Monthly Archives: September 2011

Glossary Terms & Disciplinary Conversations

Glossary Terms

  • new media
  • databases
  • website
  • search engine
  • pedagogy
  • praxis
  • webtext

Disciplinary Conversations

  • popular trends/memes found on the Internet [parody]
  • teaching “new” technologies
  • multimodal processes (enacting & discussing)
  • visual rhetoric of family
  • English-only discourses/multimodality and multilingualism
  • technological literacy practices/values
  • cultural retrospective/memorial of current events (Sept. 11)
  • impact of visuals in (literary) texts [analysis]
  • ???

Scavenger Hunt

Do this assignment AFTER you’ve done the readings for next week.

Find 2 online pieces of digital media that make you say “wow”– that might be wow in a good way (as in, “wow, that’s the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen!”) or in a bad way (as in, “wow, that’s total crap!”) or some combination. Both pieces shouldn’t be from the “bad wow” category¬† — mix it up a little, so you can have a variety of texts to consider.

Also, the examples you choose should vary in media and modes of communication in some way. iow, they shouldn’t all be animations, nor all web-comics, nor machinima, nor lolcats, nor webtexts, etc. This is to prevent you from getting stuck into one way of visualizing how a project might proceed.

Your examples may or may not have anything to do with writing studies. My main goal with this exercise is to have you explore different ways of presenting information/ideas/creativity using digital media and to ask you to think about WHY the pieces you choose make you say wow.

Read the pieces with the three sets of multimodal criteria in mind (posted in your homework Readings for next week; the 1-3 pagers)

Once you’ve read these pieces, you should Comment on this post and

  1. provide the citation of both pieces (as much as you think we need to figure out what it is and where to find it) and link to them
  2. describe the pieces (in 5-10 sentences/a paragraph each) telling us WHY the pieces make you say wow. Use as many terms/concepts from the multimodal reading criteria (from the homework readings) as seems necessary/useful. The point is to be explicit about how the piece is working and why you chose it as an example, using those criteria as a possible framework for that discussion/description.
  3. Finally, include any questions/concepts/terms that you wish had been included in the sets of criteria (e.g., terms YOU would have used, or did use, to describe the wowfulness of the pieces you chose but that weren’t listed in the provided criteria) and why these terms might be important to consider including when evaluating other pieces of digital media. iow, what’s missing?

These posts are due by noon, Wednesday, Sept. 21. Let me know if you have questions!


Journal Submission Review

Using the list of online journals provided in the right sidebar of this blog, find and read as much information as you can on these journal’s websites about their submission and editorial processes. Part of discovering this information will give you clues about what kinds of texts and what topics these journals are interested in, which will give you insight to the journals’ readership (e.g., audiences). Make notes for yourself (to discuss in class next week) that helps you remember what the mission/vision of each journal is, how they are different (or similar) to each other, what kinds of topics and formats each publishes, and any other details you think might be relevant to helping us discuss the journals as possible venues for the webtexts you’ll produce in this class. If you want, you can post a Comment with your succinct notes in response to this blog post, but it’s not required. Just be ready to discuss each of the journals in class next week.

Also, while you’re on the journals’ pages, skim some of the example texts to get a feel for whether the journal’s submission requirements live up to the texts they publish. (e.g., is what they’re asking for what they get/publish? Where can you see yourself within any of these journals? What genres, what content, are you most interested in? — you’re starting to get ideas for proposing your own project!)

Next week, we’ll look closely at a few webtexts in class.