Class, Fri, 5/12

Favorites (continued)

  • Jay and Ellie on Sam
  • Ashley on Ellie
  • Amanda on Nicole
  • Mackenzie on Allison
  • Nicole on Sam
  • Molly on Ashley

Responses to the Course

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Class, Wed, 5/10

Favorites

On the Page

  • Will on Jake
  • Devon on James
  • Sara on Graham
  • Jake on Amanda
  • Allison on Brittany
  • Ellysa on Mackenzie
  • Brittany on Ashley
  • James on Devon
  • Melinda on Molly
  • Isabella on Will
  • Jessica on Sara
  • Graham on Melinda
  • Sam on Isabella

On the Screen

  • Alex on James
  • Jay and Ellie on Sam
  • Ashley on Ellie
  • Amanda on Nicole
  • Mackenzie on Allison
  • Nicole on Sam
  • Molly on Ashley

 

Class, Mon, 5/08

Notes on Digital Writing, and Profiling Digital Writers

Guy Kawasaki, “Optimizing Your Profile” (from Kawasaki and Fitzpatrick, The Art of Social Media, Penguin 2014). 

Writing Onscreen

In groups: Present the piece you tweeted about. Explain to your classmates why you think this writer did something on the screen that couldn’t be done on the page. Then, as a a group, select a piece you’d like to present to the class as a whole.

To Do

  1. Tues, 5/09, 10:00 am: Post your Favorites to this site.
  2. Wed, 5/10, class: Discuss Favorites.
  3. Fri, 5/12, class: Continue discussing Favorites, and respond to class.

 

 

Class, Fri, 5/05

Remediations

Fastwrite: Identify a piece you’d like to talk about. In particular, note what new meanings the writer was able to generate in moving from one medium or mode or platform to another.

Twitter

Fastwrite: Comment on the uses of Twitter in this class. (I am not proud or invested.) Then, also comment on the uses of Twitter in your life beyond this class. Is Twitter dying, or not?

Writing: Favorites

To Do

  1. Mon, 5/08, class: “Bring a link”. Tweet a link (#e397dr) to a site or page that you feel does something interesting or powerful onscreen that couldn’t be done on the page. We will discuss them in class.
  2. Tues, 5/09, 10:00 am: Post your Favorites to this site.
  3. Wed, 5/10, class: Discuss Favorites.
  4. Fri, 5/12, class: Continue discussing Favorites, and respond to class.

Writing: Favorites

In our last two class meetings of this semester, I’d like to celebrate the work that all of you have done. Here’s how you can help.

You’ve read a lot of pieces composed by your classmates this semester. I’d like you to identify two favorite posts/pieces:

  • One post which you admire for its quality of prose, for particular sentences or paragraphs that the author has crafted;
  • One post which you admire for how the writer has moved beyond writing—has done something on screen that you can’t do on the page.

(You will note that I am returning here to the idea of affordances which I began the term by talking about. What can you do in writing? What can you do beyond writing?)

But here is the kicker: You cannot simply reference an entire post. You must select and quote: a sentence or two from a post, or few seconds from a video or audio file, or a particularly effective use of images or links or formatting. In any case, you have to quote from within a post, not simply refer to it.

Explain what you like and admire about these two moments in two pieces. While I hope for critical insight, I also aim for celebration.

I’ll ask each of you to briefly present your favorites to the class. I’ll project your post; you’ll talk for about two minutes. This should be fun!

Deadline: Tues, 5/09, 10 00 am

Class, Wed, 5/03

Six Diffs 2Profiling Digital Writers: Six More Differences

In groups: Review the lists created by the four groups in class on Monday.  Come up with yet another list that contains:

  1. Three insights about digital writers and writing
  2. Three insights about writing profiles of digital writers.

Re-Mediation

What piece are you going to rework/remediate? How do you plan to shift media or platforms? Why? To what desired effect?

To Do

  1. Thurs, 5/04, 10:00 am: Post your remediation, or a link to it, to this site. Read through the pieces posted by your classmates and comment on at least four that draw your attention and admiration.
  2. Fri, 5/05, class: We will discuss the remediation pieces. And, the death, or not, of Twitter. See Davey Alba.

Class, Mon, 5/01

Editing Interviews

John Solomon, “Pulling Back the Curtain” (2007).

Six Differences

Six Diffs 1As a group, come up with six meaningful differences among the profiles of digital writers written by this class. These may be differences in (a) what the profiles tell us about the role of writing in various lives or careers, or (b)  in the writing of the profiles themselves. Be ready to point to specific profiles that illustrate these differences. Email me your list. We’ll talk about them on Wednesday.

To Do

  1. Wed, 5/03, class: Be ready to describe your plans for the remediation assignment. What texts will you be working with? How and why will you shift platforms or media?
  2. Wed, 5/03, class: Read Davey Alba on the possible death of Twitter.
  3. Thurs, 5/04, 10:00 am: Post your remediation, or a link to it, to this site. Read through the pieces posted by your classmates and comment on at least four that draw your attention and admiration.
  4. Fri, 5/05, class: We will discuss the remediation pieces.