January 2015 Participatory Culture With a focus on sociable activism and transformative media, this course explores the long history of cultural contributions by ordinary Americans from the nineteenth century to the present. In addition to weekly reading, students will create media projects and publish them to their own personal web domain using readily-available, easy-to-use tools. No prior tech knowledge or media making experience is required. This class is arranged as a practicum, fulfills the Continuing Writing requirement, participates in the Domain of One's Own program at Emory, and adheres to the CWPA framework for postsecondary writing.
September 2014 Melodrama in Culture and Politics Melodrama is the dominant art form of modern, industrialized democracies. Melodramatic discourse tremendously influences other cultural forms, including journalism, political speech, and historiography. The course helps students to get beyond simplistic assessments of the mode (ie, whether melodrama is itself intrinsically "good" or "bad" art and politics). It is arranged as a practicum, fulfills the Continuing Writing requirement, participates in the Domain of One's Own program at Emory, and adheres to the CWPA framework for postsecondary writing.
Participating students employ or address melodramatic discourse in digital publication on topics of their own choosing.
Much of the student publication archived below is lost, because it is tied to university servers, not a student's personal domain (as in Domain of One's Own at Emory). You can still view excellent work if you hunt around. Some of the student media production in my courses has achieved 300,000 views. You can see the amazing work of students working with other Emory faculty in the Domain project. Because this new work is tied to student-owned domains, the work will be available as long as the media maker would like.
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.