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COURSE SCHEDULE

fall 2006 | winter 2007

FALL 2006

September 08: Course introduction, overview and logistics


MODULE 1: GENERALITIES ON CULTURE, REPRESENTATION AND TECHNOLOGY

September 15: An Introduction to the Study of Culture
Johnson, Richard, et al. "Cultural Studies and the study of culture: disciplines and dialogues." In The Practice of Cultural Studies. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage Publications. 2004. pp. 7-24. (course kit)

September 22: What Is Representation?
Sturken, Marita and Lisa Cartwright. "Practices of Looking: Images, Power and Politics." In Practices of Looking; An Introduction to Visual Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2001. pp.10-36. (course kit)
**Due at the start of lecture: Mini assignment 1**

September 28: Culture and Technology
Marinetti, F.T. "The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism." Online at: http://www.unknown.nu/futurism/manifesto.html
Brecht, Bertolt. "The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication." Online at: http://www.tonisant.com/class/2001/fall/brechtradio.htm
Winner, Langdon. "Techne and Politea." In The Whale and the Reactor; A search for limits in an age of high technology. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1986. pp. 40-58. (course kit)
**Due by 9:30 A.M.: Module 1 response**


MODULE 2: THE WORK OF COMMUNICATION

October 06: Orality and Literacy
Plato. Selection from "Pheadrus." In Phaedrus and Letters VII and VIII. Walter Hamilton, trans. 1973. Penguin Books. Pp. 95-99. (course kit)
Ong, Walter. Selections from "Orality and Literacy." Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. Routledge. 2002. pp. 107-114. (course kit)

October 13: Meaning in Communication
Goffman, Erving. "Footing." In Forms of Talk. 1981: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 124-159. (course kit)
Hall, Stuart. "Encoding, Decoding." In The Cultural Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 1999. Pp. 507-517. (course kit)

October 20: Communication, Subversion, Resistance
Balliger, Robin. "Sounds of Resistance." In Sounding Off: Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution. New York: Autonomedia. pp. 13-26. (course kit)
Lovink, Geert. "Interview with Stephen Marshall: Guerrilla News Network's Digital Documentaries." Online at: http://amsterdam.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-0312/msg00018.html
**Due by 9:30 A.M.: Module 2 response**


MODULE 3: TECHNOLOGY, POLITICS AND MEDIA CULTURE

October 27: Medium, Content, Context
Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Online at: http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Modules/MC10220/benjamin.html#Top
**Due at the start of lecture: Mini assignment 2**

November 03: Media Spectacle
Kellner, Douglas. "Media Culture and the Triumph of the Spectacle." In Media Spectacle. London: Routledge, 2003. (course kit)

November 10: Corporatization and Globalization of Media
McChesney, Robert and Dan Schiller. "The Political Economy of International Communications: Foundations for the Emerging Global Debate over Media Ownership and Regulation" (read these sections only: Introduction, the Mythology of Freedom of Communications in the United States, the Move to Neo-Liberalism, and the Conclusion).
Online at: http://www.unrisd.org/80256B3C005BCCF9/httpNetITFrame?ReadForm&
parentunid=C9DCBA6C7DB78C2AC1256BDF0049A774&parentdoctype=paper&netitpath=
http://www.unrisd.org/unpublished_/tbs_/chesney/content.htm


November 17: The Public Sphere
Habermas, Jurgen. "The Public Sphere." In Jurgen Habermas on Society and Politics: A Reader. Beacon Press, 1989. Pp 231-236. (course kit)
Lovink, Geert. "Gated Communities, Themeparks, Youth Revolts: An Interview with Mike Davis." Online at: http://www.thing.desk.nl/bilwet/Geert/Workspace/DAVIS.INT
**Due by 9:30 A.M.: Module 3 response**


November 24: Term 1 Review
Term review and debate
**Due at the start of lecture: Mini assignment 3**

December 01: Mid-term exam held in regular lecture time and location.



WINTER 2007


MODULE 4: TECHNOLOGY AND POWER

January 05: Panopticon and Disciplinary Technologies
Foucault, Michel. "Panopticism." Excerpts from Discipline and Punish. New York: Vintage Books, 2nd edition, 1995. Pp 200-228. (course kit)

January 12: Transformative Power: The Case of CB Radio
Packer, Jeremy. "Mobile Communications and Governing the Mobile: CBs and Truckers." The Communication Review. Volume 5, Number 1 / January-March 2002, pp 39 57.
Available for download through York University Libraries e-Resources. Go to: http://www.library.yorku.ca/ccm/jsp/homepage.jsp Follow the instructions from there. Use the Journal title first to locate the online journal, and the volume/issue numbers or article title next to find the article. You need to have a current library card if connecting from home or, alternatively, use computer facilities at York.

January 19: Subversive Power: Hacking
Douglas, Thomas. "Technology and Punishment: The Juridical Construction of the Hacker." Chapter 6 in Hacker Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002. Pp 177-219. (course kit)
**Due by 9:30 A.M.: Module 4 Response**


MODULE 5: STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL USES OF TECHNOLOGY

January 26: Tactics and Strategies, the Theory
DeCerteau, Michel. "General Introduction." Excerpt from The Practice of Everyday Life. Online at: http://ubu.clc.wvu.edu/papers/de_certeau.html
DeCerteau, Michel. "Making Do." Excerpt from The Practice of Everyday Life. Rendall, Steven, Translator. University of California Press, 1984. Pp 29-39. (course kit)
Garcia, David and Geert Lovink. "The ABC of Tactical Media." Online at: http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-9705/msg00096.html
**Due at the start of lecture: Research Proposal**

February 02: Case Study: Cell Phones
Rafael, Vicente L. "The Cell Phone and the Crowd: Messianic Politics in the Contemporary Philippines." In Public Culture, Vol 15, No 3, Fall 2003. Pp. 399-425. (course kit)

February 09: Case Studies: Broadcasting and Networking
Van Der Zon, Marian. "Broadcasting on Our Own Terms. Temporary Autonomous Radio." Autonomous Media. Activating Resistance and Dissent. Montreal: Cumulus Press. 2005. 31-46. (course kit)
Dubois, Frederic. "Networkers Unite! Strengthening Media Solidarity." Autonomous Media. Activating Resistance and Dissent. Montreal: Cumulus Press. 2005. 135-150. (course kit)

February 16: READING WEEK. NO CLASSES.

February 23: Internet Journalism
Strangelove, Michael. "Online Journalism and the Subversion of Commercial News." In The Empire of the Mind. Digital Piracy and the Anti-Capitalist Movement. Toronto, Buffalo, London: Toronto University Press. 2005. Pp 162-198. (course kit)
**Due at the start of lecture: Annotated Bibliography**


MODULE 6: MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE

March 02: The Internet as Public Sphere
Poster, Mark. "CyberDemocracy: Internet as a Public Sphere?" In Whats the Matter with the Internet? Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001. Pp 171-188. (course kit)
**Due by 9:30 A.M.: Module 5 Response**

March 10: Creating Public Spheres
Jordan, Tim. "The Virtual Imaginary." In Cyberpower: The Culture and Politics of Cyberspace and the Internet. New York: Routledge, 1999. Pp 179-207, 226-228. (course kit)
Anderson, Benedict. Excerpt from "The Nation as Imagined Community." Online at: http://www.nationalismproject.org/what/anderson.htm

March 17: Mass Media and Propaganda
Sturken, Marita and Lisa Cartwright. "The Mass Media and the Public Sphere." In Practices of Looking. An Introduction to Visual Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2001. pp. 151-188. (course kit)

March 24: The Convergence of Ideas
Wilson, Louise. "Cyberwar, God and Television: An interview with Paul Virilio." Online at: http://www.unnu.com/unnu/archive/etexts/InterviewPaulVirilio.html
**Due by 9:30 A.M.: Module 6 Response**


March 31: Final Thoughts and Review
**Final paper due (hand in hard copy at the beginning of lecture)**

Final exam date and location TBA.

Last modified: 01/SEP/2006 by Gita