Week Sixteen: April 23-27
Wednesday- Presentations/course wrap-up; last day to submit online course evaluations
Friday- NO class: reading day; final project essays due by 5:00PM in E-Learning drop box
***Reminder: final blog responses must be submitted by midnight on Saturday, April 28
Blog Prompt # 16: for the week of April 23-27
For the final blog prompt of the semester, you may reflect upon any aspect or topic of the course of your choosing. You might consider how the course has challenged you to think differently about argumentative writing or how studying rhetorical theory alongside changes in new media technology and the ways that writers and readers interact have encouraged you to think about how we can use the Internet as a rhetorical space.
Respond to this prompt in your individual course blog by midnight on Saturday, April 28
Week Sixteen: April 23-27
Friday- no class: reading day; final project essays due by 5:00PM in E-Learning drop box
Blog Prompt # 15: for the week of April 16-20
This week’s prompt asks you to revisit the idea of social media as educational tools and rhetorical spaces that challenge us to think about the way we engage with the world around us.
Twitter has recently become a popular site for activity that engages in revitalizing events of historical and cultural significance, from creating accounts and tweeting as nineteenth-century authors and fictional characters of Jane Austen novels to reenacting the nativity, the events of World War II, and the sinking of the Titanic. How might such activities be used as educational tools? (i.e. how can they cultivate and deepen our understanding of literature, history,etc?). Can students benefit from the usage of social media to commemorate or reenact landmark historical moments? How can posing as authors or role-playing fictional characters on Twitter create revisionary spaces for writers, scholars, and fans of literature?
Respond to this prompt in your individual course blog by midnight on Saturday, April 21.
Week Fifteen: April 16-20
Friday- Presentations; essay 3 due
Blog Prompt # 14: for the week of April 9-13
This week’s prompt asks you to reflect upon our viewing of “The Social Network”.
Choose one of the following questions to respond to:
1. How does “The Social Network” challenge us to reevaluate the ways that we think about intellectual property?
2. “The Social Network” is more than a film about Facebook; it is a film about relationships–personal, professional, online, and face-to-face. How are these types of relationships portrayed in the film, and how does Facebook impact these relationships, whether negatively or positively? How has social media impacted your interpersonal relationships, whether negatively or positively?
Respond to this prompt in your individual course blog by midnight on Saturday, April 14.
Week Fourteen: April 9-13
Monday- Film: “The Social Network” continued
Friday- No class: instructor at a conference
Blog Prompt # 13: for the week of April 2-6
This week’s prompt asks you to continue thinking about the role that social media plays in the spread of news and information–specifically through the medium of citizen journalism via blogging.
Locate a blog on the Internet that is devoted to a form of news–local, state, national, world, pop culture/entertainment, etc. Be sure to link to the blog you have found in your response. After locating the blog, respond to the following: is the blog run by a “Citizen” or “professional” journalist? What form of news does the blog cover? How does the blogger seek to establish credibility with readers (i.e. does the site contain a sufficiently detailed about page or means of contacting the blogger?). Are posts more factual or opinionated in nature, or does the blogger strike a balance between the two? How do you find the blog ranks as a source of news?
Respond to this prompt in your individual course blog by midnight on Saturday, April 7.
Week Thirteen: April 2-6
Monday- Robert D. Hof, “You Are the Ad” (online)
Wednesday- Film: “Social Network”
Friday- NO Class: observance of Good Friday
Blog Prompt # 12: for the week of March 26-30
This week’s prompt asks you to think about the three articles we have read that have in some way addressed the internet browsing habits of teenagers.
The articles “Twilight is so Anti-Feminist I Want to Cry,” “Digital Dressing-UP,” and “Bullying Experiences in Cyberspace” each focus more heavily on the internet-browsing habits of teenage girls than on teenage boys. Most revealing, perhaps, is the data provided in the article addressing cyber-bullying that girls aged 15-17 were overrepresented in the survey taken by the researchers and that the group least likely to tell an adult about incidents of cyber-bullying was that of girls aged twelve to fourteen, citing fear related to parental restrictions of their internet usage as the reason for their silence.
What do these three articles reveal about the gendered nature of internet-browsing habits? If the study conducted on cyber-bullying is to be believed, why do girls seem more willing than boys to admit to being bullied on the internet, particularly if the survey conducted was anonymous? Do you think teenage girls are more vulnerable to cyber-bullying than teenage boys? Why or why not?
Respond to this prompt in your individual course blog by midnight on Saturday, March 31.