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Over the course of the semester, we will read the seven books listed below. Because this is a seminar course focused on reading and discussing texts, it is important that you purchase all of the required texts. I have provided individual links to the Google Books page and the Amazon page for each of the required books, and I strongly recommend that you use the web to find the least expensive copies available. (Used editions are perfectly acceptable.)

  • Ian F. McNeely and Lisa Wolverton, Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet. W.W. Norton, 2008. [Google Books] [Amazon]
  • Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Penguin, 2008. [Google Books] [Amazon]
  • Cass R. Sunstein, Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge. Oxford, 2008. [Google Books] [Amazon]
  • Peter Morville, Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become. O’Reilly, 2005. [Google Books] [Amazon]
  • Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. NYU, 2008. [Google Books] [Amazon]
  • Lawrence Lessig, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. Penguin, 2008. [No Google Books link available] [Amazon]
  • Naomi S. Baron, Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World. Oxford, 2008. [Google Books] [Amazon]

In addition to these major texts, we will read several scholarly articles and book chapters, many of which you will need to print out before coming to class. I anticipate that you will need approximately 200 sheets of paper for these additional readings.