Gender and Technoculture WMST 320 – Spring 2015
California State University, Fullerton


Prof. Karyl E. Ketchum, Ph.D.
Women & Gender Studies and Queer Studies Minor Programs


Lab: Humanities 512
Office: Humanities 212D
Office hours: Mon/Wed 10 - 11:30
Message Center: (657) 278-2480
Email: kketchum@fullerton.edu
Cell: 714.625.3616 (txt me if you need a quick response!)

Course Facebook Page:
CSUF WMST 320 or, http://www.facebook.com/groups/168089053293947/ (Don't forget to keep a running log of your FB posts in a Word document!)


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Course Documents & Assignment Links:

Syllabus

Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies and Cultural Studies

CSU Fullerton Women & Gender Studies and Queer Studies website

Course Facebook Page

Second Life Assignment Interview Sheet

 

ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE 1PM MARCH 4: Photoshop Gallery Assignment

Get your own CSU Fullerton *free version* of Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop here!!: http://www.fullerton.edu/sts/software/adobe/

Technoculture Tumblr login info:
Go to: https://www.tumblr.com/login
User Email: kketchum@fullerton.edu
Password: technoculture3!
URL: http://wmst320.tumblr.com/

ASSIGNMENT 2: (Will post this after we discuss!)

ASSIGNMENT 3: Correcting Wikipedia's Gender/Hetero/Racial/Western Bias assignment!

 

 

 

PHOTOSHOP TUMBLR INFO:

Go to: https://www.tumblr.com/login

 

User Email: kketchum@fullerton.edu

Password: technoculture3!

 

Check us out!!: http://wmst320.tumblr.com/

 

 

Note: Some segments of this course are “flipped”!  This means that I will rarely lecture in class; rather, you will be watching several short vlogs (video+blogs) that I have made that discuss the core concepts of this course.  This is great news because it means that when we are in class together we can spend our time talking to each other, doing things, and making cool stuff with technology!  These vlogs are posted on our course TITANium site and I will remind you when each vlog is due. Not all sets of readings will have vlogs.  You should know the material covered in these vlogs for our quizzes. For more information on the idea of a flipped classroom go here: http://wp.me/pKlio-cq

 

 

 

 

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Course Readings and Assignment Schedule:

* All readings are due in class on the date under which they are listed

*** This schedule will change! Please check back very frequently so you will be up-to-date on our reading and assignment schedule!

 

 

Jan 21: Welcome!!!
Review syllabus, questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 26: Introductions & Gender Studies/Feminist Studies/Queer Studies 101
Reading:
Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies and Cultural Studies . . . great stuff!

Killermann, Sam. The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender. Austin, Tx.: Impetus Books, 2013. excerpt.

Spender, Dale. "Language and Reality: Who Made the World?" The Routledge Language and Cultural Theory Reader. Ed. Tony Crowly and Alan Girvin Lucy Burke. The Politics of Language. London: Routledge, 1980. 145-53.
*Reminder: As you read the piece linked above by Dale Spender, every time she uses the word “males,” or its variation, change it to “masculine, ” or its variation. So, “[...] I was able to find numerous decrees, written down by males, which were directed towards ensuring male primacy within the language” [148], becomes “[...] I was able to find numerous decrees, written down by masculine individuals, which were directed towards ensuring masculinity’s primacy within the language” By doing this we no longer cast blame on all “men," nor do we allow ourselves to imagine that all “ men ” experience masculine privilege in the same way or even at all! Instead, we begin to see the ways in which masculinity - as a kind of floating signifier - attaches itself to different bodies in different ways depending on race, class, able-bodiedness, heteronorms and cultural, national and historical context . By doing this as you read you will TRANSFORM this piece, and still keep all that is excellent about it!
*For those of you interested in more info on the strengths and weaknesses of Spender's peice, go here: http://visuality.org/queer_sensibilities/wmst420_readings/k_notes_on_spender.pdf

 

Gender bread


 

 

 



Jan 28:
Lab:

Second Life
Screen shots

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 2: THEME: The Histories of Sexuality, Gender and Identity Online
Reading:

Stone, Sandy. "Split Subjects, Not Atoms; or, How I Fell in Love with My Prosthesis." The Cyborg Handbook. Ed. Chris Hables Gray. New York: Routledge, 1995. 393-406.

Turkle, Sherry. "Tinysex and Gender Trouble." Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology. Ed. Patrick D. Hopkins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995. 395-416.

Cannon, Robert Alan Brookey and Kristopher L. "Sex Lives in Second Life." Gender, Race and Class in Media. Ed. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011. 571-82.

Washington Post article “Does Virtual Reality Need a Sheriff?”

Vlog(s):
Please view both vlogs entitled, "Thoughts on the Readings by Stone and Turkle!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

Second Life Ad

We will watch the video below together in class!

 

 

 

Feb 4
Lab:

Second Life
SL Quick Start Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 9: Theme: Technology and Vision
Reading:

Kember, Sarah. Virtual Anxiety: Photography, New Technologies and Subjectivity. New York: Redwood Books, 1998. Chap 1 – The Shadow of the Object: Photography and Realism.

Please go through this Index of Kember-related Images

“Photo Tampering Throughout History,” On the Four & Six site—a company specializing in “image forensics”  http://www.fourandsix.com/photo-tampering-history/   *peruse the entire image archive but pay particular attention to the more recent fakes on page 19, 20 & 21!

Vlog(s):
Please view both vlogs under "Thoughts on "The Shadow of the Object: Photography & Realism" by Sarah Kember!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

AND
Please view the vlog under "Thoughts on Visual Theory!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site! WARNING: it’s a bit long!!


 

 


Feb 11:
Lab:
Photoshop tutorials
Video:
(we will watch this together in-class!)


 

 

 


 

 

Feb 16: Theme: Technology, Gender & Desire
President's Day - no class
Reading:
Halberstam, Judith. "Automating Gender: Postmodern Feminism in the Age of the Intelligent Machine." Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology. Ed. Patrick D. Hopkins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991. 468-83.

The struggle over gender on Wikipedia: the case of Chelsea Manning

Amy Adele Hasinoff, “Sexting as Media Production: Rethinking Social Media and Sexuality,” New Media & Society, 2012.

Vlog(s):
Please view both vlogs under "Thoughts on "Automating Gender" by Judith Jack Halberstam!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

In-Class Lab:
Photoshop Retouching Tutorial AND Balloon Landscape tutorial

Check out this artist's cool course-related project!



 

 

 

Feb 18:
Lab: Discuss Photoshop gallery assignment
Photoshop Tutorials:
"Content Aware" tutorial
"Puppet Warp" tutorial--cool stuff!!!

Photoshop Retouching Tutorial AND Balloon Landscape tutorial

Check out this artist's cool course-related project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Feb 23: Theme: Technology, Whiteness and Racialization - Part I
Readings:

Nakamura, L. (2009). Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 26, 128-144.

Rodriguez, Vernadette V. Gonzlez and Robyn Magalit. "Filipina.Com: Wives, Workers and Whores on the Cyberfrontier." An Introduction to Women's Studies :Gender in a Transnational World. Ed. Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan. Vol. 2. New York: Mc Graw-Hill, 2006. 375-79.

Read about "Black Girls Code" HERE: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/what-we-do.html

Watch "Black Girls Code" mini documentary before coming to class today! Here's a link: http://youtu.be/hgXlofX68eM

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 25:
Lab:
Open lab —work on Photoshop gallery due 3/11!!!

 

 

 

 

 

March 2:Theme: Technology, Whiteness and Racialization - Part II
Reading:
Ketchum, Karyl E. "Facegen and the Technovisual Politics of Embodied Surfaces." Women's Studies Quarterly 37.Special Issue: Technologies (2009): 183-99.

“Face to Anti-Face - Op-Art - NYTimes.com.” N. p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.

Read the website: "Camouflage From Face Detection" or, how to hide from machines! “CV Dazzle: Camouflage from Face Detection.” N. p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.

Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. “Spectatorship, Power and Knowledge,” Practices of Looking : An Introduction to Visual Culture. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Vlog:
Please view the vlog entitled, "Thoughts on Vision, Visibility and Power!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

Facegen Software – bring in three pictures of yourself for use in Facegen (one straight on, one right profile, one left profile). You can also download you own copy of the Facegen Modeller (PC version only) HERE: http://www.facegen.com/downloads.htm

For Discussion:
The Homicide Report: A Story For Every Victim

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY!!!
The first of three speakers in CSUF's spring "Thinking Queer Speaker Series" IS TODAY!!!
This first speaker, Melanie Balk, will be discussing her experiences as a trans* student, mother of 3 and the challenges she has experienced in her search for acceptance. (Not sure what the asterisk in "trans*" means? Come and ask!!) It promises to be a great talk! Please come and stay for refreshments and conversation immediately following!
Speaker: Melanie Balk
Title: TRANS TALK: Experiences of a Trans* Students, Veteran and Parent
Date: Monday, March 2 TODAY!!!
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Pollak Library North 203 (PLN-203)
*FOR EXTRA CREDIT: Please turn in 1-2 pages connecting this talk to our course. These papers should be well-written and checked for spelling and grammar. They do not need to include citations. The grade your recieve on this paper will be averaged with your lowest quiz grade. So, if you received a “C” on Quiz 1 (74/100 grade points), and an “A” on this extra credit paper (95/100 grade points), I will average these two grades giving you a “B“ for (84.5/100) for your Quiz 1 grade! :-)

 

 

 

 

 

March 4:
Lab:
Photoshop Image Collages

Discuss Wiki Editing Assignment
Video:
We will watch this in class!


 



 

 

March 9:
Reading:
Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body. New York: Basic Books, 2000. Chap 3, “Of Gender and Genitals” pg 45-77.

Film: Intersexion [68 min.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 11: Photoshop Assignment due in class TODAY!!!
Lab:
Camtasia

1: Tutorial on Camtasia interface here!

2: Tutorial on editing tracks here!

3: Working with a text slide tutorial here!

4: Adding transitions tutorial here--cool stuff!!

5: Camtasia "call outs" tutorial here!

6. Working with audio in Camtasia!

*A list of additional Camtasia tutorials is here!


 

 

 

 

March 16: Theme: Technology, Masculinity and Militarism
Reading:
Sanbonmatsu, John. "Video Games and Machine Dreams of Domination." Gender, Race and Class in Media. Ed. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011. 571-82.

Strauss, David Levi. "Breakdown in the Gray Room: Recent Turns in the Image War." Abu Ghraib: The Politics of Torture. Berkeley: Terra Nova, 2004. 87-101.

Columbia University Report on US Drone Strikes


Film:
"Unmanned" (22 min.)

Video:
"Collateral Murder" We will watch this together in class.

Signature Strikes graphic
(From Colmbia University's report on US Drone Strikes linked above)

For Discussion:
VIDEO PROJECT ASSIGNMENT!!!

Youtube on the "Kulashov Effect"

Principles of Film Theory Guide

Youtube on film techniques

**View projects from previous semesters
Mireya's Project
Miriam amd Ashley's Project
Eleonor's Project
Nicolas's Project
Drisana's Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 18:

Please RE-READ AND RE-WATCH this reading and vlo belowg for class today!!!!
Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. “Spectatorship, Power and Knowledge,” Practices of Looking : An Introduction to Visual Culture. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Vlog:
Please view the vlog entitled, "Thoughts on Vision, Visibility and Power!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

Video (in class!): "The Meeting of Two Queens," 14 min. & "Badass Supermama," 17 min.
Lab:
Camtasia
For Discussion: VIDEO PROJECT ASSIGNMENT!!!

Youtube on the "Kulashov Effect"

Principles of Film Theory Guide

Youtube on film techniques

**View projects from previous semesters
Mireya's Project
Miriam amd Ashley's Project
Eleonor's Project
Nicolas's Project
Drisana's Project

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 23: Theme: Technology, Representaiton and The Female Body
Reading:

The struggle over gender on Wikipedia: the case of Chelsea Manning

(author withheld). 2015. "Audiovisual Strategies of Trans* Video Blogs." Transgender Studies Quarterly 3.

Watching in class: "The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies" and "The Great Wall of Vagina"

Film:
This Film is Not Yet Rated [97 min.] We will watch this together in-class.






 

 

 

 

 

March 25:
Youtube on the "Kulashov Effect"
Film:

This Film is Not Yet Rated [97 min.] We will watch this together in-class.
Lab:
Camtasia


 

 

 

 

 

March 30: Spring Break - no class

April 1: Spring Break - no class

April 6: Theme: Technology, Censorship and Creative Expression
NO CLASS

Please read: Lessig, Lawrence. Free Culture. New York: Penguin Books, 2004. Chap 1 and 2.

 

 

 

 



April 8:

Reading:

Knafo, Danielle. "Castration and Medusa: Orlan's Art on the Cutting Edge." Studies in Gender and Sexuality.10 (2009): 142-58.

Ayers, Robert. "Serene and Happy and Distant: An Interview with Orlan." The Cybercultures Reader. Ed. David Bell and Barbara M. Kennedy. Second ed. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Armstrong, Rachel. "Anger, Art and Medicine: Working with Orlan." The Cyborg Experiments: The Extensions If the Body in the Media Age. Ed. Joanna Zylinska. Technologies: Studies in Culture and Theory. London: Continuum, 2002. 172-80

Koedt, Anne. "The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm." CWL Herstory Online Archive (1970).

Watching in class: The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies

For Discussion: Female Anatomy

 


 

 

 

 


April 13: Lab: Camtasia

FINAL VIDEO PROJECT ASSIGNMENT!!!

Youtube on the "Kulashov Effect"

Principles of Film Theory Guide

Youtube on film techniques

**View projects from previous semesters
Mireya's Project
Miriam amd Ashley's Project
Eleonor's Project
Nicolas's Project
Drisana's Project

Watching in class: The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 18: Theme: Social Justice <<>> Social Media
Reading:
Juan Cole and Shahin Cole, “An Arab spring for women - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition”, April 26, 2011, http://mondediplo.com/openpage/an-arab-spring-for-women

Mona El-Naggar, “Equal Rights Takes to the Barricades - NYTimes.com”, February 1, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/02/world/middleeast/02iht-letter02.html?_r=1

Video:
“Egypt: The viral vlog of Asmaa Mahfouz that helped spark an uprising – Boing Boing”, February 2, 2011, http://boingboing.net/2011/02/02/egypt-the-viral-vlog.html ***(Please watch this BEFORE coming to class)

Vlog(s):
Please view the vlog under "Thoughts on Social Media & the Arab Spring!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!

In-class Film: "For Neda" (70 min)

For Discussion:
UCLA's Hypercities Project on Egypt

Youtube on UCLA's Iran Hypercities Project

Hypercities Project, Tehran the day Neda was murdered

 

 

 

 

 

April 20:
Lab: Finish Film: "For Neda" (70 min)

Lab: Camtasia

1: Tutorial on Camtasia interface here!

2: Tutorial on editing tracks here!

3: Working with a text slide tutorial here!

4: Adding transitions tutorial here--cool stuff!!

5: Camtasia "call outs" tutorial here!

6. Working with audio in Camtasia!

*A list of additional Camtasia tutorials is here!

 

 

 

 

April 22:
Lab: TBD

 

 

April 27:
Lab: TBD

 



April 29:
Lab:
TBD


May 4:
Lab: TBD

 

 

May 6:
Lab: TBD

 

FINAL EXAM: Mon, May 11, 2:30-4:20, Hum 512, YOUR WIKI EDITING AND FACEBOOK POST RECORD ARE DUE IN THE WOMEN & GENDER STUDIES OFFICE - HUMANITIES 230 - BY 4PM TODAY!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://distance-ed.fullerton.edu/bbpresentations/Karyl_Ketchum/this_film_is_not_yet_rated/player.html

http://distance-ed.fullerton.edu/bbpresentations/Karyl_Ketchum/intersexion/player.html

 

 

Course Social Media Links:

Course Facebook Page (Don't forget to keep a running log of your FB posts in a Word document!)

padlet.com

Tumblr Sign-Up Page

 

 

 

Links to Cool Tech Stuff!!

Get your own CSU Fullerton *free version* of Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop here!!: http://www.fullerton.edu/sts/software/adobe/

Wikipedia Vision

TransHack Project: Research shows that transgender people are unemployed at 2x the national rate–4x for transgender people of color; have incomes of less than $10,00 a year; experience homelessness at 2x the rate of non-trans people; and suffer overwhelming discrimination when it comes to accessing adequate healthcare and legal services. This problem not only affects transgender adults but trans and gender nonconforming youth as well. A necessary step in addressing anti-transgender bias is to create technology that socially empowers transgender individuals. Imagine if there existed a mobile phone app that helps individuals find trans friendly doctors or an app that profiles safe space job opportunities for trans people across the country? Trans*H4CK is a space in which to turn these possibilities into reality.

Wikipedia Vision: WikipediaVision is a (close to!) real-time visualization of edits to the English (and the German, French, Spanish, Swedish) Wikipedia site(s).

AIDS Quilt touch project

Article about The AIDS Quilt Touch Project

Link to CSUF student pricing for Adobe Creative Suite!

Keepvid.com -- download online vids through this free service!

 

 

 

 

Exercise/Tutorial Links:

Code.Org

Paul's GIF Guide

Balloon Landscape Demo Files

Photoshop Retouching Tutorial Page

Dreamweaver Instructions

Windows Movie Maker Instructional Sheet

Movie Maker Video Tutorials

Movie Maker Demo WMV File

Camtasia Studio 7 tutorials

Creating open captions in Camtasia

 

 

 

Links on Filmmaking:

The Film Techniques of Hitchcock

Youtube on film techniques

Some additional online editing tools and programs

 

 

 

 

Links to Previous Students' Work:

Fall 2013 Tuesday class Tumblr: http://wmst320tuesday.tumblr.com/

Fall 2013 Wednesday class Tumblr:
http://wmst320wednesday.tumblr.com/

Spring 2013 Photoshop Image Galleries!

Fall 2012 Photoshop Gallery

Fall 2011 Photoshop Gallery

Fall 09 Video Gallery II

Ashley Contreras's Page on "Images of War"

Anonymous Student Myspace "Technology Not 4 Me"

Raymond Fernandez's Page on "Mail Order Males"

Daniel's site on gaming and violence

Spring 2010 Final Project Web Design Gallery

Fall 09: 1:00 Video Gallery

Fall 09: 2:30 Video Gallery

 

 

 

 

Visual Theory Links:

Visual Theory: Understanding "Framing"

Visual Theory: Appropriation and the relationship between images and text

Visual Theory: Roland Barthes "Commutation Test" and the Johnny Deere Doll

 

 

Experiments in Visual Theory and HTML

The Postmodern Psychodynamics of Visibility [deconstructing images with rollovers]

The PINK Project [theorizing images through Hypertext and "hotspots" or image mapping]

Does Language Influence Vision? [creating a game for your viewer]

Roland Barthes conception of the sign [interactive diagram]

"Marina's Gift" [mimicking the physical world]

"Visibleworld.net"

 

 

 

Other Readings of Interest:

Brady report on gun violence in America

Brady Report on Assault Weapons in the US

State-By-State Gun Laws

The struggle over gender on Wikipedia: the case of Chelsea Manning

“Wikipedia Ponders Its Gender-Skewed Contributions - NYTimes.com.” Accessed January 18, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/business/media/31link.html?_r=1&.

Wong, Kristina Sheryl. "Pranks and Fake Porn: Doing Feminism My Way." Catching a
Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century. Ed. Rory Dicker and Alison
Piepmeier. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2003.

Goffman, Erving. Gender Advertisements. New York: Harper and Rowe, 1976.

Petchesky, Rosalind Pollack. "Fetal Images: The Power of Visual Culture in the Politics of Reprodduction." Feminist Studies 13.2 (1987): 263-92.

 

 

 

Other Cool Stuff to Check Out:

Play Twine game, "Sacrilige"

Google Reverse Image Search Engine

Google Cultural Institute

Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault and the PANOPTICON

Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Free Culture Manifesto

Creative Commons website

PBS's Art 21: Art in the 21st Century

Wikileaks: military video over Baghdad

WIRED's coverage of the Iraqi military video leaked by Wikileaks

George Washington University's National Security Archive

Amistad Digital Resource for Teaching African American History--Columbia University

The Memory Hole

Nanotechnologies and anti-bacterial underwear???

Text of E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Sandman"

The aesthetic of Postmodernism

Jon Ippolito "Hacking Copyright for Fun and Profit"

Guillermo Gomez Pena's site

Meet Lynn Hershman Leeson's Agent Ruby from her film "Teknolust" HERE!!

Artist Kara Walker's intrigueing cutouts on race and whiteness

The Guerrilla Girls

The Art of Barbara Kruger

 

DOD Statistics

 

VS

 

 

  

 

 
Technlogies of Vision--"Film Making Techniques"

 

 

 
"Photoshop Extreme"

 

 

lost info

 
http://www.stopbigmedia.com

 
2007 FCC Oversight Hearing -- John Kerry

 

 

 

 
Heather Hunt, Gender and Technoculture, Spring 2009

 

 

 



Holzer neon
“Protect Me From What I Want” / 1988 /electronic billboard, Times Square/ Jenny Holzer