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

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

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

  1. 1. Data Driven Societies: Convincing the Public / Publics Convincing Themselves Professors Gaze & Gieseking
  2. 2. Announcements! Again! ✦ Field trip 2/28 at 11.30am-2pm ✦ We need:: ✦ IDs ✦ Sign up in advance ✦ And van drivers! ! http://bit.ly/dds-fieldtrip senaiben.org
  3. 3. Social Scientific Approach 0. Identify an issue 1. Research question 2. Theoretical approach 3. Literature review 4. Methods 5. Analysis 6. Discussion 7. Conclusion dasburst.com
  4. 4. 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 dasburst.com
  5. 5. Let’s begin again: “Free Labor”?? ✦ Crowdsourcing ✦ Data mining ✦ Expanded prison labor programs ✦ Unpaid internships ✦ Volunteerism (Ross 2013) Facebook
  6. 6. 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 secretsofthefed.com
  7. 7. Determining our publicness lifeinlofi.com businessinsider.com
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. How can you shape your labor? Your agency? Your life as a consumer and producer?
  10. 10. 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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