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Dr. Derek Stanovsky


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Interdisciplinary Studies
Appalachian State

internet studies

Fall 2013

IDS 3250-101
TR 12:30-1:45
LLA 223

This course provides an introduction to cyberculture, digital media, and internet studies. As the internet continues to insinuate itself into our daily lives, it is changing both our culture and ourselves. This course will look at some of those changes through an interdisciplinary investigation of some of the social, political, cultural, psychological, economic, and legal implications of the internet. It will also provide an opportunity for you to hone your critical reading skills in the context of the internet as well as learn some of the technical and editorial skills needed to publish online. This class fulfills requirements for the IDS Internet Studies major concentration and minor. There are no prerequisites. C, CD, W. The syllabus is at


All readings are available online.

Requirements The most important requirements for this course are regular class attendance, participation, and preparation. You should come prepared to ask and answer questions and to discuss the readings each day. You should also check the class blog frequently for new information and assignments. Given this, the formal grading requirements are as follows:
Class Participation 25%
Two Online Essays 25% each
Online Content 25%
The class participation portion of your grade will be based on regular class attendance, participation, periodic homeworks, in-class assignments, presentations and group work, as well as on your active efforts to make this class a positive learning experience for yourself and your classmates.

Two absences are allowed during the semester. Each additional absence will lower your class participation grade by one letter grade. More than six absences and/or failure to complete any of the graded assignments detailed below are grounds for failing the course.

You will write and post two online essays during the semester. Late essays will be docked one-third of a letter grade for each day late. You are encouraged to make full use of the Writing Center.

Your online content grade for this course will be based on the cumulative result of all of your online work for this course during the semester. The grade will be based on the quantity, quality, originality, and variety of the posts and online content produced, the quality of its online presentation, organization, and functionality and, finally, it will also be based on the spread and popularity of your content online. If something you create this semester receives attention and comments from others in this class, that's great. If it receives attention and comments from folks outside this class, that's even better. If something you create this semester goes viral, you win the internet.

There will also be a final Wikiwar tournament during our regularly scheduled final exam period. The top three finishers will receive extra credit on their online content grades.

Additional information about these assignments will be posted online later in the semester.

Students should be aware of the ASU policies on academic integrity, disability services, and religious obervances, and student engagement .

Class Schedule
Week Day Assignment
T 8/20 Introductions.
  TH 8/22

Bruce Sterling, "A Short History of the Internet."

T 8/27

Tim Berners-Lee, “Enquire Within Upon Everything” and “Tangles, Links, and Webs.” Michael Wesch's The Machine Is Us/ing Us shown in class.

TH 8/29

David Bell, "Storying Cyberspace."

T 9/3

Lawrence Lessig, "Commons on the Wires."

  TH 9/5 Vannevar Bush, "As We May Think."
    4 T 9/10

Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Fire Worship."

TH 9/12

Lev Manovich, "The Interface."

    5 T 9/17 Nicholas Carr, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"
TH 9/19 Jonathan Zittrain, “The Lessons of Wikipedia.”
    6 T 9/24 Wikiwars. Gregory Brothers Video shown in class.
TH 9/26 Michael Wesch's "Anthropological Introduction to YouTube" video shown in class.
    7 T 10/1 Nancy Baym, "Identity."
TH 10/3 Sherry Turkle, "Connected, but Alone?" Video shown in class.
    8 T 10/8 Goggin and Newell, "Computing Disability."
  TH 10/10 Class blog show and tell.
    9 T 10/15 TBA
    10 T 10/22 Henry Jenkins, "Convergence Culture," pp. 1-24.
  TH 10/24 Ethan Zuckerman, "The Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism."
    11 T 10/29 Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," sections I-VI. Browse Benjameme.
  TH 10/31 Lawrence Lessig, "Introduction" pp. 1-13 of Free Culture.
    12 T 11/5 Lessig, Chapter 2 pp. 31-47 of Free Culture.
  TH 11/7 Lessig, "Free Culture Powerpoint" shown in class.
    13 T 11/12 Lessig, Chapter 4 pp. 53-61 of Free Culture.
  TH 11/14 RiP: A Remix Manifesto. Video shown in class.
    14 T 11/19 Discussion of documentary. A Fair(y) Use Tale video shown in class. Lessig, Chapter 13 pp. 213-246 of Free Culture.
  TH 11/21 Elizabeth Grossman, "The Underside of High Tech."
    15 T 11/26 TBA
    16 T 12/3 Wikiwar practice.
  TH 12/5 Conclusions.
M 12/9 Wikiwar tournament during our regularly scheduled final exam period: Monday, December 9 from noon - 2:30 PM.