Kurt KarsinSTS 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
E-mail: reymers.morrisville.edu

BlackBoard . . Syllabus . . Reading Schedule . . Assignments

Week 9: Freedom versus Security: the Politics of the Web
Mar 21: Internet Governance, Power and Privacy

Read Declaration of Cyberspace Independence
Read Information Week, Who Is Anonymous: 10 Key Facts (2012)
Read New York Times, Dec 29, 2016, How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar
Watch: Confessions of a Cyber Spy Hunter: Eric Winsborrow at TEDxVancouver
Read Cyberwar is Coming! by Arquilla and Ronfeldt for RAND Corporation
Read the Executive Summary of Review of the Unauthorized Disclosures of Former National Security Agency Contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. House of Representatives (Sept 15, 2016)
Watch: Edward Snowden Interview, Katie Couric, ABC News (Dec 6, 2016)

1) Add to Discussion forum
2) The Blog

The Blog will be your opportunity to demonstrate original research and analysis. You will be responsible for writing four posts on the course weblog, available on the course Blackboard page. I have provided an example as the first post on the blog. Find something interesting that you have found online about the cybercultural world and relevant to one of the themes in the class (one we have already covered or one to come).

Rubric: Post a hyperlink and at least one-paragraph description of the hyperlink content (images/video are okay too, but do not count as the paragraph), and then at least one more paragraph of critical sociological analysis of the content (click here to teach yourself critical analysis). Remember, critically analytical writing attempts to:

 get under the surface of a particular situation or problem;
 discover the possible reasons behind it;
 break it down into the various facts and questions of which it essentially consists;
 examine the strengths and weaknesses of different ideas about it, and any evidence relating to it.

The blog post will be evaluated on a basis of 1 (weak presentation and analysis) to 5 (strong presentation and analysis). Posts should be made once every week starting the week of March 26 and ending on April 23. Late posts will be accepted only through April 30, at a penalty of 1-point (20%).

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
Topic 7: Religion and Computing
Topic 8: Computers in Education
Topic 9: Critiques of Cyberspace

Arpanet 1973

Internet Map 2005

Chaos and Cybercutlure - Leary

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