Monday, October 10, 2016

DIGITAL HUMANITIES

Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli
Humanities 290-01 (1169) Digital Humanities, Spring 2017
Tu. Th. 3:00-4:30 PM Gan202
#digitalmediasua



DIGITAL HUMANITIES



When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered

Martin Luther King, The Riverside Church in New York, 1967


...nothing is so frightening as a labyrinth with no center.

Borges, citing G.K. Chesterton


INTRODUCTION

This course explores the intersection between digital technology and media with academic research in the Humanities. In recent years, this area of studies has flourished into one of the most popular and well-funded fields of inquiry. The corporate takeover of the Internet has prompted researchers to reflect on the impact that social networks, digital archiving, computer interfaces, and online communication, has had and will have on academic research, publishing, and social relations in general. Most authors we will be reading and discussing this semester seem to agree that the each year the arrival of new technologies in the consumer market appears to be intensifying. These new technologies both threaten and enhance our understanding of the capacities of human beings to remember, preserve, reproduce and represent reality. I hope that this course will grant us the opportunity to better understand the challenges and high hopes that digital technologies bring to the global community.


ASSIGNMENTS:

   All assignments for this course must be uploaded to a blog. Your blog should be dedicated only to this course. You can upload images, videos, links, and files to your blog. Please keep in mind that all your assignments need to be uploaded by the deadline(10%)
   Complete common readings and any additional readings assigned specifically to you(20%)
   Attendance and participation at film screenings (20%)
   8 writing assignments (15% each)
   Abstract and outline of your final presentation (10%)
   Final presentation (10%)
   Final Paper (15%)

ABBREVIATIONS

CR    Common Readings- Every student needs to do the reading and prepare for
class discussion
ARS   Assigned Reading to 1 student: The student who is assigned the reading
must prepare a 5-10 minutes presentation on the reading and prepare to
engage with other readings or films scheduled for that day.

COURSE SCHEDULE


Tuesday, February 7th
Digital Humanities, why should we care?
Liu, Alan. The Meaning of Digital Humanities: What is the meaning of the
digital humanities to the humanities? (CR)11 pages
Mande, Joe. How I Learned To Game Twitter. The New Yorker (CR)
The World Unplugged (ARS) 4 pages

Thursday February 9th
Digital humanities discussion continues…
Golumbia, David. “Death of a Discipline.” A Journal of Feminist Cultural
Studies. (CR) 17 pages
Mone,Gregory. What’s Next For Digital Humanities?: New Computational Tools
Spur Advances In An Evolving Field,” Communications of the ACM. (ARS) 2
Pages
Visualizing Venice

Tuesday February 14th
Computer history: The perils of standardization
Ceruzzi, Paul. Introduction and “The Early History of Software 1952-1968. A
History of Modern Computing. (CR). 22 pages.
Ceruzzi, Paul. “The Personal Computer, 1972-1977.” A History of Modern
Computing. (207-221)(ARS) 15 pages
Ceruzzi, Paul. “The Personal Computer, 1972-1977.” A History of Modern
Computing. (221-241)(ARS) 20 pages

Thursday February 16th
Negroponte, Nicholas. “Commingled Bits.” Being Digital. (CR) 13 pages
Negroponte, Nicholas. “Where People and Bits Meet.” Being Digital. (ARS) 14
pages
Negroponte, Nicholas. “Less is More.” Being Digital. (ARS) 11 pages
The Entire History of You. Black Mirror [sequence screened in class]

Tuesday February 21st
Manovich, Lev. “Principles of New Media.” The Language of New Media. (CR) 22
pages.   
Manovich, Lev. “What New Media Is Not.” The Language of New Media. (ARS) 13
pages.
Cadwalladr, Carole. “Google, Democracy And The Truth About Internet Search.”
The Guardian. (ARS) 11 pages
Discussion of The Entire History of You. Black Mirror.

Thursday February 23rd [away conference]
Digital technology and education
Blikstein, Paulo. “Travels In Troy With Freire”.(CR) 26 pages
Freire, Paulo. “Chapter 1.  Society In Transition. Education for
Critical Consciousness. (ARS) 8 pages.
Negroponte, Nicholas. “Hard Fun.” Being Digital. (ASR). 10 pages
7 p.m. Pauling 216. Community Cinema Event: The Bad Kids, dir. Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe.

Tuesday February 28th [away conference]
No class to make up for mandatory screening Feb. 23rd.
e, Lee and Barry Wellman. “Interlude: A Day in a Connected Life,”
Networked: The New Social Operating System. (CR) 12 pages

Thursday March 2nd [away conference]
Prompts for first paper
Assignment: Pick a movie on reserve in the library and watch it over the weekend.
Black Mirror. [Pick an episode. Streaming Netflix].
We Are Legion. The Story of Hacktivists. Brian Knappenberger, 2012. [on reserve in the Library]
Citizenfour. Dir. Laura Poitras, 2014. [on reserve in the Library]

Tuesday March 7th [away conference]
van Dijck, Jose. Mediated Memories as a Conceptual Too. Mediated Memories in the Digital Age. 26 pages (CR)

Thursday March 9th [away conference]
Watch The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aron Swartz. Dir. Brian Knappenberger (2014).

Tuesday March 14th
Marwick, Alice. “Introduction.” Status Update: Celebrity, publicity, and
branding in the social media age. (CR) 19 pages
Marwick, Alice. “Self-Branding.” Status Update: Celebrity, publicity, and
branding in the social media age. (163-181) (ARS) 18 pages (Presentation)
Marwick, Alice. “Self-Branding.” Status Update: Celebrity, publicity, and
branding in the social media age. (181-204)(ARS) 23 pages (Presentation)
First essay due at 10 a.m.

Thursday March 16th
Segovia, Kathryn and Jeremy N. Bailenson.”Identity Manipulation What Happens
When Identity Presentation is Not Truthful.” The Social Net: Understanding our online behavior. Ed. Yair Amichai-Hamburger. (CR) 13 pages
Margalit, Ruth. “Should Auschwitz Be A Site For Selfies?” The New
Yorker, 2014. (ARS)3 pages
Short film of the Yolocaust (‘Holocaust Selfies’)
“Selfies at Auschwitz: When Tourism Destroys the Meaning of Memory.”
Yolocaust Video

Tuesday March 21st
Galloway, Alexander R. “Introduction: The Computer as a Mode of Mediation.”
The Interface Effect. (CR) 24 pages
Galloway, Alexander R. ”Software and Ideology.” The Interface Effect. (ARS)
23 pages.
Doulas Engelbart Demo (clip screened in class)

Thursday March 23rd
Thomas, Douglas. “(Not) Hackers: Subculture, Style, and Media Incorporation.”
Hacker Culture. (CR) 31 pages

Tuesday March 28th
Can machines think? AI
Kaplan, Jerry. “Introduction: Welcome to the Future,” “America, Land of the
Free Shipping.” Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.(CR) 14 pages
Kaplan, Jerry. “America, Land of the Free Shipping.” Humans Need Not Apply: A
Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.(ARS) 11 pages

Thursday March 30th
Herrera, Linda. “Wired Youth Rise,” Revolution in the Age of Social Media:
The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet. (1-24) (CR) 24 pages
Herrera, Linda. “Cyberdissident Diplomacy,” Revolution in the Age of Social
Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet. (1-24) (ARS)
22 pages
Gerbaudo, Paolo. “Friendly Reunions: Social Media and The choreography Assembly.” Tweets and the Streets. Social Media and Contemporary Activism. (CR) 30 pages.
Gerbaudo, Paolo. “Introduction.” Tweets and the Streets. Social Media and Contemporary Activism. (ARS) 17 pages.
Heller, Nathan. “The Failure of Facebook Democracy.” The New Yorker, 2016. (ARS) 4 pages

Tuesday April 4th
Baym, Nancy K. “Communities and Networks,” “New Relationships, new Selves.”
Personal Connections in the Digital Age. (CR) 31 pages
      In Real Life, dir. Beeban Kidron, 2014 (sequence screened in class). 0.:50.
Kirsch, Adam. “Technology is Taking Over English Departments: False Promise of the Digital Humanities.” The New Republic.

Thursday April 6th
Networked communities
Baym, Nancy K. “Communities and Networks,” “New Relationships, new Selves.”
Personal Connections in the Digital Age. (CR) 31 pages (continue)
Vaidhyanathan, Siva Introd. “The Googlization of Memory: Information
Overload, Filters, and the Fracturing of Knowledge,” The Googlization
of Everything And Why We Should Worry. (ASR). 13 pages

Tuesday April 11th
Network communities (continued)
Rainie, Lee and Barry Wellman. “Networked Families.” Networked:
The New Social Operating System. (CR) 24 pages.
Baudrillard, Jean. “The Ecstasy of Communication,” The Ecstasy of
Communication. (ARS) 12 pages
“Meet Erica- Erica Man Made”

Tuesday April 13th
Library workshop with Helen Alexander and Jan Fandrich
Morville, Peter. “The Sociosemantic Web.” Ambient Findability. (CR) 35 pages.

Tuesday April 18th
Wikipedia
Shirky, Clay. “Personal Motivation Meets Collaborative Production.”
      (ARS)33 pages
Shirky, Clay. “Sharing Anchors Community,” Here Comes Everybody The
Power of Organizing Without Organizations. (CR) 30 pages

Thursday April 20th
Surveillance and war
Vaidhyanathan, Siva. “The Googlization of Us: Universal Surveillance and
Infrastructural Imperialism.” The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry). (82-98) (CR) 15 pages
Vaidhyanathan, Siva. “The Googlization of Us: Universal Surveillance and
Infrastructural Imperialism.” The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry). (98-114) (ARS) 14 pages
Community Cinema screening. National Bird. 7 p.m. Pauling 216. (screening mandatory, make up for class)

Tuesday April 25th
Literature and Digital Technology
Hayles, Katherine. “The Future of Literature: Print Novels and the
Mark of the Digital.” Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the
Literary. (CR) 28 pages
Vaidhyanathan, Siva Introd. “The Googlization of Knowledge: The Future of
Books.” The Googlization of Everything And Why We Should Worry. (ARS) 24 pages.
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Dir. Wernerz Herzog, 2016.
https://www.netflix.com/title/80097363 (1:09:39 III The Dark Side)
Interview to N. Katherine Hayles

Thursday April 27th
Van Dijck, Jose. “From Shoebox to Digital Memory Machine.” Mediated Memories In The Digital Age. (ARS)
Friend, Tad. “Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever.” The New Yorker. 3/27/2017
2045 Strategic Social Initiative http://2045.com/
Screening in class: The Entire History of You. Black Mirror.

Tuesday May 2nd
Knowledge and Memory
Aiden, Erez and J.B. Michel. “Armchair Lexicographerologists,” Uncharted Big
Data as a Lens on Human Culture. (CR). 27 pages
Aiden, Erez and J.B. Michel.“Utopia, Dystopia and Dat(A)topia,”Uncharted Big
Data as a Lens on Human Culture. (ARS) 28 pages
Cultural Observatory, Ngram Viewer: http://www.culturomics.org/home

Thursday May 4th
Abstract of Final project is due (1-2 pages)

Tuesday May 9th
Student Presentations of Final Project

Thursday May 11th
Student Presentations of Final Project

Tuesday May 16th
Study Day

May 17th- 23rd (Final Exams)
Final essay due by midnight (Date to be announced)


Digital Humanities Bibliography 
Aiden, E., & Michel, J. (2013). Uncharted: big data as lens on human culture. New York: Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA).
Amichai-Hanburger, Y. (2005). The Social net: understanding human behavior in cyberspace. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Baudrillard, J. (1994). The illusion of the end. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Baym, N.K. (2010). Personal connections in the digital age. Cambridge, UK: Polity.
Blikstein, P. (1992). Introduction. Travels in Troy with Freire.
Boyd, D. (2014). It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Network Teens. London: Yale University Press.
Cadwalladr, C. (2016). Google, democracy and the truth about internet search.  The Guardian. Retrieved December 5, 2016, from http://www.theguardian.com/
Ceruzzi, P. E. (2003) A history of modern computing. London, Eng.: MIT Press.
Freire, P. (1973). Society in Transition. Education for Critical Consciousness. New York: Seabury.
Friend, Tad. (2017). “Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever.” The New Yorker.
Morville, Peter. “The Sociosemantic Web.” Ambient Findability.
Galloway, A. R. (2012). The interface effect. Cambridge, UK: Polity.
Garbaudo, P. (2012). Tweets and the streets: social media and contemporary activism. London: Pluto Press.
Golumbia, D. (2014). Death of a Discipline. A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 25(1), 156-176. Duke University Press.
Hayles, K. (2008). The Future of Literature. Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Library (pp. 159-186). Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame.
Heller, N. (2016). The Failure of Facebook Democracy. The New Yorker. Retrieved November 22,2016.
Herrera, Linda. (2014). Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet. Verso.
Jenkins, H. (2006).  Converge culture: where old and new media collide. New York: New York University Press.
Kaplan, Jerry. (2015). Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Yale University Press.
Liu, A. (2013). The Meaning of the Digital Humanities. The Changing Profession, 128 (10), pp 409-423.
Mande, J. (2016). How I learned to Game Twitter. The New Yorker. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
Manovich, Lev. (2001). “What New Media Is Not.” The Language of New Media. The MIT Press.
Margalit, R. (2016). Should Auschwitz Be a Site for Selfies?. The New Yorker. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
Marwick, A. E. (2013). Status update: celebrity, publicity, and branding in the social media age. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Mone, G. (2016). What’s Next for Digital Humanities. Society, 59(6), 20-21.
Morville, Peter. “The Sociosemantic Web.” Ambient Findability.
Negroponte, N. (1995). Being Digital. New York: Knopf.
Rainie, H., & Wellman, B. (2012). Networked: The New Social Operating System. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Segovia, Kathryn and Jeremy N. Bailenson. (2013). ”Identity Manipulation What Happens When Identity Presentation is Not Truthful.” The Social Net: Understanding our online behavior. Ed. Yair Amichai-Hamburger.
Shirky, C. (2018). Here comes everybody: the power of organizing without organizations. New York: Penguin Press.
Thomas, D. (2002) (Not)Hackers: Subculture, Style, and Media Incorporation. Hcker culture (pp. 141-171). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Vaidhyanathan, S. (2011). The Goolization of everything: (and why we should worry). Berkley: University of California Press.
van Dijck, J. (2007). Mediated Memories as a Conceptual Too Mediated Memories in the Digital Age. Stanford University Press.