An introduction to the terrain
- Madrigal, Alexis C. “The Mechanics and Meaning”. The Atlantic.
- The Programing Historian: Introduction to the Bash Command Line
Week 2: Do Artifacts Have Politics?
What can things do? Considering the perspective of Science and Technology Studies.
- Winner, Langdon. “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” from The Whale and the Reactor (1986).
- Biss, Eula. “Time and Distance Overcome” from Notes from No Man’s Land (2009).
Week 3: Considering Infrastructure (with Kevin Webb)
Before we can go further into networked technologies, we ought to have a starting point – What do we mean when we say internet?
- Abbate, Janet. “Government, Business, and the Making of the Internet.” The Business History Review (Spring 2001).
- Optional Star, Susan Leigh. “The Ethnography of Infrastructure.” American Behavioral Scientist 43, no. 3 (November 1, 1999): 377–91.
Week 4: The Language of Visualization
- Drucker, Johanna. “Graphical Approaches to the Digital Humanities.” A New Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by Susan Schreibman et al. (2015): 238–50.
- Daniels, Matt. “The Language of Hip Hop.” The Pudding (2017).
- Optional D’Ignazio, Catherine and Klein, Lauren. “On Rational, Scientific, Objective Viewpoints from Mythical, Imaginary, Impossible Standpoints.” (chapter draft) In Data Feminism (forthcoming 2020).
Week 5: The Economy of Attention
- Tufekci, Zeynep. “It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech.” Wired, January 16, 2018..
- ———. “‘Not This One’: Social Movements, the Attention Economy, and Microcelebrity Networked Activism.” American Behavioral Scientist 57, no. 7 (July 2013): 848–70.
Week 6: On Clouds
- Tung-Hui, Hu. “Introduction.” In A Prehistory of the Cloud (2015).
- Simon, Johnny. “These Beautiful Photos Reveal the Internet Is Hiding in Plain Sight.” Quartz. October 5, 2016.
- Greer, Dave. Professional site of artist mentioned in the Quartz article.
Week 7: Performing Identity in Digital Environments
- Chapter Three: “What Gets Counted Counts”(part of a book titled Data Feminism published by MIT)
- databasic.io(Explore this webapp thinking about who is responsible, who is it for, and how it compares to other related interfaces keeping in mind the reading for this week)
- Optional Haraway, Donna. “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective.” Feminist Studies 14, no. 3 (1988): 575.
Week 8: Surveillance and Privacy
Is the internet listening? Is the internet listening to everybody?
- The New Organs Watch the 10 minute video and explore the landing page.
“The New Organs is a project to gather, archive and investigate the theories and realities of corporate surveillance.”
- Cyril, Malkia. “Watching the Black Body” In McSweeney’s 54:0134-0146”
- optional Brunton, Fin & Nissenbaum, Helen. “Why is Obfuscation Necessary.” In Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest”