Readings of a participatory culture researcher

Amazon shipment of books (on Participatory Culture)

It’s with great anticipation and fear that I receive my first shipment of books from Amazon today. Anticipation because I love the knowledge waiting to be unraveled; Fear because I worry that I might not be able to finish everything.

That’s where the DMS603 Graduate Reading Seminar comes in. Conducted by Trebor Scholz , I join seven other graduate students in a quest to understand our culture on the social web. Held every Tues and Thurs (5-7pm), we are required to present a critical review of our readings at each session.

For the first two weeks, Trebor has been sharing his timeline on how the social web came to be. His presentation on the history of the Internet (even before its birth) has been shared as a slideshow on his blog.

If you wish to join in the readings, I’ve compiled all these books into a Listmania! list on Amazon entitled the “Participatory Culture Reading List“. Now you can simply click once to add all these books into your shopping cart.

Feel free to suggest other good social media reads. I’d recommend Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and Tofflers’ Revolutionary Wealth into the mix.

4 thoughts on “Readings of a participatory culture researcher

  1. OOH BOOKS!!! Am doing book shopping tomorrow too! Thanks for sharing! Some great stuff there! I went to Kino today to try add “The New Influncers” to my list but they don’t have it. šŸ™

  2. Oooh, Snow Crash is an excellent choice. The parallels between the metaverse in that book and second life/croquet are quite interesting even if we don’t quite have the immersive VR tech yet. For a more surreal look at the real/virtual dichotomy (and one that focuses a bit less on the virtual as computer construct and more on the virtual as internal mental construct) you may want to check out Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. Think Phillip K Dick meets Raymond Chandler. Very good. Of course, the rest of Stephensons books are also very good. In particular you should check out The Diamond Age and In The Beginning was the Command Line.

  3. @Priscilla: Well, didn’t you say you had a friend bringing it back for you?

    @Shady: There’s apparently more to Snow Crash than Second Life. There’s suppose to be a part where it foretold of individuals who don backpacks that let them record experiences, who then store them on a central server for corporations to buy. That seems to parallel the sousveillance backpack I’ve been wearing.

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