Invention — Workshops


Stage III   Assem­blage Tes­ti­mony
Project: “MemeMo­r­ial”
M 08-Dec   Project Work­shop — led by groups

  • Review key instructions/method (from notes) & project com­po­nents + pro­pose spe­cific com­pos­ing ideas/techniques (dig­i­tal rhetoric)
  • Main top­ics: Emer­A­gency, net­work wit­ness, assem­blage tes­ti­mo­nial, dis­as­ter (event), memo­r­ial con­sul­ta­tion (for future, decision)
  • For groups lead­ing work­shop: dou­ble par­tic­i­pa­tion creditcom­ment before class what spe­cific com­po­nent reviewing/proposing
    (on-going dis­cus­sion: Q&A before/during/after class in com­ments)


      “The term sociopo­etic describes heuretic texts that use social sit­u­a­tions or social net­works as a can­vas; inti­mate bureau­cra­cies being a type of sociopo­etic work. […] an aes­thetic approach that asks to shift the focus from for­mal issues or cul­tural con­texts or social sci­en­tific sur­veys, toward exam­in­ing how sit­u­a­tions func­tion poet­i­cally” — Saper

W 10-Dec   Project Work­shop — led by groups

  • Review key instructions/method (from notes) & project com­po­nents
    + pro­pose spe­cific com­pos­ing ideas/techniques (dig­i­tal rhetoric) with exam­ples
  • Main top­ics: Emblem (con­cetto), Periph­eral, Net­work Inter­face (ora­cle func­tion, indi­vid­ual + col­lec­tive), con­sul­ta­tion design for par­tic­i­pa­tory culture
  • For groups lead­ing work­shop: dou­ble par­tic­i­pa­tion creditcom­mentbefore class what spe­cific com­po­nent reviewing/proposing
    on-going dis­cus­sion: Q&A before/during/after class in com­ments
    — includ­ing replies to stu­dents’ email questions


F 12-Dec   Stu­dio Project Work­shop — Works-in-Progress

  • Due project in-progress:
             site re-formatted; assem­blage tes­ti­monal com­posed (10–20 entries + tags); emblem draft (sketch or col­lage images)
  • Activ­ity: peer feed­back (dig­i­tal rhetoric: arrangement/organization) & tech sup­port
    — dis­cuss: mul­ti­modal com­pos­ing (nar­ra­tive, infor­ma­tion, expres­sion) + effects; work­ing in Elec­tracy;
    design soft­ware + tech­niques
  • Brain­storm: remain­ing com­po­nents (emblem, periph­eral, ora­cle inter­face); par­tic­i­pa­tory poet­ics (MemeMor­ial) & net­work rhetoric (on-going dis­cus­sion: Q&A before/during/after class in com­ments)

» Due (S 13-Dec) Project 3
— Poet­ics & Reflec­tion due S 14-Dec


John Craig Free­man: Oper­a­tion Green­run II Rocky Flats, Col­orado. Novem­ber, 1990


chor­ag­ra­phy (cog­ni­tive map­ping):
“The Berlin Wall fell in Novem­ber 1989, the same month Rocky Flats was shut down.“
— Free­man, “Rocky Flats Then & Now
method: mate­r­ial link — across pop­cy­cle — via Rte 93 Bill­boards — mood of thought (attune­ment)?


Participatory Culture — and Civics?


    • continue/increase group-consulting activity

        — Gen­er­ate audi­ence: share pages (social net­works); con­tact local/campus groups

        * reminder: par­tic­i­pa­tion credit; plus, need 10 posts for anno­ta­tions by 10/31

    • project com­po­nents (start this week­end):
      1. Par­tic­i­pa­tion Log (create/update)
      2. Rhetor­i­cal Analy­sis of Case Study
    • (from Fri­day) Begin finding/studying cul­tural relays (memes/viral exam­ples)
      → focus / appli­ca­tion: dig­i­tal rhetoric, “meme logic,” net­work cir­cu­la­tion (recomposition)


Stage II   Net­work Engage­ment — Project Week 4


M 20-Oct    Read/Discuss: Lessig, Remim (free eBook, 2008)
excerpts from chap­ters 4 + 5   (*read­ings PDF in D2L)
notes/quotes Doc here

    » Dis­cuss lessons of “read-write cul­ture“
    + par­tic­i­pa­tory exam­ples: mash-ups, viral videos, meme cul­ture (stu­dent exam­ples)
    → focus/application: 1. analy­sis (Exer­cise 3)
    2. using exam­ples as “relays” for net­work rhetoric (group-project techniques/innovation, com­pos­ing emblem)

W 22-Oct    Read/Discuss: Reed, “Emo­tional Rhetorics Meet Videogame Aes­thet­ics” Cur­rents in Elec Lit­er­acy (2010)

    » Dis­cuss: con­tem­po­rary cul­ture + ideas for par­tic­i­pa­tion (look­ing toward group emblem composition)

» Weekly Blog Post: exam­ple of network/participatory cul­ture (to ana­lyze for Exer­cise 3)

  • Embed media in entry + label genre of par­tic­i­pa­tory cul­ture (this all that is required)
  • Class­mate com­ment: com­mu­ni­ca­tion mode or logic of media (image, GIF, video, etc) posted?
    (dig­i­tal rhetoric observed: “lan­guage” or ver­nac­u­lar of the meme­sphere?)
    optional / e.c.: dis­cuss in terms of “pub­lic ped­a­gogy” (Portman-Daley + Lessig readings)

F 24-Oct      Group Progress Report (brief updates)

  • Prepa­ra­tion: review/compile notes on recent read­ings (use 3 in Exer­cise); choose rep­re­sen­ta­tive exam­ple to ana­lyze (posted Wed. or update)


    Optional — read for e.c. blog entry:
    Papa­gian­nis: “Work­ing towards Defin­ing an Aes­thet­ics of Aug­mented Real­ity” Con­ver­gence 2014 (PDF in D2L)
    or Gure­vitch: “Google Warm­ing: Google Earth as Eco-Machinima” Con­ver­gence 2014   (PDF in D2L)

    • Dis­cuss (optional entry): new tech­nolo­gies & emerg­ing plat­forms; poten­tial for (increased) net­work engagement?


Due (S 26-Oct): Exer­cise 3 “Meme­sphere Poet­ics” — Prompt


Tactical Velocity

    → Over week­end (from last week): Continue/increase group-consulting activity
  • Update/Refine Mis­sion State­ment; Post vari­ety of con­tent (pol­icy + media + stories…?)
  • Gen­er­ate audi­ence: share pages (social net­works); con­tact local/campus groups
  • * reminder: par­tic­i­pa­tion credit; plus, need 10 posts for anno­ta­tions by 10/31


Stage II          Net­work Engage­ment
Project: Beyond “Clicktivism”


M 6-Oct    Read/Discuss: “Inter­view with Rita Raley” (on “tac­ti­cal media”)

  • Group task/activity: select Case Study from sev­eral options iden­ti­fied (orga­ni­za­tion / media campaign)


      skip to 7:28 for Raley


    W 8-Oct    View: Crit­i­cal Art Ensem­ble — tac­ti­cal media exam­ples

      » Group task/activity: dis­cuss Case Study (orga­ni­za­tion / media campaign)


    • key topics/chapters: “the vir­tual con­di­tion,” “Recom­bi­nant The­ater, “the Per­for­ma­tive Matrix“
      — Cul­tural Resis­tance, “the bunker,” “non­ra­tional strategies”

    » Blog entry:

      — dis­cuss mod­el­ing from Case Study 1 tactic/technique in your post­ing this week


    F 10-Oct    Read/Discuss: Ridolfo & DeVoss: “Rhetor­i­cal Veloc­ity and Deliv­ery” Kairos 13.2 (2009)

      read pages: “intro,” “remix,” “ampli­fi­ca­tion,” & “veloc­ity“
      (other pages optional; “his­tory” recommended)


    • Discuss/Focus: group-consulting posts/writing as Ephemeral (tac­ti­cal) or Cir­cu­la­tion (for recom­pos­tion) or both?


    Due (S 11-Oct): Exer­cise 2Prompt below


          “Tac­ti­cal Media is sit­u­a­tional, ephemeral, and self-terminating. It encour­ages the use of any media that will engage a par­tic­u­lar socio-political con­text in order to cre­ate mol­e­c­u­lar inter­ven­tions and semi­otic shocks that col­lec­tively could dimin­ish the ris­ing inten­sity of author­i­tar­ian cul­ture.“
          Crit­i­cal Art Ensem­ble

        Con­tinue reading



            → reminder: Project 1 Poet­ics sec­tion due S 9/28
            (post on Project 1 page on your Word­Press site)
          * Resume group-site activity!


        Stage II          Net­work Engagement
        Project: Beyond “Clicktivism”

        M 29-Sep   Read/discuss: Glad­well, “Small Change” The New Yorker (4-Oct 2010)

          » propose/discuss group Case Study (topic/issue)
          — see exam­ples: Hel­loCool­World cam­paigns  
          → Dis­cuss updates about group sites
          * continue/increase “net­work wit­ness” activ­ity (posting)

        W 01-Oct   Read/Discuss: White, Micah. “Reject­ing Click­tivism.”  (4 Aug. 2010)

        +“ Click­tivism is activism degraded into adver­tis­ing.”   (08 Oct 2010)

        • Group work: Find + try gen­er­at­ing audi­ence

            View & share class­mates’ groups? Pro­mote your group on social net­works?

          * Con­tact cam­pus / local organization(s)

        F 03-Oct   Read/Discuss: Zuck­er­man,“New Media, New Civics?” (06-Dec 2013)  

        • Group work: progress report (con­tin­ued from Wednesday)


        » Due: Blog entry — Project Reflection

          • From com­pos­ing project and read­ing your self-potrait & com­mu­nity story,
            any insights about iden­tity, expe­ri­ence, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­nec­tion, etc.
            in net­work media ecology?


        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



              * reminder: begin “net­work wit­ness” (group posts “mon­i­tor­ing”)
              — share group site/s & begin seek­ing audience

        M 15-Sep     » Focus (and dis­cus­sion): Dis­course Com­mu­ni­ties
        Read­ings from Into the Blo­gos­phere: Rhetoric, Com­mu­nity, and Cul­ture of Weblogs (2004)


        W 17-Sep   Rice, “The Mak­ing of Ka-knowledge: Dig­i­tal Aural­ity” (2006) Com­put­ers and Com­po­si­tion 23 (PDF in D2L)

          Focus/Discuss: dig­i­tal rhetoric, net­work forms/modes

        » Blog Entry due (plus class­mate com­ment due Thurs.)

        F 19-Sep   Brown, “Com­po­si­tion in the Dro­mos­phere” (2012) Com­put­ers and Com­po­si­tion 29.1 (PDF in D2L)

          Focus/Discuss: net­work con­di­tions (“real-time”) & expe­ri­ence; mul­ti­modal com­pos­ing
          look­ing ahead: project 1