Week 1, Assignments 1 & 2
The assignment for the first meeting of the module will start us thinking about the main goal of the module: considering how the writing and social connections afforded by Web 2.0 technologies are transforming our understanding of a host of important social, political, economic, and rhetorical issues. Please read Rosen (2012) and watch this video:
After reading Rosen and watching the video, go back to the last few seconds of the video where Wesch lists many social-cultural issues that we’ll need to reconsider. Thinking about the article, the video, and your own relatonships with new media technologies, I’d like you to come up with a list of 7 – 10 other issues that you think we need to also reconsider and write a few sentences on why. Bring this to class so we can discuss this.
If you do not yet have a Twitter account, please sign up for one at http://twitter.com.
Twitter works best (especially for our purposes) when the username is professional and you are authentic. For example, my username is:
I use my full name to show who I am. My account is unlocked. Please sign up with a professional username, use your real name, and keep your account unlocked. We’ll be using Twitter in a professional way so there is no need to keep anything private. Make sure you have your username with you for the first day.
If you do not have a WordPress account, I’d like you to sign up for one at: https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/?user=1.
You must use this address; if you are asked to create a blog URL you are in the wrong place. Do NOT click the sign up for a blog link. After you sign up and you’ll be asked to verify your email address (I suggest using your Rowan email); please do that. Have your username and the email address you used to create the account with you on the first day.
Also, please read the syllabus and module description. There may be some minor changes up to classtime on Tuesday.
Please spend some time looking around the Dashboard of your brand new exciting wonderful totally cool group blog.
Then, read the two essays by Bolter (see the Readings page) and compose a 400 – 500 word response to it in which you quote the text and connect Bolter’s ideas on writing and writing technologies to something in your own lives.
Please bring a copy in electronic form to class: I will create a folder in dropbox for all of you to submit this and other documents. No need to print it out or send it to me. This response will become your first blog post, which you will write collaboratively, beginning in class and completed outside of class.
Please also read the blog post by VanFlossen (see Readings page) discussing the difference between WordPress blog categories and tags.