfigured and The Medium is the Message (McLuhan)
01.27 Snow Day – no class
01.29 What Else is New? How Uses, Not Innovations, Drive Human Technology (Shapin); Principles of New Media (Manovich)
02.03 Immediacy, Hypermediacy, and Remediation (Bolter & Grusin)*
02.05 The Universal Without Totality (Levy) – class held online in OnCourse
02.10 The Screen and the User (Manovich) class held online in OnCourse
02.19 discuss Digital Nation; We Aren’t All Cyborgs…Yet (Gage); Siri: The Perfect Robot for Our Time (Madrigal); On Stephen Hawking, Vader and Being More Machine Than Human (Mialet) *
02.24 Technorealism (read Overview and FAQ). Podcast due
03.10 The Twitter Trap (Keller); Why Twitters’ Oral Culture Irritates Bill Keller (Zeynep); Justine Sacco’s Aftermath: The Cost of Twitter Outrage (Gay)
03.12 Mother Nature in Full Force – no class
03.17 Spring Break – no class
03.19 Spring Break – no class
04.02 The Story Behind the Meme (PR Daily); Vine due
04.07 Instructor at Conference – no class
04.09 Wikipedia and the Death of the Expert (Bustillos)
04. 28 Electronic Watermarks (Levinson); Larry Lessig: How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law (video to watch in class)
04.30 Confronting the Myth of the Digital Native (O’Neil); You Have One Identity: Performing the Self on Facebook and LinkedIn (van Dijck)
05.05 Final Exam