316: Investigating Cyberculture
Office Hours: Mon: 11am - 12pm; Tues, Weds, Thurs 10 - 11am;
Week 5: Virtual Reality - Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?
Tuesday Feb 19: The Mass Appeal of Virtual Realities
Read I, Avatar, pgs 10-39 (on The WELL, What It Is Pts 1-4, Diving In, Roles and Rules, & Masks)
Read: What Can a Second Life Teach Me about Me?: Writing Our Identity in Second Life
-- QUIZ ON THESE READINGS --
* Blog Post 1 due
Thursday Feb 21: Virtual Communities
Read Rheingold (1993), The Virtual Community, Intro and Chapter 1
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.
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 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
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