Remedial Piece

I found a poem I wrote about a year ago and decided to recreate it as a video without text.

This poem was very personal, and the way it translated to video shows that. But I still wanted to revise it, so no judgments please!

Here it is!


Movement From Paper To Screen

Through reading the first six chapters of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows, I have gained a new perspective on what the media is doing to society now, and even what it did when technology was first evolving. I feel that what is being discussed in the first chapter is extremely relevant to my life, and the life that most students live today. Carr acknowledges the opinion of Karp, a well-educated man who has a passion for writing, regarding technology and how it is impacting our minds. Carr tells us that “Karp has come to believe that reading lots of short, linked snippets online is a more efficient way to expand his mind than reading ‘250-page books’, though, he says, ‘we can’t yet recognize the superiority of this networked thinking process because we’re measuring it against our old linear thought process’” (Car 8). Reading text online of all different sorts has become a part of our daily lives. Using the internet teaches us new ways of thinking and learning each time we explore something new online.

Everything we do has transformed into a shortened version and our minds have been forced to adapt to this. For example, any post on Twitter can be no more than forty words, meaning posts for this class have to be abbreviated or made into a significantly shorter phrase than an idea may have started out as. For people who have grown up using these methods of technology and have not had to watch society change completely with the growth of technology, there is not as much to get used to because we don’t have an old thought process to measure against, like Karp described in the text.

There are now so many benefits of reading entire books online or through an electronic tool. I read an article online about the benefits of eBooks, which also instantly directed me to further articles just like what was mentioned in The Shallows. For those who are trying to help the environment, that is a huge way to make an impact by putting a stop to purchasing printed books. But from the standpoint of someone who genuinely just wants to grow as a reader, an eBook allows you to look more in depth at certain aspects of the text and often times you can look up a particular word that you are unsure about. Since an eBook has a direct correspondence to the internet, there are always ways to gain more information on a topic or sentence you are reading about.

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.