Tuesday, April 11, 2006

fall 2006 course: digital democracy

this fall, my first class at USF will be media studies 390 - special topics: digital democracy. here's the course description:
Course title: Digital Democracy
Course professor: David Silver

Digital Democracy explores the interactions between democratic movements and digital media. We begin by examining a few pre-Web chapters of digital democracy, where digital includes film, poetry, posters, music, murals, and happenings. Next, we will analyze a number of contemporary case studies (local, national, and global) of digital media used to increase human rights and decrease human suffering. Finally, considering that fall 2006 is an election year, we will observe and explore various emerging forms of digital democracy, especially those related to local, state, and national elections.

In addition to a course reader, we will read:
  • T.V. Reed, The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle (University of Minnesota Press, 2005)
  • Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga, Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006)


At 4/12/2006 1:39 AM, Blogger Tama said...


Sounds like an interesting course. Last year as part of my iGeneration course I used a series of my blog posts to collate a lot of the citizen media reponses to the Hurricane Katrina Aftermath. If you're using a similar case study, you might find the already collated links useful ...

Katrina: The Aftermath, The Politics & Citizen Media [Part I] [Part II] [Part III] [Part IV] [Part V] plus Kayne West Political Mashup: "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" by The Legendary K.O. and George Bush Don't Like Black People: The Music Video.

At 4/13/2006 3:49 PM, Blogger Derek Baird said...

BBC News has put together a 22-minute video looking at how citizen journalism, user-generated content, & mobile phones(enabled with video and/or camera) have changed the way the news is reported.

RealPlayer Version

Windows Media Version

This excellent report highlights the shift from "mass media" to "my media"...the power is slowly going back into the hands of the people via blogs, podcasts, and moblogging!


At 4/16/2006 2:40 PM, Anonymous david silver said...

tama, thanks for the excellent resources! i'm really impressed with the way that you designed the course to allow students the ability to significantly shape the directions it takes. great.

db: thanks! another excellent resource. i also really enjoyed bleded edu and look forward to future visits.

At 4/16/2006 2:42 PM, Anonymous david silver said...

eeks, i meant blended edu!


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