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)

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Syllabus . . Reading Schedule . . Assignments . . Grades


Week 16: Course concluded

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From Counterculture to Cyberculture"Textbook":
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

Week 1: CYBER - Introduction and History
PPT: A Brief History of the Internet

Week 2: - CULTURE: The Social Origins of the Internet

Week 3: Self and Identity Online
PPT: Selfhood, Identity and Avatars in Virtual Worlds

Week 4: Race, Gender and Cyberculture

Reading Questions, Week 1-4

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

Reading Questions, Weeks 4-6

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

PPT: Privacy in Cyberspace

Reading Questions, Weeks 8-9

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

Reading Questions, Weeks 10-11

Week 12: Institutions Online -- Religion in Cyberculture
Reading Questions, Week 12

Week 13: Institutions Online -- Education in Cyberculture
Reading Questions, Week 13

Week 14: The Future of Cyberculture

Arpanet 1973

Internet Map 2005

Chaos and Cybercutlure - Leary

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