Investigating Cyberculture

STS 316: Investigating Cyberculture
Spring 2019

Meeting in Crawford 203, Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:15
and online (Blackboard)

Office Hours: Mon: 11am - 12pm; Tues, Weds, Thurs 10 - 11am;
or by appointment
Office Location: 205 Crawford Hall
E-mail: reymers(at)

Syllabus . . Reading Schedule . . Assignments . . Grades

Week 8: Freedom versus Security: the Politics of the Web

Mar 19: Internet Governance and CyberPower

Read Barlow, Declaration of Cyberspace Independence
Watch TEDx video Confessions of a Cyber Spy Hunter, feat. Eric Winsborrow
Read New York Times, Dec 29, 2016, How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar

Mar 21: Cyberwarfare
Read: U.S. House Intelligence Committee Report on Edward Snowden (click for PDF; read Executive Summary pages 1-4)
Watch: Amy Zegart, TEDx, Cyberwar
Watch: Edward Snowden Interview, Katie Couric, ABC News (Dec 6, 2016)
Recommended: Cyberwar and Netwar: New Modes, Old Concepts, of Conflict, by Arquilla and
   Ronfeldt for RAND Corporation

From Counterculture to CybercultureTextbook:
From Counterculture to Cyberculture
by Fred Turner, 2006. Chicago University Press, Chicago, IL.

This book describes how two cultures, the military-industrial complex and the communal hippie counterculture of the late 60s and 70s came together to create what we now recognize is one of the most transformative human tools in recent times (if not all history, as some claim), the Internet.

IAOther readings and resources:
I, Avatar: The Culture and Consequences of Having a Second Life
by Mark Stephen Meadows, 2008. New Riders: Berkeley,CA.

This and 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 & Powerpoints

Weeks 1 & 2: Introduction and History
PPT: A Brief History of the Internet

Weeks 3 & 4: Self and Identity Online
PPT: Selfhood, Identity and Avatars in Virtual Worlds

Weeks 5 & 6: Virtual Community
PPTa: Community in Cyberspace
PPTb: Rules and Roles, Rituals and Archetypes in Virtual Worlds
PPTc: Researching Internet Communities

Weeks 8 & 9: Institutions Online -- CyberPolitics and CyberPower
PPT: Government and Cyberspace

PPT: Privacy in Cyberspace

Weeks 10 & 11: Institutions Online -- Virtual Economies
PPT: Property in Cyberspace

Week 12: Institutions Online -- Religion in Cyberculture
PPT: Religion in Cyberspace

Week 13: Institutions Online -- Education in Cyberculture
PPT: Education in Cyberspace

Week 14: The Future of Cyberculture
PPT: The Future of Cyberspace

Arpanet 1973

Internet Map 2005

Chaos and Cybercutlure - Leary

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