Hello … Here are a few links to explore …

Your papers are due next week. No reading this week!

Rhizome – art database

Online Fiction in the form of a Missing Persons database

Olia Lialina net artist

Andrea Polli – real time visualization of air quality

Lenka Clayton – State of the Union in alphabetical order


Mark Lombardi

Carnivore Radical Software Group

Astro Noise – Laura Poitras


Hello All …. Here are the details for your midterm, the links to each team’s stories and the readings for next week.

Midterm: Comparative Essay
Due: April 4th
Length: 4-5 pages/double-spaced/font size 11

Please respond to one of themes below. (If you wish to write about something else please have me OK it first)

  • Humans versus Machines
  • Art (cultural production) in the time of Digital reproductions
  • Predicting the Future – Dystopias and Utopias
  • What does it mean to be alive in the Information Age?
  • Big Data, Surveillance and Transparency

You must reference at least two of the articles we have read this semester. Please discuss how each article relates to the theme and specify how they compare to one another. Your own perspective is also welcome but should be firmly  based in the readings.

Here are the links to each teams science fiction story: Please look at the other teams’ stories and make comments. Concentrate on bringing unity to the story and making sure the themes are clear. I’d also like to see some character development.



Very excited to see how these turn out! Here is the site I thought we could send them to: https://medium.com/wire-head  – thoughts?

Last but not least here are the readings for this week.

“The Database as System and Cultural form” Paul, Christine

The Language of New Media – Lev Manovich 218 -228






Hello All,

Looking forward to hearing both team’s stories.

Ironically, given Aaron Swartz’s legacy, it was very hard to find a pdf. I did find an epub. Email be if there are any issues and I’ll see you on Monday.


The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz

Please read these blogposts: Both introductions, Counter Point: Downloading isn’t Stealing, UTI Interview, Jefferson: Nature Wants to be Free, Guirella Open Access Manifesto, The Fruits of MAss Collaboration, The Techniques of Mass Collaboration, Wikimedia at a Crossroads.

REMIX: How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law by Lawrence Lessig

Between Democracy and Spectacle. The front and Back of the Social Web by Felix Stalder

You can also find the text in The Social Media Reader

Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past

Roy Rosenzweig  (optional reading)


Here are Today’s readings. I am also posting Cory Doctrow’s book Maker.

Nick Bostromhttp://www.nickbostrom.com/

“The Doomsday Invention: Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction?”

Raffi Khatchadourian

“The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World” by Kevin Kelly (Wired)

The Physics of The Impossible – Preface

Michio Kaku

Butler, Octavia ” A Few Rules for Predicting the Future”


This is an audio file of Octavia Butler’s Blood Child.

The Evening Morning and the Night 

Makers by Cory Doctorow   (required)

And Lastly The Hacker’s Manifesto (required)