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How To Read This Schedule: All readings will be completed before class on the date on which they are assigned. Anything in bold is work to be completed before class and brought with you on the day listed. Paper due dates, also in bold, indicate that the completed manuscript of your paper must be in the correct dropbox on eCampus before class starts on the day indicated.
Week 1 What Is Infrastructure?
- Infrastructure Examples:
- Susan Leigh Star, “Power, Technology, and the Phenomenology of Conventions: On Being Allergic to Onions”
- Susan Leigh Star, “The Ethnography of Infrastructure”
- Paul N. Edwards, “Infrastructure and Modernity”
- Benjamin Bratton, “Introduction” in The Stack alt
Week 2 Why Storytelling?
- Donna Haraway, “Situated Knowledges”
- Joanna Zylinska, “Poetics” from Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene
- Alexis Shotwell, selections from Against Purity
- Anna Tsing, “Arts of Noticing” and “Interlude: Smelling” from The Mushroom at the End of the World (also PDF on eCampus)
- Ingrid Burrington, “A Network of Fragments”
- Benjamin Bratton, “Platform and Stack, Model and Machine” in The Stack alt
Week 3 What Does this Have to do with Rhetoric?
- Julian Dibbell, “Info Tech of Ancient Democracy”
- Roxanne Mountford, “On Gender and Rhetorical Space”
- Marilyn M Cooper, “The Ecology of Composition”
- Jenny Edbauer, “Unframing Models of Public Distribution: From Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies.”
- Mary E. Stuckey, “On Rhetorical Circulation”
Week 4 How Does Rhetoric Circulate?
Week 5 Where is Rhetoric Stored?
- Microsoft, “What is Cloud Computing?”
- Shannon Mattern, “Cloud and Field”
- Plantin et al., “Infrastructure studies meet platform studies in the age of Google and Facebook”
- Niels van Doorn, “Platform labor”
- Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, “Platformed racism: the mediation and circulation of an Australian race-based controversy on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube”
- Benjamin Bratton, “Cloud Layer” in The Stack alt
Week 6 What Becomes of the Polis?
- Ingrid Burrington, “Why Amazon’s Data Centers Are Hidden in Spy Country”
- Ingrid Burrington, “Why Are There So Many Data Centers in Iowa?”
- Ingrid Burrington, “How to See Invisible Infrastructure”
- Casey Boyle, “Pervasive Citizenship through #SenseCommons”
- Benjamin Bratton, “Nomos of the Cloud” in The Stack alt
- Benjamin Bratton, “City Layer” in The Stack alt
Week 7 What Else Could Have Been?
- Jussi Parrika, selections from What is Media Archaeology?
- Slava Gerovitch, “InterNyet: Why the Soviet Union Did Not Build a Nationwide Computer Network”
- Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll, selections from Minitel: Welcome to the Internet
- Amy Slaton and Janet Abbate, “The Hidden Lives of Standards: Technical Prescriptions and the Transformation of Work in America”
- Benjamin Bratton, “Address Layer” in The Stack alt
Week 8 Why Do Technologies Fail?
Week 10 How Does Infrastructure Shape Writing?
Week 11 What is a Book Review?
- Book Review Day!
- Rough Book Report Due
- Bring Four Print Copies To Class
Week 12 Is Infrastructure Exciting?
- Ridley Scott, The Martian
- Final Book Report Due
Week 13 Who Builds the Future?
Week 14 Where is the New Politics?
Week 15 What do you think?
- Conference Presentations