The books on this reading list will be supplemented by a number of shorter readings that we will select. You will note that there are very few texts listed here (at least at first). I have chosen to limit the number of required texts so that I may challenge you to find some for areas of your own interest.
Dibbell, Julian (1993). A Rape in Cyberspace - How an Evil Clown, A Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database Into a Society. The Village Voice, December 23, 1993, pp. 36-42.
An early report on communities in cyberspace that is also one of the most widely cited articles on such communities. Worthwhile reading for the historical perspective alone. (Also the source of the first writing assignment for the course.)
Goldsmith, Jack and Wu, Timothy (2006). Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
An excellent sampling of cases pertaining to community and control in cyberspace. Clearly written for a general audience, the text also has numerous references to more in-depth issues.
Lessig, Larry (2006). Code Version 2.0. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Available online at
Lessig's Code is one of the classic works on the commons in cyberspace. This new version was developed by a somewhat collaborative process, and both the process and the contents remain of interest.
Booth, Wayne C., Columb, Gregory G., and Williams, Joseph M. (2003). The Craft of Research, 2nd Edition. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
This is one of the texts that you will use to ground your learning of academic skills. Among other things you should turn to it to hone your writing and to help you understand how to find and use sources.
Rebelsky, S. A. (2007). (Not Quite) Everything You Need to Know to Survive SamR's Tutorial, Fall 2007 Edition. Grinnell, Iowa: Glimmer Press.
Over the years, I've accumulated a lot of advice and other writing that I consider it important for my Tutorial students to read and reflect upon. All that stuff is now gathered in this volume. I will be making some changes throughout the semester and will be adding other pages as we get to new things you should know about.
Williams, Joseph and McEnerney, Lawrence (1995).
Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing.
Chicago, IL: The Humanities Collegiate Division of The College of The University of Chicago. Online resource at
(copyrighted 1995; visited 19 August 2007;
reportedly last modified September 1998; last modified 1 August 1999).
This is where you'll start your consideration of writing. It's a relatively short discourse on what it means to write for at the college level, with particular attention paid to thesis statements and arguments.
Fulwiler, Toby and Hayakawa, Alan R. (1998). The College Writer's Reference. Prentice Hall.
For those of you who need to work on your fundamental writing skills (not on fine tuning, but on things like run-on sentences), this is a good reference. It is also the College's general reference for students in tutorial. This text is recommended and not required. However, when I grade your papers I will often refer to the sections of this text.
You will also be reading a variety of papers for this course. When we get to those papers, I will add bibliographic entries here.
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