Monthly Archives: November 2013

12/2 – Student-led Discussions II

In this final session we will be hearing presentations about, and discussing, 4 books:

  1. Heidi Boghosian (2013), Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance  [led by David Olson]
  2. Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson (2011/2012), Infinite Reality: The Hidden Blueprint of Our Virtual Lives [led by ericw213]
  3. Ray Kurzweil (2012), How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed  [led by ilyagaidarov]
  4. Jaron Lanier (2013), Who Owns the Future?  [led by maggiesko]

Presenters, please review the presentation guidelines for tips on preparing and leading your presentation/discussion. Excerpts should be sent out preferably by Friday, November 22nd, and definitely no later than Monday, November 25th.

Everyone: Read the distributed excerpts.  Blog responses may be posted about any or all of the readings other than one you are presenting.

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11/18 – Student-led Discussions I

In this session we will be hearing presentations about, and discussing, 5 books:

  1. Dave Eggers (2013), The Circle [led by kjpoppen]
  2. Andrew Blum (2012), Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet [led by A. To]
  3. Jonah Berger (2013), Contagious: Why Things Catch On [led by vrjbndr]
  4. Adam Alter (2013), Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave  [led by hramesh2013]
  5. William G. Bowen (2013), Higher Education in the Digital Age [led by miguel914]

Presenters, please review the presentation guidelines for tips on preparing and leading your presentation/discussion.

Everyone: Read the distributed excerpts.  Blog responses may be posted about any or all of the readings other than one you are presenting.

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11/11 – Hot Topics

In this session we will be discussing eight articles that were chosen by the class on “hot topics” related to the course. The articles are:

(1) UK Guardian (2013), The NSA Files – “Essential Guide”

(2) Ken Auletta (April 30, 2012), “Get Rich U. There Are No Walls Between Stanford and Silicon Valley. Should There Be?”

(3) Lori Andrews (February 4, 2012), “Facebook Is Using You”

(4) Ethan Kross, Philippe Verduyn, Emre Demiralp, Jiyoung Park, David Seungjae Lee, Natalie Lin, Holly Shablack, John Jonides, and Oscar Ybarra (August 14, 2013), “Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults”

(5) Mark Zuckerberg (August 20, 2013), “Is Connectivity a Human Right?”

(6) Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Selinger (January 17, 2013), “Obscurity: A Better Way to Think About Your Data Than ‘Privacy'”

(7) Michael Erard (September 20, 2013), “No Comments”

(8) Tim Kreider (October 26, 2013), “Slaves of the Internet, Unite!”

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