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more resources of interest

The Digital Literacy Narrative Archives at Ohio State. This project is in the beginning stages, but includes literacy narratives in a variety of media from African American Women University Professors, undergraduate students of color, social activists, and deaf and hard-of-hearing contributors. They also welcome anyone to upload your own literacy narrative.

a useful citation

All, there’s an article out in the December issue of one of the main print journals in rhetoric and composition that speaks directly to knowing digital media production tools. You might find it of interest.

Rice, Jenny Edbauer. (2008). Rhetoric’s Mechanics: Retooling the Equipment of
Writing Production. College Composition and Communication, 60(2), 366–387.

It’s available through Milner library.

homework update for Feb. 25

Three items to add to your homework list for next week:

  1. send out your video CFP to 5 friends (they may or may not be the primary audience for your video, but you might get better feedback if they are), asking them what they think of the video; post a blog response based on their feedback suggesting ways you might change your CFP to reach them (if they were your audience). Due beginning of class next week.
  2. update your blogroll (use mine as a reference)
  3. watch several of your classmates’ CFPs (leave them comments if you want)

Issues in digital media

This list is my compilation of our previous “issues” and “not-found” items from last week. I’m not totally happy with the visual representation here — maybe it needs to be a Venn diagram, tag cloud, or semantic map. I’m open to options, if someone wants to try to visualize this to show a more accurate representation of the overlaps here.

Ethical/Social/Cultural issues

  • copyright/Fair Use
  • preservation and performance
  • kinds/definitions of digital scholarship (and digital media, as a broader category)
  • changing literacies

Pedagogical issues

  • analysis and production
  • inter/disciplinary uses
  • resistance
  • curricular implementation
  • assessment/evaluation

Compositional issues

  • rhetorical/aesthetic choices
  • tool choice

What you value in digital media texts

(This was the final list we came up with in class today about why folks picked the “canonical” texts they did and what those texts had in common across genres, modes, and technologies.)

Compared to others in a similar genre/style, your example stands out because…

  • its quality is consistent
  • it is credible
  • it uses appropriate multimodal strategies
  • it fulfills its purpose
  • you appreciate it

I might also add, based on our earlier conversation during the class period and what Daniel noted about his band website, that

  • it is creative or innovative

Is there anything else we missed in this common values list? Do you agree/disagree with this list? Leave a comment…

finding “canonical” examples: academic and popular

For this assignment, you need to find TWO different digital-media texts (however you want to define that for now). One example needs to be academic in nature, and it can be from any academic field. The second example needs to be non-academic in nature (again, however you want to define that is fine by me). Other than those two restrictions, there are no rules for choosing what texts you can include. You are the canon editor for this assignment. Link or embed both texts into your blog. We will use one or more in class next week to analyze how these texts work rhetorically.

Since finding academic texts of this variety has proved to be challenging, I’ve created two lists that might help you on the Resources page of this blog. There are both collections and digital journals (I’ve only included digital journals that are rhet/comp, comm, or creative writing — and only ones that use digital media. There are many more, but there were the quickest at hand. If you have others, feel free to use them and let me know what they are so I can add them to the list. The collections list is merely for your interest, although you might find a text to use for this assignment there. Most will simply link you to another collection or a specific publishing venue where you’ll have to search further.

If you have questions, post comments here. Also, if you come across more digital media/digital scholarship blogs, journals, or collections that we should add to our Resource list, please put them in the comments. I will pull some from your blog posts of last week as well.

“not found” key-issue assignment

Last week, you searched some phrases in digital media to find key terms in the fields we are studying. This week, you have a similar assignment. Take one of the issues listed under the “not found” list in the previous blog post (it’s the second list, fyi), and perform a similar search to last week’s. You need to find TWO useful texts on this new issue, summarize the text, and link to it from your blog. The purpose of this assignment is to expand our scope of key issues in digital media.

Keep in mind that the list is relatively short — we didn’t get to expand it as much as I wanted because the conversation went in different directions. So here’s another question that might generate more “not found” issues for you: Think of all the digital technology devices you own and/or interact with on a daily basis (i.e., cell phone, iPod, computer, camera, TV, XBox, etc.). How do you use these items? Was the way you use these items represented by any of the searches you performed last week? If not, they should be on our “not found” list. (If you have some examples, please leave a comment on this post with additional ideas, and I will add them to the list.)