Assignment: Final Editorials due over NYU classes by 5pm. I will respond to any requests for comments on draft first paragraphs sent by 4pm, five days before it is due..
Learning how to Read
Ordering the World
Visualization and Images
Assignment Distributed: Archival Data, Part 1
Sharing Knowledge in Early Modern China
Accounting for Slavery
note: The Scott is full of some really Big Ideas that we need for the rest of this class, told through several amazingly divergent stories about particular areas (Germany forestry, French land taxes, Filipino surnames, Parisian Streets, and so forth.) Some of these–especially the idea of “legibility”–do not show up until the very end of these selections. The details are fascinating and help you understand the issues; but the specifics here are less important than in, say, Beniger. Do not lose sight of the forestry for the trees.
readings: Review or finish the Scott and bring to class.
No class (Indigenous People’s Day)
in_class: chaplin_modern_1936, first fifteen minutes
activity: Due tomorrow: Crowdsourcing on Zooniverse
activity: Due tomorrow: Second historical dataset
activity: In class presentations/discussions
Your Data, 2
activity: In class presentations/discussions
Run two pieces of historical software in emulation. https://archive.org/details/mac_Paint_2. Visicalc (1979). Make a drawing and also save a file, exploring the operating system. Response papers on the operating system are welcome.
Review Levy; post discussion to Brightspace if desired
Read FILE NOT FOUND: A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans, The Verge, Sep 22, 2021. Come prepared to discuss in class, but do not write a response on this one.
No class: Thanksgiving
The Information Superhighway
Thu, Dec 02
Information Overload Revisited
Assignment Distributed: Final Editorial
Tue, Dec 07
Big Data and the Sciences
Thu, Dec 09
Data vs. the Public
Tue, Dec 14
Anderson, Margo J. The American Census: A Social History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.
Beniger, James R. The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986.
Berners-Lee, Tim, and Mark Fischetti. Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.
Blair, Ann. “Reading Strategies for Coping with Information Overload Ca.1550-1700.” Journal of the History of Ideas 64, no. 1 (2003): 11–28. https://doi.org/10.1353/jhi.2003.0014.
Borges, Jorge Luis. “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins.” Translated by Lilia Graciela Vázquez. Alamut, 1999.
Bush, Vannevar. “As We May Think.” The Atlantic, July 1945. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881/.
———. “Memex Revisited.” In From Memex to Hypertext, edited by James M. Nyce and Paul Kahn, 197–216. San Diego, CA, USA: Academic Press Professional, Inc., 1991. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=132180.132193.
Desk Set. 20th Century Fox, 1957.
Foucault, Michel. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences. New York: Vintage Books, 1994.
Garvey, Ellen Gruber, and Lisa Gitelman. “‘Facts and FACTS’ : Abolitionists’ Database Innovations.” In "Raw Data" Is an Oxymoron, 89–102. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013.
Gleick, James. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.
Igo, Sarah Elizabeth. The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2007.
J., D. O. “Mercantile Agencies.” New York Daily Times. November 7, 1851. http://search.proquest.com/hnpnewyorktimesindex/docview/95765241/abstract/142445A46F336CD6D70/11?accountid=12826.
Kinnahan, Thomas P. “Charting Progress: Francis Amasa Walker’s Statistical Atlas of the United States and Narratives of Western Expansion.” American Quarterly 60, no. 2 (2008): 399–423. https://doi.org/10.1353/aq.0.0012.
Light, Jennifer. “When Computers Were Women.” Technology and Culture 40, no. 3 (1999): 455.
Meyer, Stephen. The Five Dollar Day: Labor Management and Social Control in the Ford Motor Company, 1908-1921. Suny Series in American Social History. Albany, N.Y: State University of New York Press, 1981.
Miller, Arthur Raphael. The Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks, and Dossiers. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1971. http://archive.org/details/assaultonprivacy00mill.
Müller-Wille, Staffan, and Isabelle Charmantier. “Natural History and Information Overload: The Case of Linnaeus.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43, no. 1 (March 2012): 4–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2011.10.021.
Playfair, William, 1759-1823. The Commercial and Political Atlas and Statistical Breviary. Edited by Howard Wainer and Ian Spence 1944-. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Priestley, Joseph. A Description of a Chart of Biography: By Joseph Priestley. ... Printed at Warrington, 1764. http://archive.org/details/adescriptionach00priegoog.
Scott, James C. Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.
T. “Mercantile Agencies.” New York Daily Times. October 29, 1851. http://search.proquest.com/hnpnewyorktimesindex/docview/95772455/abstract/142445A46F336CD6D70/12?accountid=12826.
Vaidhyanathan, Siva. The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry). Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
Wilentz, Sean. Major Problems in the Early Republic, 1787-1848: Documents and Essays. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1992.