Wednesday, November 25, 2009



T 12/1 Film (Sleep Dealer)
W 12/2 Media Final Review (Show and tell)
Th 12/3 Me++ Chapter 11; Essay 6 In-class (Over all films, readings, and Me++): NO REWRITE

T 12/8     **NO CLASS** Evening Schedule Only
W 12/9    **NO CLASS**Monday Schedule—We will not meet
Th 12/10 Last Day of Classes. Media Final DUE (End of Class)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Museum of the Moving Image 25 November 11:00

We will meet at the Museum of the Moving Image on the 25th of November for a guided tour starting at 11:00. The cost will be $4 each. The visit is required. Specific directions on how to get there to follow. Here is the link:


Th 11/19 Workshop Media Final

T 11/24 Me++ Chapters 4-6 / Workshop
W 11/25 Field Trip TBA
Th 11/26 No Classes
T 12/1 Film (Sleep Dealer)
W 12/2 Media Final Review (Show and tell)
Th 12/3 Me++ Chapter 11; Essay 6 In-class (Over all films, readings, and Me++): NO REWRITE

T 12/8 Workshop / media Final DUE for evaluation
W 12/9 Monday Schedule—We will not meet
Th 12/10 Last Day of Classes

Field Trip: TBA
Media Final Presentations

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Notes for Spring I: Suggestions?

These are just ideas I am having on how to adjust the course for Spring I. Feel free to give me suggestions!

1. Strict deadlines for blogs. No makeups.
2. Adjust the order: Matrix, Plato, Plato Essay/Culture, Truman, Matrix Book, Matrix, Sleep Dealer(?)
3. Blogs used for posting all essays as well (no hard-copies)?
4. Essay 5 will become a research narrative--on the blog--for everyone, regardless of Media Final project
5. IC Essays Rewrite/Low Pass (75)/Pass (85)/High Pass (100)
6. Text Responses (x10) 200, Diagnostic 0, Formal Writing 2-3 200, Media Mid-term Process 100/Product 100, Media Final Process 100/Product 100, Tests 200, Final Pass/Fail
7. For all procces grades, hand out tokens (poker chips) which are redeemed at the end.
8. Blogs: Have everyone add the "Poll" function with the question "How am I doing?" and a scale 1-10. Bi-weekly scores based on the poll which is answered by classmates and me. 20 points for posting on time and of length, up to 20 points for the Poll.

RESEARCH BLOG: Graded 12 times (weekly) for 50 points each (600)--Each blog will be called "Entry 1: Subtitle" so an "essay" would be something like "Entry 9: Research 5". Blog entries may be revised and re-tagged with the addition "(Revised 11/14)" for rewrites and etc.
Deadline 10, Clarity 10, Appropriateness 10, Engagement with Material 10, Engagement with Peers 10
MLA Test 100
ONLINE Research Test 100
ARCHIVE research Test 100

Ask Louis about making the Mid-term a presentation about being "jacked in". "I am a cyborg" or some such.

Wokshop 18 November

Task 1: Complete blogs as assigned (see below)
Task 2: Work on your final project.
Task 3: Get back to work on your final project.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Workshop for Tuesday November 17

Task 1: Complete Blog 9 (see below)
Task 2: Complete Blog 10 (see below)
Task 3: Post the link to your research blog on your home blog and as a REPLY to this message.
Task 4: Work on your Research Project and update your Research Blog.

We will meet back in the classroom at 11:00!

Come Wednesday prepared to work and share your work to date with your classmates!

A Youtube Video to help with using sources!

Monday, November 16, 2009

This Week

11/17--Research and Writing / Blog 10
11/18--Responding to ENG099 /Research and Writing / LIB110: meets with Dr. Rheuban
11/19--Field Trip? TBA

Blog 10: "Digital Writer" Response and Reflection (DUE 12/17 11:20a)

For this blog entry I would like you to visit the blogs for my 103 "Digital Writer" class (follow the "Virtual Minds" link then the "Digital Writer" link. They are finishing their final research projects which have some similarities to your own. You may find their drafts in Blog 8. These students are farther along in their projects than you are, so I would like you to help them along by responding to several students paying particular attention to "problems" they may be having. SPECIFICALLY LOOK FOR ACCIDENTAL PLAGIARISM. Offer advice, a suggestion, and encouragement. Afterward, reflect back on your own writing process this semester and your draft in progress and report out here to your blog on the types of issues that research writers seem to face. What are the major issues and difficulties? How are they resolved?

**The 103 class will also be responding to you!**

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Workshop 11/12/09

Following class discussion on Me++ chapters 1-3, you should be working on your final research project and have demonstrable evidence as to progress during class time. By 11:30 you should post a blog entitled "Workshop 11/12/09" where you describe what you accomplished during the lab time, what you will be working on for homework, and what you hope to accomplish by Tuesday. POST SOMETHING REGARDLESS: If you are keeping a separate research blog you may simply indicate in the post on your class blog that we should see your research blog for the update. Be sure the link to your research blog is on your class blog. I will be checking for updates after 11:30.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Schedule Update: End of Days

**See below for Blog 8 and Essay 5 assignment**

M 11/11 Media Event—We will not meet as a class.
T 11/12 Me++ Chapters 1-3

T 11/17 Workshop
W 11/18 Workshop
Th 11/19 Me++ Chapters 4 & 6

T 11/24 Me++ Chapter 11
W 11/25 Field Trip TBA
Th 11/26 No Classes

T 12/1 Film TBA (Existenz?)
W 12/2 Essay 5 Draft Due for Workshop
Th 12/3 Essay 6 In-class (Over all films, readings, and Me++): NO REWRITE

T 12/8 Workshop / Essay 5 DUE for evaluation
W 12/9 Monday Schedule—We will not meet
Th 12/10 Last Day of Classes / Essay 5 Rewrites

Field Trip: TBA
Media Final Presentations

Blog 9: Research Project / Media Final

For this blog, you should pre-write ideas for the 103 Research project and Media Final. The options are listed below. Before you begin, I would strongly suggest you review the projects in my other 103 class. You may find the links at my home blog,

The Assignment
All options detailed will result in written work of approximately 2500 words (or ten, typed, double-spaced pages not counting bibliography or Works Cited pages) which is based in verifiable, authoritative sources that have been viewed and approved by Dr. Smith and your classmates. The number and type of sources, and how they are cited, will vary based on the option chosen and the subject matter, but five confirmed and approved sources (including interviews) should be considered the absolute minimum.

Option 1: Wikipedia
For this assignment, you will be researching and writing an article for Wikipedia (or an approved subject-specific wiki). You may research and write on any subject that has either a “short” entry, a “stub” entry, no entry at all. However, all topics must be appropriate to Wikipedia and will be approved by Dr, Smith and your classmates. Examples of entries: Short Article—minimal coverage of the subject. This subject may be used for the assignment after Dr. Smith views the page and approves it (see, for example, The New Zoo Review ). Some short articles may not be appropriate for expansion unless you are a certified expert (see, for example, “Dutch Kills, Queens”). Stub—This subject should be fine for expansion into a full article if approved (see, for example, “Dusty’s Treehouse”). No entry—This subject is fine for the assignment if approved. If you are choosing to write on a person or place, either should be of significant importance to justify a full article. You must join Wikipedia. The research style for the article will be the one used by Wikipedia.You may use the “beta” version (a simpler html format) if you like. Wikipedia Tutorial:

Option 2: Webzine Article
You may also opt to write a magazine style “long feature” piece like those in Literary Journalism for a specific webzine (online magazine) that accepts outside submissions. You must show Dr. Smith and the class the webzine you are going to write for and explain in detail their submission policies and procedures before the topic and the venue (the webzine) will be approved. The format of the essay will be APA endnote style saved as a webpage unless otherwise indicated by your venue.

Option 3: Online Research Site
For this option you may develop a research blog (make a new blog here on Blogger or elsewhere), a research Wiki or your own devoted to a particular subject of interest, or a full-blown website or startpage (like on Netvibes). I and the other students in the class must agree to your project and that it fits the requirements of the course. The text limit must still be met. If you are making a film or video, this option could be used to develop a research blog devoted to the production of your film. You should keep daily logs of what you have done, what you need to do, and what you plan to do. Include every type of research you do including talking to people, reading manuals, looking at Youtube videos, and etc.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

WEEK EIGHT announcements

Task 1: MLA test (closes today, 5pm). Be sure to "Submit" not just "Save."

Task 2: Finish Blog 7 (DUE 11/03)

Task 3: Read and annotate Me++ pages 7-17; pay particular attention to the sections entitled "Boundaries", "Connections", "Networks", and "Clocks".

Task 4: Write Blog 8 (see below and on the class blog for the directions: DUE 11/04)

Task 5: Review class blogs in ENG 103 (you may find the link on my home blog "Virtual Minds" ( in preparation for Essay 5: Research II. Survey what your peers in English 103 are doing for their projects. Be prepared to discuss projects you find particularly interesting or problematic. You will have a similar assignment style but with a particular focus on the theme of this class.

Task 6: Read Me++ 19-35 "Connecting Creatures" for Thursday.

Blog 8: Me++ 7-17 (DUE 11/04) Bring a hard-copy to class Wed.!

Human society has moved from wandering tribes of close-knit family units to city states defined by literal walls to nation-states with geographical boundaries to what we now think of as a "global citizenry". First, describe what physical boundaries define you as a person. Start with your own skin and work your way outwards. Second, define what connections and networks penetrate those boundaries. How and when do you access the "networks" of information and goods in your life? Finally, what time structures (schedules, devices, work, etc.) dictate the regularity of your every day existence.