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)?


Disaster (Categorical)


    • Reminder: update “net­work wit­ness” with revised issue/focus & tasks (blog­ging)
    • Exer­cise due F 11/21 (choose prompt 4 or prompt 5)

Stage III   Assem­blage Tes­ti­mony
Project: “MemeMo­r­ial”

M 17-Nov   Read/discuss: E.M. Chp. 5 “Form­less Emblems (Testimonial)”

      Activity/Discuss: toward MemeMo­r­ial tes­ti­mo­nial — project focus & dis­as­ter (method)

W 19-Nov   Read/discuss: E.M. Chp. 6 “The Agency of the Image (Upsilon Alarm)”

    Focus/Discuss: assem­blage tes­ti­mony (chor­ag­ra­phy) — event-disaster as fig­ure (image category)

» Blog Entry: dis­cuss project focus + spe­cific con­cept (con­nect key point) — use/reference net­work wit­ness update

    • class­mate com­ment optional; sug­gest — respond to classmate’s entry in terms of praxis (applied the­ory),
      MEmo­r­ial tes­ti­mo­nial (assem­blage), regard­ing key point from chp 5 and/or 6 (also could dis­cuss her/his idea in con­text: Emer­A­gency con­sult­ing, col­lec­tive unconscious/blindspot, disaster-event as fig­ure, “chor­ag­ra­phy” [think-write par­a­digm], etc.)


      Reminder: pro­pose by 21-Nov to present at PWR Diver­sity Con­fer­ence
      — Group Emer­A­gency Net-Work (project 2) would make for great presentation/panel!
      “Pro­pos­als can be from any dis­ci­pline and in any genre – nar­ra­tive, analy­sis, mul­ti­me­dia, etc.
      *Pref­er­ence will be given to pro­pos­als that involve dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy* 100 word abstracts“

F 21-Nov   » Due Exer­cise (prompt 4 or prompt 5)

Apply by 11/21 to present!

Fall Break   No Class (Mon 24-Nov – Fri 28-Nov)

      » Reminder: com­pose optional exer­cise for extra credit over break
      (choose either ex 4/5 or optional prompt)


Network Consulting


Stage II   Net­work Engage­ment — Project Week 5
    • Reminder: con­clude posts Thurs­day; Anno­ta­tions due Friday

M 27-Oct   Stu­dio   Group Col­lab­o­ra­tion: cre­ate emblem for cir­cu­la­tion — prompt

    • Review: Project Com­po­nents
    • Con­tinue post­ing + update/start anno­ta­tionsTem­plate
        *note: you might cre­ate a video (screen-recording with voiceover) dis­cussing posts — apps here


    • Start Rhetor­i­cal Analy­sis of Case Study (campaign/organization)

W 29-Oct   Inde­pen­dent Work Project Com­po­nents:

    • Write Anno­ta­tions (update/create Par­tic­i­pa­tion Log page) — due Friday

    • Com­pile notes (key terms for anno­ta­tions, analy­sis, reflection)
    • Work on Rhet. Analy­sis (case study)
    • optional: remix Group Emblem for social-network cir­cu­la­tion
      (for 1 anno­ta­tion or for optional blog entry)




        » Call for stu­dent sub­mis­sions (writ­ing + art­work): Jour­nal 2020 (10/31 deadline)


    » Reminder: last (10th) post to group site! (due 10/30)
             → update par­tic­i­pa­tion log / anno­ta­tions page


F 31-Oct   Project Wrap-up


    Due :

      » Rhetor­i­cal Analy­sis (S 01-Nov)
      » Reflec­tion & Pro­posal (S 02-Nov)


Questioning Networked Activism


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

    • also 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

    • (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 3


M 13-Oct    Read/Discuss: Brown, “From Activism to Occu­pa­tion”  (2013) Cur­rents in Elec­tronic Lit­er­acy    
+ (from Fri­day) Ridolfo & DeVoss: “Rhetor­i­cal Veloc­ity and Deliv­ery” Kairos 13.2 (2009)

      » Focus/topic: net­work “occu­pa­tion” through “tac­ti­cal” strate­gies and/or rhetor­i­cal veloc­ity
      (cir­cu­la­tion + “re-composition” — like meme cul­ture)?

    • Dis­cuss group’s Case Study (campaign/organization)
      reminder: see exam­ple cam­paigns by Hel­loCool­World

W 15-Oct   Inde­pen­dent Work (see email for instruc­tions)

Read/Discuss: Jones, “Net­worked Activism, Hybrid Struc­tures, and Net­worked Power” (2013) Cur­rents in Elec­tronic Literacy

    • Focus/discuss: “net­work activism” (famous exam­ples) vs. “online con­sul­tancy” (EmerAgency)

» Blog entry: dis­cuss recent approach to your group posting

    — con­sid­er­ing “rhetor­i­cal veloc­ity”? “occupy/saturation” approach? con­trast with case study or hack­tivists?
    → dis­cuss explic­itly your new under­stand­ing of net­works (2 recent read­ings) and con­sult­ing role

  • for class­mate reply, read + com­ment upon group member’s entry regard­ing lat­est efforts + topics


F 17-Oct      Read/Discuss: Portman-Daley: “Sub­tle Democ­racy: Pub­lic Ped­a­gogy and Social Media”  (2013) Cur­rents in Elec­tronic Literacy

    • Focus/Activity: group con­sult­ing (Emer­A­gency) as “net­work ped­a­gogy“
      → facil­i­tat­ing civic engage­ment vs. “slacktivist”/“clicktivism“

» Project Com­po­nents (task/assignment):

    1. Par­tic­i­pa­tion Log (create/update); 2. Rhetor­i­cal Analy­sis of Case Study (start this weekend)





      → 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?




        * 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