ENG 226: Popular Culture

 

Circuit of Culture

 

Group 1 -- 11/13

The Music Man by Lynn Hirschberg (pages bottom 5 to 6

"Spotify is the Coolest Music Service You Can't Use" by Neal Pollack

"The Long Tail" by Chris Anderson


 

Group 2 -- 11/18

Recommended (at least skim it): "What was, is, and will be Popular" by Adam Sternbergh (only Sternbergh's section. Stop at Jessica Gross' article unless you want to read on . . .)

****"Defining and Demanding an Artist's Fair Shake in the Internet Age" by Ben Sisario

****"Inconspicuous Consumption" by Jeffrey Rosen

Three new articles from last week's news -- read first two, third is optional:

optional case study -- net neutrality: " Internet Giants on the Sidelines in Net Neutrality Debate" by Farhad Manjoo


 

Group 3 -- 11/20

 "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" by Nicholas Carr

"The Madness of Crowds" by John Tierney

****"Multiscreen Mad Men"


 

Group 4 -- 11/25

****Two Relationships to the Public Domain by Negativland (part 1 -- first nine sections + intro)
pages 239-250

Read at least the first article by Lazar. Consider Itzkoff's article as well if TV remixes are of interest.

Girl Talk

**** "In a Twist on the Remix, Fans Recut Series" by Dave Itzkoff

Optional: "The Death of the Cyberflaneur" by Evgeny Morozov


Mash Ups

Lessig blog post about Kutiman
Kutiman has created a youtube mix of youtube clips: Thru-You
Maybe a better link -- all seven songs by Kutiman
More on the Huffington Post


Video Remixes


 

Group 5 -- 12/2

Required: Lessig handout regarding Harry Potter Wars

All the rest are optional:

New: "Turning Microcelebrity Into a Big Business" by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

"The Woman with a Billion Clicks" by Amy O'Leary

"YouTube Takes on TV" by Mike Hale

"The Data Driven Life" by Gary Wolf

Skim or read if writing about YouTube: "When Funny Goes Viral" by Rob Walker

Read the following e-mail I just received last December Moveon.org. (note this is not a solicitation to sign the petition.) Consider following one or two of the links.

Dear MoveOn member,

As soon as this week, Congress will start debating whether to give the government the power to turn off parts of the Internet. If that sounds like a terrible recipe for abuse of power, that's because it is.

If enacted, a new law would make it so a simple allegation of copyright infringement—with no review process—could lead to the shutdown of sites from YouTube to Wikipedia to MoveOn.org.1 Any website, foreign or U.S.-based, could be wiped out on suspicion and made unavailable to everyone in the world.

For example, if you (or Justin Bieber) wanted to post a video to YouTube of yourself singing a Beatles song, a record company could force the Department of Justice to shut down YouTube. Really.2

But as you may have guessed, Congress didn't come up with this tragically terrible idea on their own. Lobbyists representing Comcast, Pfizer, record and movie companies, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce3 have been pushing Democrats and Republicans to pass bills to allow this new kind of Internet censorship. And they're close to getting their way.

But a small number of Democrats are standing strong and saying "No" to these powerful special interest groups. They need our help.

Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon is one of our champions. He has promised to start a historic filibuster of the Internet Censorship Act where he'll read the names of every person that signs a petition against Internet censorship.4 It's the perfect opportunity for 5 million Internet-connected progressives to visibly add their voice to a Senate debate. The more of us that sign, the stronger this effort to block this terrible law will be.

Click here to add your name and say NO to Internet Censorship.

We know that the Internet's openness, freedom, and lack of censorship are what make it a bastion of infinite possibility, continued innovation, and job creation. Innovative companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla, and Yahoo have spoken out against this law, saying: 

We should not jeopardize a foundational structure that has worked for content owners and Internet companies alike and provides certainty to innovators with new ideas for how people create, find, discuss, and share information lawfully online.5

Internet venture capitalists say that the legislation is "ripe for abuse,"6 and leading law professors reject it because it will "allow the government to block Internet access to websites."7

We condemn censorship overseas when it happens in China or Iran. But today, we need to stand up for freedom of speech on the Internet here at home.

Click here to add your name and say NO to Internet Censorship.

Thanks for all you do.

–Daniel, Garlin, Elena, Stefanie, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "House Version of Rogue Websites Bill Adds DMCA Bypass, Penalties for DNS Workarounds," Public Knowledge, October 26, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268060&id=33343-3873186-J3VwEdx&t=5

2. "Why Is Justin Bieber So Hackin Mad?" SaveTheInternet.com, November 2, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268061&id=33343-3873186-J3VwEdx&t=6

3. "Five things to know about SOPA," The Washington Post, November 16, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268062&id=33343-3873186-J3VwEdx&t=7

4. "Wyden to read petition names during copyright filibuster," The Hill, November 21, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268065&id=33343-3873186-J3VwEdx&t=8

5. "SOPA opposition from tech heavyweights Google, Facebook," CBS News, November 17, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268063&id=33343-3873186-J3VwEdx&t=9

6. "The PROTECT IP Act Will Slow Startup Innovation," Union Square Ventures, June 23, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268064&id=33343-3873186-J3VwEdx&t=10

7. "Law Professors' Letter on SOPA," Electronic Frontier Foundation, November 15, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268067&id=33343-3873186-J3VwEdx&t=11

 


 

Group 6 optional for honors section

"The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism" by Jonathan Lethem

pdf file of "The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism" by Jonathan Letham


New:

"How to Make a TV Drama in Age of Twitter" by Lorne Manly

"Why You Would Ever Give Money Through Kickstarter" by Rob Trump

Cultural Studies; Twitter's Secret Handshake" by Ashley Parker

 Other:

"The Data Driven Life" by Gary Wolf

"Image Rights vs. Free Speech in a Video Game Suit" by Katie Thomas

"You Tube Wants You to Sit and Stay Awhile"by Randall Stross

"Three Men and a Video Camera Out to Reveal Urban Truths" by David Gonzales

"A World of Megabeats and Megabytes" by Jon Pareles

"You at Home, Put a Viral Spin on It" by Julie Bloom

"Antisocial Networking?" by Hilary Stoudt

"When History is Compiled 140 Characters at a Time" by Randall Stross

"If You Liked This, You're Sure to Love That" by Clive Thompson

Adbusters -- ads

"On the Internet, It's All About 'My'" by David Browne

"Tension Over Sports Blogging" by Tim Arango

Internet phenomena

Time's Person of the Year: You

Store Wars

Rappers Delight Club

Links for Copyright Law