Republic of Web
People can change information, but can information change people? The Web is increasingly becoming a peer-to-peer connection network. It is not uncommon for a piece of information, such as an online video, to be blogged and tweeted through various channels, connecting a myriad of people in the process. This seminar will introduce students to the "Republic of Web" by examining the ways in which new media is redefining our democratic thinking and affecting various socio-political issues. As a group, we will carry out a series of experiments and analyses around a number of online communities to explore how people, information, and technology connect in synergetic ways.