I'm in the process of designing a new course about cooperation-enhancing technologies. Please email me with references or suggestions as there are hardly any courses out there with this particular focus. This is what I came up with so far:
This theory and action course highlights the culturally deviant, politically progressive potential of cooperation-enhancing technologies. Debates about online collaboration and social networking frequently focus solely on business. However, this class investigates political, culturally experimental, playful and deviant applications of these emerging contexts.
51 million Americans of all ages have contributed content such as blog entries, book reviews, mp3s, video, or podcasts online. This number contains 57% of all US teenagers, for example. The average European Internet user now spends 10 hours 15 minutes a week online. Artists use this huge participatory potential to create input-driven projects. But often rooms are opened and nobody comes to party. What are the needed incentives for people to participate? Videomakers use video blogs to create an offline audience for their tapes. Artists use blogs as portfolios and for day-to-day reflection. Art activist groups further their political agendas. Artists form social networks to create sustaining platforms for their work and ideas that are autonomous from art market resonance. Scholars such as Rheingold, Benkler, Florida, and Lovink argue that a creative cooperative proficiency is THE key competence for the next decade.
After successful completion of this course you will have a deeper understanding of contemporary mediaspheres. You will be a competent and confident contributor to such contexts! And you will be empowered to fully benefit from online social networks that are relevant to you!