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We’re leaving ground… (leaving ground…)

We’re leaving together,
but still it’s farewell,
last brief of the semester,
who can tell?

Wiki Marathon

In the last few days we’ve started to see a lot of work on Wikipedia. This week, we’re heading for Venus (so to speak) by doing more work on Wikipedia both along the same lines of edits we’ve seen this week and by each editing (at least) 3 articles based on somebody else’s travelogue. So for example Harris would be editing articles about Kotex and Elizabeth will be editing articles about Facebook… After editing a page based on someone else’s work, make sure to comment on their relevant travelogue posts with a link to the Wikipedia article and your specific change.

Your 2¢ – Better Late Than Never

And maybe we’ll come back
To earth, who can tell?

So we’ll (I’ll) be coming back to review your work through the semester to grade you accordingly. One of the things I will be looking at is your performance on the weekly summary comments discussion, but it’s not too late to still go back and comment on the ones that you didn’t get to comment on in time. I don’t expect flawless stats, but if you feel like you could’ve done better, you can definitely still effect your grade that way.

Optional Bonus Round

With so many light years to go
And things to be found (To be found…)

If you have time, interest and motivation (and you want to better your grade) you are welcomed to choose any of the topics proposed this week and publish a summary for us (along the lines of the weekly summaries). The summary can be posted after Sunday 4pm (but before Tuesday 4:55pm), and you will not be required to lead the class on it next week. For those who accept the challenge I promise to up-grade you generously.

Changing/Ruling the world from the comfort of your laptop

Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you
Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

Next week’s reading will focus on the potential (?) of Postnationalism presented by the networked public sphere

Required Reading:

  • Frost, Catherine Internet Galaxy Meets Postnational Constellation: Prospects for Political Solidarity After the Internet (handout)
  • Catherine Frost’s response to Mike Linksvayer on the post Collaborative Futures 3
  • Harris’s summary + your comment

Recommended Reading:

Optional Extra:

Harris:

  • Read the essay & articles and view the presentation
  • Optionally Highlight and annotate the reading to help its accessibility for the rest of you.
  • 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.
  • Think of questions to lead off the discussion
  • Post to del.icio.us some links that expand the discussion either about the text or about key themes in it.

The 80′s are back, did you notice?

Networking Knowledge: Sharing is Caring

We are reaching the end of our journey(s) and now we want to extract our experience in a constructive way. You have worked to tag your posts and we can already reflect on the topic trends in the tag-cloud and through the (often somewhat obscure) “Possibly Relevant Posts” feature. In these coming two weeks we will all work together to make sure this knowledge travels even further beyond the doors of this class. For those of you who are fishing for a better grade, this is your bonus round, so leadership and good work on this class assignment will be appreciated and rewarded.

Wikipedia, here we come!

This one is a group assignment. And by group I mean the whole class. At this stage there is much we learned that others can benefit from. While Wikipedia has been a great reference for us now is the time to give back. During the next two weeks you guys will become devoted contributors to Wikipedia, basing your contributions on the knowledge you have gathered in this class through the reading we did, the travelogues you conducted and the discussions around them. Some Wikipedia pages that should expect to hear from us (just suggestions, you are welcomed to come up with other ideas):

  • Topics we discussed through readings: trust, community, CBPP, open source, social software, network theory, interface, fun, representation/simulation, control, remix culture, game theory, copyright laws, biomedia…
  • Topics we discussed in class: video mash-ups, Twitter, digital identity, Ushahidi, corporate responsibility, e-waste, transparency, iTunes store, Kotex…
  • The author pages for the individuals we’ve been reading in class this semester
  • What does “New Media” or “Digital Media” stand for anyway?
  • Some new pages that are not there yet.
  • You name it…

To get started:

  • Sign up to Wikipedia (if you haven’t yet)
  • Send me your username so I can start following your changes (I intend to combine them into an RSS feed, maybe Leslie can help me)
  • Learn the MediaWiki syntax (if you don’t already know it)
  • To start a new page simply write its name after the wikipedia.org/wiki/_______ and then, when it says the page does not exist yet, edit it to bring it to life.
  • Make sure to link between the pages using this syntax [[Page_Name]] or link to external links using [http://www.somesite.com the text you want to be linked]
  • When saving, write what was the content of your change, so others can easily track it
  • Use the talk pages to coordinate when it makes sense.
  • Use the class blog to mobilize others to help you edit specific articles or to consult  and share tips
  • Track changes through the new sidebar on the blog or through RSS feeds.
  • Enjoy…

Some Tips:

  • Feel free to link to currently non-existing pages like that: [[Eyewriter]] if you think it makes sense for someone (maybe even you, but not necessarily you) to write them, and then for someone else to help edit it.
  • Work on pages together, start something, learn how to use the talk pages, make some subheadings that you think should be filled by someone, invite them to help you, even comment on their posts with something like: “Hey Jimena, I am working on this page concerning the way art organizations use social media and I thought you might have a lot to add to it” – that way this assignment will be a collaborative class effort that draws on what you’ve guys been doing together.
  • Check out the History pages to see what edits have been made on a page.
  • Follow the feed of changes so we can track what’s going on through the week

* I’m expecting each of you to make at least 20 edits this week, or in other words, make sure you edit so much that you stop counting.

More Topics in Digital Media

In the line of next week’s topic, I want us to also challenge my own decisions as the professor leading this class. Through this 14 week course we’ve been trying to cover many “topics in digital media” both those introduced by the weekly readings and those you brought up with your travelogues. But 14 weeks is not much and I am sure there’s only so much my limited selection can cover.

For next week, each one of you would recommend another “topic” and propose materials for it (recommended/required). Try to think about it as a “What if this was a 25 rather than a 14 weeks course?”. To make sure there are no repetitions please comment on this post with your topic as soon as you choose it. Some of the topics can be extensions going deeper into some of the things we have talked about (for example: user generated content).

So the way it would work is:

  1. Comment on this brief with the title of your proposed topic (soon before someone else grabs it)
  2. Write a post in the new “More Topics” category using this format:

Next week: Education is not what it used to be

Required Reading:

Recommended Viewing:

For Dan:

  • Read the articles and view/listen to the presentations
  • 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.
  • Think of questions to lead off the discussion
  • Post to del.icio.us some links that expand the discussion either about the text or about key themes in it.

Representation, Simulation, Fun & filthy rich media

Ok,

Travelogue (extended)

We’re deep in Travelogue 4 with some really fascinating researches proposed and some very interesting ideas for uses of the media. The rich posts are sometimes more time consuming, both on the producer and the consumer, so I want us to have enough time to explore and comment on them. That’s why I will do two things: Firstly, we will take an extra week for this travelogue, so feel free to dig deeper and not yet conclude your research next week. Second, I recommend you guys to post by Sunday (preferably earlier) and leave Monday and Tuesday for commenting. Here are some optional deadlines:

By Sunday: Post your new rich travelogue post. Remember, the content needs to be mainly non textual. By that I mean, non-typed posts. Verbal podcasts are legit. Including transcripts is more than recommended.

By Classtime: Comment on at least 4 posts. Rich comments are also legit (though not a must).

Next Week’s Topic

Required Reading:

(Very) Recommended Listening:

[podcast]http://cdn.conversationsnetwork.org/ITC.ETech-RaphKoster-2007.03.28.mp3[/podcast]

Optional Extra:

Nadine:

  • Read the two articles and listen to the talk.
  • (if you want) Highlight and annotate the article to help its accessibility for the rest of you (one § highlights shift can include more than a single highlight range).
  • 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.

Play,

Enjoy.

Question the 4th travelogue and Interface!

We’re all well ahead in our third and rich travelogue, one (or two) weeks in, two more to go + Next week’s subject is Interface!

This is the “define your question” phase. I want each of you to publish a post titled with your question and using your medium of choice. I expect one or more post from you this week. For some it would be a weekly audio / video / visual / locative post, and for some just an update on your longer (video/software…) project (ask me if you feel unsure about what’s expected from you). Either way, each of you please comment 4 times this week on your friends posts.

Some important tip for video & audio podcast

  • Video / Audio Formats – iTunes (for both Mac & PC) has an option to ‘save for ipod & iphone’ (for video) & to ‘convert to MP3′ (for audio). Both of these options will make your podcasts compatible with most podcasting devices and more accessible by all of us. By the way, to subscribe to our podcast feed use this link with iTunes (or other podcast aggregation):
    http://cultureandcommunication.org/tdm/s10/feed/podcast
  • Be casual, not too casual – I think the recommendations on this site might be relevant both for screencasts, vodcasts and for podcasts. Either way, building a bullet-pointed scenario cannot be a bad idea, as it would leave you some more freedom from the tight text while keeping you on the right track. Remember, you are not making an audio-book.
  • You are beautiful – But ask yourselves, do we really need to see your faces? Maybe we do, but maybe the frame can be better used to support your content visually, screencasts are a good example for that, when they fit. If you don’t really have anything to show, maybe video is not the medium you need, maybe stick to voice only… think about it.
  • Slideshows – are visual supplementary to presentations. They are great to review after you’ve seen the presentation or if they are accompanied by audio. To use them as a standalone series of textual bullet points is an interesting experiment, but it does hold its own challenges.
  • Support your media – rich media is rich, but it can’t do everything, for example, it usually cannot link to a site. If you want us to get more informed, link to the relevant content in your posts.
  • Share your experiences – Feel free to comment on this post, or even write a whole new one if you think there are other things you’ve learned that others can enjoy from.
  • Add to the Resources page – Some of the titles there are still unpopulated, we want to document the techniques you are using so they can be shared by all. Please edit the page.

Required reading / viewing / assignment:

  • Are We In Control Of Our Own Decisions? TED presentation by Dan Ariely
  • The Death Of The URL by Chris Messina
  • Social networking, new governing By Andrew Rasiej & Micha L. Sifry
  • Read the summary.
  • 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:
    shift-permalink

Recommended Reading:

Optional:

Juliette:

  • Go through the materials
  • 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!

Network and get rich with your 4th travelogue

Now that we’ve concluded our third travelogue. We can start the fourth, 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)
  • Slideshows
  • Comic strips
  • Flash animations
  • Software
  • Annotated Maps
  • Annotated webpages
  • Your medium of choice here

The post itself would use “rich” media as its leading medium for the post (with text used to fill in the blanks), the comments are still textual (Not to say you can’t post a video response if you so wish).

I want YOU to be the producers of the rich-media you post (no: “Look what I’ve found on YouTube. Done”).

For the class after Spring Break (March 23rd):

  • 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 the rich format. Try to present both your area of research and the media of choice.
  • 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 (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.

Required Listening + Reading:

Recommended Reading:

For Leslie:

  • 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!

“Sony Readying PSP Phone, iPad Killer?” -IGN

Last week, when I first started researching the portable gaming environment, one of the first places I started digging for information was at www.latestpatents.com, a site that lists out the latest patents of leading technology companies. While looking up Sony, I noticed that their list of patents from February 18th seemed to be dealing with a new phone. This, I did not think much of. What I did find particularly interesting, though, was a patent they had for a, “universal game console controller.” I thought that maybe they were making some sort of physical controller that could be used to play games on phones? But, in the end, thought that we wouldn’t be hearing too much information on these patents any time soon.

Today, while searching on IGN, it seems that I might have been mistaken. The gaming site posted an article stating that Sony might possibly be putting out a phone and tablet to rival the Apple iPhone and iPad. Furthermore, there is said to be a special Sony Online Service that is to be launched by the end of March. Could this be their version of the Apple App Store, but instead to be full of traditional games?

Here’s the Wall Street Journal article with more detailed information.

This will definitely be a telling story to watch unravel, and I’m interested to see if the device will match the patents listed on LatestPatents.com!

Digital Media is Everyware / concluding T#3

Hi Class,

Let’s conclude our 3rd travelogues and start minding the digital media around us.

Final research post – by Friday the 5th:

  • Post your final research post(s) based on the process you’ve been leading in the past 3 weeks.
  • Try to develop some insightful conclusions / questions / critique of your explored environment.
  • Comment on at least 4 posts.

Research conclusion (/product) – by Monday the 8th, 4pm:

  • Imagine we’ve never read your previous posts, think of them as your process and at this post as the final product to the level that this post could be reprinted (so to speak) in another site out of the context of an accumulative student research work
  • Post your concluding post for this travelogue.
  • Comment on other students posts as you see fit.
  • Be prepared to discuss your favorite (/most note-worthy) travelogues in class.

Required Reading / Viewing:

  • Adam Greenfield at PICNIC08: The Long Here, the Big Now, and other tales of the networked city:
  • Dan Hill, The City As A Platform
    (The first part is fun but can get slightly tiring, feel free to fast forward to the second part starting with: “This somewhat banal sketch of an average high street is very deliberately based on the here and now; “)
  • Read and comment on the summary.

Recommended Reading:

Niharika:

  • Go through the materials.
  • Summarize it for us in a nicely accessible post to be published by Sunday 4pm, ideally running some threads between them (you can use some wiki or collaborative writing software to write the post and then publish it under one of your names).
  • 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

Questioning log#3 & The Cult of Wikipedia

Hi Class,

For the next two weeks we will be charging directly into the third travelogue. We will also be making a serious critique of Wikipedia and the peer production and 2.0 that we just loooove so much.

By this coming Sunday 4pm:

  • Based on the feedback you got, decide on your third travel destination.
  • Dive into the new media environment destination through a post laying out the current events or the relevant timely reference that points into your travelogue. Title your post with the initial question you want to inquire into. Include your initial assumptions for the nature of this environment and its culture. Try to define what norms are officially or unofficially defined within this environment and what possible practices might be used to work with or against these norms to learn more about their nature.
  • If you’re into Twitter (or interested to try it out), you might want to experiment with live micro-blogging as a research tool. If you come up with interesting results and methodologies, share them on our blog
  • Comment on at least three posts.

By Tuesday:

  • Optionally keep us in the know about your progress, this can be a short update or a longer one, or even a short reference to your recent travel (new finding based on comments you got, a new interesting fork or implementation of ‘Live Stories’, a call for action from your new friends in the “Tea Party” movement or whatever) and where next does it direct you.
    * Posting a second time this week is encouraged but not required, remember not to over saturate your audience’s short attention span and generally valuable time.
  • Comment a lot more (at this point I hope you don’t need numbers, numbers will always betray you, you can only trust people…)

Required reading / writing:

Very Recommended Reading:

For Jimena:

  • Read the articles & responses
  • Summarize it for us in a nicely accessible post to be published by Sunday at 4:00pm, run some threads between them.
  • Be prepared to present the article and lead the discussion in class. (make some notes for yourself, even share them in a post)
  • Post to del.icio.us some links that expand the discussion either about the text or about key themes in it.

A less parasitic travelog #3 & Commons Based Peer Production

Hey TDMs,

Very nice work on the second travelogue, I think many of you went through a really interesting journey and came up with some interesting treasures to show the folks back home. I also think we managed to develop a pretty good level of discussion and I hope this continues and even intensifies in the next travelogues.

Speaking of which, we will now launch the third travelogue in which we up the ante by adding a requirement – this time we will be doing some live reporting.

  • The target destination of your next travelogue will fundamentally involve current events – meaning it will focus on a story that is evolving as we speak/read/write/comment and through the process of you writing the posts. (Nadine’s Ushahidi travelogue and Harris’s Lying experiments are both great examples of that)
  • I want you to surprise us, ideally you will find a story which have had little or no coverage yet, or provide a unique perspective on an event going on right now.
  • I do want you to do your own leg (/eye/finger) work but if you want more inspiration there are a bunch of sites and services that cover trending topics in the field.
  • More examples: I had a student cover a user strike on e-bay, following the site’s change of terms and conditions. Another student has tried to research ‘Improve Everywhere’ by becoming a member. Another one researched the ‘Don’t Date Him, Girl’ site and ended up creating a big controversy there, which was actually quite revealing (she ended up actually creating the story she was covering).
  • What is New Media? I didn’t try to have us answer this question yet for a reason, but if you need some reassurance to your ideas of what falls in the scope of our research, Wikipedia provides a fair definition:

    New media is a term meant to encompass the emergence of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies in the later part of the 20th century. Most technologies described as “new media” are digital, often having characteristics of being manipulated, networkable, dense, compressible, interactive and impartial.

    This means new media is more than just the websites, web-applications or the internet at large. While it’s fair to say that the web offers the widest variety of subjects within new media, it will be great if we cross to other aspects of it (mobiles, wearables, location aware, bio-computing, gaming, free and open-source software, electronics, surveillance, network cultures… so much more)

  • Do not hesitate to embed yourselves in the travelogue if it makes sense – meaning, you can be more than a spectator/anthropologist you can become a part of the environment you are exploring, maybe even change it.

For next week:

  • Choose a couple of options for a new media environment to explore through your third (more involved) travelogue. (optionally:) Post briefly soon with your vetted options so we can help you decide. (Required:) Write an introductory post to your new travel destination including your proposed mode of operation.
    * I permit working in pairs on this one, but this means the expectations from your shared travelogue will be twice as high as we would expect from you individually.
  • Post 5 comments (or more) to your fellow students posts.

Required viewing & reading:

Recommended reading:

Optional extra viewing (which Honieh can but is not required to summarize):

Honieh:

  • Read and watch this week’s materials
  • Summarize it for us in a nicely accessible post to be published by Sunday 4:00pm, including your takes on it.
  • Be prepared to present the material in class (prepare bullet points, even post them as a part of your post).
  • Post to del.icio.us some links that expand the discussion either about the text or about key themes in it.
  • Enjoy.

good luck!

Concluding Travelogue #2 + Free Culture / Culture for Free / OUR Media?

In next week we will conclude the second journey we started two weeks ago, each of you with her own brave path through different new media environments. We have started some very interesting journeys here, but there is still a long week ahead of us. This is what you should expect to achieve during this week:

By Friday 4pm:

  • If you got any feedback in class, summarize it in a comment on your own latest post.
  • Comments at least twice to other posts on the blog

By Monday 4pm (preferably earlier):

  • Optionally, post again some time this week with more findings (you don’t have to)
  • Publish your concluding post and try to look back at your journey and the path you’ve gone through. Try to situate your experience within this media environment and ask some questions about its own culture.
  • You should not assume the readers are familiar with your previous posts so try to make this post stand for itself.
  • Post at least another three comments on other travelogues.

Required

Recommended

Harris:

  • Go through the materials
  • 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 articles in class.
  • Post to del.icio.us some links that expand the discussion either about the text or about key themes in it.
  • Enjoy.