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Wednesday August 20

Begin to define 'community' and to define questions

What questions? you may ask.

The point at this point is to be open to questions that you have now at the beginning of the semester about virtual communities, blogging and citizen media. That is, to ask in intelligent and more detailed ways: What is all of this? Why does it matter? and What does it mean to me and to the society in which I would like to live?

I hope our readings, discussion and even our visitors will help us not only probe those questions, but also to ask more complex versions of those and other questions.

In this case (heck, in most cases in education), questions and learning to form them are good skills to develop.

For next meeting, read "Introduction: Weblogs, Rhetoric, Community and Culture" in "Into the Blogosphere" and A Most Useful Definition of Citizen Journalism at Jay Rosen's PressThink blog

Today's example of Citizen Journalism Blogger documents age of Olympic Gymnist

One of my tweeple responds: hartsock @smalljones re: ... good stuff. Should we believe a cache? why?

Olympics uncoverage gets coverage in C-Net

Monday August 25

-- Introduction to Blogs and community

Community is best defined as a network of social relations marked by mutuality and emotional bonds. - Thomas Bender. Community and Social Change in America.

A real community need not consist of people who are perpetually together; but it must consist of people, who precisely because they are comrades, have mutual access to one another and are ready for one another. Martin Buber. Paths to Utopia

OED on Community

For next meeting, read "Blogs as Virtual Communities: Identifying a Sense of Community in the Julie/Julia Project" and "Imagining the Blogosphere: An Introduction to the Imagined Community of Instant Publishing" in "Into the Blogosphere"

Ferdinand Tonnies - On Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft see also a very nice Wikipedia entry on G and G.

Is there a limit to the size of a social network? Is Dunbar's Number holding for Online Social Networks?

Some further reading:

Benedict Anderson's classic Imagined Communities One of the main findings is that the invention of the newspaper is central to the invention of community, which might be particularly interesting for you. One way to look at this book is the claim that technologies -- newspapers, museums, censuses, maps--serve to construct the ways communities are imagined.

Wednesday August 27

-- Discuss Blogs and Communities

Life of Julie and Julia

The blog The Julie/Julia Project - Nobody here but us American servantless cooks... Begun Sunday, August 25, 2002 ended in 2004.

Hardback called Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell Published in September 28, 2005.

Paperback called Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell Published in September 7, 2006.

Julie and Julia the Movie Due out in April 2009!

Julie's ongoing personal blog What Could Happen?

Source Effects in Users' Perception of Online News Comparing Source Effects (Self, Computer, Editors, Others) on the preceptions of online news by Shyam Sundar of Penn State.

For next meeting, read "Blogging as Social Action: A Genre Analysis of the Weblog" and "Culture Clash: Journalism and the Communal Ethos of the Blogosphere" in "Into the Blogosphere"

Bloggers vs Journalists is Over But if you visit Jay's blog, you'll see that it's not over at all.

Monday September 1 - Labor Day

Wednesday September 3

Tech of the Day: RSS explained in 3:45 by Common Craft in video.

From the previous readings: Cluetrain Manifesto Kairos defined Ryan Thornburg on WRAL vs N&O

For our next meeting read Chapters 1 and 2 of Citizen Media: Fad or the Future of News? The rise and prospects of hyperlocal journalism

Where are the reference sites today?

Westport Now - Stacey The website looks almost exactly as it did in 2006 when the screenshot was taken for the KCNN study. The content consists mostly of photos with cutlines rather than full articles. The few articles are more like briefs or press releases. However, they cover a wide range of events in the community, with separate sections for things like arts, business, politics, and health/fitness. There are also original commentaries from Westport residents, including a resident's report from the GOP convention. There is also a strong community aspect with sections for lost and found pets, obituaries, education, and real estate. Registered users can comment on articles and photos, but very few have comments. There is a blog roll featuring Westport resident's blogs and a classifieds section. They seem to have a fairly small staff since most of the photos are taken by Dave Matlow or contributed. Founder Gordon Joseloff is no longer the editor, but remains publisher and contributes photos. - Anna

A community website serving Northwest Bakersfield. It is a free newspaper that is published twice a month. They are very committed to citizen-type journalism. The readers of the content are also the audience. The information and pictures in The Northwest Voice are created almost solely by readers, community organizations etc. It is a very community and participation oriented website and newspaper. It is interesting that the work to publish EVERY article, post etc that is submitted by readers on the website. There is very little as far as weeding out “bad” articles. You write it, they post it. - Nathan

The Web site is still going strong. It seems like a good way for common citizens to contribute to news and open discourse with other citizens. The site has more than 14 million page views to date, which I believe to be a relatively good number. From the few stories I read, the reporting seems to be creative and accurate at the same time. However, it could use a little more of a professional touch. It followed AP style, but several of the stories are just general information pieces without any real structure, which I guess could be considered a good thing because it's easier to read and get information up front. - Corey

The original idea behind was to be a type of local "news" site that would be based in several major markets around the country. Each area would have its own part of the site and would allow readers to get information tailored exclusively to that city/market. All the information would be produced by the citizens, with just one editor overseeing everything and community relations people overseeing each of the markets. Revenue would be gained through advertisement sales.

Now the website is nothing more than a glorified Google or Citysearch. The home page asks you to enter your zip code, then it basically gives you a Google search for that zip code as well as an area for "Links to Local Business Listings." The article mentions that the site was restructuring and downsizing, so I guess this is what they decided to move to. According to the homepage, the idea of the website is to be able to find local websites and businesses without having to deal with other directories and listings. Too bad nothing shows up in the local business listings when you put in "27514." - Clair was started by a local Watertown, Massachusetts woman. While Lisa Williams began it as a news and information site for Watertown residents, it has expanded into an interactive social network. People can read up on local business, news, and restaurants as well as participate in a discussion of events and contribute to the site. It stayed true to its intention, as a networking tool for newcomers and those who want to engage in Watertown dialogue. It is not a publication but rather a blog style conversation amongst residents. - Eric

Founded in 2006 by H2otown creator Lisa Williams, is a blog and blog aggregator for so-called "placeblogs". They define a placeblog as " act of sustained attention to a particular place over time. It can be done by one person, a defined group of people, or in a way that’s open to community contribution. It’s not a newspaper, though it may contain random acts of journalism. It’s about the lived experience of a place."

The site features a directory of placeblogs, a tool to search this directory, a tool to add entries to the directory, as well as a blog about placeblogging that is updated by the staff of the site. The site aims to foster creation and exploration of placeblogs, as well as a venue for discussing new ideas and information about this type of blog. The site recently celebrated its 3000th post. - Rachael

This site redirects to, so I think they got away from the legacy newspaper they were under, The Daily Camera. The site seems to have expanded since that article was written. They have turned it into a ning group, so citizens can make their own profile pages, and upload videos and photos that can even be considered for the print edition of local papers. The news they are reporting on seems to be more user-generated hyperlocal content than another portal for links to hard journalism stories. There are pictures of swim classes and announcements of kids who made the dean's list, and even little tutorials so people can figure out how to use the site to their own means. Judging by the text we read, this seems to be one of the more successful citizen journalism Web sites, and a thriving record of the community. - Ambrosia

This is a really interesting local take on citizen journalism. While is controlled by trained journalists they are dedicated to providing hyperlocal democratic coverage of New Haven, Connecticut. This means that their readers are able to submit pictures, news tips, comments on articles, and even spelling and grammar edits. They are a not-for-profit news source and most of their funding comes from grants and donations from their readers. The stories consist of New Haven town news, with some articles accompanied by youtube videos to better illustrate the events. - Alex

Baristanet is a local news cite that gets its news from citizens in the area via blogging. It began in 2004 and has since created a local community of more than 5000 visitors each day. Visitors can comment on articles but are held responsible for what they say. The local news consists of stories like local citizens not cleaning up after their animals in a park or a water fountain being broken. News stories also consist of relevant national issues like companies prosecuting for abusing internet downloads.

The website is broken up into the categories of classifieds, food, calendar, forums and real estate. It was also successful enough to inspire similar local news sites in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, New Haven, Watertown, Massachusetts, and Red Bank, NJ. - Erika

The Web site is an online newspaper written by and for Chicago residents. It debuted in 2005 and has remained active since. In order to succeed, The Daily News supports open source communication, presenting the news conversationally and allowing Chicago residents to interact with each other and local news people on the Web site. Seven different blogs are available on the Web site and up-dates from numerous news sources are posted with minute-by-minute changes. A section for "most viewed" news stories is also provided on the home page. The Web site is also successful because it is aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. - Matthew

New West is a media company that covers news and lifestyles in the Rocky Mountain West. The states that are included are Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The site is broken down into nine topics: Devlepment, Politics, Travel & Outdoors, Books, New West Blog, Community Blogs, Magazine, Images & Multimedia, Conferences. In teh top center of the page is the "New West Wire" that has news stories by the site's bloggers. There is also an "editor's pick" that highlights an article. Todays article is "The Monkey Wrench Dad," which is about a "dad's adventures in parenting and the wilderness." New West isn't very local, but it has established links to other local New West sites. There are also links to local Web sites in the Rocky Mountain area.

The site is made up of a lot of user content. There is a blog directory and an ongoing comments box on the home page. New West has a flickr group. But the site does have its own blog that is maintained by New West writers and editors. - Sergio

VillageSoup describes itself on its main page as reaching "beyond print and online news to create a place for community based discourse, debate and commerce. It becomes the community newsstand, the community grange hall and the community main street with neighbors growing together." On its main page, a Google map shows all the communities where the Web site has or will be starting coverage. Most of the towns covered are in Maine, but the Web site is planning to start focusing on places in New York, Wainwright, Alberta, and Alabama. In every community where the Web site already has content in, professional journalists from local papers write most of the content - varying from high school sports to local and national news. Every story has a link to where community members can make comments about the story as well as what the other comments had to say. Community members can submit stories to be put on the Web site. The stories range from the results of a local game of bridge to invitations to local charity events.There is a section where the community can read posts other members have made as well as read other members' blogs. Village soup also provides access to the yellow pages, real estate pages, local auctions and a place to buy tickets for local show and events. - Monica

When you type the address above, you get redirected to[1]. What started as a blog aggregator for Greensboro, NC, is now a blog aggregator for many cities in the US meaning that it allows access to recent posts of bloggers from different parts of the country. Anyone can add his blog, as long as he logs in first and his blog observes several rules: must allow comments, may not spam and may not prejudice the orderly display of blogs intentionally or through technical defect. No pornography is allowed and only one blog per email address is approved.

Right on top of the screen the user selects from a drop-down menu the state and the city he's interested in and then a huge list with recent titles (the last 5 days) appears on the screen: the latest on top, with time stamp (date and hour) and the title of the blog. When clicking on the title of the article, the post lead pops up on the same page, plus the external link to the full article.

Users can also see the most recommended articles (by other users) and the most viewed ones. The site must have changed a lot, since editors don't interfere anynore with the content, they only approve/reject submitted blogs. uses RSS aggregation to display content. - Jeff

Coastsider is a community Web site for coastal San Mateo County, California. The site was founded by Barry Parr in 2004. Barry helped to create Web sites for both and the San Jose Mercury News. According to the site, Coastsider was created to allow users to, "post stories that they have a personal interest in, whether to ask a question or add something new to a conversation." The site also gives the opportunity to for people to advertise and promote functions and events -- even those the Web site itself.

As of now, the site seems to be doing very well. Currently there are over 270 pages of stories that cover anything from community events to quizzes. Coastsider also has a classifides section where people can post pieces of interest, with some getting more than 300 hits.

Even with the wide variety of options given to its users, Coastsider is a very useful site. It has weather forecasts, links to traffic updates and news sections broken down into topics like business, government and environment. Users can also get quick links of interest to schools and town councils in San Mateo County. - Wendy

It claims that the voice of is a nonprofit, independent and insightful online newspaper focused on issues impacting the San Diego region. It is said there are only 9 employees in this company. They depend on social donations. They are concentrated on in-depth analysis and provide local news from an independent perspective. - Stacey, Anna

Anna: Madison is a citizen journalism website committed to covering news in the Madison neighborhoods. The site is relatively inactive since its creation in 2005 and news is not posted on a regular basis. The site is organized into neighborhoods and each neighborhood has its own personal blog within the site. The site is clear and clean with a blue and green template/theme. A lot of the news has to do with the surrounding schools. The site has a unique feature called MadStubs. A “stub” is not an article it seems as though it is a short paragraph to introduce a topic and encourage comments and participation concerning that topic. The site was started as a project to train people to become citizen journalists (somewhat oxymoronic because trained journalists are usually deemed “professionals”), but visionary nun the less. Apparently many of those trained stay active for a short period and then their contributions begin to become infrequent. To help the website generate content articles from local newsletters often substitute the reports of actual citizen journalists. The site is looking to expand its coverage to more of the surrounding neighborhoods in the near future.

Stacey: Madison Commons has not been updated in a few weeks and does not seem to be very popular. It is funded by UW-Madison grants. It has partnered with neighborhood planning councils and local news organizations, and also receives content from UW-Madison journalism students and trained community journalists. Anyone can email the editor to become a citizen journalist. Free two-hour-long workshops focus on basic journalism principles and story writing. Upon completing an intro workshop, participants are required to submit "at least one story for Madison Commons during the three-month period following completion of the workshop." There are no upcoming workshops; in fact, the "upcoming workshops" section lists the next one in March and then "April TBA." One interesting feature is the "MadStubs" section, described as "an open call for collaborative news reporting." It is supposed to begin with a short description of a community event or issue followed by commentary and observations from the writer. However, the most recent stub was published 17 weeks ago. The site has original bloggers hosted directly on the website, but the most recent--a student's commentary on finals--was written in May 2008. There is a small fairly-inactive forum; the last post was made 11 days ago. The design of Madison Commons has been updated since the screenshot was taken in 2006 for KCNN's study. - Nathan, Corey

Corey: was started out of a community discussion board in Northfield, Minn. It is a hyperlocal community website that allows anyone from the community to post news to the site, as long as they become a member. According to the article, you must pay $20 to become a member, but as far as I can tell on the site now there is no fee. They must gain revenue from advertising. The site has different sections -- like a newspaper -- and have a weather section as well as a photo gallery. Citizens are asked to submit event listings as well as news items to the site. According to the article, and I assume this still happens, the submitted content is edited for content and style and a permanent staff member decides what articles make it to the front page of the site. - Clair, Eric

Eric: Rye Reflections is a webzine written by the citizens of Rye, NH. It is an an example of citizen journalism and is edited and published by by a committee monthly. Meeting are held weekly in the town library. The webzine has existed since 2005, and consists of articles with a local emphasis, opinion pieces, poetry, and letters to the editor. The site itself is somewhat primitive, it offers no instant feedback or discussion capability. All feedback is moderated by an editor and published in the next edition. Past issues are archived in their entirety and available at no cost. The webzine is produced on a volunteer basis, and runs no advertisements. RSS feeds are available.


Rye Reflections is a monthly independent webzine produced by a group of Rye, N.H. residents dealing specifically with the concerns of their small coastal town. While not interactive online, all members of the community are encouraged to contribute to the publication and it is truly citizen journalism. Relevant topics include coastal environmental issues, fishing, water temperature, and local news. It's lack of advertisement make it an appealing monthly read but it lacks the constant evolvement of an online social network. - Rachael, Ambrosia

RMO- OlyBlog must be hyperlocal, because I have no clue where the heck they're talking about. After actually being reduced to, ya know, reading some of the posts, I figured out that it's a blog covering Olympia, Washington. It seems a lot more politically minded than the other citizen journalism Web sites are. Instead of being a portal to get local news and also talk and share indiviual experiences in the community, it seems like they're striving to be an "alternative" media source for people who are "tired of corporate media." Yet all it seems to be is posts linking to articles from other people's blogs instead of being a dialogue between the community and that Web site itself. It's a traditional blog with posts in chronological order and such, and you can even become a member. It seems to be pretty successful, as far as hyperlocal Web sites go. Instead of people posting pictures and announcements, you have to sign up for the Web site and show a history of responsible blogging or something before you can contribute. It seems pretty meh compared to the other Web site I looked at.

AP - I'm right there with Rachel, it's really difficult to understand what's up on this site if you're not in the loop. As far as the citizen journalism part goes, I'm not sure that I would even call some of the posts "news" they're much more like advertisments/publicity. The lack of actual interaction between what's presented on the front page make the site overall just function more like a classfieds page than a news page. There seems to be a lot of useful information along the sidebars of the site but I wouldn't use this site for up-to-date local news for the Olympia area. It might be useful for finding a good concert though. - Alex, Erika

Alex - ToledoTalk began as a forum for political debate in local Ohio towns but shifted its focus in October of 2007 to less intense issues. The shift was made after a local citizen asked for help with an "ear problem" and received help from local readers. The creator liked the less argument-based thread and the site has since been run as a forum for local problems and news.

Erika - is still active, providing information on the Lake Erie West region. However, anyone is able to become a member and in turn, able to comment and interact with other readers. The Web site is definitely not aesthetically pleasing, making it more difficult to navigate than other sites of the same type. It also looks as if every comment and news update is provided solely by citizens, making the information more believable but possibly not as credible. - Sergio, Monica

Monica: According to[2], an Internet library, which offers access for researchers to historical collections that exist in digital format, is not available since Jan 2008. As far as I understood, it was a free publication of The Santa Fe New Mexican.

On the website of The Santa Fe New Mexican, the content is generated by professional journalists, except for the section Leisure/Generation:Next, which promotes news by Santa Fe teens for teens. The publication also has an online project called Santa Fe Scoop, where users submit photos of their pets and contribute to the discussion. Actually, they use the Ning platform!

Sergio: no longers exists. Like Monica said, Internet archives show that the site stopped operating last October, when all traffic started being forwarded to The archives show that the site used to be the official Web site of The Santa Fe New Mexican. From one of the last editions of the Web site, one can see that most of the articles/stuff on the Web site is from professional journalists. But there was a section where readers could look at blogs maintained by readers. - Jeff, Wendy

Wendy - This is a mass information era, and reader need more opinion than information. is an internet community which was created by The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Half of the people who read news in do not belong to either of the two papers. Brand new readers attracted new advertising for Open the main page and select the district you live in and you will find your local news page, such as the traffic jam or The Beautiful Dog Campaign, which has no chance to be reported in the newspaper. Further more, the information and comments are provided by community reporters.

Jeff - From the site: "Whatever story you want to share, is your place to do it. is a Web site where citizens can contribute stories, photos and events about things that matter to them. Plus, you can get information about your community, including updated news from resources across the Web and comprehensive local listings of places like cultural centers or schools."

Wendy's description and the quote above cover what the site is basically about. The only thing about the site is that it only does coverage for a few states, and a reader has a limited number of regions within those states to choose from.

"30THREADS -- Andrew D"

Now,[3] is a new site, so it wasn't in the Citizen Media report. But like most of this wiki section's inhabitants, 30threads is an alternatively styled community news portal, centered in the Triangle. Instead of a community forum, 30threads acts more like an aggregator. Vistors' content is posted, but not by the visitors. The site's owners, Wayne Sutton[4] and Ginny Skalski[5], pick the 30 best stories they find on local blogs and Web sites and post them as "threads." The site does, however, features a "Submit" page.

The site makes extensive use of videos and Google Maps, and also has a Twitter feed[6] with 224 followers to connect with the community. Both Sutton and Skalski are avid Twitterers as well. There's no telling how long it will last, though the site looks well-funded right now.

Monday September 8

Discuss Chapters 1 and 2 and look at what has become of the sites cited as examples (above)

Craig's List, article about Craig and Jim and CRGSLST - Craig's List in Web 2.0 Craig's list on Wikipedia (Note that I confused the number of YouTube employees at sale to Google (50+) with the number of Craig's List employees. "As of 2007, Craigslist operates with a staff of 24 people")

CEOs that Tweet, Twitter itself, Twitter in Wikipedia (note that Stacey was more correct about the age of Twitter than I was. It was born in October 2006), Chapel Hill TweetMob Organizer, Extra! What is your Twitter grade?

Flash Mob in Wikipedia, Howard Rheingold's Smart Mobs site

I'm So Totally, Digitally Close to You - NYTimes Magazine on Twitter, Ambient Awareness, Facebook, Dunbar Number, Social Capital, etc.

Google Chrome described in a comic by Scott McCloud, Inside Chrome from Wired (Thanks Rachael)

For next class read and be prepared to discuss: Chapter 3: Creating Content and Chapter 4: Building Interest

Wednesday September 10

What is a Meme? A Viral Marketing? An Internet Meme? An Internet Meme Timeline here

For next class: Chapter 5: Making Money thru the end of the report.

Monday September 15

For next meeting (and a visit with David Burney): Brown, Tim. Design Thinking. at UNC Libraries in html PDF download Harvard Business Review. June 2008. pp 84 - 92.

Wednesday September 17

Guest Speaker: David Burney on Design Thinking. Can we transform an industry or even one business?

For Next Class: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Chapter 1 It Takes a Village to Find a Phone and 2 Sharing Anchors Community

HCE in other times, other subjects and other forms:

Review in Ars Technica "The power of boring technology'

Is boring bad? Boredom May Let the Brain Recast the World in Productive, Creative Ways - Bennett Carey in NYTimes Science

Monday September 22

Guest Speaker: Henry Copeland (video) of BlogAds

For Next Class: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Chapters 3 Everyone is a Media Outlet and 4 Publish, then Filter.

Wednesday September 24

For Next Class: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Chapter 5 Personal Motivation Meets Collaboration and 6 Collective Action and Institutional Challenges

Some notes:

Eric Raymond. The Cathedral and The Bazaar. 1996.

George Trow. Within the Context of No Context. 1980.

Memorial essay on George Trow Beyond the Context of No Context 2006.

Ronald Coase. The Problem of Social Cost. Journal of Law and Economics. 3 (1960).

Dilbert meets Coase and Coase loses

Yochai Benkler. Coase's Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm

Garrett Hardin. Tragedy of the Commons Science 13 December 1968:Science 13 December 1968.

Carol Rose. The Comedy of the Commons: Custom, Commerce, and Inherently Public Property The University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 53, No. 3 (Summer, 1986), pp. 711-781

Chris Anderson. The Long Tail (blog) also The Longer Long Tail (new edition) and upcoming Free!

Tomita's Media Gap 1980.

Neuman's Reformulation 1990.

Clay Shirky's blog

Monday September 29

For Next Class: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Chapter 7 Faster and Faster and 8 Solving Social Dilemmas

Wednesday October 1

For Next Class: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Chapter 9 Fitting Our Tools to a Small World and 10 Failure for Free

"Cities of Ideas: Prosperty and its price" for the cover page and links (April 28, 2002). Much of this work comes from Richard Florida's book, "The Rise of the Creative Class, And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life" (Basic Books, May 2002).

Monday October 6

For Next Class: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Chapter 11 Promise, Tool, Bargain through Epilogue

Wednesday October 8

Guest speakers: @ginnyskal aka Ginny Skalski and @WayneSutton aka Wayne Sutton of 30 Threads and NBC 17

For Next Class: Granovetter, Mark S. Strength of Weak Ties. Available from JSTOR at link above or The American Journal of Sociology © 1973 The University of Chicago Press. NOTE: Link fixed Oct 6.

Monday October 13

For Next Class: Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. Introduction "Worship at the Altar of Convergence": A New Paradigm for Understanding Media Change and Chapter 1 Spoiling Survivor: The Anatomy of a Knowledge Community

Some examples of final projects from previous years:

Corporate ClueTrain


Anti-fan sites Don't Hate Alone

LS1TECH Project Blog

What Do We Know? account planners blogs

An Oral Community Living in Text - The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids Online

Economics Roudtable

Reviewing Hilton Perez

Wednesday October 15 - Fall Break

Friday October 17 - ConvergeSouth in Greensboro

Monday October 20

For Next Class: Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. Chapter 2 Buying into American Idol: How We are Being Sold on Reality TV.

Wednesday October 22

The Merchants of Cool (2001) A Frontline report on "The Creators and Marketers of Popular Culture for Teens" with Douglas Rushkoff

Also The Persuaders (2004) "There is an age-old anxiety among advertisers that they are wasting their money, that they cannot know whom they are reaching and with what impact," says Doug Rushkoff, "Anxiety is giving way to a confidence that they will soon have access to the core emotional needs of nearly every American shopper and voter."

For Next Class: Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. Chapter 3 Searching for the Origami Unicorn: The Matrix and Transmedia Storytelling

Monday October 27

IBM's Many Eyes for visualization

Audience demographics of social network sites in Canada - Matrix Visualization

Swivel for more collective visualization

I Love Bees ILB explained by Wikipedia

Brawny Academy - episode 1

Winky Dink and You The first interactive TV show according to Bill Gates

Secret decoders for audience involvement from Orphan Annie to Capt. Midnight to Johnny Quest

what Orphan Annie decoders looked like

Harold Saxon - Ready to Rule a Better Britain

Marvel Universe 
"a dynamic, community-fueled online encyclopedia of all things Marvel. It's THE definitive place online to find biographies 
of the the 5000+ characters, places, and things that inhabit the Marvel Universe! In order to ensure that Marvel Universe is 
the best online resource for Marvel bios, we turned it over to the experts: you. That's right, ANY Marvel fan can contribute 
to's Marvel Universe - subject to moderation, of course! To find out how, read our posting guidelines and get 
contributing, True Believer!"

Shakespeare in the Bush (1971)

Simulacrum in wikipedia

Bollywood Disney "Roadside Romeo"

For Next Class: Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. Chapter 4 Quentin Tarantino's Star Wars? Grassroots Creativity Meets the Media Industry

Wednesday October 29

Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager

Phantom Edit v2.3 - a near Jar Jar less world

torrent of the 9000 Fan Edit of Phantom Menace

George Lucas in Love

Les Pantless Menace

Quentin Tatartino's Star Wars

Star Wars: Revelations - Episode 1 at AtomFilms

Anakin Dynamite

Star Wars Gangsta Rap

Weird Al does "Saga Begins"

Kyle Cassidy's Toy Soldiers shot with a Pixelvision camera

Star Wars Galaxies from Sony and fans

The Force - Fan Films and Fiction (broken on Tuesday)

Campbell (aka Skyywalker) vs Acuff-Rose Question before the US Supreme Court: "May 2 Live Crew's commercial parody of Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" be a fair use within the meaning of the Copyright Act of 1976?"

Monday November 3

Visiting speaker: Ruby Sinreich of

For Next Class: Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. Chapter 5 Why Heather Can Write: Media Literacy and the Harry Potter Wars

Why Johnny Can't Read (1955)

See also Wizard People, Dear Readers

Potter Puppet Pals in "The Mysterious Ticking Noise"

Rocky Horror Picture Show fan participation site

Spartacus (Star Trek The Next Generation, No 20) by T.L. Mancour

Jane Austen fan fiction ring

Obey Alfred E Neuman Obey/Hope artist embraces parody by Mad

Wednesday November 5

For Next Class: Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. Chapter 6 Photoshop for Democracy: The New Relationship between Politics and Popular Culture and Conclusion: Democratizing Television? The Politics of Participation

Monday November 10

Wednesday November 12 - Class Presentations

Andrew Dunn --

Nathan Hewitt -

Monday November 17 - Class Presentations

Clair Lorell - (Political Social Networking Site)

Jeff Woodall - Shelfari (Book Club/Social Network)

Matt Tomsic - (networking site for stay-at-home dads)

Wednesday November 19 - Class Presentations

Alex: Seth Godin's Blog (you may have predicted that but did you predict a Pokemon obsession?)

Sergio: forums


Monday November 24 - Class Presentations

Rachael Oehring --

Monica Ulmanu --

Eric Notarnicola --

Wednesday November 26 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday December 1 - Class Presentations

Anna Bays -

Stacey Axelrod - Webkinz

Corey Inscoe - Comparing political blogging sites: OrangePolitics - BlueNC - DailyKos

Wednesday December 3 -- Last Class

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