I have restructured my doctoral course this semester. Renewed most of the readings with the most up to date works I could find. Selection of topic are of course arbitrary to some extent but since I track special issues in relevant journals, the syllabus still offers many of the most current debates. The course is at our PhD program, Communication Sciences, at Istanbul Bilgi University.
Here is the reading and discussion list. Enjoy!
Topics and Reading List
The New Media Ecology
Jenkins, H (2016). “Youth Voice, Media, and Political Engagement. Introducing the Core Concepts” in Jenkins, H., Shresthova, S., Gamber-Thompson, L., & Zimmerman, A. By any media necessary: The new youth activism. NYU Press.
Rethinking Social Media
Readings from the Social Media bundle.
Dahlberg, L. (2011). Re-constructing digital democracy: An outline of four ‘positions’. new media & society, 1461444810389569.
Selected readings from the Civic Engagement bundle
Beer, D., & Burrows, R. (2013). Popular culture, digital archives and the new social life of data. Theory, culture & society, 30(4), 47-71.
Selected Readings from the Web’s 25 Years bundle.
Selected Readings from the Internet Regulation bundle.
Kelty, C. M. (2008). Two bits: The cultural significance of free software. Duke University Press.
The Silicon Valley Ethos
Selected readings from the The Silicon Valley Ethos bundle.
Media Ethnography- Virtual Methods
Beaulieu, A. (2004). Mediating ethnography: objectivity and the making of ethnographies of the internet. Social epistemology, 18(2-3), 139-163.
Ruppert, E., Law, J., & Savage, M. (2013). Reassembling social science methods: The challenge of digital devices. Theory, culture & society, 30(4), 22-46.
Boellstorff, T. (2015). Coming of age in Second Life: An anthropologist explores the virtually human. Princeton University Press.
Selected readings from the Studying Social Media- Issues of Methods and Ethics bundle.
Dreyfus, S., & Assange, J. (2012). Underground: tales of hacking, madness and obsession on the electronic frontier. Canongate Books.
Meier, P. (2011). Do “liberation technologies” change the balance of power between repressive states and civil society. Unpublished thesis (PhD). The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Available at http://irevolution. files. wordpress. com/2011/11/meier-dissertation-final. pdf [Last accessed 22 October 2013].
Coleman, E. G. (2013). Coding freedom: The ethics and aesthetics of hacking. Princeton University Press.
Big Data- Surveillance
Selected readings from the Big Data- Surveillance bundle.
Computational Propaganda- Automation, Algorithms, and Politics
Selected readings from the Computational Propaganda bundle.
Selected readings from the Reclaiming Internet bundle.