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Current Issues in Digital Media Studies - JKM025
Title: Current Issues in Digital Media Studies
Czech title: Současná témata digitálních médií
Guaranteed by: Department of Media Studies (23-KMS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 7
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 30 / unknown (35)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Jaroslav Švelch, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Jaroslav Švelch, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Incompatibility : JJM235
Annotation
*Upozornění pro studenty NMgr. oboru mediální studia: Tento předmět má stejný obsah jako povinný předmět Současné koncepty zkoumání médií (JKM109) a je jeho variantou pro zahraniční studenty.*
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This course discusses research into digital media within the domains of social sciences and humanities. Through lectures, discussions and topical readings, the students will be introduced to the current issues in the field and in the world of digital media itself. The course covers a range of topics, starting with visions and histories of digital media, and including social media, artificial intelligence, labor in digital media, platformization of cultural production and other topics. It engages with theoretical questions such as the relationship between determinism and social construction of technology, but also focuses on particular social phenomena.
Last update: Švelch Jaroslav, doc. Mgr. et Mgr., Ph.D. (06.02.2024)
Aim of the course

By engaging with scholarly sources and discussing current events, the students will gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between media technologies, media companies, individual users, and societies. The aim of the class is to provide an interdisciplinary toolkit for analyzing current social phenomena in digital media, and to provide advanced media literacy on the level expected of Master's degree in media.

Last update: Švelch Jaroslav, doc. Mgr. et Mgr., Ph.D. (16.02.2024)
Course completion requirements

1. A short news summary from the field of digital media (4-15 sentences).

2. A summary of existing research on digital media aimed at peers and non-academics (750-1,500 words). In addition, write 3 or more comments about posts by other students.

3. Online test from assigned readings (not from information presented by me, nor from the slides). It will consist of 8 open-ended questions.

Last update: Švelch Jaroslav, doc. Mgr. et Mgr., Ph.D. (16.02.2024)
Literature

The current syllabus is linked HERE. Please always refer to it throughout the semester.

Assignments are posted to the course's Moodle site, which also contains all literature.

 

Basic literature:

Bucher, T. (2017). The algorithmic imaginary: Exploring the ordinary affects of Facebook algorithms. Information, Communication & Society20(1), 30–44. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1154086

Evans, C. L. (2018). Broad band: The untold story of the women who made the Internet. Portfolio/ Penguin.

Gillespie, T. (2018). Custodians of the internet: Platforms, content moderation, and the hidden decisions that shape social media. Yale University Press.

Nieborg, D. B., & Poell, T. (2018). The platformization of cultural production: Theorizing the contingent cultural commodity. New Media & Society20(11), 4275–4292. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444818769694

Williams, R. (2003). Television: Technology and cultural form. Routledge.

Sterne, J. (2007). Out With the Trash: On the Future of New Media. In C. R. Acland (Ed.), Residual media (pp. 16–31). University of Minnesota Press.

 

Optional readings:

Bay, M. (2017). What is “internet”? The case for the proper noun and why it is important. Internet Histories1(3), 203–218. https://doi.org/10.1080/24701475.2017.1339860

Bucher, T. (2018). If...then: Algorithmic power and politics. Oxford University Press.

Dijck, J. van. (2013). The culture of connectivity: A critical history of social media. Oxford University Press.

Grimme, C., Preuss, M., Adam, L., & Trautmann, H. (2017). Social Bots: Human-Like by Means of Human Control? Big Data5(4), 279–293. https://doi.org/10.1089/big.2017.0044

Hadlaw, J. (2021). Business as Usual: Telephone Repair and Maintenance at the Bell Telephone Company of Canada. In S. Krebs & H. Weber (Eds.), Science Studies (1st ed., pp. 87–108). transcript Verlag. https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839447413-006

Helmond, A., Nieborg, D. B., & Vlist, F. N. van der. (2019). Facebook’s evolution: Development of a platform-as-infrastructure. Internet Histories3(2), 123–146. https://doi.org/10.1080/24701475.2019.1593667

Higdon, N. (2020). The anatomy of fake news: A critical news literacy education. University of California Press.

Rieder, B. (2020). Engines of order: A mechanology of algorithmic techniques.

Sunstein, C. R. (2017). #Republic: Divided democracy in the age of social media. Princeton University Press.

Tandoc, E. C., Lim, Z. W., & Ling, R. (2018). Defining “Fake News”: A typology of scholarly definitions. Digital Journalism6(2), 137–153. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2017.1360143

Yardi, S., & Boyd, D. (2010). Dynamic Debates: An Analysis of Group Polarization Over Time on Twitter. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society30(5), 316–327. https://doi.org/10.1177/0270467610380011

Zimdars, M., & McLeod, K. (Eds.). (2020). Fake news: Understanding media and misinformation in the digital age. The MIT Press.

Last update: Švelch Jaroslav, doc. Mgr. et Mgr., Ph.D. (16.02.2024)
Teaching methods

Each session consists of a short discussion of latest news in media/tech industries, followed by a short lecture and a discussion about the assigned reading. By default, this is a face-to-face class but may switch online if forced by pandemic measures.

Last update: Švelch Jaroslav, doc. Mgr. et Mgr., Ph.D. (26.01.2022)
Requirements to the exam

Grading scale:

A: 91-100, B: 81-90, C: 71-80, D: 61-70, E: 51-60, Fail: <51

The percentage points are based on the test scores. You may get additional bonuses for excellent assignments.

Last update: Švelch Jaroslav, doc. Mgr. et Mgr., Ph.D. (16.02.2024)
Syllabus

The current syllabus is linked HERE. Please always refer to it throughout the semester.

Assignments are posted to the course's Moodle site, which also contains all literature.

Last update: Švelch Jaroslav, doc. Mgr. et Mgr., Ph.D. (16.02.2024)
 
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