III. Contexts of CMC

CMC in organizations

Class session 7 (7 Mar)--Homework 5 due: Turn in a brief (1-3 pages) description of your final project.
Visit by Davis Foulger

Group interaction and decision support systems

Class session 8 (21 Mar)-- Field trip to IBM
Class session 9 (28 Mar)-- PAPER ASSIGNMENT DUE: CMC in organizations: What do we have to gain; what might we lose?

CMC and the academy

Class session 10 (4 Apr) -- HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT DUE: Find and critque one electronic journal, eavesdrop for a week on one academic list, or interview an instructor or 3 students who have participated in a course taught partially online.

CMC in society and culture

Building communities in cyberspace

Class session 11 (11 Apr)
  • Rheingold, H. (1993). A slice of life in my virtual community. In L. Harasim (Ed.) Global networks (pp. 57-80). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Schuler, D. (1994). Community networks: Building a new participatory medium. Communications of the ACM, 37(1), 39-51.
  • Rheingold, H. (1993). The virtual community: Homesteading on the electronic frontier. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. Chapter 5 (Multiple User Dungeons and Alternate Identities, pp. 145 - 175.
  • Gurak, Laura J. "A Community Protest in Cyberspace: What Happened With Lotus MarketPlace." in Computer-Mediated Communication ed. Susan Herring. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, forthcoming 1994.
  • Kramarae, Cheris, & Taylor, H. Jeanie. (1993). Women and men on electronic networks: A conversation or a monologue? In H. J. Taylor, C. Kramarae, & M. Ebben (Eds.) Women, information technology and scholarship. Urbana: Center for Advanced Study.
  • Recommended: Marsden, W., McIntosh, A., Adoph, C. (1993, August 14). The Fabrikant file. The Gazette, 11-20(?).

Re-visioning democracy in cyberspace

Class session 12 (18 Apr)
Class session 13 (25 Apr)-- PAPER ASSIGNMENT DUE class: Television failed to realize its potential as a democratic medium. What can or will make the prospects better for CMC?
  • Herring, S. (1993). Gender and democracy in computer mediated communication. Electronic Journal of Communication, 3(2). (Or send an e-mail message to Comserve@Vm.Its.Rpi.Edu with the command: Get Herring V3N293).
  • Winner, L. (1986). The whale and the reactor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Chapter 6 pp. 98-117.
  • Rheingold, H. (1993). The virtual community: Homesteading on the electronic frontier. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. Chapters 9 (Electronic Frontiers and Online Activists) and 10 (Disinformocracy), pp. 241-300.
  • Hess, Charles (forthcoming). Hypertext and democracy paper.

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