Week 8

Week 8: 2002–2016

Social Media: Friends, Feeds, and the Hidden Work of Content Moderation

Readings for Class

Reading: Patricia Lockwood, “The Winged Thing,” Jennifer Egan, “Black Box”
All course readings are available via library e-reserve on Canvas.
Sample annotated bibliography of Friendster as example for final project.

Additional Materials

Content Moderation

Sarah T. Roberts, “Social Media’s Silent Filter,” The Atlantic, March 8, 2017.
Isaac Chotiner, “The Underworld of Online Content Moderation,” The New Yorker, July 5, 2019.
André Brock, “‘The Black Purposes of Space Travel’: Black Twitter as Black Technoculture,” in Distributed Blackness, Open Access at NYU Press.

Social Media Influencers

Kevin Roose, “Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World,” New York Times, July 16, 2019.
Tom Peters, “The Brand Called You,” Fast Company, August 31, 1997.


Mark O’Connell, “The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media,” The New Yorker, September 19, 2018.
Patricia Lockwood, “The Communal Mind,” London Review of Books 41, no. 4 (February 2019).


Jaron Lanier. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Right Now. Henry Holt and Co., 2018.
André Brock Jr. Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures. NYU Press, 2020. (Open Access)
Sarah T. Roberts. Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media. Yale University Press, 2019.
Limor Shifman. Memes in Digital Culture. MIT Press, 2014.



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