[Air-L] Teaching an undergraduate course on social media and power dynamics

Samantha Close but.no.cigar at gmail.com
Thu Feb 8 09:49:54 PST 2018

I'd recommend a pair of essays in Paul Booth and Amber Davisson's recent
collection *Controversies in Digital Ethics*:
Davisson "Passing Around Women's Bodies Online: Identity, Privacy, and Free
Speech on Reddit"
Stroud "'Be a Bully to Beat a Bully': Twitter Ethics, Online Identity, and
the Culture of Quick Revenge"

I'm teaching digital media ethics right now, and that pair generated some
more nuanced discussion amongst the students than I think either one would
have on its own.

As far as videos go, the recently ended PBS Idea Channel
<https://www.youtube.com/pbsideachannel> YouTube series is a great
reference for examples and light academic/popular intellectual-style
discussion. You can also use takethislollipop.com as an evocative project
to get people started talking about online privacy and how much they share
and/or moral panics about stalkers. Finally, students have had great
reactions and insight to the short film "Noah," <https://vimeo.com/65935223>
set entirely on a teen's computer screen as he "navigates" his
relationships (the second half has some explicit content, but you can
easily cut it off before then if that's an issue).

Good luck!

On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 3:19 AM, Shira Rivnai <shira.rivnai at mail.huji.ac.il>

> Hi everyone,
> I'd be pleased to receive some of your good advice.
> Next semester, I am teaching an undergraduate course on social media and
> power dynamics. I would be grateful if you could share some 'must read'
> articles that were published in the field last year.
> In addition, I would be also happy for suggestions of film segments or
> animated videos illustrating aspects related to the field, e.g. journalism,
> algorithms, social action etc.
> Thank you,
> --
> *Shira Rivnai-Bahir*
> Ph.D. Candidate
> Department of Sociology and Anthropology
> Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
> Israel
> shira.rivnai at mail.huji.ac.il
> +972-549980612
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