My infatuation with Phil Agre‘s work only begins with the Red Rock Eaters’ mailing list, to items from which I often link. If you read my blog, you may find something of use or of interest on this list of his recent or forthcoming work (the annotations are his, not mine):
Life after cyberspace, EASST Review 18(2),
1999, pages 3-5.
Yesterday’s tomorrow, Times Literary Supplement,
3 July 1998, pages 3-4.
The Internet and
public discourse, First Monday 3(3), 1998.
Advice for undergraduates considering graduate
school A brief how-to, perhaps ten pages, for undergraduates who
think they might want to go to graduate school. I originally wrote it for
students in my own department, but over time I have extended it in response
to comments from people in other fields. It emphasizes the value of getting
involved in research and is especially intended for sophomores and juniors.
Designing effective action alerts for the
Internet This is a guide to designing political action alerts. It
also suggests what kinds of badly designed action alerts you should refrain
from forwarding to others.
Find your voice Writing for a webzine: how to
build a public voice on the Internet that communicates your values in a way
that people can understand.
Hosting a speaker A guide for graduate
students concerning the practicalities of playing host to a visiting
speaker, for example in a weekly seminar series.
How to help someone use a computer
A short set of practical guidelines on helping people use computers without
oppressing them. I learned most of these ideas from teachers of young
children, but they apply equally well to anyone.
Information and institutional change
This is an annotated syllabus for an upper-division undergraduate class
that I taught at UCLA in the spring of 2000 on the role of information
and information technology in the process of institutional change.
The literature on institutions My
research takes an institutional perspective on the place of information
technology in people’s lives, and this article summarizes the literature
in sociology and and political science about the concept of an institution.
Networking on the network A detailed
guide to professional networking both on and off the Internet. Although
written principally for advanced graduate students and others in academia,
the underlying principles apply widely.
Cyberspace as American culture, to appear in Science
Designing a wired life, paper prepared for the WebNet
Growing a democratic culture: John Commons on the
wiring of civil society, to appear in David Thorburn and Henry Jenkins,
eds, Democracy and New Media, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000.
Hazards of design: Ethnomethodology and the ritual
order of computing, submitted to Mind, Culture, and Activity.
Imagining the wired university, paper presented
at the Symposium on the Future of the University, University of Newcastle,
Portents of planning: A critical reading of the first
paragraph of Miller, Galanter, and Pribram’s Plans and the Structure of
Behavior, paper presented at the Conference on Narrative in the Human
Sciences University of Iowa, July 1990.
Writing and representation, to appear in Michael Mateas
and Phoebe Sengers, eds, Narrative Intelligence, Amsterdam: John