New Media, Spring 2020/Schedule

From Gerald R. Lucas
CRN 25041 nmac 4460.01 tr 9:30–10:45 p-online coas-120 Spring 2020

This schedule represents the ideal outline for our study this semester. Yet, like all best-laid plans, we may not be able to keep up with our agenda. Please be flexible and try to look and read ahead whenever possible.

We will do our best to stick by this schedule, but I will inform you verbally, via an announcement, and/or a literal change to the schedule below whenever there is a deviation. Getting these updates is solely your responsibility. Therefore, this schedule is tentative and subject to change contingent upon the needs of the students and the professor, and dictated by time and other constraints which may affect the course. This schedule reflects only an overview of the assigned reading and other major course assignments. It may not indicate specific class session assignments or activities. Specific in-class assignments may not be reflected on the schedule.

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All dates with a purple background are in-class Zoom meetings (as of 3/31) while those with a green background are online days with no face-to-face meeting. All online assignments are due Sundays at 5pm, unless otherwise noted. In-class days with a blue background are those taught by students. In addition, assigned texts below—most unlinked and marked as (PDF15x18-fileicon-pdf.png)—are available on a Google Drive. Be sure to request access early in the semester.

1 01/07 -
01/09 Class Begins • Introduction[1] • Google Drive Access
2 01/14 Watch: The Great Hack on Netflix • Lucas: “New Media” • Sign up Sheet for project text
01/16 Create an account and link it to Wiki.Edu[2] • WikiEdu training: complete all activities listed under Week 1 • Write a short biography of yourself on your Wikipedia user page
3 01/21 Marshall McLuhan: “The Medium Is the Message” (PDF15x18-fileicon-pdf.png) and “The Gadget Lover” (PDF15x18-fileicon-pdf.png)[3]
See also: “McLuhan's Medium & Message,” “The Message of Guns,” and “The Media and the Material.”
01/23 WikiEdu training: complete all activities listed under Week 2.
4 01/28 Early Thinkers: Bush, Licklider, Wiener, Bolter (PDF15x18-fileicon-pdf.png)
Group work today: Essay/Teaching Assignments
01/30 WikiEdu training: complete all activities listed under Week 3.[4]
5 02/04 Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron: “The Californian Ideology
See also: Notes on “The Californian Ideology”
02/06 WikiEdu training: complete all activities listed under Week 4.
6 02/11 Nicholas Negroponte: Being Digital
See also: Being Digital Questions for Consideration
02/13 WikiEdu training: complete all activities listed under Week 5.
7 02/18 Negroponte (cont.)
02/20 WikiEdu training: complete all activities listed under Week 6.
8 02/25 Lucas “Defining Digital Humanities” • Pressner, et al “The DH Manifesto” • Stuart Moulthrop: “You Say You Want a Revolution?” • Eric Raymond: “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” (PDF15x18-fileicon-pdf.png)
02/27 WikiEdu training: complete all activities listed under Week 7.
9 03/03[5] Henry Jenkins: Convergence Culture, introduction and chapters 1–3
03/05 WikiEdu training: complete all activities listed under Week 8.
10 03/10[6] Jenkins (cont.), chapters 4–6 and conclusion
03/12 WikiEdu training: complete all activities listed under Week 9.
11 03/17 Spring Break
03/19
12 03/24 No Class.[7] Set up Zoom on your computer and import the meeting schedule to your calendar.[8] Create account on the Forum. You will need these first-thing next week. Virtual office hours: 3/26 10a-12p. Read More »
03/26
13 03/31 Julian Dibbell: “A Rape in Cyberspace” (PDF15x18-fileicon-pdf.png) • Sherry Turkle: “Constructions and Reconstructions of Self in VR” (PDF15x18-fileicon-pdf.png) — Meet via Zoom[9]
04/02 Discuss any aspect of this week’s readings on the class forum. WikiEdu Week 11.
14 04/07 Janet Murray: Hamlet on the Holodeck — Meet via Zoom
04/09 Discuss any aspect of Hamlet on the Holodeck on the class forum. Work on Wikipedia Project
15 04/14 Murray (cont.) — Meet via Zoom
04/16 Discuss any aspect of Hamlet on the Holodeck on the class forum. Work on Wikipedia Project
16 04/21 Ray Kurzweil: “Reinventing Humanity” (PDF15x18-fileicon-pdf.png) • Bill Joy: “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us” (PDF15x18-fileicon-pdf.png) — Meet via Zoom
04/23 Discuss any aspect of this week’s readings on the class forum. WikiEdu Week 12.
17 04/28 Work on Wikipedia Project — Meet via Zoom (optional)
04/30 Final Exam due @ 12:30p.[10] The exam will be posted here before 10:30a and must be submitted before 12:30p.
18 05/05 Wikipedia Contribution (P1) Due.

Notes

  1. Be sure to order your books today (see Required Texts)
  2. You must use this link as it contains an enrollment key.
  3. I was late granting access to the drive (sorry about), but I’m sure you could find the readings on Google. There are some excellent explanatory video, too, on YouTube: 1, 2.
  4. For the “Choose your article” exercise, you should use the one you have been assigned for P1 and P2. If your article does not yet exist, use this exercise to begin planning.
  5. Midterm grades due.
  6. Drop date: last day to withdraw with a “W.”
  7. From MGA President Christopher Blake: “Based on the latest information, system leaders have made the decision that effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all University System of Georgia institutions will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks to allow time for USG institutions to test their business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia.”
  8. This is a .ics that you can import to your calendar program. It contains the meeting dates, times, link, and password.
  9. Don’t forget the meeting password: 046337.
  10. See Potential Exam Questions.
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