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#Llamas and #TheDress

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm

A well-written article that makes an attempt at explaining why things happened the way they did this week; the ideas in this piece might also make a good basis for a final paper.   The article also ties together some major themes of this course, referencing events you’re all familiar with.



For CLASS SIX – 2/27/15

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2015 at 10:34 pm

I will be in class this week, so those of you presenting do not have to worry about a YouTube presentation.

In terms of the readings: two exercises.

1.) Review the Palfrey article and blog about a time when you, yourself, used his 3-step process to ‘experience’ something new.  (It may take some time, but you can probably come up with one.  Did you ever notice a headline or topic, but kind of ignore it? Then you see the story again, so you click on a link to learn more?  Then maybe you go to the 3rd step?)  If you only do steps 1 and 2, talk about why you didn’t get to step 3…

2.) Consider posting, on your blog, an avatar you use on a different site – and explain it.  Is it just a picture of you?  Why did you pick that one?  Is it a cartoon?  Your cat?  A piece of art?  How and why do you choose what you ‘look like’ online???

For CLASS FIVE – 2/20/15

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2015 at 10:56 am

Change of plans for this Friday’s (2/20) class; our guest speaker has had to reschedule (hoping to get her back in April) and I have changed my schedule so that I will be in class as normal…


There’s plenty still to cover…  And I want to get you thinking about this article:


Read it carefully since, in theory, every word of it is directed at you.  On your blog, give a frank assessment of what this article is talking about.  Is the author correct about what types of news you WANT, about how you want to get it, about who should be writing it, etc?

Also, since the reading load is so light this week, this is still the perfect time to get caught up on your personal blog entries.

No one should have an empty blog at this point.

Also, spend some time reviewing your classmates’ blogs and make comments on at least two or three of them.  The goal here is to continue conversations we have in class – or to initiate new ones.

Part of this week’s discussion will revisit the important topic of comments in general; keep that in mind as you comment on your classmates’ blogs.

Link from CLASS FOUR

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

Lecture:  http://prezi.com/pmhtzpgstkos/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

For CLASS FOUR — 2/13/15

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

A few questions to keep in mind as you prepare for our next class:

  • Levinson asserts that while TV provides ‘immediacy’, YouTube is the ‘medium of record’.  Put that argument into your own words – and discuss if it’s a valid one.
  • Later, when talking about the potential for online mischief, Levinson says “YouTube contributes a lot more to the public good than to its undermining”.   Do you agree?  Why or why not?
  • Levinson also calls Twitter “something we ‘wear’ or send out to the world…to indicate our emotional disposition”.  What does this mean — and do you agree with his assessment?

Also — don’t forget…  Your papers based on your first Mini-Task are due before the start of class Friday.

Links from CLASS THREE

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Lecture A:     http://prezi.com/tz0zywptqyuw/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Lecture B:     http://prezi.com/wqqpkuiwngff/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Brian Williams story: mobile.nytimes.com/2015/02/06/business/brian-williamss-apology-over-iraq-account-is-challenged.html?referrer=

Assange 60 Minutes:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/julian-assange-the-man-behind-wikileaks-26-01-2011/

Bradley Manning CNN:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/30/justice/manning-court-martial/index.html

Sullivan interview:   http://www.nytimes.com/video/business/100000002075572/an-interview-with-andrew-sullivan.html

Colbert’s elephants: http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/z1aahs/the-word—wikiality

For CLASS THREE — 2/6/15

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2015 at 8:56 am

(reminder: everyone should be keeping careful track of their new media usage this week – AND – posting about it in detail on their blogs!)


For Friday’s class, continue to think about what it means to be a “citizen journalist”.  Are you one? Do you know someone who is?  How would you define it?

Is Julian Assange a citizen journalist?

Consider what it means to accept money, as a private citizen, to write something on your blog.  Does it corrupt the content of what a private citizen writes?  How is (or isn’t) that different from the typical advertisements you see in the newspaper?

When it comes to sharing information, what advantages do blogs have over traditional ‘old’ media?  Where do blogs fall short?

–> PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE ANDREW SULLIVAN PIECE.  (If you google his name and look at recent developments, you can see where this will lead.)