SLLABSTS 316: Investigating Cyberculture
Spring 2017

Meeting in Charlton 132, Tuesday 11:00-12:15
and online (Blackboard)

Office Hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri: 11am - 12pm; Weds 1-2pm;
or by appointment
Office Location: 205 Crawford Hall

BlackBoard . . Syllabus . . Reading Schedule . . Assignments

Week 14 Readings: The Dark Web vs. Singularity
Apr 25: Cynicism

Read: War of the Worlds, Chp 1, Slouka
Watch: Alan Pearce, TEDxBrighton, The Dark [Deep] Net
Read (again) Lanier, You Are Not A Gadget, Chp 2

Online: Hope
Read the story "A Short Documentary About the Future of the Web" and watch the 15 min Vimeo video at the end of the article ("Web 3.0" here).
Read the story "‘Turning Into Gods’ – Jason Silva’s Documentary on the Singularity" and watch BOTH the following Vimeo videos (~15 min total) from that article:
1) The Immortalists
2) Jason Silva on Singularity and Omega Point



1) Add to Discussion forum
2) The Blog - see details
3) Last Quiz
4) Final Exam

I, AvatarTexts and other requirements:
I, Avatar: The Culture and Consequences of Having a Second Life
, 00
by Mark Stephen Meadows, 2008. New Riders: Berkeley,CA. ISBN: 0-321-53339-9

Other online resource requirement means you must download and read web-based PDF readings, HTML webpages, video, audio and other media on a regular basis. It is recommended that you print out readings and bring them to class, having annotated the material in the margins or in a separate notebook. Be sure to write notes on video/audio material as you watch/listen. Specific sources will appear weekly on the course schedule.

Course Themes

Weeks 1 & 2: Introduction and History
Weeks 3 & 4: Self and Identity Online

Weeks 5, 6, 7: Virtual Community
Weeks 8 & 9: Institutions Online -- CyberPolitics and CyberPower
Weeks 10 & 11: Institutions Online -- Virtual Economies
Week 12: Institutions Online -- Religion in Cyberculture
Week 13: Institutions Online -- Education in Cyberculture
Week 14: The Future of Cyberculture

Course Powerpoints
Note: these are PDF versions of the Powerpoint slides (sometimes) shown in class.

Topic 1: A Brief History of the Internet
Topic 2: Selfhood, Identity and Avatars in Virtual Worlds
Topic 3a: Community in Cyberspace
Topic 3b: Rules and Roles, Rituals and Archetypes in Virtual Worlds
Topic 3c: Researching Internet Communities
Topic 4: Privacy in Cyberspace
Topic 5: Government and Cyberspace
Topic 6: Property in Cyberspace

Arpanet 1973

Internet Map 2005

Chaos and Cybercutlure - Leary

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