Livecasting: “Web 2.0: What Went Wrong?” by Trebor Scholz

UPDATE: This was livecasted on Tuesday, 1pm EST. Here is Trebor’s high quality videocast in Quicktime format.

Having gotten the green light, I’ll be livecasting (live, not life this time) the first class of Trebor Scholz’s latest UB digital media study course, The Social Web (DMS415). Here’s the course briefing from his blog:

Today, is it feasible to live ethical, meaningful lives in the context of the Social Web?

This course formulates a critique of the Social Web. Based on the rapid growth of participation in social life online and in mobile space– from social news, referral, social search, media sharing, social bookmarking, tagging, virtual worlds and social networked games, social mapping, IM, social networking, blogging and dating, this class formulates a critical analysis of the international Social Web with regard to privacy, intellectual property, and the utilization of social creation of value through the lens of a small number of case studies in the areas of education, political activism, and art. The course starts with a history of computer-facilitated networked sociality. We’ll discuss the preconditions, motivations, and typologies of participation in order to then start to debunk the Web 2.0 ideology. The course concludes with an examination of the future of the Internet (mobile social space, net neutrality, and the changed nature of the digital divide) in order to then locate fields of possibility for social change.

Key theoretical texts that we study include Yochai Benkler’s Wealth of Networks, Henry Jenkins’ Convergence Culture, Trebor Scholz’ What the MySpace generation should know about working for free, Jurgen Habermas on the Internet and the public sphere, Fred Turner’s Where the Counterculture Met the New Economy, Jeff Jarvis’ “Who owns the wisdom of the crowd? The crowd.,” Nicholas Carr’s “Sharecropping the long tail,” Michael Hardt’s “Affective labor,” Olga Goriunova’s “From Art on Networks to Art on Platforms“ and Adam Arvidsson’s “The Crisis of Value and the Ethical Economy.”

This is a theory-based course that also teaches you to participate, discuss and analyze practices on the Social Web (e.g., the use of Facebook, Twitter, IM, blogs, SecondLife).

This Fall 2007 course will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 2.50pm (EST), and though I’m not likely to narrowcast those, I’ll try to share notes. In the meantime, his presentation slides are available here.

BTW: I’m auditing this class under my own academic interest.

4 thoughts on “Livecasting: “Web 2.0: What Went Wrong?” by Trebor Scholz

  1. Hey I’m auditing a class similar! I always find it interesting to hear other peoples description and view on something I have been living and breathing in tech/web for years. I think all professors love the concept of SL, mine gave out his on his syllabus 🙂

  2. Also, just wondering, for students in this class for a core requirement, what is their intended major? My school the major is called Digital Media; Internet and Interactive System Tech track.

  3. @Hazman: Thanks. 🙂

    @Joey: Pretty similar, most of the students in this class are from media studies and are future media artists. There might be some students from Communication as well. I’ve decided to go for a grad seminar instead where we read a bunch of participatory culture books every week, including The Cult of the Amateur and Wikinomics. It’s new pop culture meets academia!

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