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14-Final - The Teachings of Dr Jim

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digital
culture
THE FINAL FRONTIER
Final exam
You must not miss this exam. Make-ups are only granted in
extremely unusual circumstances.
You will have 2 hours.
The exam is closed books and notes; no devices.
The test will be in three parts:
Part One: Identifications (choose 5, maximum 3 marks each)
Part Two: Short informal essay, your choice of six topics (8 marks).
Part Three: Another short informal essay on this topic, which will be
posted for you to think about in advance (7 marks):
Final exam
Informal Essay topic, part three:
What have you learned in this class? Have your ideas and opinions
about anything changed? Explain. What was the most interesting
aspect of the class for you, and why? What was the least interesting
aspect for you, and why? Do you understand yourself better as a
participant in, and consumer and creator of, digital culture? If not,
what would have helped you to better understand how digital
culture affects you?
The flight from the real
Key concepts.
Print culture and its virtual reality
п‚ћ The Global Village
 Materialism and “materialism”
п‚ћ Hyperreality
п‚ћ Nature deficit disorder
п‚ћ
Education
Key concepts.
Information vs understanding
п‚ћ Multitasking
п‚ћ Participation vs lurking
п‚ћ
Social networking
Key concepts.
Ambient awareness
п‚ћ Possible negative effects of Facebook use
п‚ћ
п‚ћ
Taking away our solitude and time for self definition
Making us lonelier
Making us more narcissistic
Making us less able to treat other people as real
Addictive time sink
????
Politics
Key concepts.
Slacktivism
п‚ћ The panopticon
п‚ћ
Digital appropriation
Key concepts.
Appropriation
п‚ћ Politics and ethics of appropriation
п‚ћ Postmodern decontextualization
 “Jes grew”
п‚ћ Arguments for copyright reform in RIP!
п‚ћ
п‚ћ Culture Jamming
Participatory culture
Key concepts.
5 conditions:
Low barriers to expression, support for creating
and sharing, informal mentorship, belief
contributions matter, social connectedness
п‚ћ Affinity spaces
 Jaron Lanier’s concerns about Wikipedia in
“Digital Maoism”
п‚ћ
Virtual economies & moralities
Key concepts.
Gold mining in World of Warcraft
п‚ћ Anshe Chung and Second Life
п‚ћ Dual wielding morality
п‚ћ Ethical issues in Second Life
п‚ћ Virtual identity
п‚ћ
Posthumanity
Key concepts.
The Uncanny Valley
п‚ћ Cyborgs and robots
п‚ћ The Singularity
 Moore’s Law
п‚ћ GNR
п‚ћ Possible outcomes of the Singularity for humanity
п‚ћ
Cybersex
Key concepts.
Positive and negative aspects of sex online
п‚ћ How sexting could be better than sex
п‚ћ Sex in Second Life
п‚ћ Ethical issues around sexbots
п‚ћ Teledildonics
п‚ћ Sex without gender?
п‚ћ New forms of intimacy
п‚ћ
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