Test Reading


This is a test of whether I can upload a reading. http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/cyberone/fi…


The Instructor Blog Begins


Throughout this course the instructors will be keeping a blog that highlights some of the highlights of the course. Amazingly, even without the course beginning, I have some great highlights to report.

First, long before the end of registration, both the Law School and Extension School sections of the course have filled completely. We only wish we had a way to know how many people are considering participating in some way in the online environment. That is almost certainly due in part to our trailer video (available on the front page of this site, hosted on BlipTV, and also on YouTube.com where it was posted by the author of the IvyGate blog). The trailer is primarily the work of Dean Jansen (who filmed and edited), Rodica Buzescu (who did SL design animation of our mouths), and Tao Takashi (who was the machinimist for the project). It has been viewed thousands of times already!

Other attention has come our way through the traditional media. Andrea L. Foster of the The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a piece about the course as did the Boston Phoenix via reporter Kate Cohen. We’ve also been linked from the blogs of many interesting folks and some other news bits are in the pipeline. We hope we can meet and surpass the expectations and doubts.

This weekend we’re doing our last minute preparation for the first week of class next week. If you watch the site closely you’ll see it growing and changing. I’ll sign off for now to get back to it!

–Rebecca Nesson

Welcome to Law in the Court of Public Opinion!


Welcome to the course website for Law in the Court of Public Opinion. This course is being offered jointly in the Harvard Law School and the Harvard Extension School in the fall semester, 2006.

If we do say so ourselves, the course will be unlike any that has ever been taught. It is a course in persuasive, empathic argument in the Internet space. Throughout the course we will be studying many different media technologies to understand how their inherent characteristics and modes of distribution affect the arguments that are made using them. Students will be immersed in this study through project-based assignments in which they will be using these technologies to make their own arguments. For a good introduction to the class, watch this video of a discussion with Charlie and Rebecca hosted by the Berkman Center.

CyberOne Screenshot

Our brief trailer video gives an A/V description of the CyberOne experience.

Note: The video requires Quicktime 7 (free). Alternatively, watch the lower quality Flash version.


Three Ways to Participate in CyberOne:

Langdell Hall

As a Harvard Law Student

Only Harvard Law students can register for the law school version of this course. Students at other schools of Harvard may enroll by cross-registering according to the rules of their home school.

Photo by: Bad Glacier

Second Life

As a Harvard Extension Student

Enrollment to the Harvard Extension School is open to the public. Extension students will experience portions of the class through a virtual world, known as Second Life. Videos, discussions, lectures, and office hours will all take place on Berkman Island. Students from anywhere in the world will be able to interact with one another, in real time.

Photo by: Pathfinder Linden


As an Internet User “At Large”

All of our videos and lecture materials will be freely available to anyone with an Internet connection. We’ll also be broadcasting select video on Cambridge Community Television, for residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Photo by: Colin Gregory Palmer

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