How To Watch Movies for Class

This isn’t quite a tech post; instead, it is about the films we are watching for class. None of them are obscure, although streaming services cost money. I will hold screenings for all of the films outside of class time. We will work together to determine suitable screening times, but screenings will be either Monday evenings or Tuesday afternoons.

The catch is that we are working with a film very early in the semester: our second meeting. And, Monday is Labor Day, and even I won’t ask you to go to a screening on Labor Day. So: I will hold a screening of Her on Tuesday, September 8, at 2:30pm, in State Hall 326. Her is probably the easiest film to get your hands on this semester; if you cannot make the screening, please stream the film. It is (at least) for “sale” on both iTunes and Amazon; it is available at many area public libraries. Edited to add: Jodi has helpfully pointed out that it is free to screen “On Demand” for Comcast subscribers; you might want to check that option out as well.

For our screenings later in the semester, please help Scott schedule a screening by filling out this poll.

For reference, here is a handy list of weeks in which there will be a screening:

Tue, Sep 8: Her Screening
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, State Hall 326
If you cannot make the screening, please be sure to watch the film on your own.
Tue, Sep 8: Her and Network Subjects
4:30 pm - 5:50 pm, State Hall 326
Watch: Spike Jonze, Her (USA, 2013, 126 min.); screening.

Read: Kris Cohen, "Search Engine Subjectivities": http://feelings.kredati.org/download/170/
Mon, Sep 21: Screening: Citizenfour
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, State Hall 326
Laura Poitras, Citizenfour, USA, 2014, 114 min.
Tue, Sep 22: Screening: Citizenfour
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, State Hall 326
Laura Poitras, Citizenfour, USA, 2014, 114 min.
Tue, Sep 22: How do Networks Work?
4:30 pm - 5:50 pm, State Hall 326
Watch: Laura Poitras, Citizenfour (USA, 2014, 114 min.); screening.

Read:
Jonathan Sterne, "Compression: A Loose History," from Signal Traffic, pp. 31-52.
Christian Sandvig, "The Internet as the Anti-Television," pp. 225-245.
Mon, Oct 26: Screening: Gamer
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, State Hall 326
Neveldine + Taylor, Gamer, USA, 2009, 95 min.
Tue, Oct 27: Screening: Gamer
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Screening: Gamer
Neveldine + Taylor, Gamer, USA, 2009, 95 min.
Tue, Oct 27: Online Sociality as Play and Work, part 1
4:30 pm - 5:50 pm, State Hall 326
Watch: Neveldine + Taylor, Gamer (USA, 2009, 95 min.); screening. Posts: Noah McMullen, Jodi Jergovich, Sara Pollet.
Mon, Nov 30: Screening: Blackhat
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, State Hall 326
Michael Mann, Blackhat, USA, 2015, 133 min.
Tue, Dec 1: Screening: Blackhat
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, State Hall 326
Michael Mann, Blackhat, USA, 2015, 133 min.
Tue, Dec 1: Actual Futures, or Financialization
4:30 pm - 5:50 pm, State Hall 326
Watch: Michael Mann, Blackhat (USA, 2014, 133 min.); screening. Posts: Jodi Jergovich, Mike Holloway.

Listen: Radiolab, "Million Dollar Microsecond": http://www.radiolab.org/story/267195-million-dollar-microsecond/ (Posts: Chris Gikas, Daniel Jones)

Read:
Graham Bowley, "The New Speed of Money": http://feelings.kredati.org/download/209/
Gerald Neslter, "Mayhem in Mahwah": http://feelings.kredati.org/download/212/
Karppi and Crawford, "Social Media, Financial Algorithms, and the Hack Crash": http://feelings.kredati.org/download/215/ (Post: Sandeep Sidhu)

In-class visit (by Skype) from Theodore Kuhnlohe, DRW Trading, Chicago.

 

Welcome to Feelings & Networks

Welcome to ENG 5057: Topics in New Media: Feeling Networked / Networked Feeling! In my head I call the course Feelings & Networks. I’m really, really excited for this class, and with you guys.

This is the first class of this sort that I have taught to undergraduates: not teaching about a topic I know a lot about, but pursuing research questions with you. I’m working on a second book called Identifications: On Encountering Others in Media, and this course addresses, and asks questions about, areas of the book that are really hard to wrap your head around: what does it mean to encounter others on the network? How do we do so?

I’m also excited to experiment with course blogs. Now, I know it’s totally a very special kind of mid-20-aughts passé to get excited about blogs. But I like to structure my assignments in ways that reflect the course material, and I’m hoping that we can develop ways of blogging together that will help us understand the course material.

And experiment we shall: this is the first time I’m hacking WordPress into an approximation of Blackboard, so please bear with me. But that also means the course site and how we use it can be responsive as we go along.

Stay tuned for a few more posts to get you started on information for the course, WordPress, and so on. For now, you can get a head start on the syllabus, especially our required books. And check out the day-by-day course schedule.

Again, welcome!