M 22-Sep   Stu­dio (project work­shop): led by Groups 1 & 2 (list of groups here)

    Due: Inven­tory of Notes (class prepa­ra­tion) — see below

      » Focus: review/discuss dig­i­tal iden­tity & net­worked com­mu­nity?
      — 4 “per­sonal data­bases” & com­pos­ite “self-portrait“
      — Review/Discuss Assign­ment objec­tives + approach


      Dis­cuss notes + project ideas in com­ments below (before + after class)

    » Due (late/updated): Notes (page on your blog)

    W 24-Sep   Stu­dio (project work­shop): led by Groups 3 & 4 (list of groups here)

    • prepa­ra­tion for “assem­blage por­trait” (lists, notes, sketch, out­line — using 4 data­bases)
      test site (Word­Press pages, Wix, etc) & soft­ware
      » Focus/Activity: dis­cuss + test dig­i­tal com­po­si­tion tech­niques
      — Review/Discuss Com­pos­ing Guide & begin Web-work

    » Weekly Blog Entry: optional / extra credit

    F 26-Sep   Project Work­shop (praxis):

      » Activ­ity: “tech-support” + peer feed­back
      (work-in-progress due)

    » Due (S 27-Sep): Project 1

      update: Poet­ics sec­tion due S 9/28
      (post on Project 1 page on your Word­Press site)

    Con­tinue reading

    Networked Generation

    » from Zadie Smith’s 2010 review of The Social Net­work & You Are Not a Gad­get: A Man­i­festo:


      “Soft­ware may reduce humans, but there are degrees. Fic­tion reduces humans, too, but bad fic­tion does it more than good fic­tion, and we have the option to read good fic­tion. Jaron Lanier’s point is that Web 2.0 “lock-in” hap­pens soon; is hap­pen­ing; has to some degree already hap­pened. And what has been “locked in”? It feels impor­tant to remind our­selves, at this point, that Face­book, our new beloved inter­face with real­ity, was designed by a Har­vard sopho­more with a Har­vard sophomore’s pre­oc­cu­pa­tions. What is your rela­tion­ship sta­tus? (Choose one. There can be only one answer. Peo­ple need to know.) Do you have a “life”? (Prove it. Post pic­tures.) Do you like the right sort of things? (Make a list. Things to like will include: movies, music, books and tele­vi­sion, but not archi­tec­ture, ideas, or plants.)

      But here I fear I am becom­ing nos­tal­gic. I am dream­ing of a Web that caters to a kind of per­son who no longer exists. A pri­vate per­son, a per­son who is a mys­tery, to the world and—which is more important—to her­self. Per­son as mys­tery: this idea of per­son­hood is cer­tainly chang­ing, per­haps has already changed. Because I find I agree with Zucker­berg: selves evolve.”

    — Zadie Smith: “Gen­er­a­tion Why?“
    Novem­ber 25, 2010 | The New York Review of Books