Frameworks For Studying The Web

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Before we can even begin exploring the who's, what's, and why's -- we need to answer the critical question of how. Indeed, the phrase "studying the web" could embrace a staggering world of possible routes to explore, even before beginning to examine its relationship with society and culture. We need something to guide us through this massive field of (very interesting!) foxholes, and link the ideas we encounter into a consistent piece. We need some kind of structure to allow us to understand what we are looking at, the same way a chemist thinks of things in terms of atoms and molecules, or a philosopher can think about things in terms of schools of thought.

This class will propose and develop one framework for the web, which will structure both the discussion and topic matter covered in the course, as well as the methodology that you should apply to your assignments.

Readings

Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks Read pages 379-396 (the rest of this chapter expands the discussions of each layer in more detail, if you want to read more about them)

John Perry Barlow, A Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace

Chris Locke, Doc Searls & David Weinberger, Cluetrain Manifesto (just the manifesto)

Optional Readings

Jack Goldsmith & Tim Wu, Digital Borders

Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet - Chapters 1 & 2

Videos Watched in Class

Class Discussion

Although Wikipedia offers knowledge on extensive topics, holding the better model, is there not a huge concern that there is no longer postings of validated facts versus mere opinion?

Links

for people interested in a more technical primer on the architecture of the web, how email works, etc. check out ethan zuckerman and andrew mclaughlin's Introduction to Internet Architecture and Institutions

some fred turner resources: video presentation, audio presentation, and homepage

Citizendium

select wikipedia dust-ups: Seigenthaler controversy and Essjay controversy

Jason Scott on The Great Failure of Wikipedia

BBC Virtual Revolution [1] --Rchopra 19:57, 1 March 2010 (UTC)