Spring 2012 English 138: The Internet as Participatory Culture Major issues of the digital public sphere, especially the rising interest in electronically-mediated civic engagement and collaborative cultural production. We'll study the electronic mediation of identity, culture, and social action.
Fall 2011 Writing with New Media 1 This class is part of a two-course sequence. The first term explores the possibilities of hypertext for academic writing. It examines the tension between writing as argument and writing as participating in professional and academic conversation (knowledge production). We create annotated bibliographies, reviews of scholarly literature, and academic projects that aim to make a modest original contribution to the scholarly conversation, typically by providing original research, proposing a new solution, or creating a new communications tool. We develop and present all of this research-driven academic writing hypertextually, developing printable versions in the form of a traditional research essay. These printable versions are occasions for significant revision of the language of the hypertext: the linear and nonlinear writing typically contribute meaningfully to each other.
Winter 2012 Writing with New Media 2: Remixing Little Brother
We look beyond hypertext to explore the prospects of a wide variety of new media technologies for the digital composition of academic writing. We'll begin by remixing Cory Doctorow's novel Little Brother in machinima (animated film) shot in the Second Life virtual community, a project we first tried last year in English 138 (about ten films are available on this YouTube playlist). We'll also make use of new media for assisted creativity, such as the Bitstrips comic builder, the Xtranormal text-to-video animator, and the Glogster poster maker.