Schedule

This is a schedule of our readings for the semester. Most class periods will include discussion of the readings, collaborative exercises and writing activities, and student presentations (see the assignments section of this website for a description of the article/book reviews that each student will complete once during the semester).

Any changes made to this schedule will be announced in class and on email.

Introductions

1/27
Jeong, The Internet of Garbage
Choi, Soft Science
Chiang, "The Lifecycle of Software Objects"

2/3
Parikka and Sampson, "On Anomalous Objects of Digital Culture"
Brock, "Distributing Blackness"
Tolentino, "The I in the Internet"

Review Text:

  • Menkman, "The Glitch Studies Manifesto" (JB)

Harassment and Abuse

2/10
Dibbell, "A Rape in Cyberspace"
Chun, "Inhabiting Writing"
Revisit: Jeong, Tolentino, Chiang

Review Texts:

  • Massanari, "#Gamergate and The Fappening: How Reddit’s algorithm, governance, and culture support toxic technocultures"
  • Brown and Hennis, "Hateware and the Oustourcing of Responsibility"

Misogyny and Transphobia

2/17 *Project Proposal Due*
Zuckerberg, Not all Dead White Men
Revisit: Jeong, Tolentino

Review Texts:

  • Sundén, "On trans-, glitch, and gender as machinery of failure"
  • Haimson et. al, "Tumblr was a trans technology"

Racism

2/24
Benjamin
Revisit: Jeong

Review Texts:

  • Coleman, "Race as Technology"
  • Nakamura, "Digital Racial Formations"

Propaganda

3/2
Benkler et. al.
Revisit: Tolentino

Review Texts:

Spam

3/9
Brunton

Review Texts:

E-Waste

3/23
Gabrys
Revisit: Chiang, "The Lifecycle of Software Objects"

Review Texts:

Carbon

3/30
Pasek, "Managing Carbon and Data Flows"
Zimmer, "Bitcoin and Potosí Silver: Historical Perspectives on Cryptocurrency"
JR Carpenter, "The Gathering Gloud"

Review Texts:

  • Hogan, "Facebook Data Storage Centers as the Archive’s Underbelly"
  • Vonderau, "Storing Data, Infrastructuring the Air"

Living in a World of Garbage

4/6: Maintenance
Florini, Beyond Hashtags

Review Texts:

  • "‘Joy is resistance’: cross-platform resilience and (re)invention of Black oral culture online" by Jessica Lu and Catherine Knight Steele
  • Trice, Potts, and Small, "Values versus Rules in Social Media Communities"

4/13: Repair 1
Jackson, "Rethinking Repair"
Houston, "The Timeliness of Repair"

Review Texts:

4/20: Repair 2
Ephemera 19(2), special issue on "Repair Matters"
Parikka and Hertz, "Zombie Media"
R-CADE website

4/27: Aesthetics
Cubitt, Finite Media

5/4: Design
Costanza-Chock, "Design Justice"
Bratton, "On Speculative Design"