Schedule

January 7: Introduction to the course

January 14: Media, mediation
– Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore, The Medium is the Massage (Bantam Books, 1967)
– Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska, Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012), xiii–28.
– Alexander Galloway, “Love of the Middle,” in Excommunication (U Chicago Press, 2014)
– John Durham Peters, The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media (U Chicago Press, 2015), 1–52.
– Lisa Gitelman, Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006), 1–22.
– Richard Grusin, “Radical Mediation,” Critical Inquiry 42.1 (Autumn 2015), 124–148
–!> Janet Zweig, The Medium (2002)

January 21: Practices and techniques
– John Postill, “Introduction” and Nick Couldry, “Theorising Media as Practice” in Theorising Media and Practice (NY: Berghahn Books, 2010), 1–19, 35–54.
– Bernard Siegert, Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real, trans. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (Fordham UP, 2015), 1–17, 121–146.
– Dominic Pettman, Infinite Distraction (Malden: Polity Press, 2015), viii–48, 79–97.

January 28: Hacking, making, opting out
– Tiziana Terranova, “Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy,” Social Text 18.2 (2000)
– Alexander Galloway, The Interface Effect (Polity Press, 2012), 120–143.
– Gabriella Coleman, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking (Princeton UP, 2013), 1–22.
– Matt Ratto, “Critical Making: Conceptual and Material Studies in Technology and Social Life,” The Information Society 27.4 (2011), 252–260.
– N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and Patrick LeMieux, “Speculation: Financial Games and Derivative Worlding in a Transmedia Era,” Critical Inquiry 40.3 (Spring 2014), 220–236.
– Natalie Jeremijenko in conversation with Garnet Hertz, “Engineering Anti-Techno-Fetishism,” CTheory (July 2015)
–!> Digital Labor 2014 (New School); Andrew Norman Wilson, Workers Leaving the Googleplex (2009-2011); Trebor Scholz, What the MySpace generation should know about working for free; Ayhan Aytes, “Return of the Crowds: Mechanical Turk and Neoliberal States of Exception,” Digital Labor, ed. Trebor Scholz (Routledge 2013)
–!> Nexus X: An Alternate Archive
–!> Critical Making (Garnet Hertz); Natalie Jeremijenko, OneTrees; Biotech Hobbyist

February 4: Real time, liveness, entanglements
– Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep (London: Verso, 2013), 1–60, 79–89.
– Geert Lovink, “Mybrain.net,” Eurozine (March 18, 2010) and “After the Social Media Hype: Dealing with Information Overload,” e-flux 45 (May 2013)
– Philip Auslander, “Digital Liveness: A Historico-Philosophical Perspective,” PAJ 102 (2012), 3–11.
– Adrian Mackenzie, Wirelessness: Radical Empiricism in Network Cultures (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010), 1–29, 87–115.
– Esther Weltevrede, Anne Helmond and Carolin Gerlitz, “The Politics of Real-time: A Device Perspective on Social Media Platforms and Search Engines,” Theory, Culture & Society 31.6 (2014), 125–150.

February 11: Algorithms
– Tarleton Gillespie, “The Relevance of Algorithms,” in Gillespie, Boczkowski, and Foot (eds.), Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014), 167–93.
– Ted Striphas, “Algorithmic Culture,” European Journal of Cultural Studies 18: 4-5 (August-October 2015), 395–412.
– Adrian Mackenzie and Theo Vurdubakis, “Codes and Codings in Crisis: Signification, Performativity and Excess,” Theory, Culture & Society 28.6 (2011), 3–23.
– Frank Pasquale, The Black Box Society: the secret algorithms that control money and information (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2015), 1–18, 213–218.
– Matthew Fuller and Graham Harwood, “Algorithms are Not Angels” (video lecture)
– Kevin Slavin, “How Algorithms Shape Our World” (TEDGlobal 2011)
– Nicholas Diakopoulos, “Rage Against the Algorithms,” The Atlantic (October 3, 2013)

February 18: Data
– Lisa Gitelman, ed., “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014), 1–14, 161–167, color plates)
– Alexander Galloway, “Are Some Things Unrepresentable?Theory, Culture & Society 28.7-8 (2011), 85–102.
– Patricia Ticineto Clough et al, “The Datalogical Turn,” in Non-Representational Methodologies, ed. Phillip Vannini (Routledge, 2015), 146–164.
– Dawn Nafus and Jamie Sherman, “This One Does Not Go Up to 11: The Quantified Self Movement as an Alternative Big Data Practice,” International Journal of Communication 8 (2014), 1784–1794.
–!>Data Drift: Archiving Media and Data Art in the 21st Century (selections): Goddemeyer et al, On Broadway; Kim Albrecht et al, Culturegraphy; Manovich et al, The Exceptional and the Everyday: 144 Hours in Kiev; Periscopic, Mapping Murder Around the World; Pitch Interactive, Out of Sight, Out of Mind

February 25: Infrastructures and repair
– Lisa Parks, “ ‘Stuff You Can Kick’: Toward a Theory of Media Infrastructures,” in Patrik Svensson and David Theo Goldberg (eds.), Between Humanities and the Digital (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015), 355–373.
– Tung-Hui Hu, A Prehistory of the Cloud (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015), Introduction, Chp 4, Conclusion
– Shannon Mattern, “Mission Control: A History of the Urban Dashboard,” Places (March 2015)
– Steven J. Jackson, “Rethinking Repair,” in Gillespie, Boczkowski, and Foot (eds.), Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014), 221–239.
– Stephen Graham and Nigel Thrift, “Out of Order : Understanding Repair and Maintenance,” Theory, Culture & Society 24.1 (2007), 1–25.
–!> Not Found: a broken net art exhibition (November 2015-January 2016)

March 3: Deep time
– Jussi Parikka, A Geology of Media (U Minnesota Press, 2015)

March 10: Post-digital, post-Internet
– Julieta Aranda et al, ed., The Internet Does Not Exist (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2015), 5–26.
– David Berry and Michael Dieter, eds., Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation, and Design (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 1–26, 44–57, 151–162. [selections by Berry and Dieter, Florian Cramer, Geoff Cox]
– Irina Kaldrack and Martina Leeker, There is no Software, there are just services (Leuphana: Meson Press, 2015), 9–19.
– Hito Steyerl, “The Spam of the Earth: Withdrawal from Representation,” in The Wretched of the Screen (Sternberg Press, 2013), 160-175.
– Benjamin Bratton, The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2016), excerpts TBD
–!> Browse: Post-Digital Culture
–!> Marian Tubbs, transmission detox (2015); Zach Blas, Contra-Internet Inversion Practice #1: Constituting an Outside (Utopian Plagiarism); “El Paquete

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