Class, Wed, 2/08

Twitter, live-tweeting, media usage



Complete your User Profile. Add your Public Display name, photo, and a brief blurb.

Twitter: Live-Tweeting This Class

  • Quotation
  • Question
  • Comment
  • Link
  • Response/Retweet


Other Social Media Feeds

  • Facebook: Respond or start a new conversation
  • Instagram: Think “digital”, “rhetoric”, “writing”. What images comes to mind?

Media Usage Journal

Individually: Review the list you made yesterday. See if you can mark the items on it with the following tags:

  • Screen vs. Paper
  • Reader vs. Writer
  • Screen Device: Laptop, tablet, phone, projection screen, etc.
  • Paper device: Book, magazine, notebook, loose-leaf, etc.
  • Screen platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Word, Sakai/Canvas, WordPress, etc.

An example: My media usage journal for 2/07


In groups of four or five: Compare your annotated lists. See if you can create a group table that documents your collective media usage. Try to note:

  • Number of times individuals used screen or paper
  • Number of times as reader or writer
  • Duration: What platforms/devices did individuals spend most time with?

What observations do you want to make based on this data? What seems most salient? Most idiosyncratic? Email me a group document with your data and comments.

To Do

  1. Fri, 2/10: No class! But submit at least two posts related to this class to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
  2. Mon, 2/13, class: Read through the course materials on this site. I’ll plan to spend some time responding to your questions and comments. Also read the prologue and first three chapters of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows (pp.1–57). Your first writing for this course, a response to the first six chapters, will be due Thurs, 2/16, at 10:00 AM.
  3. Continue reading Carr to page 114.

Author: Joe Harris

I teach composition, creative nonfiction, and digital writing at the University of Delaware.

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