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Course summary and themes New media was supposed to be wonderful. We thought the Internet would deliver democracy, free speech and better information to everyone. But the same technologies also support authoritarian censorship, the spread of hate speech, the triumph of trolling. How can we better understand the human and social consequences of information technology, and how can we ensure that it leads to a better society? This is a complicated question, because ‘media’ isn’t just Twitter and television. It’s also facial recognition tech scanning you for job applications. It’s microtransactions in your video games (and in games for 3-year old kids, too). It’s deepfakes applying machine learning to put people’s faces on pornography. It’s your self-tracking wristband beeping at you to eat less and run more. We’ll learn how to understand and analyse media that is no longer just on screens but is an entire background for our lives. Course structure The module for each week will be available on Wednesdays at 9 am. The first module will be on Wednesday January 11th. There is no module during reading week. Readings Please take notes as you read the materials each week. The frameworks, ideas and case studies you pick up through this process is key to getting something out of this course and producing high quality work in your assignments. Readings are available as PDFs or links each module. Assignments All assignments must be uploaded to Canvas by the scheduled due date. All assignments must be completed to pass the course. If you have any questions regarding an assignment, please reach out! You can expect a response within 48 hours. This means that you should ask any questions as soon as possible. Don’t leave your questions until the night before the submission deadline! All assignments should use APA citation style: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/cite-write/citation-style-guides/apa Late assignments The deadlines are carefully designed to help you carve out enough time for each assignment, and to take what you’ve learnt into the next one. They are also designed to give your TM enough time to read your work carefully and give you substantial feedback. This means that late work may not receive detailed feedback. If you need an extension, please ask for one before the due date. If no extension has been agreed upon, the late penalty will be 1 mark per day, up to 7 days. This includes weekends. Assignments will not be accepted once the grades have been released to the class (typically 1-2 weeks after the submission date). Plagiarism The university takes plagiarism very seriously. Plagiarism includes: Misrepresenting someone else’s work as your own Examples: Copying another student’s paper, copying a published article/book/website, or buying a paper to submit as your own Copying sentences or paragraphs without properly citing it Paraphrasing incorrectly without proper acknowledgement Re-using your own work Please familiarize yourself with the university’s policies: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/academic-integrity/plagiarism As per the policies, you risk failing the assignment, failing the course, or even more serious consequences, if you plagiarize. If you are worried about plagiarism in one of your assignments, please discuss this with me before you submit your work. It is better to over cite, than under cite. When in doubt, provide a citation. Summary and grading breakdown Grading rubrics for all assignments are available on Canvas. Please review the assignment desсrіptions as well as the grading rubrics before submitting your work so that you are aware of how you will be graded and can ensure that your assignment meets the requirements. 5 Reading Responses Due January 25, February 8, March 8, March 22, April 5 7 marks each for a total of 35% Three Major Assignments Rather than a single final paper, we will work on three smaller ″investigation″ assignments. In these assignments, you will be developing skills for a specific component of a research paper. Assignment 1 – ″Projecting″ due February 1 – 15% Assignment 2 – ″Mapping″ due March 1 – 20% Assignment 3 – ″Building″ due April 12 – 30% Acknowledgements

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