CMS.701 | Spring 2015 | Undergraduate

Current Debates in Media


1 Introduction No readings assigned.
2 Ideologies, Stereotypes and Agency

Hall, Stuart. “Culture, the Media and the ‘Ideological Effect’.” In Understanding Stuart Hall. Sage Publications Limited, 2004. ISBN: 9780761947141. [Preview with Google Books]

Adorno, Theodor, and Max Horkheimer. “The Culture Industry.” In Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader. Sage Publications Limited, 2007. ISBN: 9781412923217. [Preview with Google Books]

Schweinitz, Jorg. “The Intellectual Viewpoint Versus the Stereotype in Mass Culture.” In Film and Stereotype: A Challenge for Cinema and Theory. Columbia University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780231151481. [Preview with Google Books]

Butler, Judith. Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative. Routledge, 1997. ISBN: 9780415915885. [Preview with Google Books]

3 Propaganda, Censorship and Net Neutrality

Herman, Edward S., and Noah Chomsky. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Pantheon, 2002. ISBN: 9780375714498. (Introduction pages only.)

Patrick, Brian. The Ten Commandments of Propaganda. Arktos Media Limited, 2013. ISBN: 9781907166815. [Preview with Google Books]

Obama, Barack. “Net Neutrality.” 2014.

Stiegler, Zack, and John Anderson. Regulating the Web: Network Neutrality and the Fate of the Open Internet. Lexington Books, 2014. ISBN: 9780739197639.

Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore. Directed by Melnyk, and Caine. Color, 97 min. 2007.

4 Violence in Media and Video Games

Huesmann, L. Rowell, and Laramie D. Taylor. “Exposure to Violence in the Media Leads to Violent Behavior.” In Media Violence. Greenhaven, 2008. ISBN: 9780737742190.

Jenkins, Henry. “The Problem of Media Violence is Exaggerated.” In Media Violence. Greenhaven, 2008. ISBN: 9780737742190.

Bickham, David S. “Video Games Foster Violent Behavior.” In Media Violence. Greenhaven, 2008. ISBN: 9780737742190.

Ferguson, Christopher J. “Video Games Have Become a Scapegoat for Violent Behavior.” In Media Violence. Greenhaven, 2008. ISBN: 9780737742190.

5 From Big Data to Big Brother: Surveillance and Privacy in the Information Age

Bollier, David. The Promise and Peril of Big Data. The Aspen Institute, 2010. ISBN: 9780898435160.

Mayer-Schönberger, Viktor, and Kenneth Cukier. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. Eamon Dolan / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ISBN: 9780544002692. [Preview with Google Books]

Esposti, Sara. “When Big Data Meets Dataveillance: The Hidden Side of Analytics.” Surveillance & Society 12, no. 2 (2014): 209–25.

Kitchin, Rob. “Big Data, New Epistemologies and Paradigm Shifts.” Sage, 2014.

6 Digital Hacktivism, Civil Disobedience and Piracy

Coleman, Gabriella. Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. Verso, 2014. ISBN: 9781781685839.

Sauter, Molly. The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet. Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, pp. 1–17. ISBN: 9781623568221. [Preview with Google Books]

Sifry, Micah. WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency. Counterpoint, 2011_,_ pp. 15–20. ISBN: 9781582437798. [Preview with Google Books]

Film: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. Directed by Brian Knappenberger. Color, 105 min. 2014.


Digital Rebellion, Direct Democracy and Cyber Left

Guest Speaker: Lara Baladi, Egyptian-Lebanese artist and activist

Wolfson, Todd. Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left. University of Illinois Press, 2014, pp. 181–94. ISBN: 9780252038846.

Gerbaudo, Paolo. Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism. Pluto Press, 2012, pp. 1–17. ISBN: 9780745332482.

Eltantawy, Nahed, and Julie B. Wiest. “The Arab Spring| Social Media in the Egyptian Revolution: Reconsidering Resource Mobilization Theory.” International Journal of Communication 5 (2011): 1207–24.

Audio: Interview with Lara Baladi

8 GamerGate Controversy

GamerGate Manifesto.” 2014.

Heron, Michael James, Pauline Belford, et al. “Sexism in the Circuitry: Female Participation in Male-dominated Popular Computer Culture.” ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society-Special Issue on Women in Computing 44, no. 4 (2014): 18–29.

Richard, Gabriela T. “Gender and Gameplay.” In Playing with Virtuality: Theories and Methods of Computer Game Studies. Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2013. ISBN: 9783631640609.

Shaw, Adrienne. Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture. University Of Minnesota Press, 2014, pp. 1–11.


From Gamification to Gamepocalypse

Guest Speaker: Sebastian Deterding, Professor at Northeastern University

Zichermann, Gabe, and Joselin Linder. The Gamification Revolution: How Leaders Leverage Game Mechanics to Crush the Competition. McGraw-Hill Education, 2013, pp. 11–17. ISBN: 9780071808316.

Deterding, Sebastian. “Eudaimonic Design, or: Six invitations to Rethink Gamification.” In Rethinking Gamification. Meson Press by Hybrid, 2014, pp. 305–23. ISBN: 9783957960009.

Whitson, Jennifer R. “Gaming the Quantified Self.” Surveillance & Society 11, no. 1/2 (2013): 163–76.

Schrape, Niklas. “Gamification and Governmentality.” In Rethinking Gamification. Meson Press by Hybrid, 2014. ISBN: 9783957960009.

Audio: Sebastian Deterding presentation

10 Socialization and Intimacy in Digital Environments

Ducheneaut, et al. “Alone Together?”: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Massively Multiplayer Online Games." Proceedings of the Sigchi Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2006): 407–16.

Bonenfant, Maude. “Pour un changement de paradigme.” In Socialisation et communication dans les jeux vidéo. 2011. ISBN: 9782760622678.

Bonenfant, Maude, and Yanick Farmer. “Je suis libre moi non plus.” In Mobilisation de l’objet technique dans la production de soi. Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2013. ISBN: 9782760536463.

Lambert, Alexander. Intimacy and Friendship on Facebook. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 8–28. ISBN: 9781137322845.

Taylor, T. L. “Living Digitally: Embodiment in Virtual Worlds” In The Social Life of Avatars: Presence and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments. Springer, 2002. ISBN: 9781852334611. [Preview with Google Books]

11 One-on-one Appointments to Discuss the Final Paper No new readings assigned.
12 Collective Intelligence versus the Expert Paradigm

Lévy, Pierre. Collective Intelligence: Mankind’s Emerging World in Cyberspace. Plenum Trade, 1997. ISBN: 9780306456350.

Goodwin, Jean. “The Authority of Wikipedia.” OSSA Conference Archive, 2009.

Jenkins, Henry. “Spoiling Survivor: The Anatomy of a Knowledge Community” In Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Colilde. New York University Press, 2006, pp. 25–58. ISBN: 9780814742815. [Preview with Google Books]

Dumais, Fabien “La sensibilité épistémique face à Wikipédia.” In Web Social: Mutation de la Communication. Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2010. ISBN: 9782760524972. [Preview with Google Books]

13 Participatory Culture, Intellectual Property and Media Panic

Jenkins, Henry, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green. Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture. New York University Press, 2013, pp. 291–308. ISBN: 9780814743508. [Preview with Google Books]

Marwic, Alice. “The Fabulous Lives of Micro-Celebrities.” In Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age. Yale University Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780300176728.

Burgess, Jean, and Joshua Green. “YouTube’s Popular Culture.” In YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture. Polity, 2009, pp. 38–52. ISBN: 9780745644790.

Jenkins, Henry. “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars? Grassroots Creativity Meets the Media Industry.” In Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York University Press, 2006, pp. 131–74. ISBN: 9780814742815. [Preview with Google Books]

14 Artificial Intelligence, Posthumanism and Technological Apocalypse

Kroker, Arthur. Exits to the Posthuman Future. Polity, 2014, pp. 1–28. ISBN: 9780745671635. [Preview with Google Books]

McLuhan, Marshall. The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. Bantam, 1967.

Baudrillard, Jean. Symbolic Exchange and Death (Theory, Culture & Society). Sage Publications, 1993. ISBN: 9780803983991.

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