DMA 161: Network Media - Winter 2020

Tuesday & Thursday 9-11:50AM
UCLA Broad Art Center 4240


WEEKLIES

Weeklies are due before the start of class on Thursday. Your index page should have a section with a link to each weekly. Weekly P/F grades will be posted online, if you want to dispute a P/F you are responsible for notifying the TA within two weeks.

WEEKLY 1 (DUE 1/9)

  • Read Frank Chimero, What Screens Want.
  • Create an index page to hold links to all your work this semester, and post online via surge.sh or to your DMA webspace using Cyberduck or another SFTP client of your choice. (See How to SFTP for instructions)
  • Write and reflect on an online example of where software has or has not 'eaten' the world, where the 'map has become the territory', or where a screen representation has come to replace the IRL (in-real-life) version of the thing completely.
  • Create an additional HTML page to hold your first response, and link to it from your index page.
  • Link to your website response in the Slack #weeklies channel.

WEEKLY 3 (DUE 1/23)

  • Read Adam Lefton, As a Designer, I Refuse to Call People ‘Users’.
  • Can you imagine alternatives for the U-words in design ('User', 'User Experience')? What are some other terms you might use to design for the complexity of different people?
  • Create an HTML page to hold your response, and link to it from your index page.

WEEKLY 4 (DUE 1/30)

  • Read O.K., Google: How Much Money Have I Made for You Today?.
  • What are our personal experiences with data sharing and surveillance capitalism? Can you imagine alternative ways to the data collection practices described in the article? Is surveillance worth the convenience that online platforms can provide?
  • Create an HTML page to hold your response, and link to it from your index page.

WEEKLY 5 (DUE 2/6)

  • Pick one article from the Digital Tracks and Traces Are.na channel, or any item from your own research and write a response based on how this information might be useful or relevant to your upcoming project about the traces we leave online.
  • Create an HTML page to hold your response, and link to it from your index page.

WEEKLY 6 (DUE 2/13)

  • Read The Fyre Festival and the Trumpet of Amplification. You can also optionally watch either Fyre Fraud on Hulu or Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened on Netflix.
  • Write a response and share any personal experiences of fraud you might have experienced online, whether it was a case of false identity or something like "fake news." Reflect on how networked visual media can impact the way we share information and how they can shape our collective reality.
  • Create an HTML page to hold your response, and link to it from your index page.

WEEKLY 7 (DUE 2/20)

  • Read this article on affective neuroscientist Jaak Panskepp's concept of 7 Primal Emotion neural circuits. You can also optionally watch this TED Talk.
  • Pick an existing online community or social media platform (or work with your concept for Project 3 if you already have one) & describe which of the 7 emotional circuits might be stimulated when people engage with this networked community / platform.
  • Create an HTML page to hold your response, and link to it from your index page.

WEEKLY 8 (DUE 2/27)

  • Read this article about The Memetic Tribes Of Culture War 2.0.
  • Reflect on how the final project you're building may be weaponized by either the community you're designing for or by other communities you are not designing for. Could there be unintended consequences behind the technology you're building? What kind of relationships are you designing for? What kind of relationships are you designing for?
  • Create an HTML page to hold your response, and link to it from your index page.
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