This Week in English 293 [Updated 10/21]

Week 1

Read:

Kress, “The Futures of Literacy.” 

Compose:

Reply to this blog post with a link to one of your favorite digital texts and/or social media account. Include a sentence summary and a sentence on why you like the text.

 Week 2:
Read:  Herrick’s “An Overview of Rhetoric” pp. 1-16, stop before “Social Functions of the Art of Rhetoric”
Post a Class Blog:
Look at your own social media presence. How do you consider your audience when posting? Do you? How does your writing/photos/sharing change depending on the medium and the audience? Be sure to reference the reading materials in your post.
Proposal Due on Friday September 11 by midnight via Your Blog

Week 3

September 14

Read:

Yergeau et al “Multimodality in Motion” http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/18.1/coverweb/yergeau-et-al/pages/access.html (Note: this article is tricky to navigate. Within the article, there are seven short essays, and each essay is divided into three or four pages. One way to ensure you are reading all the content is to click “Next” on the bottom of each page.)

Read through a Facebook page and a Twitter account via a screenreader.

Compose:

Post on Class Blog: How do the issues and concerns of “Multimodality in Motion” change the way you think about the Internet? In answering this question, you may address how your favorite websites exclude or include certain groups of people through their design and function, the responsibility of web creators to people with disabilities, and how centering disability and accessibility can enhance our digital creations.

Comment on 5 other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Unit 2: Writing

Week 4: Hashtag Activism

September 21

Read:

Nancy Fraser

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/01/not-just-hashtag-activism-why-social-media-matters-to-protestors/384215/

http://adanewmedia.org/2014/07/issue5-loza/

Compose:

Maintain your sharing platform with at least daily posts.

One Class Blog: What is hashtag activism? Is it effective? Or not? What rhetorical aspects must be considered for a successful and effective hashtag? What hashtags are related to your issue/activity? Did you/would you participate? Why or why not?

Comment on 5 other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Week 5: Wikipedia

September 28

Read:

Zittrain’s The Lessons of Wikipedia

Wikipedia Has a Women Problem

Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thon’ seeks to boost number of women editors

Compose:

Maintain your sharing platform with at least daily posts.

One Class Blog: How have you used Wikipedia in the past? If you have edited a page before, what did you consider when doing so? If you have not, why not? How does your interaction with the site change when you’re a composer as opposed to a consumer?

Comment on 5 other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Week 6: Text-Based Games

October 5

Read:

Salter’s What Is Your Quest Excerpt.

Depression Quest

Compose:

Maintain your sharing platform with at least daily posts.

One Class Blog: What are your reactions to text-based games? How can they be used to construct an argument? What are the affordances and limitations of text-based games? What is Depression Quest’s central argument, and how does it make it?

Comment on 5 other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Visuals

Week 7: GIFS

October 12

Read:

La Grandeur’s “Digital Images and Classical Persuasion”

http://www.wired.com/2013/01/best-animated-gifs/

A piece that uses GIFS to make the argument

Compose:

Maintain your sharing platform with at least daily posts.

Class Blog: Respond to one question or a mixture of more: What is visual rhetoric? How do digital platforms make use of visual rhetoric? When are visuals more effective rhetorically than text? How does discussion about your topic make use of visual rhetoric? Or share an example of awesome digital visual rhetoric and explain what makes it awesome.

Comment on 5 other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Written Project Due by Monday October 12 at Midnight.

Week 8: Remix

October 19

First, the academic piece: Springsteen’s Visible Guerrillas (Hint: the most important part starts at page 234)

Second, an example hereYou’ll need this context to understand the argument of the images.

Compose class blog: What Springsteen calls “appropriative reproach,” others call “remix.” What is the rhetorical significance of altering pre-existing images to convey something else? Share an example of appropriative reproach in your post and analyze its argument.

Maintain your sharing platform with daily posts.

Comment on two other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Week 9: Infographics

October 26

Read:

CRAP Design Principals

Select two or three infographics from here

Alternative Text

Compose:

Maintain your sharing platform with at least daily posts.

One Class Blog: Share a visual argument you think is especially effective. Analyze the image’s rhetoric (think argument, audience, purpose) and how the CRAP design principles are used to make the argument.

Comment on 2 other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Unit 3: Sound

Week 10: Podcasts

November 2

Read:

Ceraso’s (Re)Educating the Senses- Multimodal Listening, Bodily Learning, and the Composition of Sonic Experiences

This American Life “Harper High Part 1” http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/487/harper-high-school-part-one (You can access Part 2 there if you’d like to listen as well. IT’S SO GOOD.)

Compose:

Maintain your sharing platform with daily posts.

One Class Blog: What was your experience listening to “Harper High Parts 1 and 2”? How was the podcast rhetorically effective or not? How did your embodied listening shape your experience of the listening to the podcast?

Comment on 2 other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Visual Final Project due Monday Friday November 6 by Midnight

Week 11: YouTube

November 9

Read:

An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F_EOquQtZg

Compose Blog Post: Michael Wesch talks about the far reach of YouTube, as well as how YouTube connects us through vlogs and viral memes. What do you think of his claims? Do you think he’s overstating YouTube’s significance? Or right on the money? Why? Share a YouTube video–one that is user-generated and non-commercial– that backs up your assessment of Wesch’s argument and explain how it does so.

Maintain your sharing platform with daily posts.

One Class Blog:

Comment on 2 other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Week 12: Captioning

November 16

Read:

Zdenek, Sean. “Which sounds are significant? Towards a rhetoric of closed captioning

Sean Forbes “I’m Deaf” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5l-2Jo14cQ#t=95

Sean Forbes “Let’s Mambo” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2KYAlcTQno

Deaf Professional Artist Network “Wrecking Ball” https://youtu.be/HMyXL-QnLbo?list=PLx1wHz1f-8J_xKVdU7DGa5RWIwWzRWNVt

Compose:

Maintain your sharing platform with daily posts.

One Class Blog: After reading Zdenek’s article and watching the examples, what do you think of the affordances and possibilities of captioning? How can captions be used to advance an argument or interpretation? How will you make your third project accessible?

Comment on 2 other student blog posts by Wednesday’s class

Week 13

November 23

No class November 25

Compose:

Maintain your sharing platform with daily posts.

Sonic Project due November 23 at Midnight via Class Blog

Week 14

November 30

Show and Tell Week:

Students Post their Favorite Webtexts Related to Their Issue

Week 15

Choose medium for Final Portfolio

Review digital portfolio examples

Finals Week:

Digital portfolio/reflection due Friday December 11 by midnight via class blog

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23 thoughts on “This Week in English 293 [Updated 10/21]

  1. http://www.hitrecord.org/

    I love HitRecord! It’s a website built by Joseph Gordon Levitt and his older brother which allows artists to collaborate on a large scale in creating films, songs, stories and any other style of art work you can think of. Everyone involved in a collaboration receives their due credit and, when the project airs on the show “HitRecord on TV,” they get paid for their work. I really wish I could find the time to get more involved in the site but even so, it’s a lot of fun to just watch the final product of hundreds of people’s hard work come together!

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  2. My favorite social media account is Buzzfeed Video of Facebook. They post tons of funny videos that their staff/actors/interns star in. The videos can range anywhere from people trying weird things, like guys trying on wedding dresses, to really cool and simple recipes virtually anyone can make, to emotional videos like people speaking on their parents death and how it made them feel. I really like Buzzfeed video as just a way to escape from things I tend to see all the time like personal posts or news. It gives me a time to relax but still either learn or watch things and still stay interested.

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  3. http://www.buzzfeed.com/juliapugachevsky/times-elle-woods-empowered-you-as-a-woman?utm_term=.xrBQWAwDP#.egX998Knw

    This listicle from Buzzfeed, “23 Times Elle Woods Empowered You As A Woman,” is one of my favorites! My mom posted it on my wall the day before I went on a tour of Harvard law. It lists the many commendable attributes that Elle had, including that she “proved feminists could be many things at once.”

    I do actually look up to Elle Woods. She was determined to reach her goals and she did all while maintaining who she is. Her and I are alike in that neither of us really fit in with the Harvard crowd, so I’ve always sympathized with her. I tell myself that if Elle can do it, I can do it!

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  4. https://twitter.com/CauseWereGuys

    This is a link to my most favorite Twitter account. I love checking social media daily, and this is account that is always on my news feed. The account seems to be created by someone who is generally close to my age range. The account stays up to date with current events that are relative to the “average” male teenagers life. The account posts hilarious vines, and pictures that make me laugh almost every time.

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  5. https://instagram.com/eurotravellers/

    This is one of my favorite Instagram accounts. If you like to travel, hopefully you’ll really enjoy this. This account re-posts pictures from all around Europe. In the captions, they name the place and a fun fact or piece of history about it. I really like this account because I love to travel and I plan on going all around Europe when I get older. This account shows me all the best places to go.

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  6. https://twitter.com/totalfratmove

    This link is for the twitter feed for the website Total Frat Move. It is a blogging website that posts funny, interesting stories and pictures from around the country with the majority of them talking about different things going on in college campuses. Not only are they the twitter that i would say i “favorite” the most, but i also see a lot of their stuff directly on their website. They also have a sister website called Total Sorority Move which does pretty much the same thing but directs it at a more female demographic.

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  7. http://www.sjana.com.au/

    This is a website run by an Australian girl named Sjana who is aspiring to be a professional lifestyle and travel blogger. Her website is a mismash of the photos she takes in incredible places around the world, music videos and videos how to do certain yoga poses, as well as inspirational posts of positivity that simply remind me how much there is to enjoy every day. She also provides a plethora of recipes and other fun miscellaneous tips and tricks which are always fun to read and try out. Through all of this she has attracted quite a following, and chooses to use her website to also spread accessibility to a couple of charities that she is passionate about.

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  8. https://instagram.com/fantastic_earth/

    So I love traveling and I love photography so this account just takes the two of them and makes them one. This account lets Instragram users submit their own photos of places around the world to be featured on the account, and some of these photos just look GREAT. As someone who travels a lot, I really wish to be able to go to as many of these places as possible and from someone who likes photography it’s kind of inspiring to see a bunch of great photos, even if some of them have been Photoshopped.

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  9. Even though I am an avid user of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, I love to look at different Buzzfeed pages. Whether it be taking a quiz or reading “24 Things Only Your Best-Best Friend Knows About You”, I enjoy spending time reading them because it not only entertains me, but it also makes me come to many realizations about life in general. I do not have a preference to any particular pages; I like them all! (http://www.buzzfeed.com)

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  10. My favorite social media account is “atticuspoetry” on instagram. Atticuspoetry writes short poems and posts them in a very simplistic layout. But what I like about his (I assume he’s a he) work is that it really hits you right in the feels. His posts are definitely up for interpretation because they are so short and vague, but I interpret most of them to be about being young and being in love. One of my favorite poems of his is called “rich of love”.

    “I promise
    to live a life
    so rich of love,
    that at the end,
    I will not be,
    so shy of death.

    a t t i cu s”

    This is a link to his instagram, but he also has a tumblr and twitter account.

    https://instagram.com/atticuspoetry/?hl=en

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  11. Avantika

    https://instagram.com/flavorgod/

    This is the instagram page of Flavorgod Seasonings. I love this page because one, I love to cook, and 2, because this page posts pictures and recipes of really neat and healthy dishes that I love reading about and attempting to create. Sadly, I have yet to actually buy one of their seasonings which is sad, but that is on my “to do” list!

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  12. http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-paul-ford-what-is-code/
    “What is Code?” by Paul Ford

    This article is a very long (38,000 words) explanation of what programming is, but for non-programmers. I find the actual article interesting, but I like how it takes advantage of the fact that it is on a dynamic website, and not static physical media. The author uses images, videos, animations, and small games to present an idea in a way the reader would better understand.

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