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Class, Fri, 5/16

E688 Spring 2014The Gang

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  • 174 posts [27 by JH (15%), 147 by class (85%)]

Process, Affordances, and Constraints (9:05—10:35)

Let’s talk about your experiences in writing your digital essays in groups of four, talk back, and then move on to the next group.

Arcade (10:45–12:05)

We’ll move up to the third floor, set up our essays, read, and talk.

To Do

Come see our garden in New Castle! 32 E 4th St

A Day in New Castle, Sat, 5/17, 10:00 am–3:00 pm


Tashirojima-Cat Island

The link of my digital essay Museum in the Future:

Noticed Katie changed her website background page from a picture filled with lovely cats to a more philosophical image (to suit better to her digital essay’s theme), I would like to stretch the topic of “cat” a bit more from a fresh angle (which is not directly connected with “Writing” or “Digital” theme, but all thanks to the world-wide web that I am able to access those adorable cat pictures).

Long time people around the world have picked up Japanese love cats: 招き猫, Hello Kitty, cat cafes (I went to one in Tokyo, very pinky soft and relaxing, highly recommend) and cat accessories and cat mascots all over the streets. But there is one spot in Japan called Cat Island, where the cats are outnumber the humans.

The Cat Island, 田代島(たしろじま) or Tashirojima in pronunciation, lies off the west coast of Japan. The island has a history of silk farming and originally cats were brought onto the island to keep mice out of the silk farms. While now the silk farms are largely gone, the long existed creature, cat, never ceased to popularize its species.

Tashirojima isn’t a large island, currently it has the population of less than 100, with most working in fishing tradition. In these past years, the island has become a place of tourist interest, thanks to the cats, with many visiting to take a look for themselves of this village where cats are outnumber humans. The local governance believes feeding cats bring good fortune, so even the cats are strays, every household keeps them well fed and checked up on to be healthy.

The saying always goes that cats and dogs can’t keep best terms with each other. Not surprisingly, if a visitor is thinking of coming with the pet dog, he or she probably has to give up the plan and be prepared to leave the poor puppy at the dock on the mainland. The regulations of the island prohibited any dogs to be on the dock, and there aren’t any dogs in local households either.

This website,

Tashirojima, Cat Island
Tashirojima, Cat Island –has a whole gallery of cats. specially showed gorgeous photographs of the cats and the island, recounting its history and current population.Capture009 (click the image) gathered very neatly written captions for each image of the island:


This tiny island has quite developed service industry for tourists and abundant offers for amenities. Any cat lovers who would like to enjoy the company of a furry feline, or just want to see these cuddly creature strolling on their paradise home Tashirojima, can consider to take a trip during this summer break for a treat!

Class, Fri, 5/09

x12: Presentations and Arcade

New Digital Writings

Fastwrite: Find something new that one of your friends and colleagues has shown you. Tell us what interests you about it.

Digital essaysDancingGopher

Catch up with your fellow woodchucks, groundhogs, or gophers. What changes have you made? What advice would you like?

To Do

  1. Thurs, 5/15, 11:59 pm: Post x12, including the final version of your digital  essay, to this site.
  2. Fri, 5/16, in class: Present your digital essay.
  3. Tues, 5/20, 11:59 pm: Final, final version of your essay.

Class, Fri, 5/02

Draft One Workshops


Authors: Fastwrite: Read through the responses you’ve received to your essay. Formulate a plan: What part of your essay would you like to read and get further responses to?  What questions do you want to pose for your readers? (9:15–9:30)


Groups: Each essay gets 30 minutes. The task of each author is to direct her readers to a point in her piece that needs further work. The task of each reader is to offer a response that goes beyond what she has written. (9:30–11:30)

Revision Plans (11:30–12:00)

Write me an email in which you:

  1. Summarize your essay as it now stands, its strengths and problems;
  2. Summarize the responses you’ve received—in writing and in workshop—from your readers;
  3. Begin to draft a plan of revision: What will you cut? add? rethink? tweak?
  4. Ask me any questions that you’d like my help with.

I will send you an email in response—certainly by Thurs, 5/08, hopefully several days before. I will then reserve office hours for conferences from Mon, 5/12, through Thurs, 5/15.

To Do

  1. Tues, 5/06, 11:59 pm: Post x11 to this site.
  2. Thurs, 5/08, 11:59 pm: Post responses to x11.
  3. Fri: 5/09, in class: Be ready to talk about the new digital writing you are bringing to our attention.
  4. Fri, 5/09, in class: What help do you need in moving forward on your digital essay?

Class, Fri, 4/25



Uncreative Writing

Goldsmith on Daily Show

Fastwrite: What technique or assignment from Kenneth Goldsmith might you borrow or adapt in your own teaching? Your own writing?To what ends? As always, try to ground your writing in a specific passage from the text.

Moment of Zen

The Apotheosis of Uncreative Writing: David Shields on Stephen Colbert


Workshopping Proto-Drafts

Spend about 20 minutes per project. Authors should walk readers through their projects, with the aim  of getting advice in response to specific questions.

Fastwrite: Write a quick draft of your cover memo for your first draft next Tuesday. Come up with a title for your project, a quick description of its form (and platform), a summary of your argument, and some questions you want to ask your readers.

First Drafts and Responses

To Do

  1. Tues, 4/29, 11:59 pm: Post your first draft with cover memo.
  2. Thurs, 5/01, 4:00 pm: Post responses to your group members’ drafts.
  3. Fri: 5/02, in class: Workshop first drafts.


Thinking through Banks’s Terms

From our work in class 4/18: Some ways we tried to define and capture the essence of each of the terms that Banks uses in Digital Griots.


  • “interruption” (1)
  • hey! / bridge


  • Junction / “looping” (7)
  • “layering and repetition” (7)
  • Burkean parlor


  • “Who you wit!?” – Bernie Mac (111)
  • “relationships, allegiances and influences” (26)
  • “calling the roll” (26)
  • citation/reference
  • authorizing/promoting


  • Bringing together
  • Facilitative/collaborative
  • Griot’s role = “create conditions where a community can create its own collaborative text”


  • Builds from mix but more self-aware
  • Historicity in action creates generative story
  • Calls attention to its own fissures and stitches
  • “back in the day” narrative (87)
  • draws attention to its own “not-newness”


  • Artifact, collection
  • “compilation of others’ texts and ideas…” (138)
  • personal and public

Class, Fri, 4/18

Update: Who went viral?

Thoughts and questions about digital essays

Looking forward: What should we do next week?

  • Laura McGrane, Workshop, “Engaging Undergraduates in Digital Humanities Research”
  • Proto-drafts, digital essays
  • Kenneth Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing: Introduction, 1, 5, 7, 11, and Afterword. (Perhaps Lethem, “Ecstasy of Influence“?)

Adam Banks, Digital Griots


  •  Using digital media to respond to “white on white”: Janel, Chris, Caitlin, Michael, pp. 154–56.
  • Ethics of diversity, academic writing, and cultural idiom: Callie, Heather,  Katie, Kiley, pp. 27, 49.
  • Performativity as, or instead of, argument: Bel, Gab, Nagmeh, Petra,  pp. 3–5.

Scratch, Groove, Shoutout, Mix, Remix, Mixtape, Fade

To do

  1. Thurs, 4/24, 11:59 pm: Read Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing: Introduction, 1, 5, 7, 11, and Afterword. Condense one of the chapters into a tweet for #685dw.  Or, remediate one of your previous posts for this blog as a tweet.
  2. Fri, 4/25, class: Bring a proto-draft of your digital essay to class.  Be ready to talk your readers through your materials. Have some pointed questions that will help them offer you advice for developing and structuring your project.
  3. Fri, 4/25, class: Workshop proto-drafts. Discuss Goldsmith.