Now that we’ve concluded our third travelogue. We can start the fourth, last and richer travelogue.
You already know the drill, you choose an environment and start exploring, trying to surprise yourselves and to come up with new perspectives and understanding of the issues and debates within the new media discourse.
What do I mean by richer? We are going to extend our weapons of choice. I mean we are going to use more than text for our posts:
- Audio (podcasts)
- Videos (vodcasts)
- Comic strips
- Flash animations
- Annotated Maps
- Annotated webpages
- Your (rich) medium of choice here
The post itself would use a “rich” medium as its leading medium for the post (with text used to fill in the blanks), the comments are textual.
I want YOU to be the producers of the rich-media you post.
For next week:
- Choose a subject. If you want our feedback on your ideas, post them by Saturday 4pm, so you can still create the content in time.
- Post a short introduction post to your travelogue using using the rich format. Try to present both your area of research and the choice of medium.
- refer to the how-to page to learn more about how to post different stuff. If you have questions, search the web, if the web has answers, share them with us.
- If you still do not know how to post your thing, email me, I am very open to adding plug-ins to our Wordpress. If you want me to do that, email me after researching the plugins. (I recommend you try to solve things by yourselves prior to asking me for help)
- I am open to collaborations (as before – in the price of higher expectations).
- Post 4+ comments to your fellow students posts. Try to give constructive feedback on both content and use of media.
- Please notice, there’s an interface critique assignment this week too…
- Mushon Zer-Aviv, Interface as a Conflict of Ideologies (April, 2007)
Required reading / viewing / assignment:
- Social networking, new governing By ANDREW RASIEJ & MICAH L. SIFRY
- Read the summary.
- View this ShiftSpace presentation (it’s pretty old, and the quality isn’t great, slightly embarrassing, but still…):
- Use ShiftSpace to post a critique of an interface. This could be anything from Wikipedia’s editing syntax, through Google Chrome’s Universal Search-bar to lobbying as an interface to democracy. (reading the paper or summery will help you better understand this assignment)
- Post a permalink to your shift on our blog (as a comment here, or a new post) with a paragraph about your intervention.
Here’s how you can reach the permalink to your shift:
For H-Man & Jason:
- Read the article, the essay and watch the introduction
- Summarize it for us in a nicely accessible post to be published by Sunday 4pm, ideally running some threads between them.
- Be prepared to present the article and lead the discussion in class
- Post to del.icio.us some links that expand the discussion either about the text or about key themes in it.
Enjoy, and see you next week!