This seminar aims at providing a general introduction to digital cultures, technologies and online communities practices. With discussions based on selected academic literature, the seminar tackles some of the following questions: to which extent are digital cultures building new form of socialization or rely upon traditional ones ? Do cultural roots of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms carry some political identities? Which quantitative and qualitative methods can be used to study digital communities? By the end of the seminar, students should have acquired new analytical frames to observe digital technologies and communities and include these tools within their scientific usages.
Anderson, C. (2008). The end of theory. Wired [press]
Turner, F. (2006). From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. The University of Chicago Press [The New York Times article].