Week 8: Can the internet save the world? Or at least help us improve our communities?
We’re almost at the mid-point of the semester, and from my perspective, things are going quite well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your online identity analyses, and your blog posts continue to impress me (though a few of you might need to catch up on your blogging over spring break!). For the rest of the semester, we will take a dual-track approach to working on our two remaining projects: the Professional Electronic Portfolio and the Research Design. Each week, you’ll need to make incremental progress on one of the two projects, so please check the course calendar to map out your work plans for the next few weeks.
Next week, Kelly and Josette will be our discussion superheroes, and Tana will show us how she uses Notability. Our discussion will center on “digital citizenship,” and our workshop will focus on setting up personal websites and installing content management systems.
To read before class:
- A Networked Self, Part 3 (pp. 185–318)
- Two blog posts by Ethan Zuckerman: “Understanding Digital Civics” and “What Ancient Greek Rhetoric Might Teach Us About New Civics“
To do before class:
- Submit (in your Google Drive folder) a one-page “plan of action” for your Professional Electronic Portfolio. It’s fine if your plans change over the course of this assignment (I’d be surprised if they didn’t), but do your best to outline the specific tools you intend to use and the various artifacts/components you intend to include in your portfolio. Think of this document as a “best case scenario” description of what you’d like to accomplish on this project.
Bonus reading (as time and interest permit):
- “Why Social Movements Should Ignore Social Media,” by Evgeny Morozov
- “What Is a ‘Hacktivist,’?“, by Peter Ludlow
- “All You Need Is (Facebook) Love: ‘Compliments’ Accounts Go Viral at Colleges and Universities,” by By Olivia B. Waxman
I’ll be at a professional conference for the remainder of spring break, but I should be reachable by email if you have any questions. If you’d like to chat about either of your ongoing projects after the break, please stop by during office hours (T 1–4, W 9–12).