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Slides: Weeks 8-12

Week 8: Social media

Week 9: Tech Ethics

Week 10: Platform Capitalism

Week 11: Commodification of Information

Week 12: Publics & Manifesto Outlines



Hypothes.is & Annotation Directions


Throughout the semester we will be annotating several articles with an online tool called Hypothes.is. Hypothes.is can be used publicly or in private-facing groups. We will be annotating in a group so our annotations are only visible to our class. Read the directions below or watch this how-to video to learn how to use Hypothes.is.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hypothes.is annotation works MUCH BETTER on a computer or tablet. It DOES NOT work well on a phone.

Why we Annotate

In this class, reading is not a passive activity. Using annotation we will comment on the texts as we read them. We will be able to read and respond to each others comments, AKA annotations. A few guidelines for annotating are below.

Annotate passages that:

  • You think are important. Why is this part important? How does it connect to the main idea of the article? Use your annotation to share your thoughts.
  • You don’t understand. Highlight/annotate to ask a question. I bet other people have the same question or are confused too!
  • That you agree or disagree with. Highlight/annotate to tell us why.

Setting Up Hypothes.is

To join and setup Hypothes.is, follow the steps below.

Go to the Hypothes.is site, and sign up for a username. It should be your FIRSTNAME and lastname initial. For example: JessicaN

Once you have a username, sign in to your hypothes.is account.

Click the following link to join our course group: CAC Workshop Hypothes.is Group

Using Hypothes.is

To annotate using Hypothes.is follow the steps below.

Sign In: First, make sure you are signed into hypothes.is and logged into our group.

Go to Group: The title at the top of annotation sidebar tells you what area or group you are annotating within. If you are not in any group, it will say Public. To get into our group click the word Public and select our group (“CAC-test”) from the list. If our group name does not appear, you have not been added. You will need to click this link to get added to our group. Once you click this link, you will see our group in the drop-down menu of the annotation sidebar.

Annotate: Visit our Course Schedule to find the articles to annotate. Click one of the articles. You will be taken to a new page with the article and the annotation sidebar. Look at the sidebar title to confirm that you are in our group area. Use your cursor to highlight a piece of text you would like to annotate. Click “Annotate” from the pop-up that appears over the highlighted text. Write your annotation in the sidebar and post it to our group area.

Week 2 Prompts

By Tuesday, February 6th: READ

  • What-is-Web-2.0” by Tim O’Reilly in The Social Media Reader, Mandiberg, M. (Eds). New York: New York University Press. Creative Commons, BY SA NC. (2012)
  •  “Digital”  By Tara McPherson, Keywords for American Cultural Studies. NYU Press (2014)

By Thursday, February 8th: Create Post #2: But really, what is Web 2.0? Find an example that demonstrates at least 3 of O’Reilly’s 7 principles. Share your example and describe how it demonstrates the principles of “web 2.o”.  Link to your example, if possible.  Categorize the post as “Week 2“.

Week 1 Post Prompt

Read: The 5 Cs: “The New Media Technologies: Overview and Research Framework” by  Linda Friedman, Hershey Freidman (2008)

Create Post for Week #1: Find and link to an example* of the 5 Cs we discussed in class. Choose a unique title for your post. In your post, describe how your example demonstrates the 5 Cs. End your post with a sentence or two about what you hope to learn in this course. Categorize the post as “Intro to New Media”.


Tech Ethics

Tristan Harris runs the Center for Humane Technology where he, focuses on realigning technology with a clear-eyed model of human nature. And befire that he was a design ethicist at Google where he studied the ethics of human persuasion. The ideas that Harris present are “I think that’s the thing that we both share is that the human mind is not the total secure enclave root of authority that we think it is, and if we want to treat it that way we’re going to have to understand what needs to be protected first.” and that humans are hackable and are being hacked. Which is how your computer (i.e Youtube, Amazon) knows more about you than you know about yourself. Harris stance on technology is realizing that we are vulnerable when it comes to internet and we should acknowledge that, and we should start to question and move into a direction whereas we can protect ourselves from this exposure.He’s stance is “We want society to not be hacked, which goes to the political point and sort of how do we politically mobilize as a group to change the whole industry. I mean, for me, I think about the tech industry.” A quote that stood out to me was “I think the point is that we need a new kind of philosophy that acknowledges a certain kind of thinking or cognitive process or conceptual process or social process that we we want that.” It stands out simply because it says a simple but effective message , lets stop talking and actually do something.A question I would have for him is would he consider teaching a class based off humans being hackable.

How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day | Tristan Harris

A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Faceb…


The article “Issues Spark a Public Into Being” is about democracy and how its all about subjects. The article sheds light on how Democracy can be confusing and a little jacked up but it is still beautiful and should be fine tuned. “To acknowledge the role that the problems that affect people playing bringing politics about, does not mean the end of democracy, but its beginning. The appearance of the objects of politics on the scene of democratic politics does not necessarily mean the exit of the democratic subject. Instead of worrying that the complicated issues of today make democracy impossible, we should try to figure out by what amazing means today’s issues may bring out the passions of the public.” Object oriented democratic politics is a little more complicated meaning as people don’t want to be idle in politics but more involved. Number two states that information is not the problem ; she starts off by saying lack of information is a problem but also a solution as well. Meaning the lack of information promotes involvement. “Lippmann and Dewey did not accept the diagnoses that say that the problem of democracy in a technological society is a problem of the quality,organisation and presentation of information.” I think this article pertains to the class because once again it goes back to us having awareness of our activity on the internet , our rights and how e’re being monitored.

Critical Sociology

Adiar Stephen expresses that “The size of the potential market for information commodities is not limited by productive capacity.”. This is supported by Adiar when he states that multiple companies have given away free software in order to have a large market, with increased demand on their products. However, according to Adiar, no matter what the market size is, as long as the item being sold is properly advertised, invested in, as well as targets the global audience standards; there should be no limitations. Microsoft is a commodity that is mass produced yet still is purchased and requested for constantly. Regardless of how much the company produces the software in various forms, it is still needed and purchased in almost everyone’s device because of its efficiency as well as how it is advertised.

Course Information

What:  Principles of New Media, CIS 3810 (Hybrid-Sample Course)

When: Thursday, 5:50-7:05 pm, Semester year

Where: Baruch College

Instructor: Laurie Hurson

Email: lhurson (at) gc.cuny.edu

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