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Class, Fri, 4/11

Christopher-Johnson-150x150Christopher Johnson, Microstyle

A dare: Going viral

In pairs: Come up with two micromessages with the intent of going viral.  No pornography, no intimate revelations or outings—but otherwise, come up with whatever you can think of to get a lot of responses on some social platform or public website. Post your micromessages. See what happens (or not). Be ready to relate your strategies in composing to Johnson’s ideas and advice in Microstyle.

Proposals

  • Fastwrite: Difficulties, questions, moments of inspiration.
  • How can we help one another moving forward?
  • Proto-drafts (materials and notes) on Fri, 4/25?

Digital Essay

299866e3b1fb965838ab3b88597dc25e740f1cad_1600x1200Kirby Ferguson, “Everything is a Remix” (2012)

To do

  1. Tues, 4/15, 11:59 pm: Post x8 to this site.
  2. Thurs, 4/17, :11:59 pm:Post comments on x8.
  3. Fri, 4/18, class: Discuss Banks, Digital Griots, and ongoing work on digital essay.

 

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The Benefits of Museum Materials’ Digitalization

Proposal

On March 27, 2014, I had the opportunity to participate in an event’s Reception meeting at Holocaust Museum Houston(HMH). Upon visit, I was amazed by their digitalized collection exhibit and online archival documents. Their collections were displayed in the self-guide iPad, and background stories of this event “The Rescuers” were live on the TV screen hanging over the wall. This experience inspired me to set my thesis on museum in digital age, to explore the current form of museum exhibition and collection that has adopted technology.

I brought my question of what factors driving HMH vastly embracing digitalization to one of our guides, Manuel, and his response was out of my expectation. Without stating “we are doing this to adjust the 21 century of technology”, he remarked that it is because of the government and funding agencies requested HMH to achieve a wider public connection by “putting everything online”, and therefore it will facilitate circulation by displaying “everything we got on our website so the members can see it, show it to their friends, share it on their social media.”

The tension exists in the fact that not everyone is in favor of this transformation. Some administrators in the museum argue that the materiality of collections is being torn apart as photos, graphs, videos, films are taking the lead and substituting the museum’s physical asset. The purpose of the thesis is to illustrate the benefits of combining museum’s historical relics with digitalization, listing five ways applied by museums to adjust the modern age of technology. It will shed the light on the fact that digitalization approach will not endanger the existence of assets of the past.

A case study of a specific museum can serve better to analyze the topic of this thesis that avoids generalizing of the topic and oversizing of the research paper. One primary case of research is Winterthur Museum. When Henry Du Pont founded Winterthur Museum in 1951, his focus was on creating an outstanding naturalistic, horticultural garden and a dairy barn farm. the look of loveWith the establishment of Art Conservation Program between Winterthur Museum and University of Delaware in 1974, its library earned a huge popularity which in turn brought an increasing demand for digitized manuscripts, visual and audio materials. In The Look of Love, its last winter’s Jeweled portraits of the eye of the lover, Winterthur Museum applied iPad app as the self-tour guide, free distributed to all visitors to enable them tap, click and see the brooches, rings up-close. Its current Downton Abbey, exhibiting the costumes worn in the British TV show Downton Abbey, downton-abbey-winterthurencompasses Carnival Film footage, Television clips and photos, all play right in the exhibition hall. Though there are more examples and better analysis needed, they showcased the proper deployment of digital media will not interfere the unique functionality or sacrifice the original form of each exhibited items.

The Five approaches up to this stage of my understanding are:

Using Social Media to open the personal dialogue with visitors;

Blog: breaking down the walls of inaccessibility;

Emerging cultural differences to attract oversee tourists;

Mobilizing visit;

Digital Museum creating augmented experience: “Edutainment”.

To enrich the arguments, further researches need to be incorporated into illustrating the 5 approaches mentioned above.

The first draft will be submitted on April 29 and the final thesis will be completed on May 13th.

Class, Fri, 3/28

Virtual 685, Lessig, and CCCC

Fastwrite: Since we did not meet together last week, I’d like us to spend some time thinking about the work we did online. Please jot down a few lines about what most interested, provoked, or amused you about:

  • #4C14
  • #685dw
  • Lessig, Remix
  • x5

Miller, Fitzpatrick, and the Undead of Academic Writingnosferatu

Fastwrite: Find a passage in one of the following texts that helps you formulate a question for Richard Miller (and the rest of us):

  • Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence
  • Miller, text2cloud
  • Miller, “Habits of the Creative Mind”
  • Your x6s, and the various texts mentioned in them.

Proposals

Your proposals will count as x7 and will be due on Tues, 4/08, at 11:59. Unless people feel uneasy about doing so, I suggest that they be posted online, so you can get feedback and advice your colleagues in seminar as well as me.

Your proposal should address the following issues:

  • What texts or other materials do you plan to work with?
  • What question or problem will your writing address?
  • What sort of format are you imagining working in? (E.g., WordPress, Tumblr, video, podcast . . . )
  • Can you identify a text that could serve as an approximate model for the sort of piece you’d like to compose?
  • What questions do you have at this point for me and your colleagues?

A proposal is not a contract. I expect that your ideas for your piece will evolve over the next several weeks. Your aim for now should formulate a sense of your project in terms that are specific but open to revision, that describe what you want to do in ways that allow the rest of us to offer you advice.

To Do

  1. Tues, 4/08, 11:59 pm: Post your digital essay proposal to this site.
  2. Thurs, 4/10, 11:59 pm: Post advice and feedback to those proposals you feel you can help with.
  3. Fri, 4/11, class: Be ready to discuss Christopher Johnson’s Microstyle.

 

 

 

Class, Fri, 3/14

Concepts in 60

Let’s watch the videos together and talk about both what they accomplish and what struggles their authors experienced. And, let’s try to come up with at least two more tags for each video identifying its distinctive  genre.

Thinking About Twitter

jay-rosen-yearbook-1978In pairs: Jay Rosen says that what he values in a tweet includes beauty, economy, continuity, and rereadability. Using the #685dw feed as a corpus, identify several tweets that exemplify these values.

CCCC 2014

K22: From Page to Screen: Rhetorical Theory, Text, and Originality in New Media

  • Christine Cucciarre, “A Digital Humanity: Using Classical Rhetoric in the New Media Classroom”
  • Joseph Harris, “Teaching the Essay in a Digital Age”

To do

  1. Tues, 3/18, 11:59 pm: Post your response to Lessig’s Remix (x5).
  2. Thurs, 3/20, and Fri, 3/21: Keep the conversation of this class moving forward by (a) commenting on several x5 posts, and (b) participating in both the #685dw and  #4C14 Twitter feeds.
  3. Tues, 3/25, 11:59 pm: Post your response to Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence (x6).
  4. Thurs, 3/27, 11:59pm: Post comments on x6.
  5. Fri, 3/28, class: Richard Miller visits. Please be ready to talk about both Fitzpatrick and his web project, text2cloud.

Class, Fri, 3/07

Going Meta (1): Responses to responses [pdf]

Davidson, Now You See Itmooc-online-learning

Fastwrite: Take a few minutes to write a brief comment in reply to a post that you’d like to say something back to, but haven’t yet had time to do so. See if you can link your comment to a particular moment in Davidson’s text.

Going Meta (2): #685dw

x4: Concept in 60

Some examples

(Composed in English 211s, Duke University, Spring 2013)

iMovie 09 Basics

Thinking about Twitter

To do

  1. Tues, 3/04, 4:00 pm: Post x4, Concept in 60, to this site.
  2. Thurs, 3/06, 4:00 pm: Read Trubek and Rosen on Twitter.  Post at least one example of each of Trubek’s four types of tweets (headlines, questions, quips, responses) to #685dw.  If possible, try to do this work on Thursday, so these tweets are near the top of the feed.

Class, Fri, 2/28

Going Meta (1): Twitter

Standage, Writing on the Wallromans-200x150

Fastwrite: Take us to a moment in a post by one of your classmates that particularly interests or provokes you. Then, take us to a moment in Standage’s text that helps us think about that post.

Going Meta (2): Interesting uses of audio

Affordances

“Qualities that permit specific kinds of uses” (Gladwell 2002). [pdf]

x3: Responding to Davidson (video)

YTD Downloader and iMovie

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Creative Commons/CC Search

Rhett & Link: “Squirrel Rights Song” (2010)

 

Digital Essay

Allison Carr, “Cooking School,” Harlot, Carr Harlot 20122012.

To do

  1. Tues, 3/04, 4:00 pm: Read Davidson, pp. 1–161. Post x3 to this site.
  2. Thurs, 3/06, 4:00 pm: Read x3s. Post comments.
  3. Thurs, 3/06, 4:00 pm: Tweet to #685dw.
  4. Tues, 3/11, 4:00 pm: Post x4 to this site.