• BOOK: The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, by Battelle (Chapter 2, “Who, What, Where, Why, When, and How (Much)” and Chapter 4, “Google is Born”)
• BOOK: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, by Shirky (Chapters 7, 8)
Optional: If you are new to how Google works, here are two fun resources:
• Digital Tool Kit 7: Set up your own Google Group
Due in class on Monday, Sept. 8:
- Use InstantDomainSearch.com to find an available domain; I recommend using Wordpress to purchase the domain, but you can also use another registrar like GoDaddy or Namecheap to purchase it. You will need a credit card. It should cost approximately $18. Remember to say “No” to all of the additional offers they will try to sell you.
- Setup your Wordpress.com blog. If you need a video Wordpress tutorial, this one by my friend Chris is excellent. You might want to skip the first 5 minutes.
- If you do not use Wordpress to purchase your domain, but instead use another registrar, then you need to “point” your domain to your wordpress blog. Instructions are here but if you need assistance contact the course assistants.
- You must post at least 1 article to Twitter using your URL shortener with the hashtag #mppdigital — we will review these articles in the first 15 minutes of class.
I mentioned blog platforms in class. Here are some of the more popular ones, other than Wordpress:
We’re off to the races! Please do the following readings and prepare the following deliverables before coming to class on Friday, Sept. 5:
- Take a moment to carefully review the syllabus, especially the section on assignments and grading. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
- Apply for membership to the class Google Group. This is crucial; it is the primary email list I use to communicate with the class.
- Set up a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is the social networking service for professionals. After you’ve got your profile setup, invite me to be your friend. You should use my Harvard email address, Nicco_Mele [at] hks.harvard.edu. After you’ve invited me, then invite your friends.
- Setup a Twitter account. Once your Twitter account is setup, fill out this form so that we know where to find you. IF YOU DO NOT FILL OUT THIS FORM, I WILL NOT KNOW WHERE TO FIND YOU ON TWITTER and this will impact your grade.
- Setup a Bit.ly account and connect it to your Twitter account. The easiest way to do this is to log-in to Bit.ly using your new Twitter account from the Bit.ly homepage. If you already have a Bit.ly account, here are instructions on how to connect your Bit.ly account to a Twitter account.
- You should start brainstorming possible domain names for your blog. Use http://instantdomainsearch.com to start looking for available options.
- Don’t forget to buy the books.
Email info [at] mediapoliticspower.com with questions.
Looking forward to seeing you in class!
The class has six books, digital readings that are copyright protected, and range of online posts that are required reading. You should buy these six books (available online or at the Harvard Book Store); logon to the HKS intranet for the copyright protected readings; and check this blog for each class’ assigned readings.
The books you must purchase are:
‘Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations’ by Clay Shirky
‘The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia’ by Andrew Lih
'Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom' by Rebecca Mackinnon
'Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir' by Wael Ghonim
'No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State Hardcover' by Glenn Greenwald
'Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground Hardcover' by Emily Parker
Feel free to send me any questions.
Welcome to the website for DPI-659 at HKS, “Media, Politics and Power in the Digital Age”. Our first class was today, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 as part of the shopping day. A few notes:
- Be sure to download and review the syllabus here. It is substantially changed and updated.
- You can book office hours to see me using this tool: http://nicco.org/hours/ My office hours are generally Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Check the time zone on your Google calendar.
- Due to space constraints I can only accept a handful of auditors. If you’d like to audit, please fill out this application:
In anticipation of the Fall 2014 semester at the Harvard Kennedy School, I have substantially updated my syllabus for DPI-659. It is available for download as a PDF - Syllabus for DPI-659: Media, Politics and Power in the Digital Age. It is subject to change.
Please note that the Shorenstein Center Open House for students is on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 12:30 until 1:30pm. Free pizza! Allison Dining Room at the top of Taubman.