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Syllabus

MED 512

ISSUES ON CYBER-CULTURE STUDIES

Description:

This course focuses on particular theoretical topics that emerge in the ever-growing literature on cyber cultures. Special emphasis is given the notion of Collective Intelligence developed by philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and later by media scholar Henry Jenkins. Theoretical discussions are supported by case studies from the Social Media experiences both in Turkey and more global contexts. In doing so, the course later focuses on virtual methods that are relevant to make these discussions intelligable. This latter part of the course emphasizes methodological issues such as researching online relationships, designing internet behaviour research, online interviewing and research relationship, ethnographic presence in a cyber settings, and web sphere analysis.

Objectives and Learning Goals:

By succesfully completing the course students will be able to:

●      get a general understanding of growing liteature on cyber culture.

●      be familiar with research methods commonly used in the cyber culture studies.

●      identify appropriate method(s) for researching specific problems on cyber issues.

●      analyze collective intelligence and its relation to social media.

●      identify and analyze particular local cases of collective intelligence experience.

●      interpret and critically evaluate the future of cyber culture studies.

Required (and Supplementary) Texts and Readings:

All readings are listed in the schedule below. There might be additional scholarly readings and students will continously be assigned web readings throughout the semester. Most of the readings are digitally available and some will be left at the copy center.

Grading and Assessment:

Students must submit one term paper. It should be around 3000 words. It will be submitted by the first Friday of June 2011.  All assignments will be written according to MLA style, Times New Roman, 12 font, double spaced, with a cover page indicating the course’s  name, title of the research method chosen,  the student’s name, student id number, and instructor’s name. This written assignment will constitute 50% of the final grade.  A proposal of the paper should be submitted before Spring break starts.

In the assessment of the assignment, the instructor will look for Creative ideas (20%) , Argumentation (30%), Originality of research (20%), Writing mechanics (15%) and Self exploration (15%).

Class participation will constitute the other 50% of the final grade. In assessing the participation the instructor will look for Creative ideas (40%), Argumentation (30%), Self exploration (15%), Active listening the class conversation (15%).

Calendar and Readings:

Spring Semester 2011

Week Topic and Readings
Week 1

(The week starting on) February 18

No Lecture
Week 2

Collective Intelligence at work

First two chapters from

Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins

Week 3

An outline of net culture history

Dark Fiber: Tracking Critical Internet Culture (Electronic Culture: History, Theory, and Practice) by Geert Lovink

p. 5-42 (Introduction and the First chapter)

Week 4

Recursive Publics

Pieces from Two bitsby Chris Kelty

Introduction

1. Geeks and Recursive Publics

Week 5

Recursive Publics

Pieces from Two bitsby Chris Kelty

3. The Movement 97

4. Sharing Source Code 118

5. Conceiving Open Systems 143

6. Writing Copyright Licenses 179

7. Coordinating Collaborations 210

Week 6

Recursive Publics

Pieces from Two bitsby Chris Kelty

Part III modulations

8. “If We Succeed, We Will Disappear” 243

9. Reuse, Modification, and the Nonexistence of Norms 269

Conclusion: The Cultural Consequences of Free Software 301

Week 7

Pleasures of Collaboration

From:

Putting Knowledge to Work and Lettingby Timothy W. Luke and Jeremy Hunsinger

Open Works, Open Cultures, and Open Learning Systems

Michael A. Peters

The Pleasures of Collaboration

Thom Swiss

Week 8

Possible elements of collective intelligence- Economic implications

The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom by Yochai Benkler

Part One. The Networked Information Economy
2. Some Basic Economics of Information Production and
Innovation 35
3. Peer Production and Sharing 59
4. The Economics of Social Production 91

Spring Break

Week 9

Possible elements of collective intelligence- Economic implications (II)

The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom by Yochai Benkler

Part One. The Networked Information Economy
2. Some Basic Economics of Information Production and
Innovation 35
3. Peer Production and Sharing 59
4. The Economics of Social Production 91

Week 10

More on Social Software

From Social Discourses of Software

Chapter  3 and Chapter 5

Week 11

Open Source and Academic Publication

ANTHROPOLOGY OF/IN CIRCULATION: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies

Week 12

Some thinking negatively

From Morozovs Net Delusion

Open Networks, Narrow Minds: Cultural Contradictions of Internet Freedom

Week 13

What is in future?

From Digital Culture by Charlie Gere

Chapter 7

Digital Culture in the Twenty-first Century

Week 14

Review etc