Friday’s class

Points for discussion

  • Identify 5 examples of misinformation shared with the public during the Boston marathon bombing investigation. What does this say about the challenges of citizen journalism? What does this say about the news media?
  • How does the Guardian Witness app guard against these errors?
  • How does the “Generation Naive” article illustrate Walther’s theory of hyperpersonal communication? (why we trust strangers online)

Blog work 

  1. Finalize farewell entry
  2. Meet with CAP to get feedback on presentation plans

Digital media in relational development and maintenance

  • Strong ties vs. Weak ties
  • Bridging capital vs. Bonding capital
  • Why we like people better online (Hyperpersonal Communication Theory)
  • How offline ties relate to online ties
  • Media multiplexity

Uncertain norms

When is it not appropriate to use technology to communicate with another person?

Who should you “friend” on Facebook? Who should you not friend (or unfriend)?

How much is too much to share online?

Friday’s Class

Points for discussion

Develop a list of rules for Social Media, based on the readings and your experience. Make sure to address both Relationships and Privacy/Safety in your list. Mark suggestions taken from the readings (R).

Study guide for this week’s readings

  • How social media can be both good and bad for relationships
  • “Tipping point” of social media use and relational satisfaction
  • How “Lennay Kekua” was created, and how this relates to online privacy

Blog work

  1. Finalize this week’s post
  2. Find related blogs for next week’s farewell post
  3. Start portfolio




New relationships, new selves?

  • Why we form online relationships (SIP model, assumed similarities, reduced social risk)
  • Why we doubt online relationships
  • Different ways you can manage the presentation of self online
  • How new media technologies enable multiplicity and flexibility of self online
  • How new media technologies constrain the presentation of self online
  • What keeps us from deceiving others online?

Digital communities and networks

  • How digital communities create a sense of shared place
  • How routinized speech practices create social norms, insider status, and group identity
  • Kinds of support provided by online communities (be able to identify differences)
  • How individual and group identities are formed in online communities
  • The relationship between online interpersonal relationships and online group cohesion
  • Difference between online communities and social networking sites (SNS)
  • How online communities impact civic, political, & interpersonal engagement

Friday’s class

Points for discussion

  • How do “ad networks” work? Why are mobile apps (Facebook, Twitter, & Pandora) beating ad networks in the competition for mobile ad revenue? What could this mean for newspapers’ mobile advertising revenue?
  • How do Nuance and Umoove’s technologies work? How could they increase user engagement with ads? How could you use one (or both) of these technologies in an ad?
  • Why did the judge rule that it was illegal to use smartphone maps while driving? Do you agree with this decision? Why or why not?

Blog work

  • Finalize blog post (only two left after this one!)
  • Review evaluation criteria¬†/ other 442 blogs (see blog roll at bottom of page)
  • Work on promotion efforts (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, commenting on other blogs)

Communication in digital spaces

  • Social presence
  • Media richness
  • Predicted impact on communication (what old theories said)
  • How flaming challenges older theories
  • Social cues
  • Mixed modality
  • Old theories vs. New theories

Making New Media Make Sense

  • Social factors that affect technology use
  • Technological determinism
  • Social construction
  • Social shaping
  • Domestication

New Forms of Personal Connection

  • How technologies challenge boundaries
  • Key concepts for classifying technology: Interactivity, Synchronicity, Social cues, Storage/Replicability, Reach, Mobility
  • How the internet differs from the web
  • Two digital divides

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