• BOOK: The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia, by Lih. (Chapters 5, 7 and 8)
• OPTIONAL: BOOK: The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia, by Lih. (Remainder of book)
•Nothing is due today. However:
•Blog Post 3: Evaluation of a Wikipedia entry of your choice (include your Wikipedia account name in the post). This is now due FRIDAY, October 3. We will accept them through Monday, October 6th. However, be aware that Monday is the same day as your midterm. For additional information about this blog post, please visit the class Google Group.
• VIDEO: “How the Internet will (one day) transform government,” by Shirky. Ted Talk. http://bit.ly/1qBqRiG
• BOOK: The Cathedral and the Bazaar, by Raymond. The reading can be found on the course page.
• BLOG: “The Architecture of Participation” by O’Reilly on his Blog. http://bit.ly/M2E7GL
- Digital Tool Kit 9: Create your own Wikipedia account
- Blog Post 2: Social Networking, Net Neutrality and The Filter Bubble
ARTICLE: “Are we stuck in filter bubbles? Here are five potential paths out” by Stray in Neiman Journalism Lab. http://bit.ly/Qq6gza
• VIDEO: “Filter Bubble, or How Personalization is Changing the Web” by Pariser and TED. http://bit.ly/NC5Xzj
• ARTICLE: Everything You Need to Know about Net Neutrality. Timothy Lee, Vox. May 2014.
• ARTICLE: The Delete Squad. Jeffrey Rosen, The New Republic, April 29, 2013.
• ARTICLE: Cut that Link: The European Court of Justice forces Google to Remove Links to Some Personal Information by The Economist. May 2014.
• Your Blog Post 2: Social Networking, Net Neutrality and The Filter Bubble is due NEXT CLASS, not today. As a reminder, in each blog post you must:
- Summarize (highlight the main arguments of) the readings.
- Analyze/evaluate (tear apart, react to, find problems or contradictions with, give strengths of, explain why you agree or disagree with) the readings.
- Synthesize (place in relation to, bring together themes with, say what one author would say to another) that week’s readings with the previous week’s.
• BOOK: Net Smart: How to Thrive Online, by Rheingold (Chapter 5, “Social Has a Shape: Why Networks Matter”). Available on Knet.
• BOOK: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, by Christakis and Fowler. (Chapter 8, “Hyperconnected”) Available on Knet.
• No deliverables
• 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.