Week 3, Assignments 5 & 6
Please watch and interact with the texts in the Web 2.0 Readings (Part 3: 2006 – 2013). Continue blogging and tweeting. Start part 2 of the Twitter assignment.
As part of our readings on our connections to Web 2.0, I would like you to stop using Facebook (or another social media service you practice using multiple times on a daily basis) beginning the end of week two (day two of week two) until after day two of week 3. That is, you are not allowed to log in to or interact with anyone on Facebook for one whole week. You do not need to delete your account, though it is fascinating what happens when you try to do so. So your friends don’t freak out, your last status update should read something like, “Quitting Facebook for a week as a class experiment” or something like that. Of course, you can just stop using it and see what the results are, as well. After your last update, you must log out. Facebook messaging is part of Facebook too, so...
If you do not have a Facebook account, I would like you to stop using another online writing space that you use often or stop using another technology that you regularly use (such as text messaging). Twitter is not an option for quitting since we are using it for class. Talk with me after class to inform me of which media you will stop using.
As a way to collaboratively record and share what we are thinking about being without Facebook, you are to tweet whenever you think about going to Facebook (or that other technology) and tweet what you are thinking/feeling. @reply to each other as often as possible. Add the #tfw1 hashtag to all these tweets.
As the second blog post for week 3, compose a blog post (at least 400 words, including links, images, videos, etc.) in which you reflect on your experience and your observations concerning living without Facebook (or without the other technology, or with an unfamiliar technology). How has it impacted you as an individual? For instance, think and write about the constellation of everyday practices you ordinarily devote to the writing space you have vacated (or inhabited), and contrast what new practices you are beginning to cope with. Then, expand your reflection to examine how this has impacted you as a member of a group of friends and as a student. Also think and write about this experiment (and what social media means) in terms of who you are as a professional. What insights have opened up for you throughout the experience and now as you reflect back on having undergone this experiment? To what degree have you failed to actually carry out the experiment with integrity?
This post will take the place of your second required weekly post for week three, and that means you must interweave a discussion of an article you researched beyond the required readings for the course.
Note: this assignment is adapted from one originated by @academicdave.
Please read the texts in the Web 2.0 Readings (Part 4: gaming, screen literacy, remix).
Continue blogging and tweeting! Don’t forget the Facebook blog post is due by the end of this week.