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Course Abstract This course is an examination of how computer technology, particularly the Internet, has influenced patterns of human communication. In so doing, we first examine the history and distinctiveness of computer-mediated communication (CMC). We then turn to CMC's influence on modern economic, political and social interaction. Readings and Schedule Important note: The Wiki tool hates Safari... you'll have to use Firefox ? Class 1 : Overview (no reading) Class 2: CMC History · Video ? Cringely, Robert. 1998. Nerds 2.0.1: Networking the Nerds (See also the web site at ) Class 3 : CMC History. Bush, Vannevar. 1945. "As We May Think." The Atlantic Monthly. 176:1. unbound/flashbks/computer/bushf.htm Class 4 : Historical CMC Modes 1. Hafner, Katie. 2001. “The Thirty-Year Path of E-Mail.” New York Times. December 6, 2001. tml 2. Baumgartner, Lee. Undated. “Usenet: The Great Renaming.” Class 5 : Interactive Discussion · Discuss Web Archeology 1 and 2 (projects due online at noon the day before class) Class 6 : Social Psychology of CMC · Bartle, Richard A. 2003. “Not Yet, You Fools!” Game Girl Advance. July 28, 2003. l · Economist.com. 2005. “Chasing the Dream.” displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=4246109 Class 7 : Social Psychology of CMC, 2 (Hyperpersonal)
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Discuss Reach Out projects (due online on 1/24) · Walther, J. B. 1996. "Computer-mediated communication: Impersonal, interpersonal, and hyperpersonal interaction." Communication Research 23:1(February). walther.pdf ? Class 8 : Community, identity, and social spaces online Project 2 ( Class Online Discussion ) and Project 3 ( Web Page Project) due. · Striegel, Jason. 2005. “How I failed the Turing Test.” 5http:// 2005_09_04_13_26_29 Class 9 : Collective Action Online Discuss “Who’s the Group ” projects (due online at noon the prior day) Shirky, Clay. 2002. “Communities, Audiences, and Scale.” Shirky.com. April 6, 2002. Shirky, Clay. 2003. “A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy.” Speech given at Etech, April 2003. Olson, Mancur. “Collective Action: The Logic” MancurOlson.pdf ? Class 10 : Collective Action Online, Continued Groeling, Tim. 2003. “The Silent Majority? An Experimental Examination of Collective Action Problems in Online Course Discussion." Groeling.pdf ? 2. Fisher, Ken (Moderator) et al.. 2003. “The Point of Online Discussion.” (follow “discuss” link at bottom, too) Kollock, Peter and Marc Smith. 1996. “Managing the Virtual Commons: Cooperation and Conflict in Computer Communities.” In Susan Herring, ed.
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