Lectures every Wednesday from 13.00 to 16.00 in Room 1.2 Engineering Tower
No lecture on 19th August as announced as I will be in a workshop.
No lecture as UOM is closed as per ministry guidelines. However, students should download the following lecture notes and read this week. Questions and comments may be sent on the blog or discussed in class next week.
Overview of the History of New Media
Please bring the above lecture notes for discussion.
Reading material: New Media History by Patrice Flichy
The Coming of Age of IT & the New Economy
Reading material: Technological revolutions and techno-economic paradigms by Carlota Perez
Please note that my colleagues have agreed to come and address you at 1.30 p.m. regarding dissertations. Please bring your draft proposals or ideas so we may have an overview and jot down any queries or comments you my wish to formulate.
New Media = New Theory?
Please don’t forget to bring your dissertation proposal forms.
Class in the Mediacom Studio
The technophilia vs Technophobia debate
We will read the introduction of the book ‘La Révolte du Pronetariat’ by Joël de Rosnay which may be freely downloaded at the following addresses:
http://www.pronetariat.com/livre/ (HTML version chapter by chapter)
http://www.agoravox.fr/pronetariat/Pronetariat.pdf (whole book in PDF version)
Class in the Mediacom Studio
We will have a practical session on the Internet with a series of activities .
After having completed these activities, students are expected to choose a particular platform for their audio assignment. For information, you will have to look for an individual or a groups of individuals who make intensive use of that chosen platform and interview them about their uses.
Students (teams of 2) are expected to finalise their choice of the platform they will investigate for their audio assignment.
Reading material about the digital divide:
– From Wikipedia
– The Digital Divide at a glance on ITU’s website
– Report on the World Summit on the Information Society Stocktaking 2008
– Digital Divide: The Three Stages
Students are expected to use this slot to conduct their interviews for the assignment. They are also expected to prepare a brief presentation on the chosen platform. You may use the recorders from the studio and do your editing during the week. Please contact the technician to loan out the recorders and to get access to the computers. He can also help you with your editing.
Students are expected to use this slot to finalise their audio editing in the Mediacom Studio. I will come to have a look at your work. You should be able to do your presentation next week, i.e. on 28th October. Please try to keep each presentation within the 10-minutes duration (including the audio interview).
We carry on with the students’ presentations from the two remaining teams. We will also discuss the next assignment.
Mrs Loga Virahsawmy of Gender Links will come at around 2.45 p.m. to address you and she will require 8-10 students to participate in a focus group about the content of our degree course with respect to gender aspects. Please let me know who is interested in participating. There should ideally be 4-5 boys and 4-5 girls.
Students are expected to monitor technology news and to share the articles on this blog. These will be used for in class discussions.
Reminder about second assignment (to be completed by the end of the semester): All students are expected to register on the wiki at:
and to contribute to expand the resource by:
– writing a new page (please put the theme you wish to work on in the comment section of this blog page); this is the minimum you need to do
– contributing to existing pages or your classmates’ pages (by modifying, adding, shortening, etc.); students who contribute more will earn more bonus marks
Also, students who contribute valuably to this comment section or to the blog (by writing new entries on technology) will earn bonus marks.
This week’s review (watch this regularly until Wednesday):
– Does Technology Reduce Social Isolation?
– La culture Facebook contamine les adultes
– Youth flock to Twitter as Facebook users start to show their age
– Les effets inattendus du blocage de Pirate Bay
– Murdoch attacks newspaper doomsayers
– Virtual Goods Start Bringing Real Paydays
Last session. We have a guest speaker, Avinash Meetoo
This week’s review:
– O’Reilly: The Web is at war, and it’s making me sad
– The War For the Web
– YouTube Gives More News Reporting Power to the People
– Can the law keep up with technology?
– India to have ‘billion’ mobile users soon: exec
– Don’t blame me for creating stories on Twitter, says Stephen Fry
Update (7th Dec): Here are the marks for your contributions to the wiki and the blog.