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
- 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
- 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.
- 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!