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:
- Lessig, Remix
Miller, Fitzpatrick, and the Undead of Academic Writing
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.
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.
- Tues, 4/08, 11:59 pm: Post your digital essay proposal to this site.
- Thurs, 4/10, 11:59 pm: Post advice and feedback to those proposals you feel you can help with.
- Fri, 4/11, class: Be ready to discuss Christopher Johnson’s Microstyle.
As an academic, one thing I’ve grown good at is self-rationalization. Not to mention an ironic self-awareness of my efforts at self-rationalization. It is thus with full and ironic self-awareness that I propose turning a problem into an interesting experiment in the issues we are considering in this course.
Next week I’ll be at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Indianapolis. Yes, I will not be teaching my writing classes so I can go talk about teaching writing with other writing teachers who are also skipping their classes. And so, while we won’t be able to meet as a group (at least not with me in the room), I think this could be an interesting occasion to see if we can continue our work together online.
I propose doing so in three stages.
- Tues, 3/18, 11:59 pm: Read and respond to the first section of Lawrence Lessig’s Remix, “Cultures” (pp. 1–114). Consider this a free response—that is, you can use any (or none) of the affordances of digital media in your work. Your goal should simply be, as always, to provoke thought and response from your classmates.
- Thurs, 3/20, 11:59 pm: Post comments to several x5s.
- Thurs, 3/20, and Fri, 3/21: Log in as many times you can to both our class twitter feed (#685dw) and the CCCC feed (#4C14). I will try to tweet as much as I can from the conference (although I’m not used to doing so, and thus can’t make too many promises). You should try to participate as meaningfully as you can in these feeds—either by retweeting or replying to #4C14, and/or commenting on what you see there on the #685dw.
Let’s see what happens!
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
In 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.
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”
- Tues, 3/18, 11:59 pm: Post your response to Lessig’s Remix (x5).
- 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.
- Tues, 3/25, 11:59 pm: Post your response to Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence (x6).
- Thurs, 3/27, 11:59pm: Post comments on x6.
- Fri, 3/28, class: Richard Miller visits. Please be ready to talk about both Fitzpatrick and his web project, text2cloud.