GroupSite Work: Curating Digital Culture (20 points)
Part II: Digital Rhetoric
- 3 sections (Annotations, Reflection, Proposal)
— present on sub-pages on your blog (create new Parent page, “GroupWork” or however named)
- 20 points total; due S 8/2 — S 8/3
- Composition: critical prose with advanced content knowledge & perspective
+ media to illustrate (one instance per page)
Annotations (page): Participation Log + commentary about your posts to group’s site
- Due S 8/2; 8 points
- Choose 6 posts (of your entries)
— link to your posts –or– collect via Use Storify (or video, optional)
- Discuss (2−3 sentences for each post) your rationale
— using specialized discourse of key terms (4 minimum) from class discussion and readings (2 minimum).
Saving insights for the Reflection page, discuss in terms of your curating activity on the group site.
→ Optional: you may create a video with commentary about your posts.
This can take the place of 3 annotations — or earn extra credit if included in addition to the 6 entries (e.g. overview)
- Due S 8/3; 6 points; 400–500 words
- Discuss thoughtfully and purposefully your ideas resulting from the group site activity: insights about digital media, participatory culture, public pedagogy, curation, Internet platforms and social activity; most of all, what you’ve learned from the new/emerging culture forms related to technology.
— PROTIP: this is more formal than a blog entry; also, while you can generate ideas by reviewing your blog entries (and Project 1) avoid repeating points. Instead, discuss critically — using specialized discourse and applying advanced content knowledge — in terms of media ecology, institutions, connections of the above topics, and contemporary conditions (Electracy / apparatus theory perhaps?)
- Due S 8/3; 6 points; 400–500 words
- From your observations and insights, discuss the implications and/or trajectory for participatory culture and networked society: considering what you’ve learned from your study, propose possible innovations for digital composition and network rhetoric. Avoid description/summary in favor of efficient prose, presenting and discussing ideas effectively (entire section).
— PROTIP: As in prior activities/discussions, rather than analyze the culture forms for “meaning,” use them as “relays” for invention
(the way Rice, Brown, and Arroyo do, drawing upon “cultural logic” of examined forms, following Ulmer).
» While speculating about potential developments in Electracy beyond entertainment (or profit), try being specific about your application:
for instance, concerning institution(s) (school? work/industry? Web/network groups?);
and/or identity (mediated experience? personal expression?)
→ Be sure to directly discuss at least 1 idea for application (technique) in Project 2, assemblage expression (multimodal composition).
Part I Collaboration:
- Maintain blog (weeks 1–4) posting examples of digital culture (network practices and media forms).
- Observe & discuss new practices & cultural forms across Internet platforms, participant activities, Web media
- Use Storify to “curate” (on blog)
Document with “screencaps” and/or videos
- Audience: Web-networked discourse community; plus social networks—readers within and outside class.
Platform options: blog (suggested) on WordPress; Tumblr; social network account (decide as group)
- In context of network media and digital culture—e.g. memes, viral videos, social-media activities
— examine new/current types of composing & communicating.
Start with one cultural form (e.g. film/TV, music, games, literature)…
- Document emergent examples with perspective of Participatory Culture & “Public Pedagogy”(Portman-Daley)
— observing technology/media, forms, practices, and “institutions”(?) of electracy, within network (outside school)
- → Discuss explicitly with this frame in your Reflection & Proposal sections (individual work for Part 2).