Circuit of Culture
Group 1 -- MW 4/12; TTH 4/13
Lessig handout #1
****"The Long Tail" by Chris Anderson
Group 2 -- MW 4/17; TTH 4/18
review the Spotify article and the Long Tail article from Group 1
Read the following three articles.
"What was, is, and will be Popular" by Adam Sternbergh (only Sternbergh's section . Stop at Jessica Gross' article unless you want to read on . . .)
Group 3 -- MW 4/19; TTH 4/29
optional book review: "The Madness of Crowds" by John Tierney
Group 4 -- MW 4/24; TTH 4/25
Lessig handout #2
****Two Relationships to the Public Domain by Negativland (part 1 -- first nine sections + intro)
- ****"The 373-Hit Wonder" by Zachary Lazar
- "Making Girls Dance: All in a Nights Work" by Jon Pareles"
- B-Girl Bouillabaisse" by Paul Tough
- Girl Talk and Congress
- Real Talk with Girl Talk
- Girl Walk
Optional Star Wars case study:
- "Star Wars, Elvis, and Me" by A.O. Scott
- "Star Wars Doesn't Belong to George Lucas, It Belongs to the Fans" by Manhola Dargis
Optional (honors): "The Death of the Cyberflaneur" by Evgeny Morozov
- ReadyRickshaw Toob (link not working)
- Mashup Breakdown (link not working)
- Mashup Breakdown on YouTube (link not working)
- another mashup breakdown
- "U2" by Negativland
- The Grey Album
- Raiding the 20th Century
- Arts + Labs
- Colbert/Glenn Beck
- Jonathan McIntosh's video remixes
- Hard Working George remix
- Soderberg TV -- Read My Lips series
Group 5 -- MW 4/26; TTH 4/27
Required: Lessig handout #3 regarding Harry Potter Wars
All the rest are optional:
Skim or read if writing about YouTube: "When Funny Goes Viral" by Rob Walker
The Music Man by Lynn Hirschberg (pages bottom 5 to 6)
"Spotify is the Coolest Music Service You Can't Use" by Neal Pollack
Read the following e-mail I just received last December Moveon.org. (note this is not a solicitation to sign the petition.) Consider following one or two of the links.
Dear MoveOn member,
As soon as this week, Congress will start debating whether to give the government the power to turn off parts of the Internet. If that sounds like a terrible recipe for abuse of power, that's because it is.
If enacted, a new law would make it so a simple allegation of copyright infringement—with no review process—could lead to the shutdown of sites from YouTube to Wikipedia to MoveOn.org.1 Any website, foreign or U.S.-based, could be wiped out on suspicion and made unavailable to everyone in the world.
For example, if you (or Justin Bieber) wanted to post a video to YouTube of yourself singing a Beatles song, a record company could force the Department of Justice to shut down YouTube. Really.2
But as you may have guessed, Congress didn't come up with this tragically terrible idea on their own. Lobbyists representing Comcast, Pfizer, record and movie companies, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce3 have been pushing Democrats and Republicans to pass bills to allow this new kind of Internet censorship. And they're close to getting their way.
But a small number of Democrats are standing strong and saying "No" to these powerful special interest groups. They need our help.
Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon is one of our champions. He has promised to start a historic filibuster of the Internet Censorship Act where he'll read the names of every person that signs a petition against Internet censorship.4 It's the perfect opportunity for 5 million Internet-connected progressives to visibly add their voice to a Senate debate. The more of us that sign, the stronger this effort to block this terrible law will be.
We know that the Internet's openness, freedom, and lack of censorship are what make it a bastion of infinite possibility, continued innovation, and job creation. Innovative companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla, and Yahoo have spoken out against this law, saying:
We should not jeopardize a foundational structure that has worked for content owners and Internet companies alike and provides certainty to innovators with new ideas for how people create, find, discuss, and share information lawfully online.5
Internet venture capitalists say that the legislation is "ripe for abuse,"6 and leading law professors reject it because it will "allow the government to block Internet access to websites."7
We condemn censorship overseas when it happens in China or Iran. But today, we need to stand up for freedom of speech on the Internet here at home.
Thanks for all you do.
–Daniel, Garlin, Elena, Stefanie, and the rest of the team
1. "House Version of Rogue Websites Bill Adds DMCA Bypass, Penalties for DNS Workarounds," Public Knowledge, October 26, 2011
2. "Why Is Justin Bieber So Hackin Mad?" SaveTheInternet.com, November 2, 2011
3. "Five things to know about SOPA," The Washington Post, November 16, 2011
4. "Wyden to read petition names during copyright filibuster," The Hill, November 21, 2011
5. "SOPA opposition from tech heavyweights Google, Facebook," CBS News, November 17, 2011
6. "The PROTECT IP Act Will Slow Startup Innovation," Union Square Ventures, June 23, 2011
7. "Law Professors' Letter on SOPA," Electronic Frontier Foundation, November 15, 2011
Group 6 optional for honors section
"If You Liked This, You're Sure to Love That" by Clive Thompson
Adbusters -- ads
"On the Internet, It's All About 'My'" by David Browne
"Tension Over Sports Blogging" by Tim Arango
Time's Person of the Year: You
Links for Copyright Law
- Negativland homepage
- Lawrence Lessig
- Creative Commons
- Columbia Law School Music Plagiarism Project
- Funky Drummer
- History of Cut 'n' Paste
- My Life in the Bush of Ghosts