Essay 1 is due 11:59pm Wednesday, 2/28.
The review period for Essay 1 has been extended. Reviews are due 11:59pm Friday, 3/9.
Sign up for Piazza.
For some of the linked readings you need to install the Berkeley VPN on your computer.
Complete the Free Time and Attention by 2pm Monday (@berkeley.edu login required).
Twenge, "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?"
Becker, Rachel, "Why calling screen time 'digital heroin' is digital garbage"
Tufecki, "Youtube, the Great Radicalizer"
Optional: Tufecki, "We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads"
Optional: Harris, "How better tech could protects us from distraction"
Optional: Lil B, "The Age of Information"
Complete the Government Censorship and Surveillance by 2pm Monday (@berkeley.edu login required).
Times Editorial Board, "No more secret surveillance technology in local law enforcement"
Rainie, Maniam "Americans feel the tensions between privacy and security concerns"
Gladwell, "The Outside Man" (Optional)
Foucault, "Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison" (Ultra optional)
Complete the Politics & Media Survey by 2pm Monday (@berkeley.edu login required).
Kolbert, "Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds"
Garrett, Resnick, "Resisting Political Fragmentation on the Internet" (optional)
Smiley, "The College Kids Doing What Twitter Won't" (optional)
Complete the Memes Survey by 2pm Monday (@berkeley.edu login required).
CGP Grey, "This Video Will Make You Angry"
Heath, Bell, Sternberg, "Emotional selection in memes: the case of urban legends" (required VPN or being on campus) - alternative link
Optional: Shullenberger, "Mimesis, Violence, and Facebook: Peter Thiel's French Connection" (very weird/questionable read, but interesting)
There is no survey and no class this week.
Video on Consequentialism.
Video on Virtue Ethics.
Systems of Ethics Game (optional): Socrates Jones, Pro Philosopher
Complete the Finance Survey by 2pm Monday (@berkeley.edu login required).
Economist, "Machine learning promises to shake up large swathes of finance" (optional)
Maney, "Goldman Sacked: How artificial intelligence will transform wall street" (optional)
Complete the Copyright Survey by 2pm Monday (@berkeley.edu login required).
Cardenas, "Patent vs. Copyright Protection for Computer Software" (very short, read first)
Stallman, "Misinterpreting Copyright"
Optional: Heckel, "Debunking the Software Patent Myths" (pro-patent piece)
Complete the Privacy Survey by 2pm Monday (@berkeley.edu login required).
Homayoun, "The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers"
In future weeks, readings will be required and there will also be a survey to fill out. For week 1, readings are optional and you can technically just show up cold, though it might be nice to have read the readings below for more context.
Optional: The History of Twitter's Rules