Class, Mon, 2/20

Media Feeds

Writing in a Digital Space

With thanks to James K, Ashley M,  Katie F, and Amanda D.

  • What might we learn from the featured posts about how to write on a site like this?
  • What advice can we formulate about writing effective links?

Fenton and Lee, Nicely Said

Please locate a passage in the first chapter where the authors offer some advice that you think you can put to use in your work for this course. We’ll talk about what they have to say.

Second Response to Carr

To Do

  1. Wed, 2/22, class: Finish Carr. Locate a passage in the second half of his boot that helps you respond to the feeling of distractedness that he suggests characterizes our time. Please also take an image related to The Shallows and/or this class and post it to our Instagram feed.
  2. Thurs, 2/23, 10:00 am: Post your second response to Carr to this site.
  3. Fri, 2/24, class: Read and post comments on the pieces written by yur group members.
  4. Mon, 2/27, class: Read pp. 1–100 of danah boyd’s It’s Complicated.




Class, Fri, 2/17

Media Feeds

Responding to Carr

As individuals

Take a minute or two to read the comments on your post. Then spend a few more minutes writing a comment in response to those comments.

As groups

Begin by reading each of your posts aloud, so that they are fresh in everyone’s mind. (I don’t think this will take more than ten minutes.) Then please complete these two tasks:

  • Select one response to present to the class as a whole on Monday. Please select a post that you feel (a) has something interesting to say about Carr, and (b) says it in an interesting way. I’ll ask you in our next class to briefly point to what you think we can learn as digital writers from this post.
  • Develop a list of tips for making effective use of hyperlinks. Try to come up with at least three bits of advice. Email your list to me.

To Do

  1. Fri, 2/17, 11:59 pm: Make sure you’ve made least two posts to our media feeds.
  2. Mon, 2/20, class: Read as much of Carr as you can. Also read Fenton and Lee to p.9. Think about how you might use their advice in your writing for this course.
  3. Wed, 2/22, class: Finish Carr. Take an image related to The Shallows and/or this class and post it to our Instagram feed.

Writing: First Response to Carr

Nicholas Carr

Please read the first six chapters (up to p. 114) of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows. Then write a brief response  (say, about 400 words or so) in which you connect you relate some aspect of your own experiences as a user of the internet and social media to what Carr has to say.

I have one hint and one requirement:

  • The hint: Don’t try to respond to the broad sweep of Carr’s argument. Pick a particular point that he makes that you feel you can respond to in a specific, detailed, and compelling (perhaps unexpected) way. You may want to begin with the passage you tweeted for class on Wed, 2/15. Remember that you are one of 24 people responding to this text. You want to say something different from the other 23.
  • The requirement: You must include a hyperlink to another text in your response. I am asking you to draw on your experiences in responding to Carr, but those experiences involving interacting with other texts. I want you to link, meaningfully, to at least one of them.

A note on style: I’m asking for your response to Carr. So you should feel free to write in a personal and informal voice. At the same time, though, I expect you to be professional: to show that you’ve read Carr closely, to carefully edit your prose, and to submit your writing on time.

I will also ask you to read and comment on the responses posted by five of your classmates. We’ll talk more about how I’d like you to do so in class on Wednesday, but you should plan now set aside about an hour on Tbursday for this work.


Please post your response to this site by Thurs, 2/16, at 10:00 AM. Use Carr and your Group as your categories, and come up with at least three good tags for your post.