Media, Politics & Power in the Digital Age

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Politics: Fundraising

  • The Email Gauntlet: How Democratic Online Fundraisers are Tempting Fate http://a.nicco.org/1t5lLiB
  • A Tale of Two Analytics Programs: It Really Matters What You Optimize For http://a.nicco.org/1wjROsU
  • ARTICLE: “The Triangle: Limits of Blog Power” by Daou in TechPresident. http://bit.ly/Q1bHlM
  • BOOK: The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy, by Karpf (Chapter 2, “The MoveOn Effect”, pages 29-51 only) 
  • BOOK: Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope: Lessons from the Howard Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics, by Teachout. (Chapter 14, “E-Mail: Sign Your Own Name” by Nuxoll and Chapter 17, “After New Hampshire” by Nuxoll) 
  • BOOK: Margin of Victory: How Technologists Help Politicians Win Elections, by Pearlman (Ed.). (Chapter 3, “Skyrocketing Numbers: Online Fundraising for Political Campaigns,” by Mele) 
  • REPORT: “Online Tactics & Success: An Examination of the Obama for America New Media Campaign” by Online Tactics and Success http://bit.ly/1x15b1o
  • ARTICLE: “Message Machine - Reverse Engineering the 2012 Campaign” by Larson and Shaw in ProPublica. http://bit.ly/Oz9r40

• OPTIONAL: REPORT: “The Internet and American Political Campaigns,” by Karpf.
• OPTIONAL: ARTICLE: “Top ten tips in email writing from organizations
changing the world” by Frauzel in Mobilization Lab. http://bit.ly/PdovAI
• OPTIONAL: REPORT: “2013 E-Non Profit Benchmark Study”, by Non-Profit Technology Network. http://www.e-benchmarksstudy.com/index.html
• OPTIONAL: REPORT: “Experiments in Online Advocacy”, New Organizing Institute. http://nicco.org/readings/NOI-email-experiments.pdf

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Monday 20 October 2014

Readings (Please read in this order)
• ARTICLE: “Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism”, by Lanier in Edge.org http://bit.ly/OcpWAM
• ARTICLE: “Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted”, by Gladwell in The New Yorker. http://nyr.kr/OvOGUW
• ARTICLE: “The Political Power of Social Media” by Clay Shirky in Foreign Affairs. Pdf on the course page: http://bit.ly/1yRE9xO
• ARTICLE: “From Innovation to Revolution” by Clay Shirky and Malcolm Gladwell in Foreign Affairs. http://a.nicco.org/18lLmb8
• ARTICLE: “350 Global Day of Action: A New Bright Line for Digital Organizing”, by Silberman in The Huffington Post. http://huff.to/MUSIbu

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Wednesday 15 October 2014

• BLOG: “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable,” by Shirky on his Blog http://bit.ly/MemDgH.
• BLOG: “Readings from news execs,” by Winer on his Blog. http://bit.ly/M2G1as
• ARTICLE: “Confidence Game - The limited vision of the news gurus” by
• Starkman in Colombia Journalism Review. http://bit.ly/NPfBw0
• ARTICLE: “The Newsonomics of Quartz, 19 months in,” by Ken Doctor. Neiman Journalism Lab. bit.ly/1i1z5cC
• ARTICLE: “Vox Takes Melding of Journalism and Technology to New Level,” by Lisa Kaufman. New York Times. http://nyti.ms/OoJ3gw

• Blog Post 4: Press (Business Models / Production and Consumption of News)

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Wednesday 8 October 2014

• ARTICLE: “Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present,” by Anderson, Bell, and Shirky. http://bit.ly/LrSNFh
• ARTICLE: “Exclusive: New York Times Internal Report Painted Dire Digital Picture,” by Tanzer.BuzzFeed. http://bzfd.it/1lu5UAW
• REPORT: “The New York Times Innovation Report 2014,” published by Mashable. http://on.mash.to/1oZkvbn
• Digital Tool Kit 10: Create a Storify account and a social media story

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Wednesday 1 October 2014


• 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.

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Monday 29 September 2014 


• 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

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Wednesday 24 September 2014

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.

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Monday 22 September 2014

Due Today:

• 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.

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Wednesday 17 September 2014


  • VIDEO: “Introduction to the Google AdWord Auction” by Google and Varian. http://bit.ly/1AraSX3
  • VIDEO: “Getting Started with Google AdWords” by Google.http://bit.ly/M2D2yP
  • WEB ARTICLE: “”ObamaCare”: Google Ads on the World As It Is” by Scola in TechPresident. http://bit.ly/NC4TeW
  • WEB ARTICLE: “The SEO White House” by Scola in TechPresident. http://bit.ly/MsOlBL
  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, by Shirky (Chapters 9, 10, 11)


  • Digital Tool Kit 8: Roll out your Google AdWord campaign