10/17/2017 – The Attention Merchants (conclusion)

This week we finish reading Tim Wu’s book The Attention Merchants (chapters 20-29 and Epilogue), and we anticipate a long-distance Q&A session with the author at the beginning of the class period (7:30-8pm). Please post your comment about this week’s reading here before 5pm on Tuesday, October 17th.

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10/10/2017 – The Attention Merchants (continued)

We continue this week reading Tim Wu’s book The Attention Merchants (chapters 10-19). Please post your comment about this week’s reading here before 5pm on Tuesday, October 10th.

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10/3/2017 – The Attention Merchants (beginning)

We begin this week reading Tim Wu’s book The Attention Merchants (Introduction and chapters 1-9). Please post your comment about this week’s reading here before 5pm on Tuesday, October 3rd.

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9/26/2017 – Introduction and Overview

First class session is an introduction to the course (the material presented) and to the class (the people taking the course and the contingent facts about this instance of it).  You can practice commenting by posting a comment on this post. Make sure you let me know what name you are posting under if it is not obviously connected to your real name.

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12/7 – Student Presentations II

Our last session runs from 7-10pm, our allotted final exam time, on Monday, December 7. Blog comments are due at 5pm, and can cover one or more of the assigned excerpts. Here is the schedule for the session, with assigned excerpts linked:

7:00 Kim Stolz, Unfriending My Ex

7:20 Whitney Phillips, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

7:40 Lydia Bright, The Ugly Face of Facebook

8:00 Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg, Modern Romance [read excerpt from back to front]

8:20 BREAK

8:25 Daniel J. Levitin, The Organized Mind

8:45 Michael Lewis, Flash Boys  excerpt1  excerpt2

9:05 Kentaro Toyama, Geek Heresy

9:25 Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, Inventing the Future  (footnotes)

9:45 WRAP-UP II (done at 10pm)

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11/30 – Student Presentations I

This week we do part I of student presentations. Blog comments may address one or more of the excerpts assigned. The schedule of presented readings is as follows:

7:15 Julian Assange, When Google Met Wikileaks

7:35 Robert McChesney, Blowing the Roof Off the 21st Century [excerpt is p. 221 onward]

7:55 Jeremy Rifkin, The Zero Marginal Cost Society

8:15 Martin Ford, Rise of the Robots

8:35 BREAK

8:40 Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey [excerpt is chapters 24-28 (pages 55-67)]

9:00 Christine L. Borgman, Big Data, Little Data, No Data

9:20 Reading and video about artificial impersonation

9:40 WRAP-UP I

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11/16 – Superintelligence chapters 11-15

This week we conclude our discussion of Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom.

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