Social Spaces on the Internet

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Fall 2018

Karrie Karahalios
TR  11:00-12:15 am
Siebel Center, Room 1302
Office Hours:  Thursday 3-4, Siebel Center 4228


Syllabus


Social Spaces on the Internet Social Spaces on the Internet. The Internet is home to a panoply of varieties of human interaction. Social media, interactive games, telepresence, online environments, and simple text e-mails now mediate our normal experiences of education, medicine, politics, business, sociality, collective action, and more. Unbeknownst to many users, these systems incorporate algorithmic interventions that alter prior expectations. As the Internet has become an infrastructure for social life and society itself, our ability to measure and represent that society is transforming. This class explores the presentation of self, the presentation of collectives, the presentation of news, and social dynamics in these online spaces--and how algorithmic intervention shapes them from the perspective of social signalling theory. Topics covered include: resumes of the 22nd century, why people share misinformation, the mitigation of trolling, ethics, and bias in social media systems. Upon completion of this course, students will have an up-to-date understanding of the design of social media interfaces with incentive structures from social signaling theory.

Upon completion of this course, students will have an up-to-date understanding of the design of social media interfaces with incentive structures from social signaling theory.


Texts

There are no required texts for this course.  Recommended reading is listed below for additional information.

1.  Animal Signals by John Maynard Smith and David Harper
2.  The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman
3.  On Individuality and Social Forms by Georg Simmel
4.  The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte


Evaluation

20% class participation (missed classes should be cleared with instructor, 2 missed classes result in a lower letter grade, i.e.  A to A-)

20% class assignments

20% design projects

40% final project/paper


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