T 7/29 Rice: “The Making of Ka-knowledge: Digital Aurality” Computers and Composition 23 (PDF in D2L)
- — Notes here (G.Doc)
+ Anderson video: “trainsplaining again and again” (2014)
“Ka-knowledge is the digital rhetorical practice of assemblage.” (Rice 277)
» Due: Optional Exercise (extra credit) — choose from prompts below
» Optional Exercise (Extra Credit) ― Prompts (choose 1)
Prompt 1: Remix of Project 1 for Web Audience
- ~300–500 words + media instance (original or found)
- → post to your blog (and to relevant site,optional; see below)
» Goal / Prompt:
Using your observations and insights from Project 1, compose an entry designed for a website of your choice discussing the genre/example as participatory culture, public pedagogy, network rhetoric, and media composing (“digital writing”).
Present this information in a way (voice, mode, media) best suited to your imagined audience (discourse community).
Conclude (chief objective) by framing as sign of Electracy, the new/emerging apparatus, in terms of implications or insights: cultural form relating to technology + social practices; institution/s; and/or identity experience.
* Note: Design your entry modeled on the conventions of the site you choose.
Examples: Wikipedia, KnowYourMeme, Encylopedia Dramatica, Buzzfeed, Reddit (?), Uncyclopedia, ClickHole/The Onion, Yahoo! Answers, YouTube Channel (e.g. IdeaChannel, TheFineBros).
[Propose/discuss other site/community options in comments?]
Think creatively about your form/genre and discourse community; the main goal is presenting your insights from the project and developing ideas about Electracy in a form using effective network rhetoric.
» Optional: create an entry on the actual site! Then ask your social network (of choice) to circulate. Record feedback/effects on your blog for participation/blogging credit.
Prompt 2: Digital Writing via Culture Relay
~300–500 words + media instances (original or found)
→ post to your blog
» Goal / Prompt:
Test the strategy of “rhapsody as digital writing,” as Rice explains (273), composing assemblage of media and modes for Electracy rhetoric (image logic):
“Ka-knowledge as digital knowledge is a mixing, a usage of a variety of ideas, events, moments, and texts for the mix and the subsequent identity of ‘being mixed’, not for the demonstration of expertise (a fixed, topos-bound concept).” (276)
Compose a brief entry (any topic/story) using the techniques learned from your “object of study” ― as Rice and Brown learn from music ― as cultural “relay” for invention: the “logic” or mode of images, songs, films, shows, games, memes, etc.
In other words, try “hybrid writing” in Electracy, using multimedia composing to communicate, express, perform; as Ulmer explains, the new rhetoric and practices will be invented and improved drawing upon the conventions of Entertainment and social activities (Orality) for the new “grammar” (even if “nonsense”)…
→ overall, this is an exercise in form (new type of multimedia composing), making content (your topic/subject) less significant: feel free to
write about compose / convey any topic/subject/theme, demonstrating associative linking through rhapsody (assemblage).
Note: the entire entry can/should be presented this way, creative/hybrid response.
(No need to frame, explain, discuss ― but you can, if you choose, in comment on your entry.