Week 1 — Course Introduction and Overview
Week 2 — Public Life, Civic Engagement And Generational Shifts
- Robert Putnam, “Bowling Alone,” Journal of Democracy, January 1995. http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/assoc/bowling.html
- Matthew Leiphon, “Millennial Values and Social Capital,” http://www.newgeography.com/content/00132-millennial-values-involvement-and-social-capital
- Clay Shirky, Social Media Can Change Everything, TED Talk, http://www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_how_cellphones_twitter_facebook_can_make_history/transcript?language=en.
Week 3 — How to Think about Campaigns
- Peter Levine: “Overview: The Public and Our Problems.” and “How to Think About Politics: Values, Facts, and Strategies.” (PDF) We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America.
- Saul Alinsky, “Tactics.” Rules for Radicals.
Week 4 —Online Movements taking Action Offline, Offline Movements adding Digital Campaigns
- Shirky, Clay. The Political Power of Social Media. Foreign Affairs. January 2011.
- Case Studies of BlackLivesMatter and the Climate Movement (Readings TBD)
Week 5– Critiques of Online Action
- Gladwell, Malcom. Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted. The New Yorker, October 4, 2010.
- Pariser, Eli: The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You.
- Faw, Larissa: Are Millennials Lazy Or Avant-Garde Social Activists? Forbes, Oct. 23, 2012.
- Morozov, Evgeny. The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. Introduction, Chapter 1, The Google Doctrine and Afterword Pp. ix — 31; pp. 321–340
Week 6 — How Online Tools Have Shaken Up Elections
- Daniel Kreiss. “Acting in the Public Sphere: The 2008 Obama Campaign’s Strategic Use of New Media to Shape Narratives of the Presidential Race,” Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change, 2012.
- Hamm, Theodore: The New Blue Media, 2008. “Netroots I: The Rise of MoveOn” (pg. 85–104)
Week 7 — Organization-less Organizing
- The new face of collective action: Distributed action without central organizers
- The loss of privacy and its impacts on digital social movements
- Clay Shirky, “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations” (video), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 2008.
- Networked Change, How progressive campaign are won in the 21st century
Week 8 — Older Organizations Take To the Web
- Bruce Bimber, Andrew Flanagin, Cynthia Stohl, “Reconceptualizing Collective Action in the Contemporary Media Environment,” Communication Theory, 2005.
- David Karpf, “Online Political Mobilization from the Advocacy Group’s Perspective: Looking Beyond Clicktivism,” Policy & Internet, 2010.
Week 9 — Journalism in the Digital Age
- “The State of the News Media 2013,” Pew Research Center, Project for Excellence in Journalism, 2013.
- Jay Rosen, “Why Political Coverage Is Broken,” Jay Rosen’s Press Think, 2011.
- Jodi Enda, “Campaign Coverage in the Time of Twitter,” American Journalism Review, 2011.
Week 10 — Looking Forward
- Levine, Peter. “Strategies: How to Accomplish Civic Renewal.” We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America.
- Sifry, Micah. The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet). “Coda: The Trouble We Face; The Opportunity We Have.”
- Johnson, Steven. Future Perfect: The Case For Progress in a Networked Age.
Week 11 — Election Review
- Review analysis of the fall election
Week 12– Class Presentations
Week 13 — Class Presentations