‘Documentary + Discussion’ screening of “Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change”

‘Documentary + Discussion’ screening of “Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change” on Tuesday Oct 24, from 4pm – 530pm on campus. This is in collaboration with the Arctic Institute (who curated the documentary), the Geography Department and the Graduate College at UofC.

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4pm – 430pm: Ice-cream + networking
430pm – 440pm: Opening words from Suzanne, Mike Moloney from the Arctic Institute, and the Office of Sustainability
440pm  530pm: Documentary screening
530p – 6pm: Audience-led discussion



Britt Wray will be speaking at the THE CALGARY INSTITUTE FOR THE HUMANITIES – Oct 16, 12pm, BI 561. 
(Re)born to be wild? De-extinction and the issues it creates

In this talk, Britt Wray will explore the scientific movement known as de-extinction, where researchers are trying to make proxies of extinct species, like the woolly mammoth, gastric brooding frog and passenger pigeon “come back to life” using advanced biotechnologies and breeding techniques. But why are they doing this, and what ethical, environmental, legal and social issues does it create? Wray wants to increase the amount of critical public engagement around this seemingly quixotic idea, because it will affect our ecosystems, which affects us all. 
Britt Wray is a science broadcaster and writer working in podcasting, interactive documentary, and writing. She is co-host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow’s World, which explores the future of science and technology, and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Copenhagen, where she has been studying science communication with a focus on synthetic biology. Wray is the creator of a forthcoming interactive documentary series produced by the National Film Board of Canada about personal genomics and gene editing, and is the creator of the interactive audio archive www.aurator.org which features experts’ audio diaries about synthetic biology. Wray’s first book, called Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction is about a new scientific movement that aims to bring extinct species “back to life” as well as help endangered species on the brink (published in October 2017 by Greystone Books in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute). Wray’s narrative productions have been broadcast on several radio shows for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Ideas, Spark, Radio 3) and New York Public Radio (Studio 360) as well as the Radiotopia network’s Love and Radio. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Institute for Journalism and Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Genomics, Bioinformatics and the Climate Crisis
Since the 1970s, governments and industry have promoted the coding and manipulation of DNA as an avenue to fuel, feed and heal the world. The mapping of the human genome in 2003 stimulated the development of other large-scale DNA-sequencing projects for bacteria, plants, and mammals. With the assistance of computer technology and bioinformatics, large scale genomic consortium produce DNA data at impressive rates, making promissory claims about the benefits of this data to inform and improve environment, health and industry. Critics of these applications raise concerns about the unfulfilled promises, unacknowledged uncertainties and unacceptable risks of such ‘techno-fixes’. Public resistance to genetic and genomic applications for environmental issues- voiced through terms such as Frankenforests – can lead to undone and possibly even forbidden science. In many regards, scientific experimentation, industry application and civil society commentary have run ahead of analysis in the environmental humanities. This leaves gaps in our understanding of the social, ethical and legal implications of biotechnology applications for environmental issues.
The group will meet monthly from September 2017 to March 2018 to discuss published research, present work in progress and host guest speakers. Key themes for organizing discussions and readings include: critical studies of climate change; the social history of DNA; reimagining diversity and kinship in a genomics age; and critical analysis of bioinformatics (DNA as data). This working group will identify and explore gaps in existing literature to provide a platform for developing a SSHRC Insight Development Grant on environmental humanities approaches to genomic applications for climate change.
Dr. Gwendolyn Blue, Associate Professor, Department of Geography ggblue@ucalgary.ca
Dr. Mél Hogan, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Media & Film mhogan@ucalgary.ca
Dr. Morgan Vanek, Assistant Professor, Department of English morgan.vanek@ucalgary.ca
Dr. Martin Wagner, Assistant Professor, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures  martin.wagner@ucalgary.ca

Memory, Media, Power – a grad seminar at U de M

Had a great Skype talk with students at U de M in Line Grenier’s “memory, media, power” grad seminar. We discussed archives, and the article “The Archive as Dumpster.”



Some key topics were:
– Fidélité (reliability) and authenticity of an « archive » that is produced by everyone, policed by no one

– Liberty (démocratie participative, everyone can become « archivist »)

– Dark web : not « visible », inaccessible ?

– Reversibility (there are always traces : was this foreseeable ? planned ?)

– Ethics of the archive as dumpster

– Issues of selection

– Rhizomatic nature of digital archive

– what materiality of archives in the context of oral societies…



Student work: Data Viz about Environmental Issues

I’m so impressed with students’ first assignments in Information Structure and Retrieval class.
These are the infographics they made, having just learned a bit of Illustrator and the basics of graph and chart theory…

by Dan Martin
by Dan Martin


by Tian Jiang
by Tian Jiang

by Dennis Toppel
by Dennis Toppel

by Saja Hamayel
by Saja Hamayel



Environmental Media: E-Waste, Ecologies, and the Capitalocene

Environmental Media: E-Waste, Ecologies, and the Capitalocene



Jan 11 – no readings / introductions, presentation of syllabus, presentation sign-up

Jan 13 – *John Durham Peters (2015) *Chapter 1 Understanding Media In: Peters (2015-06-19). The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media University of Chicago Press.

Watch clip from “Manufacturing Landscapes” in class


Jan 18 – no class
Jan 20 – *Naomi Klein. One Way or Another Everything Changes

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/9/17/thursday_naomi_klein_on_her_new_book  AND *Margaret Atwood. It’s Not Climate Change-It’s Everything Change.” – Medium https://medium.com/matter/it-s-not-climate-change-it-s-everything-change-8fd9aa671804 AND Good Reasons to Cheer the Paris Climate Deal BY ELIZABETH KOLBERT


→ Essay 1: position paper on the Paris Climate Deal using 5 sources or more, properly referenced (see a librarian). Due next class.


Jan 25 – *Ozzie Zehner (2012) Introduction: Unraveling the Spectacle AND Solar Cells and Other Fairy Tales In: Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism

Jan 27 *Peter G. Brown (2015) “Chapter 2: Ethics for Economics in the Anthropocene” In: Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene

  • grad students read: Bruno Latour (2014) “Anthropology at the Time of the Anthropocene – a personal view of what is to be studied”


Feb 1 – *Bill Mckibben (1989, 2006) “PART I: THE PRESENT A NEW ATMOSPHERE.” The End of Nature. Random House Publishing Group.

Watch Grizzly Man clip in class

Feb 3 –  *William Cronon (1995) “The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature” In William Cronon, ed., Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature, New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1995, 69-90.


Feb 8 – *Robert Cox (2013) “Chapter 3: Social-Symbolic Constructions of Environment” In: Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere (third edition)

  • grad students read: *Chapter 1. Materiality: Grounds of Media and Culture Parikka, Jussi. A Geology of Media (Electronic Mediations) University of Minnesota Press. Kindle Edition.

Feb 10 – *Serenella Iovino and Serpil Oppermann (2014) “Introduction: Stories Come to Matter” Material Ecocriticism Indiana University Press.


Feb 15 – *Jennifer Gabrys (2011) “Chapter 5. Media in the Dump: salvage stories and spaces of remainder” In: Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dcbooks/9380304.0001.001/1:7/–digital-rubbish-a-natural-history-of-electronics?g=dculture;rgn=div1;view=fulltext
Feb 17 – *Vicki Mayer and Clare Cannon (2015) “A Greener Screening Future: Manufacturing and Recycling as the Subjects of Television Studies” Handbook of Television Studies (2015), Buonano, Gray, and Miller, eds., Routledge, 2015.

Essay 2: techno trash assignment (with images) due next class


Feb 22 – *Sabine LeBel (2012) “Wasting the Future: The Technological Sublime, Communications Technologies, and E-waste” communication +1 Volume 1 Futures of Communication http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cpo/vol1/iss1/7

Feb 24 – *Joshua Lepawsky and Chris McNabb (2010) “Mapping International Flows of Electronic Waste.” The Canadian Geographer/ Le Géograph canadien 54, no. 2: 177-195.


Feb 29 – *Lawrence Buell (2005) “Chapter 5: Environmental Criticism’s Future” In: The Future of Environmental Criticism: Environmental Crisis and Literary Imagination.

Mar 2 – *Elizabeth Kolbert (2014) “Chapter I: The Sixth Extinction”

Essay 3: editorial essay on invasive species:



Mar 7 – *Jody Berland (2005) “Walkerton: The Memory of Matter.” TOPIA 14  pp.93-108

proposal for final essay presented next class

Mar 9 – *Stacy Alaimo (2010) “Chapter 3: Invisible Matters: The Sciences of

Environmental Justice” In: Bodily Natures. Indiana University Press.


Mar 14 – no class

Mar 16 – no class


Mar 21 – *Jennifer Holt and Patrick Vonderau (2015) ““Where the Internet Lives:” Data Centers as Cloud Infrastructure.” In: Signal Traffic. University of Illinois Press.

  • grad students read: Introduction: Easterling, Keller. Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space. Verso Books.

Mar 23 *Sean Cubitt, R. Hassan and I Volkmer (2011) “Does Cloud Computing have a silver lining?” Media Culture Society 2011: 33: 149

  • grad students read: *Nicole Starosielski (2015) “Fixed Flows: Undersea Cables as Media Infrastructure” in The Undersea Network” (Durham: Duke University Press).


Mar 28 – *Ursula K. Heise From the Blue Planet to Google Earth


Mar 30 → in class test 1 today


Apr 4 – Sarah T. Roberts. *Digital Refuse: Canadian Garbage, Commercial Content Moderation and the Global Circulation of Social Media’s Waste http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/commpub/14/

Apr 6 Zygmunt Bauman. Culture of waste In. Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts (Kindle Location 13). Wiley.


Apr 11 – *Philip Andrews-Speed, Raimund Bleischwitz, Tim Boersma, Corey Johnson, Geoffrey Kemp and Stacy D. VanDeveer. 12 Facing up to the nexus challenge: avoiding waste, want and war p.187 In: WANT, WASTE OR WAR?

Apr 13 Susan Strasser. Toward a History of Trashmaking In: Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash Henry Holt and Co.

Watch Verunga clip in class


Apr 18 –  Rob Nixon DeLoughrey, Elizabeth; Handley, George B. Chapter 7. Stranger in the Eco-Village: Environmental Time, Race, and Ecologies of Looking. Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (Kindle Locations 38-39). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

→ final papers due

→ final presentations

Apr 20 Nicole Seymour. 1. Introduction: Locating Queer Ecologies. In:,. Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination (Kindle Locations 25-26). University of Illinois Press.

→ final presentations


Apr 25 *Thinking as the Stuff of the World. Stacy Alaimo In: O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies Issue 1 :: Object/Ecology :: 2014

→ final presentations

Apr 27

in class test 2 today

Digital Death: Archives, Memories, Bodies and Decay – IIT 2015

Digital Death: Archives, Memories, Bodies and Decay

17840 – COM 380/580 – 01
IIT Humanities / M. HOGAN

Digital Death: Archives, Memories, Bodies and Decay. This class will cover a range of topics at the intersection of media and memory. In particular, we focus on the concept of death and decay to raise questions about human values, the role technology plays in preserving life, and what the archive means for humanity and history.


1/ Constructing Human Memory

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (2011) “Chapter 2-The Role of Remembering and the Importance of Forgetting” In Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting.

→ The Internet Is Forgetting. How amnesia is built into the network.
→ The Web Means the End of Forgetting


2/ Queer Temporalities & Evocative Objects

Carolyn Dinshaw, Edelman, Lee; Ferguson, Roderick A.; Freccero, Carla. (2007) “Theorizing Queer Temporalities: A Roundtable Discussion” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Volume 13, Number 2-3, 2007, pp. 177-195 Duke University Press

Sherry Turkle (2011) “Introduction: The Things That Matter” p3-10 Evocative Objects: Things We Think With The MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England.

** this is the reading for your final essay
→ Object Lessons is an essay and book series about the hidden lives of ordinary things http://objectsobjectsobjects.com/


3/ All Code is Burial


4/ The Future is a Memory

Vannevar Bush (1945) “As We May Think” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881

Wendy H. K. Chun (2008) “The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future Is a Memory” Critical Inquiry 35 (Autumn 2008) The University of Chicago. *grad level

→ The Cobweb: Can the Internet be archived?
→ Watch: (section of) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


5/ Traumas of Code

Van Dijck, J. (Fall 2004). “Memory Matters in the Digital Age.” Configurations 12(3), pp. 349-373. https://muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.gl.iit.edu/journals/configurations/v012/12.3dijck.html

Katherine Hayles (2006) “Traumas of Code” Critical Inquiry v. 33, no. 1, pp. 136-157 *grad level

→ Jon Rafman “9 Eyes of Google view” http://9-eyes.com/
→ Paul Ford “What is Code?” http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-paul-ford-what-is-code


6/ The Cemetery

Peter Thorsheim (2011) “The Corpse in the Garden: Burial, Health, and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century London.” https://hss.sas.upenn.edu/system/files/Thorsheim.Corpse.Garden.pdf

→ Graveyard Tech: QR codes to bring cemeteries alive
→ Reply All: #18 Silence And Respect

→ Alison Killing: There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help

→ Lindsey Stone, Plymouth Woman, Takes Photo At Arlington National Cemetery, Causes Facebook Fury http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/lindsey-stone-facebook-photo-arlington-national-cemetery-unpaid-leave_n_2166842.html


7/ Human Decay & Body Farms

Joseph Stromberg (2015) “The science of human decay: Inside the world’s largest body farm”

→ A Will For The Woods: http://www.awillforthewoods.com
→ A Family Undertaking: http://www.pbs.org/pov/afamilyundertaking 
→ The Nutshell Studies http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/99-invisible/e/165-the-nutshell-studies-38148376
→ A Field Trip to North Carolina’s Death Chamber http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/field-trip-death-chamber#.VXNwYVnBzRY
→ CSI Season 2, Episode 15 Burden of Proof http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0534659/
→ Hannibal TV Series http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2243973/
→ Livestreaming Funerals http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/12/death-on-the-internet-the-rise-of-livestreaming-funerals/383646/

8/ — Proposals due —

Based on Turkle’s Evocative Objects concept, present your proposal for your final autobiographical essay. What is your object? What role does it play? How has it been a companion to your life experience? How will it live on beyond you?


9/ Digital Afterlife

Grant D. Bollmer (2013) “Millions Now Living Will Never Die: Cultural Anxieties About the Afterlife of Information” The Information Society, 29: 142–151, 2013

→ Black Mirror, Season 2 ep1 “Be Right Back”
→ Reset: A Digital Afterlife Radio Drama http://www.ttbook.org/listen/81596 (from http://www.ttbook.org/series/death/death-after-life)
→ “Cyberspace when you are Dead” New York Times

→ Death in Video Games: http://meghanblytheadams.blogspot.com/


10/ Algorithmic Cruelty

DeVries, B. & Rutherford, J. (2004). “Memorializing Loved Ones on the World Wide Web.” Omega, 49(1), pp. 5-26.

Jed Brubaker, Gillian Hayes, & Paul Dourish “Beyond the Grave: Facebook as a Site for the Expansion of Death and Mourning” The Information Society, 29: 152–163, 2013

→ Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty http://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2014/12/24/inadvertent-algorithmic-cruelty


11/ Right to be Forgotten

Sherbit Blog (2015) The Internet Never Forgets: What Happens To Your Data When You Die? https://www.sherbit.io/right-to-be-forgotten/?utm_content=buffer2dc4c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

→ ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Online Could Spread http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/technology/personaltech/right-to-be-forgotten-online-is-poised-to-spread.html
→ Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Right To Be Forgotten (HBO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ERajkMXw0
→ Lindsey Stone, Plymouth Woman, Takes Photo At Arlington National Cemetery, Causes Facebook Fury http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/lindsey-stone-facebook-photo-arlington-national-cemetery-unpaid-leave_n_2166842.html
→ Krulwich Wonders: Is The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ The ‘Biggest Threat to Free Speech On The Internet’? http://www.radiolab.org/story/188858-krulwich-wonders-right-be-forgotten-biggest-threat-free-speech-internet/


12/ Death: Terms of Use

Tama Leaver (2013). “The Social Media Contradiction: Data Mining and Digital Death.” M/C Journal, 16(2). Retrieved from http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/625

→ Terms of Use: Didn’t Read https://tosdr.org
→ Google Public Policy http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/plan-your-digital-afterlife-with.html
→ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/651319028315841
→ Facebook After Death http://mashable.com/2013/02/13/facebook-after-death/
→ http://www.liveson.org/connect.php


13/ Digital Estate Planning

Nicola Wright (2014) “Death and the Internet: The implications of the digital afterlife” First Monday, Volume 19, Number 6 – 2 June 2014 http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/4998/4088

→ Death and Bitcoin: How Digital Currencies Affect Estate Planning http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/death-and-bitcoin-how-digital-57711
→ Forgetting Digital Assets Like Facebook Can Create Lawsuits After Your Death http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiehopkins/2015/06/10/forgetting-digital-assets-like-facebook-can-create-lawsuits-after-your-death/?utm_content=buffera8dbc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


14/ Erasures

Edward W. Said “Invention, Memory, and Place” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Winter, 2000), pp. 175-192.The University of Chicago Press http://www.jstor.org/stable/1344120 *grad level

Anjali Arondekar (2015) “In the Absence of Reliable Ghosts: Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia” A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies Volume 25, Number 3: 98-122. *grad level

→ Seth Ellis “Version Control”
→ The Different Ways Artists Are Remembering Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later
The Different Ways Artists Are Remembering Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later


15/ Closure


Current Issues in Media and Communications Studies: Drones, Driverless Cars, and Data Janitors – IIT 2015

Current Issues in Media & Communications Studies:
Drones, Driverless Cars, and Data Janitors

18690 – COM 380 – 03
IIT Humanities / M. HOGAN
Aug 24, 2015 – Dec 05, 2015


Drones, Driverless Cars, and Data Janitors! This course explores current issues in media and communications studies. Each week we will look at a ‘hot topic’ through theory, popular culture, journalism and the media. The goal of this class is to have you think creatively and critically about media and communications technologies.



1/ Ethics and Politics

Nathan Ensmenger (2007) Computers as Ethical Artifacts http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~nathanen/files/ensmenger-29-3.pdf

Langdon Winner (1980) Do Artifacts Have Politics? Daedalus, Vol. 109, No. 1, Modern Technology: Problem or Opportunity? (Winter, 1980), pp. 121-136 Published by: The MIT Press on behalf of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Rena Bivens (2015) “Under the Hood: The Software in Your Feminist Approach” Feminist Media Studies,  v. 15,  no. 4, pp. 714-717


2/ Surveillance

Nicole S. Cohen (2008) “The Valorization of Surveillance: Towards a Political Economy of Facebook” Democratic Communiqué 22, No. 1, Spring 2008

→ Police Body Cameras http://harvardlawreview.org/2015/04/considering-police-body-cameras

→ DIVORCE YOUR METADATA: A conversation between Laura Poitras and Kate Crawford http://rhizome.org/editorial/2015/jun/9/divorce-your-metadata

https://gpgtools.org, DuckDuckGo, Signal, etc.


3/ Selfies and Face Recognition

Paul Frosh (2015) “The Gestural Image: The Selfie, Photography Theory, and Kinesthetic Sociability” International Journal of Communication 9(2015)

→ Selfie City http://selfiecity.net/

→ Elizabeth Losh (2015) Beyond Biometrics: Feminist Media Theory Looks at Selfiecity https://www.academia.edu/6132660/Beyond_Biometrics_Feminist_Media_Theory_Looks_at_Selfiecity

→ A Civil Rights Leader Has Disguised Herself As Black For Years, Her Parents Say http://www.buzzfeed.com/claudiakoerner/a-civil-rights-leader-has-disguised-herself-as-black-for-yea

→ Who Owns your Face? https://fortune.com/2015/06/17/facebook-moments-privacy-facial-recognition

→ Alise Tifentale and Lev Manovich Selfiecity: Exploring Photography and Self-Fashioning in Social Media http://manovich.net/index.php/projects/selfiecity-exploring


4/ Drones

Lisa Parks (2014) “Media, Hot & Cold: Drones, Infrared Imagery, and Body Heat International Journal of Communication 8 (2014)

Mark Andrejevic (2014) “Drone logic: Distributed, ubiquitous monitoring and the “Big Data” deluge” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o_KTqdM44E
*watch at home and take notes.

→ Drone Footage Captures the Shocking Reality of Rainforest Destruction http://ecowatch.com/2015/06/04/drone-footage-rainforest-deforestation

→ Angry ram takes down a drone… and its owner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfLCb4ewDDc  


5/ Science

Stacy Alaimo (2011) “Chapter 9 ECOLOGY” In: The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science, Routledge. pp. 100-111.

Sandra Harding (2009) “Postcolonial and feminist philosophies of science and technology: convergences and dissonances.” Postcolonial Studies, Dec 01, 2009; Vol. 12, No. 4, p. 401-421


6/ E-waste and Climate Change

Jennifer Gabrys “five: Media in the Dump” In: Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics

→ Techno-Trash http://technotrash.org/ (*optional assignment, 10% – ask me about it)

Margaret Atwood “It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change” https://medium.com/matter/it-s-not-climate-change-it-s-everything-change-8fd9aa671804?source=tw-lo_dnt_afb5b3419209-1438396844733


7/ Content Moderation

Sarah T. Roberts (forthcoming 2015) “Commercial Content Moderation: Digital Laborers’ Dirty Work,”  in The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class and Culture Online. Noble, S.and Tynes, B. (Eds.). Peter Lang, Digital Formations Series, Steve Jones, Series Editor.

Kate Crawford and Tarleton L. Gillespie (2014) “What is a Flag for? Social Media Reporting Tools and the Vocabulary of Complaint” New Media & Society.

→ Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (2011) “Chapter 1-Failing to Forget the “Drunken Pirate”” (pp 11-18) In Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting

→  This gross website is where all your deleted twerking videos end up http://www.dailydot.com/lol/bootyfix-deleted-twerking-videos

→ Ned Resnikoff (2015) “Invisible data janitors mop up top websites behind the scenes” Al Jazeera http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/5/1/invisible-data-janitors-mop-up-top-websites-behind-the-scenes.html

→ Jillian C. York (2015) “The Myth of a Borderless Internet” The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/06/the-myth-of-a-borderless-internet/394670/


8/ Proposals due


9/ Big Data

Rob Kitchin “Big Data, new epistemologies and paradigm shifts” Big Data & Society July–December 2014: 1–5

Kate Crawford, Kate Miltner, Mary L. Gray “Critiquing Big Data: Politics, Ethics, Epistemology” International Journal of Communication (19328036), Jan 01, 2014; Vol. 8, p. 1663-1672

→ Steve Lohr (2014) “For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/18/technology/for-big-data-scientists-hurdle-to-insights-is-janitor-work.html

→ Guest Editorial: What’s so big about Big Data? Finding the spaces and perils of Big Data http://t.co/4nKPaE6YzM


10/ Algorithms

Nick Seaver (2014) “Knowing algorithms” Media in Transition 8, Cambridge, MA, April 2013 Revised, February 2014

Taina Bucher (2012) “Want to be on the top? Algorithmic power and the threat of invisibility on Facebook.” New Media & Society. 14(7):1164-1180.

Orito, Yohko. (2011) “The counter-control revolution: “silent control” of individuals through dataveillance systems.” Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 9 (1), 5-19.

Ted Striphas (2015) “Algorithmic culture” European Journal of Cultural Studies 2015, Vol. 18(4-5) 395–412. http://ecs.sagepub.com/content/18/4-5/395.full.pdf  

→ Designer Algorithms (assorted links) http://designeralgorithms.com/
→ Cracking the Facebook Code: How does the social media giant decide who and what to put in your feed? Tom Weber conducts a one-month experiment to break the algorithm, discovering 10 of Facebook’s biggest secrets. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/10/18/the-facebook-news-feed-how-it-works-the-10-biggest-secrets.html
→ When Algorithms Discriminate http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/upshot/when-algorithms-discriminate.html?smid=tw-share&abt=0002&abg=0


11/ Quantified Self

James N Gilmore (2015) Everywear: The quantified self and wearable fitness technologies New Media & Society June 1, 2015.

Amelia Abreu (2014) |Quantify Everything: A Dream of a Feminist Data Future” https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/quantify-everything-a-dream-of-a-feminist-data-future

→ Rob Horning (2012) “Notes on the Data Self” The New Inquiry. February 2. http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/marginal-utility/dumb-bullshit

→ Allison Meier (2015) “Personal Data Surveillance as Modern Portraiture” http://hyperallergic.com/223922/personal-data-surveillance-as-modern-portraiture/


12/ Internet of Things

Keller Easterling. 2012. “An Internet of Things” http://worker01.e-flux.com/pdf/article_8946204.pdf

Phil Howard (2015) Pax Technica *selection coming soon http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300199475

→ With ‘Internet of Things,’ your fridge will know when milk is low http://phys.org/news/2014-05-internet-fridge.html

→ The internet of things – who wins, who loses? http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/14/internet-of-things-winners-and-losers-privacy-autonomy-capitalism


13/ Communicating Infrastructure

Nicole Starosielski “Signal Tracks” Journal of the New Media Caucus http://median.newmediacaucus.org/art-infrastructures-hardware/signal-tracks/

Shannon Mattern (2013) “Infrastructural Tourism” Design Observer https://placesjournal.org/article/infrastructural-tourism/

Sean Cubitt, Robert Hassan and Ingrid Volkmer (2011) “Does cloud computing have a silver lining?” Media, Culture & Society 33(1) 149–158

→ Jason Farman 2015 “The Materiality of Locative Media On the Invisible Infrastructure of Mobile Networks”


→ James Glantz (2012) “Power, Pollution and the Internet” New York Times http://nyti.ms/VqS2fY

→ Apple promo video: http://www.apple.com/environment   

→ Ingrid Burrington The Cloud Is Not the Territory May 20, 2014 http://creativetimereports.org/2014/05/20/ingrid-burrington-the-cloud-is-not-the-territory-wnv

→ Seeing Networks: A rough field guide to network infrastructures.


→ Water in the data desert, Bluffdale, UT http://www.benknight.de/water-in-the-data-desert-bluffdale-ut/#more-14398


14/ Driverless Cars

Bilger, B. (2013) “Auto Correct Has the self-driving car at last arrived?” http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/11/25/auto-correct

John Urry and Margaret Grieco (2012) Chapter 11: “What We do Whilst Driving: Towards the Driverless Cars” Mobilities: New Perspectives on Transport and Society http://www.amazon.com/Mobilities-new-perspectives-transport-society/dp/1409411508

→ GM Motorama Exhibit 1956 http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/johnnycab-automation-paradox-pt-2/

→ Uber riles irate cabbies further with plans to buy 500,000 driverless cars (2015) http://www.thedrum.com/news/2015/07/13/uber-riles-irate-cabbies-further-plans-buy-500000-driverless-cars  

→ Machine ethics: The robot’s dilemma (2015) http://www.nature.com/news/machine-ethics-the-robot-s-dilemma-1.17881

→ To Feed Billions, Farms Are About Data as Much as Dirt http://www.wsj.com/articles/to-feed-billions-farms-are-about-data-as-much-as-dirt-1439160264


15/ Digital Sublime

Sabine LeBel (2012) “Wasting the Future: The Technological Sublime, Communications Technologies, and E-waste” communication +1 Volume 1 Futures of Communication

→ “Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/magazine/technology-is-not-driving-us-apart-after-all.html?_r=1