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COMM2725
Module Reading List

Digital Cultures, 2021/22, Semester 2
Katharina Schmoll
k.schmoll@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week One: What are Digital Cultures?

Creeber, G., and Martin, R. (2009), ‘Introduction’ in Digital cultures. Open University Press: Maidenhead, pp. 1-10.  

Doueihi, M. (2011) ‘Digital Divides and the Emerging Digital Literacy’, in Digital cultures. Harvard University Press: Cambridge MA, pp. 12-19.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Miller, V. (2011) ‘Introduction’, in Understanding digital culture. SAGE: London, pp. 1-7

Delwich, A. and Henderson, J.J., (2013) ‘What is participatory Culture? In The participatory cultures handbook. Routledge: London, pp. 3-10.

Roger Silverstone. (1999). “What’s New About New Media” Introduction to the first issue of New Media and Society, 1(1). http://nms.sagepub.com/content/1/1/10.full.pdf+html

Week Two: Networks and the Networked Society 

Castells, M. (2012) The Rise of the Network Society, The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture Vol. I, 2nd Edition. Cambridge, MA; Oxford, UK: Blackwell. Chapter 1.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Van Dijk, J. (2006, 2ed.). Network Society: Social Aspects of the New Media. London: Sage. Chapter 1 and 2.

Castells, M (2004) Informationalism, networks and the network society: a theoretical blueprint. In Castells (Ed.) The Network Society: A cross-cultural perspective (pp. 3-45). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Fuchs, C. (2007). Transnational space and the ‘network society’. 21st Century Society, 2(1), 49-78.

Kraidy, M. 2017. “Convergence and Disjuncture in Global Digital Culture: An Introduction.” International Journal of Communication, 11. http://ijoc.org/in-dex.php/ijoc/article/view/6195  

Week Three: Networked Self and Quantified Life 

Turkle, S. (1999). Cyberspace and Identity. Contemporary Sociology, 28(6), p.643-648.  

Lupton, D. (2016). The diverse domains of quantified selves: self-tracking modes and dataveillance. Economy and Society, 45(1), pp.101-122.  

Van Dijk, J. (2006, 2ed.). Network Society: Social Aspects of the New Media. London: Sage. Chapter 7 and 8.    

Catlaw, T. and Sandberg, B. (2018). The Quantified Self and the Evolution of Neoliberal Self-Government: An Exploratory Qualitative Study, Administrative Theory & Praxis, 40:1, 3-22.

Papacharissi, Z. (2011). A networked self: Identity, community and culture on social network sites. New York: Routledge.

Barta, K. and Neff, G. (2016). Technologies for Sharing: lessons from Quantified Self about the political economy of platforms. Information, Communication & Society, 19(4), pp.518-531.

Rettberg, J. W. (2014). Seeing ourselves through technology: How we use selfies, blogs and wearable devices to see and shape ourselves. Palgrave Macmillan. Ch.5 and 6.

Week four: Digital Images, Participatory and Sharing Cultures 

Jenkins, H. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. pp.1-14  

Delwich, A. and Henderson, J.J., (2013) ‘What is participatory Culture? In The Participatory Cultures Handbook. Routledge: London, pp. 3-9.  

Van House, N.A. (2011) ‘Personal photography, digital technologies and the uses of the visual’, Visual studies. 26(2): 125-132 

Serafinelli, E. (2018). Digital Life on Instagram: New Social Communication of Photography. Emerald Publishing: Bingley. Ch. 6.3.

Boyd, D. (2011) ‘Social network sites as networked publics: Affordances, dynamics and implications’, in Papacharissi (ed) A networked self : identity, community and culture on social network sites, pp. 39-59..

Creeber, G. and Martin, R. (2009). Digital Cultures: Understanding New Media. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Chapter 7:  Participatory Culture: Mobility, interactivity and identity, pp.107-121.

Miller, D (2011) Tales from Facebook. London: Polity.

Van Dijck, J. (2013) ‘Facebook and the Imperative of Sharing’, in The culture of connectivity : a critical history of social media. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 45-67.

Week five: Gaming, Reality and Imaginaries 

Juul, J (2011). Half Real. Cambridge Mass. MIT Press. Introduction, pp.1-22. 
  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Taylor, T.L. (2018). Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming. Princeton University Press. Ch.3, pp. 66-95.  

Mukherjee, S. (2018). Playing Subaltern: Video Games and Postcolonialism. Games and Culture, 13(5), 504–520.

Chin, E. and Golding, D. (2016). Cultivating Transcultural Understanding through Migration-related Videogames. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 26(1): 83–98.

Leonard, D. (2006). Not a Hater, Just Keepin’ It Real. The Importance of Race- and Gender-Based Game Studies. Games and Culture, 1(1): 83-88.

Newman, J. (2008). Playing with Videogames. Routledge: London, ch.3, Videogames and/ as Stories. pp.46-68.

Sisler, V. (2018). ‘Virtual Worlds, Digital Dreams: Imaginary Spaces of Middle Eastern Video Games’ in Digital Middle East.

Liboriussen, B., & Martin, P. (2016). Special Issue: Games and Gaming in China. Games and Culture11(3), 227–232.

Frith, J. (2013) ‘Turning life into a game: Foursquare, gamification, and personal mobility’, Mobile Media and Communication 1(1): 248-262.

Week six: Digital Democracy, Propaganda and The Everyday 

Hintz, A. et al. (2017). Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society. Chapter 1. Citizenship in a digital age.  

Creber, G. and Martin, R. (2009). Digital Cultures: Understanding New Media. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Digital Democracy: Enhancing the public sphere, pp. 139-156. 

Vaidhyanathan, S. (2018). Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mascheroni, G. and Murru M. (2017). “I Can Share Politics But I Don’t Discuss It”: Everyday Practices of Political Talk on Facebook. Social Media + Society: 1 –11.

Swart, J. et al. (2017). Repositioning news and public connection in everyday life: a user-oriented perspective on inclusiveness, engagement, relevance, and constructiveness. Media, Culture & Society, 39(6) 902–918.

Coleman, S. and Blumler, J. 2009. The Internet and Democratic Citizenship: Theory, Practice and Policy. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. Especially Chapter 7 ‘Realising the democratic potential of the internet’

Week seven: Digital Media and Activism 

Cammaerts, B. (2015) Social media and activism , in Mansell, R., Hwa, P., The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society. Oxford, UK : Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, pp. 1027-1034.    

Bennett, W. & A. Segerberg (2012). The Logic Of Connective Action. Information, Communication & Society, 15:5, 739-768.  

Gerbaudo, P. (2012) Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism. Pluto Press: London. Chapters 3 & 4.

Diani, M. & McAdam, D. (2003) Social Movements and Networks. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The Three Theories’ in A. Karatzogianni, (2006) The Politics of Cyberconflict, London and New York: Routledge.

Week eight: The Dark Side of Digital Cultures 

Gillespie, T. (2018). Custodians of the internet: platforms, content moderation, and the hidden decisions that shape social media. New Haven: Yale University Press. Ch.1.  

Roberts, S. (2019). Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media. New Haven: Yale University Press. Ch.5.  

Week nine: Digital Research Methods 

Fielding, N. (2017;2016;). The SAGE handbook of online research methods (Second ed.). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.  

Week ten: Smart Cities

McQuire, S. (2016). Geomedia: Networked Cities and the Future of Public Space. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Introduction pp. 1-11 and chapter 4.  

Farman, J. (2012) ‘Embodiment and the Mobile Interface’, in J. Farman (ed) Mobile interface theory : embodied space and locative media. Routledge: London pp. 16-35. 

Bull, M (2005) ‘No Dead Air! The iPod and the culture of mobile listening’, Leisure Studies 24(4):343-5.

Napoli, P. and Obar, J. (2014).” The Emerging Mobile Internet Under-classes: A Critique of Mobile Internet Access.” The Information Society 30(5).

Vella, K., et al. (2019). A Sense of Belonging: Pokémon GO and Social Connectedness. Games and Culture, 14(6), 583–603.

Farman, J. (2012) ‘Locative Interfaces and Social Media’ in J. Farman (ed) Mobile interface theory : embodied space and locative media. Routledge: London pp. 56-76

 

Additional readings

Bolter, J., Grusin, R. (2000, 1999) Remediation : understanding new media. Cambridge. Mass.: MIT Press.

Boyd, D. and Ellison, N. (2007) Social Network Sites: Definition, History and Scholarship. Journal of computer-mediated communication [electronic resource]., 13 (1), article 11. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/boyd.ellison.html

Buckingham, D. (ed) (2008) Youth, identity, and digital media. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Burgess, J. and J. Green (2009) YouTube : online video and participatory culture. Polity Press.

Carpentier, N. (2011)Media and participation : a site of ideological-democratic struggle. Chicago: Intellect.

Castells, M. (2003) The Rise of the Network Society (2nd Edition) Oxford: Blackwell

Delwiche, A. & Jacobs Henderson, J (2013) The participatory cultures handbook. London. Routledge

Dovey, J. and Kennedy, H.W., (2006) Game cultures : computer games as new media. New York: Open University Press.

Flew, T. (2008) New Media: An Introduction, 3rd Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Giddens, S. and Lister, M. (eds) (2011) The new media and technocultures reader. London: Routledge.

Gillespie, T. (2010) ‘The Politics of ‘Platforms’ in New media and society. 12:3 pp347-364

Jenkins, H. Ford, S., and J. Green (2013) Spreadable media : creating value and meaning in a networked culture. New York and London: New York University Press.

Jenkins, H. (2006) Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide New York. New York University Press pp1-25

Kember, S. & Zylinska, J. (2012)’ “What’s New about New Media?’ and a Few Other Old Debates’ in Life after new media : mediation as a vital process. Cambridge Mass. MIT Press p 3-13

Kücklich, J. (2005) ‘Precious Playbour: Modders and the Digital Games Industry’ in Fibreculture 5: http://journal.fibreculture.org/issue5/index.html

Lally, E. (2011) ‘The Domestic Ecology of Objects’ in Giddens, Seth and Lister, Martin (ed) (2011) The new media and technocultures reader London. Routledge pp423-437

Lievrouw, L.A. & Livingstone, S. (2009) New media, Sage Publications

Lister, M., Dovey, J., Giddens, S., Grant, I. & Kelly, K. (2008) New Media: A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition, London: Routledge.

Papacharissi, Z (2010) A private sphere : democracy in a digital age. Cambridge. Polity pp112-131

Silverstone, R. (1999) What’s New about New Media? New media and society. 1(1) pp10-82 also available at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/swiss/archive/Silverstone.pdf  

Terranova, Ti. (2011) ‘Free Labour’ in Giddens, Seth and Lister, Martin (ed) (2011) The new media and technocultures reader London. Routledge pp350-369

Van Djick, J. (2013) The culture of connectivity : a critical history of social media. New York: Oxford University Press.

This list was last updated on 10/06/2020