The Dreadful GateSTS 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 16: Course concluded
Final exams are graded and final grades have been posted to the Registrar. Thanks for taking the course! I hope you use what you learned in your future understanding of our cybersociety and how we use the Internet.

~ Best wishes, Prof. Reymers (Dr. K)

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I, AvatarTexts and other requirements:
I, Avatar: The Culture and Consequences of Having a Second Life
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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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