Course Blog Prompts

Post by 9/10: Read “Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview“. In about 500 words, explain your reaction to this “syllabus” – what do you think is true or untrue about it? Is there anything you would add or change to have more impact as a satire? Be sure to include one piece of multimedia (photo, video, links, audio, etc.) Moving forward, please remember to categorize this and all other responses in “Critical Responses”, or I might miss it.

Post by 9/17: (1) Read “Making Art in the Now World” and “Kickstarter Can Fund Your Dreams“. In about 500 words, describe what you believe are the opportunities that artists have today, thanks to digital media. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being creative in today’s world? Make sure to categorize in “Critical Responses”. (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts (you might have to wait until Tuesday night or Wednesday to do it). (3) When your artist subject responds to you, explain what your first project will be, what their availability is like, how they prefer to communicate, and tell them you’ll be touching base again on 9/17.

Post by 9/24: (1) Read “Will the iPod Kill the Radio Star?” Respond: What do you think is the future of podcasting? Visit iTunes and listen to one podcast. In your post, also describe your experience listening to the podcast. (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts. (3) Find five blogs using Google (type “blogs about…”) or Bloglovin’ search that are related to your artist’s craft. Follow them with your RSS reader.

Post by 10/1: (1) Read “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr. Open response. (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts.

Post by 10/8: (1) Read “Portrait of the Artist As an Avatar” by Sara Corbett. Open response. (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts. (3) Let’s shoot for completing our podcasts by next class (I can give you some class time next week to finish).

  • When you’re done with the podcast, first make sure it’s saved as a .AUP file
  • Then, go to File – Export – Export as a .wav file
  • Sign up for a SoundCloud account if you don’t already have one
  • Follow instructions to upload your podcast
  • Embed the audio player in a new post on your partner blog titled “PODCAST: [Insert Name of Person #1] and [Insert Name of Person #2] Interview [Insert Name of Your Artist Subject]
  • Together, write a 500 word blog post summarizing some of the highlights of your podcast. What was enjoyable about interviewing this person? What did you learn? You might even want to include some memorable quotes. In addition, post any links that you mentioned in the ending of the podcast. If you can, include a photo of your artist subject or something else relevant.
  • Create new category on your partner blog called “Digital Portfolio” and add your project to that category.
  • In class, you will spend about 5ish minutes presenting your podcast and blog post to the class. Be prepared to skip to parts of the podcast that you think are interesting and relevant, since you won’t have time to play the entire thing.

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: On Tuesday, 10/7 from 4:30-6 PM, in Murray Hall 302, I will be doing a literary reading with fellow Rutgers creative writing faculty Belinda McKeon and Paul Blaney. If you attend the reading and post a 500-word reflection on the course blog, then you can get a pass on doing one critical response blog post this semester. I’d love for you to be there anyway!

Post by 10/15: (1) Please read “How YouTube Changes Everything” by Miguel Helft. Open response. (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts. (3) Complete any unfinished work from class – if you didn’t present, be completely presentation ready first thing next class. (4) Complete this partner questionnaire. IMPORTANT: When you open the Google Doc, please go to FILE then MAKE A COPY. WRITE YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COPY. DO NOT WRITE IN THE ORIGINAL FORM OR EVERYONE WILL SEE YOUR ANSWERS. Share the new copy with lawirstiuk@gmail.com. Thanks!

Post by 10/22: (1) Please read “If Walt Whitman Vlogged” by Kenneth Goldsmith. Also, please visit Motionpoems and watch three video poems. In the post, please link to the poems you watched and tell me your impressions, both of the poem and the way it has been interpreted in video. Think of your own experience reading/learning poetry in school. How would access to video poems change the way you interact with a poem? Could a video poem still be called a poem? (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts. (3) On the partner blog, answer the following questions individually: What did you learn from hearing your classmates’ projects? What were some features of their podcasts that they admired? Is there anything you now wish you had done differently with your own podcast? What would you do if you could do another episode?

Post by 10/29: (1) Please read “The Rise of Crowdsourcing” by Jeff Howe. Mostly open response, but I do want you to address the following question somewhere in your post: How might you be able to use crowdsourcing help you with your final e-book project? Remember: this will be an approx. five page e-book that takes the best of all the information you learned about your artist this semester. You will probably have to be creative and think outside the box for this response. (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts.

Post by 11/5: (1) Make sure your videos are presentation ready. You will have five minutes MAX. to present your video (I will cut you off at five minutes. If your video is longer than five minutes, pre-select the sections you’d like to present), so that you can all present on the same day.

  • Export video to one of the following formats: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV OR share directly to YouTube from iMovie
  • If exporting, upload to YouTube, make title “Multimedia Comp. Video Essay Project: [INSERT CREATIVE TITLE HERE]”
  • In the description, make sure you include at least the first names of both partners, include a link to your partner blog.
  • On the partner blog, make one new post, put in “Digital Portfolio, embed video by finding embed code and pasting into “Text” tab of WordPress editor
  • Together, write one 500-word reflection:
    • How does this video capture the artist’s life at the present moment?
    • What did you learn about the artist since the podcast project?
    • How did you plan to tell your story visually, and do you think you were able to achieve a visual story?
    • What were some challenges you faced in putting this video together?
    • What was easy to do about this project?

(1) In the next class, we will have a guest speaker: Marc “Beam” Williams. Please read his bio. (2) Watch the documentary Style Wars up to 13:12 (or watch the whole thing if you are interested!). The documentary should give you a little bit of context; Williams was part of the NYC graffiti scene at this time and even makes an appearance in this film. (3) On the course blog, please answer the following: What do you think is the goal of graffiti and street artists? What is their purpose? Who is their audience? How do you think digital media changes the purpose and audience? Today, viewers can share graffiti and street art on blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, and in films like Style Wars and Exit Through the Gift Shop. (4) Come prepared with questions for Mr. Williams. (5) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts.

Post by 11/12: (1) Please read “Does the Brain Like E-Books?” Read all five responses and respond on course blog. (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts.

Post by 11/19: (1) Read read “Through the Door: Digital Production” (McCloud) – You might want to print it out or read it on a large monitor, so you can zoom in. It’s a little hard to read on a laptop screen. What did you learn from reading this piece? Why do you think McCloud chose to communicate information about this subject matter in comic form? How does the form add or take away from the content? (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts.

Post by 12/3: (1) Read “Will e-books spell the end of great writing?” and “Little magazines gone digital: How the late-adapting literary press has made its way in the web age” Open response. (2) Comment on three of your classmates’ posts.

Post by 12/10: (1) Make sure your e-books are presentation ready. You will have five minutes MAX. to present your e-book.

  • Export e-book to PDF
  • On the partner blog, make one new post, put in “Digital Portfolio”
    • Together, write one 500-word reflection, answering the following questions:
      In what ways do you think an e-book showcases your artist differently from a podcast or video?
      Do you think the e-book changes your potential audience?
      What did you learn from assembling this e-book?
      What were challenges you faced in putting this e-book together?
      What was easy about completing this project?
    • Include the link to the PDF in your post and consider including a thumbnail image of one or more of the pages
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