Summer 2012

18 Mar

This class is being taught Summer 2012 at the University of Washington. The course site has moved to

week 10 – where do we go from here?

6 Dec


  • Housekeeping
  • Guest speaker: Jeff Shuey
  • Discussion leader (reading discussion) : Dan
  • WikiLeaks and the future of secrecy

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week 9 – What Next For Political Journalism?

29 Nov

One of the democratic institutions under great financial stress due to digital technologies is journalism. What might the future of political journalism look like? How do citizen journalists develop the “credibility” needed to have access “to power”? Who frames the messages?

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week 8 – eGovernment and access

22 Nov

How (and why) elected and appointed officials are using digital technologies to communicate with the electorate. What about the digital divide and other marginalized populations?

Given that I don’t think we’ll be together more than a couple of hours, I’m delaying the start to 7 pm. Fingers crossed that they will be home by then. Whether or not, we will start then.

In that intervening hour, why don’t you take the time to read one another’s recent posts and comment … practice a little asynchronous communication. :-)

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week 7 – eGovernment

15 Nov

eGovernment – Part 1
How (and why) elected and appointed officials are using digital technologies to communicate with the electorate. What does this mean for citizens and public officials?  Specifically, how has Washington employed these technologies to enhance citizen deliberation?

  • Guest Speaker: Sarah Schacht, Founder, director of Knowledge As Power & Open Gov West, @sarahschacht
  • Discussion leader:  Gary

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week 6 – digital advocacy

8 Nov


  • Leif Utne – guest speaker
  • Break
  • Discussion leader – Paolo
  • Post-mortem: Initiative campaign

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week 4, Digital Electioneering, Part 2

25 Oct

Framing: How are political campaigns using (and abusing) digital technologies? How did digital electioneering change between 2004 and 2008? Between 2008 and 2010? What might the future bring? How are these technologies being used to “brand” candidates and how are “other” campaigns (not presidential, not statewide) using these technologies?


  • Discussion
  • TVW – 7 pm – 8 pm (live stream)
  • Project Work

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Week 3 – Digital Electioneering

18 Oct

An ambitious task for the evening:
A historical and quasi-contemporary look at campaign use of technology, beginning with radio debates,  moving on to the Kennedy-Nixon debates, and closing with the first campaign-oriented websites (1990s). Examine communication that is top-down as well as bottom-up.


  • Overview/Housekeeping
  • Lecture: From Print Political Culture To Electronic: How We Got Here
  • General/Reading Discussion
  • Roll Up Our Sleeves: Project Work

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Week 2 : Political Systems

11 Oct


  • Introductory Lecture/Discussion
  • Break: ~ 7 pm
  • Guest Speaker: Alex Howard (@digiphile) Gov 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media (7.30 pm via Skype)
  • Going Forward: discussion leaders, project

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That Anti-Clinton 1984 Ad

4 Oct

In 2007, Phil de Vellis, an employee of consulting firm Blue State Digital (created by former members of Howard Dean’s internet team), reportedly mashed up the classic Apple 1984 ad, substituting Hillary Clinton for Big Brother (or Big Blue, depending on your point of view). YouTube user ParkRidge47 posted the ad to YouTube on 5 March 2007.

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