Week 10: Steven Wheeler – Response to Viewings

Rather than return to a question like technical literacy that I’ve already articulated ad nauseam, I thought it might be more interesting to discuss some of the ethical considerations circling around Hakim Bey’s concept of Temporary Autonomous Zones, or T.A.Z.s for short. Described them as provisional enclaves against the powers that be that are “dissolved […]

Week 7: Katelyn Black

In this weeks reading from Spreadable Media, Jenkins speaks at length about the history of participatory culture and how it continues to shape our online experiences and their outward projection and influence in society. Jenkins writes,“Current debates about participatory culture emerge from a much longer history of attempts to generate alternative platforms for grassroots communication”.


Week 3 Private: Joel Arellano

The use of the Internet has both broadened and fragmented the contexts of communication. This is why the Internet can have a subversive effect on intellectual life in authoritarian regimes. But at the same time, the less formal, horizontal cross-linking of communication channels weakens the achievements of traditional media.

–Jürgen Habermas

In the […]

Week 2: Steven Wheeler – Response to Viewings

In her TedX talk, “Witness Your Environment,” Kelly Matheson describes George Holliday’s videotaping of the Rodney King incident as the event that “put the Handycam on the map as a powerful human rights tool.” The video can also be considered seminal in another, connected sense: it prefigures the growing democratization of journalism Henry Jenkins describes […]