Reading Schedule

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All readings on CCLE unless hyperlinked.

One: Utopian Immateriality and the Intransigence of Things

Key term: materiality

Tuesday, January 7

Course introduction and overview

Thursday, January 9

Blanchette, Jean‐François. “A Material History of Bits.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 62, no. 6 (June 1, 2011): 1042–1057.

Barlow, John Perry. “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.”

Brown, Bill. “Materiality.” In Critical Terms for Media Studies, edited by W. J. T Mitchell and Mark B. N Hansen. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Two: Silicon Valley

Key terms: digital utopianism, computational metaphor

Tuesday, January 14

Introduction, chapter one, and chapter two, in Turner, Fred. From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Thursday, January 16

In-Class Lab: ScrollKit Tutorial

Rodenbeck, Eric. “Mapping Silicon Valley’s Gentrification Problem Through Corporate Shuttle Routes.” Wired, September 6, 2013.

Norman Wilson, Andrew. Workers Leaving the Googleplex, 2009.

In addition to reading the above, please look at some of the following multimedia essays for inspiration:

Three: Supply Chains

Key terms: supply chains, capital

Tuesday, January 21

Sanyal, Sanjeev. “A Brief History of Supply Chains.” The Globalist (March 20, 2012).

Harvey, David. “The Geopolitics of Capitalism.” In Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography, 312–344. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Thursday, January 23

Library Session with Dr. Marta Brunner

Four: Offshore Labor

Key term: globalization

Tuesday, January 28

Duhigg, Charles, and David Barboza. “Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China.” The New York Times, January 25, 2012, sec. Business Day.

Cox, A., Charles Duhigg, Xaquín G.v, Mika Gröndahl, Haeyoun Park, Graham Roberts, and Karl Russell. “The iPhone Economy.”

Weisbrot, Mark. “Globalization: A Primer.” Center for Economic and Policy Research, October 1999. .

Thursday, January 30

Project Clinic: In-class SourceMap tutorial and troubleshooting

“Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt” (all chapters)., December 2, 2013.

Five: Infrastructure and the City I

Key term: data center, node

Tuesday, February 4

Selections from Varnelis, Kazys. The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles. Barcelona; New York, Columbia University, 2008.

Krieger, Martin H. “System and Network, Node and Link.” In Urban Tomographies, 54–70. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Thursday, February 6

Bridle, David. “Secret Servers.” ICON no. 099 (September 13, 2011).

Starosielski, Nicole, and Craig Dietrich. “Surfacing.

In-class project clinic

Six: Infrastructure and the City II

Key terms: infrastructure, network

Tuesday, February 11

Selections from Blum, Andrew. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet. New York: Ecco, 2012.

Mendehlson, Ben. Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors, 2011.

Thursday, February 13

In-Class Visit from Andrew Blum

Selections from Blum, Andrew. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet. New York: Ecco, 2012.

Seven: Biases Built into the System

Key terms: modularity, glitch

Tuesday, February 18

Lightning Presentations of Narrative Mockups

McPherson, Tara. “U.S. Operating Systems at Mid-Century: The Intertwining of Race and UNIX.” In The Visual Culture Reader. New York: Routledge, 2012.

Nakamura, Lisa. “Glitch Racism: Networks as Actors within Vernacular Internet Theory.” Culture Digitally (December 10, 2013).

Thursday, February 20

Light, Jennifer S. “When Computers Were Women.” Technology and Culture 40, no. 3 (1999): 455–483.

Ensmenger, Nathan. “Making Programming Masculine.” In Gender Codes, edited by Thomas J. Misa, 115–141. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.

Eight: New Kinds of Labor for the Digital Age

Key terms: digital labor, affective labor

Tuesday, February 25

Gulati, Sonali. Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night. Women Make Movies, 2008.

Chapter one (“Exploring the Managed Heart”), in Hochschild, Arlie Russell. The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.

Thursday, February 27

Nakamura, Lisa. “Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft.” In Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory, edited by Trebor Scholz, 79–97. New York: Routledge, 2013.

De Kosnik, Abigail. “Fandom as Free Labor.” In Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory, edited by Trebor Scholz, 98–111. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Nine: Internet as Technology of Control

Key term: protocol, cyberspace, ISP

Tuesday, March 4


Thursday, March 6

Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006.

Ten: Closing Shop (no blog post due)

Tuesday, March 11

Devices Release Party and Final Presentations

Thursday, March 13

Final Exam