Bowdoin: Data Driven Socities 2014 - Convincing the Public / Publics Convincing Themselves 2/26/14

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Published on March 3, 2014

Author: jgieseking



Data Driven Societies
Digital & Computational Studies
Bowdoin College
February 26, 2014
Professors Gieseking & Gaze

Lecture Slides "Convincing the Public / Publics Convincing Themselves"

Data Driven Societies: Convincing the Public / Publics Convincing Themselves Professors Gaze & Gieseking

Announcements! Again! ✦ Field trip 2/28 at 11.30am-2pm ✦ We need:: ✦ IDs ✦ Sign up in advance ✦ And van drivers! !

Social Scientific Approach 0. Identify an issue 1. Research question 2. Theoretical approach 3. Literature review 4. Methods 5. Analysis 6. Discussion 7. Conclusion

Why learn theory? ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ Proprietary ecologies ✦ Representation ✦ Remote sensing ✦ GPS ✦ “The View from Nowhere” ✦ Data visualization Crowdsourcing ✦ WWW Accumulation by dispossession ✦ HTTP Social reproduction ✦ DARPAnet Data scraping ✦ Chartjunk The deep web Information-as-control Information-as-freedom Data v.s information vs. knowledge

Let’s begin again: “Free Labor”?? ✦ Crowdsourcing ✦ Data mining ✦ Expanded prison labor programs ✦ Unpaid internships ✦ Volunteerism (Ross 2013) Facebook

Publics & Counterpublics ✦ Publics - real and imagined communities in which ideas and media are exchanged, and which dictate political, cultural, and economic norms ✦ Counterpublics - alternate publics that allow for resistance to dominant cultural, political, or economic norms

Determining our publicness

How social media changed publicness ✦ Scalability ✦ Shifted what is public and private ✦ Redefined the audience ✦ Context collapse ✦ Access to being heard and seen ✦ Persistence ✦ Replicability ✦ Searchability (Baum & boyd 2012) wikipedia

How can you shape your labor? Your agency? Your life as a consumer and producer?

Next Class: Mar. 3 Today: the publics & digital labor ✦ ! ✦ Blog post: due Monday on your graphs with email forthcoming during lab ! ✦ Readings: Lessig & Yau ! ✦ Next class: ✦ The Life of Code begins! ✦ public & private debate forthcoming

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