SOCI221 – Sociology of Cyberspace, Meeting 12

SOCI221 – Sociology of Cyberspace

Meeting 12: December 1, 2014
Posthumanism to Facebook

Posthumanism

Facebook Man, by Maxo CC-BY–3.0

Logistics

  • Class meeting tomorrow (same time and place)
  • Exam in one week: Monday, December 16, 7–10p
    • H–1011 AL—HAF
    • H–820 HOR—ZAF
  • Exam prep together

Last Week

Posthumanism

Is the human condition a problem to be solved?

Activity: Project Plan

  • What interests class members? Any pattern?
  • What would be outcomes of research on online groups?

Required Texts

Chapters 1–2 in Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Un-Human Subjects, and the End of Anthropology, edited by Neil L. Whitehead and Michael Wesch. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2012. doi:10.5876/9781607321705

Cool, Jennifer. “The Mutual Co-Construction of Online and Onground in Cyborganic: Making an Ethnography of Networked Social Media Speak to Challenges of the Posthuman.”
Tufekci, Zeynep. “We Were Always Human.”

Cool

Cool, Jennifer. “The Mutual Co-Construction of Online and Onground in Cyborganic: Making an Ethnography of Networked Social Media Speak to Challenges of the Posthuman” in Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Un-Human Subjects, and the End of Anthropology, edited by Neil L. Whitehead and Michael Wesch, 11–32. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2012. doi:10.5876/9781607321705

  • Post-/Transhumanists
  • Phatic communion
  • Liberal subject
  • Embodiment

Tufekci

Tufekci, Zeynep. “We Were Always Human” in Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Un-Human Subjects, and the End of Anthropology, edited by Neil L. Whitehead and Michael Wesch, 33–47. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2012. doi:10.5876/9781607321705

  • Identity formation, online
  • Cyberasociality
  • Third digital divide
  • Digital Natives?

Tomorrow

Facebook

What can sociology learn from online social networks?

Activity: Themes and Threads

  • To help everyone prepare for the final exam, list some themes and threads for the semester as a whole.

Required Texts

Lim, Sun Sun, Shobha Vadrevu, Yoke Hian Chan, and Iccha Basnyat. “Facework on Facebook: The Online Publicness of Juvenile Delinquents and Youths-at-Risk.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 56, no. 3 (July 2012): 346–361. doi:10.1080/08838151.2012.705198.
Madge, Clare, Julia Meek, Jane Wellens, and Tristram Hooley. “Facebook , Social Integration and Informal Learning at University: ‘It Is More for Socialising and Talking to Friends About Work Than for Actually Doing Work’.” Learning, Media and Technology 34, no. 2 (June 2009): 141–155. doi:10.1080/17439880902923606.

Lim et al.

Lim, Sun Sun, Shobha Vadrevu, Yoke Hian Chan, and Iccha Basnyat. “Facework on Facebook: The Online Publicness of Juvenile Delinquents and Youths-at-Risk.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 56, no. 3 (July 2012): 346–361. doi:10.1080/08838151.2012.705198.

  • Singapore at-risk or delinquent youth
  • Link to social work, criminology…
  • Face work
  • Facebook diversity

Madge et al.

Madge, Clare, Julia Meek, Jane Wellens, and Tristram Hooley. “Facebook , Social Integration and Informal Learning at University: ‘It Is More for Socialising and Talking to Friends About Work Than for Actually Doing Work’.” Learning, Media and Technology 34, no. 2 (June 2009): 141–155. doi:10.1080/17439880902923606.

  • British (pre-)undergraduates
  • Link to education
  • Informal learning
  • Tracing links

Ethnography

Descriptive approach to cultural diversity. – Alex

  • Fieldwork
  • Establishing rapport
  • Insider and outsider
  • Participant-observation
  • Cultural translation (making exotic familiar and familiar exotic)

Surveillance Society

  • Panopticon
  • Sousveillance
    • Surveillance, sousveillance and PRISM – an op-ed for Die Zeit | … My heart’s in Accra http://lar.me/2zk
  • Internet Bill of Rights

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