Writing: First Response to boyd

At this point you know the drill. Your task is to compose a post of about 400 words in to the first half of  danah boyd’s It’s Complicated. As usual, please try to anchor what you have to say in a specific moment in boyd’s text. I’d also encourage you to note any points of connection or contrast with Carr that strike you as interesting or important. But, as always, the form and direction of your piece is up to you.

Well, except for one thing: In this post I’d like you to make use somehow of audio. Exactly how, I leave to you. You may decide to embed an audio file in your writing. Or you may decide to present your writing as an audio text—something to be listened to rather than read. The issue I hope to raise is what else changes when we are asked as readers to switch modalities, to process text through our ears rather than eyes.

Let me offer an example from a version of this course that I taught in Spring 2013 at Duke University. I’m cheating here a little, since the author, Leslie Hillman, makes use of both video and audio, But as she is writing in response to The Shallows, I thought it might be interesting to consider a moment when one of his Carr’s readers literally talks rather than writes back to him. Here is Leslie’s piece, “I’m Trapped in a Paper Case of Emotion” (2013).

Once again I will also ask you to read and comment on the responses posted by your group members. The deadline for your post is 10:00 AM on Thurs, 3/02. The deadline for your comments is the start of class on Fri, 3/03.

I look forward to reading—and listening to—your work!

Author: Joe Harris

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

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