Monday, June 14, 2010

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Final Survey

Hi folks. As one of our final tasks for the semester (and see the list below under Blog 25) please take this survey! CLICK ME!

Final Reminders and Due Dates!
6/14 3:00pm
  1. Complete the final survey above.
  2. You must submit your final project to me in some format where I can see it (link, hardcopy, disc, etc.).
  3. You must complete and submit to me your Peer Evaluations Sheets.
  4. All work must be completed. No work will be accepted after 3pm under any conditions. You may attach a link here, but be SURE it works. A dead link is equivalent to no link.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Blog Entry 25: Final Reflective Essay (DUE 6/9)

Final Blog
For your final blog entry this semester, I would like you to write a reflective essay where you think back over the course of the semester and what you have learned in this cluster (and not just this class). You may want to use your own blog entries as the basis. What were your conceptions of what the cluster would be about? What did you learn? What connections did you make? There is no set format for this essay, but you may want to review this extended definition of a reflective essay: CLICK ME. 

Reminders:
6/14 You must submit your final project to me in some format where I can see it (link, hardcopy, disc, etc.).


6/14 You must complete and submit to me your Peer Evaluations Sheets.


6/14 All work must be completed. No work will be accepted after 3pm under any conditions.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Week Twelve! Final Meeting

Today--Final class meeting!
Peer to Peer Evaluation Sheet: Click Me!
Project Updates
Course Evals
Blog Entry 24? I NEED it NOW.
6/9 Final Telecommute: Blog Entry 26: Reflection (100 Points) Posted 6/9 and due 6/9. Check here.
6/14 Final Peer Evaluation Sheets Due! Final projects due (to me).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Coming Fall I, 2010! ENG102: Supernatural!


ENG102.0854  T 01:00-04:25
ENG102.0855 TH 01:00-0:425
Fall I, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blog Entry 24 Revision and End of Days

Here is the schedule for the last few weeks:

T 6/1 Blog 24 Final Rewrites (this essay must be VERY clean as it will be evaluated by another faculty member!) You can help one another as much as you like, but I cannot interfere in the process as this is a "test". When you are finished, be sure to post and then run a hard-copy of Blog Entry 24 (only) for me with your name on it.

W 6/2 We do not Meet / Online office hours. Email: dr.c.jason.smith@gmail.com or use the gmail chat function!

Th 6/3 Meet E301 for project updates and Show & Tell. Peer evaluation sheets distributed and discussed.

T 6/8 No Classes (Reading Day)

W 6/9 We do not Meet

Th 6/10 Blog 25: Final In-class Reflection (Blog Series 6, 10% of final grade); E301

M 6/14 Peer Evaluation of Final Projects DUE 1pm in my box in E103; Final Projects DUE (to me) in some format that I can view (link, CD, file, whatever.)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blog Entry 24: Sleep Dealer and the Copper-top Life

Blog Entry 24 will be your final long blog entry (or essay) for the semester. This is an open-note, open book essay. You may use your notes, ask questions (as long as they do not distract your fellow writers), and look up terms. You may use any of our films or readings this semester and your own experience.

As always, you must properly indicate where any and all information you use comes from. To cite a quote properly, you should use quotation marks, the author’s last name and the page number. For example, if I were to quote from an article on race and The Matrix, I would write something like this: as King and Leonard argue “People of color possess particular physical characteristics through which viewers read their race; they do not, however, possess racial identities, grounded in history or community” (36).

Remember: Your primary goal for an in-class essay test is in all cases is to demonstrate an active engagement with the material of the course(s). You should have a clear claim (or position) supported with reasons and evidence. Support you argument with specific details and examples from our readings in the cluster, our films and videos, and (if the prompt does not indicate otherwise) your own unique personal knowledge.

Please write your essay using ONE of the following prompts:

1.RACE: Sleep Dealer is obviously influenced by The Matrix (among other films). What connections do you see to The Matrix and like films? What differences do you see? What do these differences say about issues of race, for example Sleep Dealer is a Mexican-American production--What elements or themes in the film mark it as “particularly Latino” or “particularly Mexican”? What does Sleep Dealer have to say about the rural life versus urban life?

2. SOCIAL CLASS: In "The Matrix, Marx, and the Coppertop's Life (TMAP 216-224), Danahay and Reider argue that the Matrix (at least the first film) is not really about a revolution and that the directors use lots of tricks to actually make us want to be in the Matrix. What are these tricks? Do you agree with Danahay and Reider? Then, compare The Matrix to Sleep Dealer. How does Sleep Dealer address some of the same issues? What does Sleep Dealer have to say about class, work, and technology?

3. GENDER: The father of psychology, Sigmund Freud argues that all women go through a period where they recognize that little boys have a penis and they do not. They also recognize, based on the roles of “mommy” and “daddy”, that men have more “power” than women. From this observation, according the Freud, girls begin to “envy” the fact that boys and men have a penis that leads to power. They then desire a penis of their own, but the only way they can have one in real life is to a) possess or control their father, b) possess or control a male mate, or c) have a male child to possess and control, or c) buy a lot of guns of their own and blow shit up (OK, that last one was not exactly Freud, but he would have said it if he was alive today). Considering the films that you have seen in the cluster and (not “or”) drawing on your own experience of films, television, and life in general does Hollywood portray women as suffering from “penis envy”?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blog Entry 23: Week Eleven! Sleep Dealer

Step 1: Take the Survey! (you DO NOT have to create an account with Survey Monkey at the end. That is just an ad).

Step 2: Workshop ENG 102 (Encounter 7, 25 points): We will be helping my ENG102 students today with their final projects (Blog 13). I will assign each of you 2 students to respond to. Copy the questions below and then follow the link to ENG102 blog to locate your assigned students. Paste the questions in the comment window. Be sure to say "Hi, I am . . . " and give detailed responses. You are responding to Blog Entry 13. Here is the link.

  1. What has the author done well? What stands out to the reader?
  2. Is the draft complete? What needs to be done today to get it to the next level by the end of class?
  3. Is the discussion of the work detailed? Can you “see” what is happening in the story?
  4. Is the language clear? What problems do you see?
  5. Does the author cite their sources properly (everyone should at least cite their story)? If in doubt, Google search a few passages.

Step 3: Read TMAPhil 216-224.

Step 4: Blog Entry 23 (Due 5/25): What are Danahay and Reider's main arguments (their claims)? What sort of reasons and evidence do they use for support? Do you agree or disagree?

Step 5: As time allows: Work on media final, film, final, or blog revisions for final evaluation.

Next Time: Sleep Dealer. This film will start precisely at 10:30! If you miss it, you will not be able to write the in-class essay on Thursday, nor pass in the final in-class essay next week. This film is NOT widely available.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Blog 22: Penetrating Keanu Part 2 (Essay 6) DUE 05/20 11:00am

**We finish at 11:00 Today! This essay is due at the End of Class!**

Using you entry for Blog 20 (below), our reading entitled "Penetrating Keanu", and your knowledge of the movies The Matrix and ExistenZ, write an essay of 500-750 words arguing for one film or the other as being the more culturally relevant. Which one interrogates or questions the nature of reality in a more meaningful way? You must use the article "Penetrating Keanu" to support and you may use any additional sources from our book or online as long as you cite properly. Be sure to include works cited entries for any source you use.

Homework--Read TMAF 216-224

Blog 21

Research and report out during class (see below).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Few Concept Videos

No Pants, Thriller in Prison, Guildwars Dance, Big Blue Dress, Where the Hell is Matt (Dancing)?, Frozen in Grand Central, Human Mirror, The Evolution of Dance, Who Ya Gonna Call?, The Book

Week Ten: Projects and Existenz

Tuesday
  • Blog Entry 21 Part 1: Goals for the Day (Beginning of Class)
  • Work on Media Project or Film Presentation as defined by your goals 
  • Blog Entry 21 Part 2: Report-out Goals (End of Class)
Wednesday
  • Film: Existenz
Thursday
  • Blog 22: Reading/Film Response (Essay, Open Book, Open Note!)
Homework
  • Homework--Read TMAF 216-224

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blog 20: "Penetrating Keanu" (Due 5/17)

In "Penetrating Keanu" Cynthia Freeland argues in her comparison of The Matrix and Existenz that The Matrix, though "sleeker" is actually more "infantile" emotionally and philosophically and that, really, we have very little that is new to learn from the film. What reasons does she give for this claim? What evidence does she supply? Do you agree with her or not? Why or why not? Write a multi-paragraph blog entry engaging with Freeland's arguments. You should participate in the discussion HERE before writing your entry.

Week Nine: Continued

  1. Complete Blog Entry 19: NYPL (see below)
  2. Respond to classmates' games design (optional) with suggestions for improvement. An outside game expert will be reviewing your game concept next week. The winner gets 20 bonus points.
  3. Participate in "Penetrating Keanu" discussion in the telecommute (25 points, closes at the end of class). You must demonstrate that you actually read the text in order to ask questions about it! CLICK HERE.
  4. Complete Blog Entry 20: “Penetrating Keanu” (above)
  5. Work on Media Final
  6. Work on Film Final
Homework--Read TMAF 216-224 (for Tuesday), Existenze (film, Wednesday), Thursday TBA. Next Week: Sleep Dealer.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Blog 19: NYPL-Performing Arts Branch

Winning team: 20 bonus points to Final Grade! NYPL Link

The Situation:
The New York Public wants to design a series of board games or collectible card games that would be educational and fun, advertise the library, and could be sold in the gift shop. You have been assigned to come up with the concept for a game for the Performing Arts Branch at Lincoln Center.

Rules:
  1. Your game cannot be a scavenger hunt.
  2. The game must be portable (take home) and NOT require a visit to the library to play. However, knowledge of the library could be a factor in playing the game well.
  3. It must be a board game or collectible card game (or equivalent).
  4. You are writing a concept piece that describes how the game would work, what it would look like and etc.
  5. Any illustrations you can devise (box art, sample card, etc.) will help but are not required.
Steps:
  1. Explore the library to get a sense of what all there is to see.
  2. Make a list of cool or interesting things or places that you might want to include in your game.
  3. As a group, come up with a concept.
  4. Come up with a cool title for your game.
  5. Devise any illustrations.
  6. Post Blog 19 (Homework)
Blog 19: Report Out
  • All Group members must post a blog entry
  • All group members must list the members of their group in the title of their blog
  • One member of the group posts the Game Concept and any illustrations AND adds a poll (we will do this last bit in class)
  • Other group members report out on how the assignment went, what you learned about the library, and etc.
FOR NEXT TIME: Reading TMAF 205-215 (Reading Encounter 25 points, first 15 minutes of class). Blog Entry 20: Reading Response. BRING YOUR BOOK TO CLASS (Electronic Copy OK)!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Blog Entry 18: Media Final Research Update

For today's blog entry, you should set research goals for the Media Final and post them. Then, at the ned of class, post what you accomplished and what you plan to do for the media final between today and next Tuesaday.

Part 1: Set Goals for Class (Beginning of Class, 9:15-9:30)
Part 2: Goals Met and Goals for Week (End of Class 11:00-11:15).

Week Nine: Research, NYPL-Performing Arts, The Matrix and Philosophy

Monday: Research and Blog Entry 18: Weekly Research Update (Part 1: Set Goals for Class / Part 2: Goals Met and Goals for Week).

Wednesday: We meet at NYPL Performing Arts Branch at Lincoln Center 11:00am. Click me for website and directions. Homework--Blog Entry 19: Report Out.

Thursday: Reading TMAF 205-215 (Reading Encounter 25 points, first 15 minutes of class). Blog Entry 20: Reading Response.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Notes from Class

Youtube downloader HD
Original Music video and Production Blog http://musiciansed.blogspot.com/
Research Website that was turned into a print book using lulu.com http://nygraffiti.blogspot.com/
A research blog on Homosexuality and Coming Out http://theestarfinesse.blogspot.com/

Blog 17: Final Project Plan and Discussion (DUE 05/11)

Blogs: Today is your last chance for revisions on Blog Series 3/4 (Sunrise, Media Mid-term, Matrix Possibility) before evaluation (200/1000 points).


Blog Entry 17: For your 17th Blog Entry this semester (Wow! 17!) I would like you to review the Final Project assignment closely. Then, 1) summarize the assignment in your own words, 2) devise a project (if you have not already done so), 3) describe the steps in detail that you will need to take to complete the project (this may be a list or outline) and then 4) look at the actual calendar for the rest of the semester and assign "due dates" for your steps. You may include Tuesday class-time as "work days" for the final project, but not Wednesday or Thursdays (I am swapping Tuesday with Thursday so we can be in E141 working on our projects. Readings will not be due on Thursdays). Take your time planning as the more time you spend now thinking through the steps the less panic you will have later.


Research Note: Your research for your project will depend on what you choose to do. But, essentially you will be reporting-out to the class on your blog at least once a week on what steps you have taken towards your goal. If you have to learn how to use movie-maker, that is research! Who did you talk to? How did you learn how to use it? any question you ask and then find an answer to is research! Keep track of it all, since that is what I will be evaluating you on.

After: When you have completed Blog 17 you should get right to work on your project. Remember, in this class you are evaluated on your blog entries for the project and your 103 grade comes entirely from the project.

Next Week

  • Monday: Research and Blog Entry 18: Weekly Research Update
  • Wednesday: NYPL Performing Arts Branch at Lincoln Center. Blog Entry 19: Report Out.
  • Thursday: Reading TMAF 205-215 (Reading Encounter 25 points, first 15 minutes of class). Blog Entry 20: Reading Response.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Telecommute 05/05 10:30-12:30 (25 points)

Happy Cinco de Mayo for all you Pueblanos out there!

The telecommute will be on the Ning. There you will need to "sign up" (upper right hand corner after you click below) for the Ning to particpate. If you have used the Ning before you may just sign-in. This will be an expereimental combination of assignments and live discussions. You should have completed the reading prior to discussion. This assignment will be evaluated on the level of participation (amount) and the quality of participation (critical thinking). You should participate in ALL of the discussions repeatedly during the two hours. it is often best to rotate between them. I will be monitoring all of the discussions occasionally, as well as hanging out in the "Chat" area. Addtionally, you may add discussion topics yourself using the "Start Discussion" button on the "Main" page.

Remember: 1) You should think of these as discussions and not simple "blog entries". The back and forth really adds up to cool ideas. 2) Feel free to cruise the web in the background for help with some of these, but cite your sources if you use them! 3) If you think someone is not thinking as logically and critically as they could, call them on it! The point is for us to collectively, as a class, to really think about some of the philosophical issues surrounding the film, The Matrix.

To get started: Click Me! and click "Sign Up" in the upper right hand corner.

P.S. Some professors from other classes may be lurking or even post, so don't be too shocked if there are a few people you don't immediately recognize!

WEEK 8: The Matrix and Philosophy

Tuesday: Blog 16 In-class (see below)
Wednesday: Read: The Matrix and Philosophy 41-52. Live Telecommute (log-in here at 10:30) and follow directions (Encounter 6, 25pts.), I'll go live at 10:45 from my office.
Thursday: Blog 17: Final Project planning and research; Blog Series 3 closes.

Blog Entry 16 and Workshop: "The Matrix Possibility" (DUE 05/04)

Reading: Nixon's "The Matrix Possibility" Matrix 28-40. If you DO NOT have your own copy of this reading, go to the library, pick up the copy from the front desk (you will have to share if there are more than one of you) and photocopy it.


Blog Entry 16: Pick up you in-class essay and type it up as a blog entry making any and all necessary changes. You SHOULD use your book, The Matrix and Philosophy, to include evidence in support of your position and to show that you read and understood the text, or at least are working through his ideas. The prompt is: Are you, or could you, be living in the Matrix? How would you know?


Workshop: When you have finished, leave feedback to at least THREE classmates using the following questions (you may but and paste this over). Do NOT leave feedback for anyone who has had three responses already unless you have already responded to three others--meaning everyone should get some commentary. 
  1. What has the author done well? What stands out to the reader?
  2. Is the draft complete? What needs to be done today to get it up to speed by the end of class?
  3. Does the draft conform to the assignment? Why or why not?
  4. Has the author stated a clear CLAIM (Opinion)? What is it?
  5. Does the author have REASONS to support their claim?
  6. Does the author use direct quotations and summaries as EVIDENCE for the CLAIM?
  7. Is the language clear? What problems do you see?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

GOOD WORK!

Thanks to all of you who are working hards during workshop. Be sure to get the drafts as clean as possible for Louis and submit them on time in Blackboard as directed. Bring your Matrix book to class next week!

Encounter 5: Workshop (25 points)

Here are the directions for today:

I'll be available in E103S and on Gmail (and google talk) at dr.c.jason.smith@gmail.com (starting at 10:45).

First, hit “Comment” below and check-in for attendance. Be sure to say, “Thank you, Ahmed, for suggesting we have online class today.”

Second, be sure your draft of the Media mid-term is posted (Blog 15). You may want to comment on your own draft asking for specific help that you know you need. For example “Can someone please help me with MLA format?”.

Third, using the questions below (you may cut and paste them across) you should respond to at least FOUR classmates drafts using the following guidelines. You should read the comments that precede yours and consider their suggestions in your reply. For example, “I think Blanca is right, that second paragraph sounds like a cut and paste job. Do you know where it came from?” You should NOT respond to anyone who already has four comments.
  1. Does the draft fit the assignment? Why or why not?
  2. Does the author have a clear claim? What is it?
  3. Does the author have reasons to support the claim? What are they?
  4. Does the author support all reasons with evidence?
  5. Is the language clear and correct? If not, give specific examples of problems.
  6. Is all information cited properly? (Avoid plagiarism and copyright infringement!) To test this, pick a few “really smart sounding” sentences and Google search them. We don’t want any “Oops” moments in there as that would be breaking federal law since it is on their blog!

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4/29 Film Mid-term Test, 9:15a E301

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5/4 (Re-)Read The Matrix and Philosophy (TMAF) 5-15. Essay 4 Rewrite during class.
5/5 Trip TBA (We will meet off-campus as directed)
5/6 Read TMAF 28-40. Be prepared for a Quiz.

READ for next week or

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blog 15 and Schedule

Welcome to Week Eight!

4/27 Bog 15: Media Mid-Term Complete Draft Due TODAY. If you have posted your draft, give some initial feedback to classmates who have posted on their drafts. Be as specific as possible.

4/28 Online Workshop and Plagiarism Check (We will not meet in C building as a class). You must log-in to the class blog and post as directed during class time for credit and attendance. (Roll check 10:30am, workshop closes 12:30pm.)  I will be in my office during class-time for those needing additional assistance in person or via email. **Blog series 3 ends.**

4/29 Film Mid-term Test, 9:15a E301

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5/4 (Re-)Read The Matrix and Philosophy (TMAF) 5-15. Essay 4 Rewrite during class.
5/5 Trip TBA (We will meet off-campus as directed)
5/6 Read TMAF 28-40. Be prepared for a Quiz.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WEEK SEVEN

Coming Up in Week Seven!
  • Workshop Media Mid-term
  • Advanced MLA
  • Plagiarism Check!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

We almost saw the first lady!

FYI: That group arriving with all the security at Kaufman Astoria was Michelle Obama!  http://www.examiner.com/x-19673-Michelle-Obama-Examiner~y2010m3d24-Michelle-Obama-stops-by-kaufman-astoria-studios-sesame-street-stage-with-daughters

And I finally found out what show is filming in my hood--Nurse Jackie!

Blog Entry 14: Workshop and Report Out

Today--We meet in C724 for roll and Q&A then off to B333.

1. Read three classmates' drafts and offer suggestions. Once an essay has three responses, respond to someone else!

2. Work on your own draft. By the end of the class period (12:30), post it as Blog Entry 14 and, at the top, add a description of what you think is working and what you think you need to do for homework to be sure it is completed on time.

NEXT TIME: Bring all of your drafts and etc. with you. We will cover the MLA paper layout at the beginning of class. You will be allowed to print at the end of class to turn your paper in following.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Blog Entry 13: Sunrise Draft (20 April)

For this blog entry you should post the rough draft of your Sunrise paper for film. As a reminder, the general categories are as follows:
  • Lighting
  • Special Effects
  • Camera Movement
  • Extreme Angles
  • Set Design
  • Acting Style
Sample Claims: 1) "In this paper I will demonstrate how lighting and acting style are used to build characterization". 2) "In this paper I will show how camera movement and extreme angles are used to portray emotion." 3) In this paper I will discuss the use of lighting and special effects to portray good and evil".

WEEK SIX: Sunrise and Media Mid-term

Hi all and welcome to the middle of the semester! Professor Lucca has finally joined us in the blog-o-sphere. You will find the link to his blog on the right. Take a few minutes to drop by and say "Hi" and invite him to drop by your blog to see how you are doing on the mid-term. Don't forget to give him the link to your blog!

Here is the schedule for the next two weeks.
**Blog Series 2 Closes Today!**

4/20   Blog series 2 closes today. Research and Writing Sunrise (Blog 13: Post Draft/Outline, end of class)
  • Lighting
  • Special Effects
  • Camera Movement
  • Extreme Angles
  • Set Design
  • Acting Style
  • Sample Claims: 1) "In this paper I will demonstrate how lighting and acting style are used to build characterization". 2) "In this paper I will show how camera movement and extreme angles are used to portray emotion." 3) In this paper I will discuss the use of lighting and special effects to portray good and evil". 
4/21   MLA Format: Sunrise Rewrites (Blog 14)
4/22   Sunrise and Media Mid-term: Workshop and Rewrites (blog 15: Media Mid-term Report and Plan). Sunrise DUE.

4/27 Revised Media draft due (Blog 16), Workshop, Plagiarism Check.
4/28 Final Comments and Rewrites, Submit Final Draft of Media Mid-term and Post.
**Blog series 3 Evaluation.**
4/29 Film Mid-term 9:15-11:30 (Absolute last date to submit Media Paper)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fox News is Evil

Really. Fox News is evil. Professor Lucca is not making that up. They are a prime example of how propaganda pretends to be news. In the following video, Jon Stewart takes on Fox insanity on the Daily Show. CLICK ME! then scroll down a bit to the video screen.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

BLOG Entry 12: Research Report

For the last 15 minutes of class or so, I would like you to report out from your research today. What did you do? What problems are you having? What do you need to do between today and the next class (i.e. homework)?

WEEK FIVE: Encounter 4

Encounter 4 (25 points): One of the professors in our learning networks has some questions about how blogs (and etc.) can help students feel a sense of community both in and out of the classroom. I want us to be good community members and help Dr. Vasileiou out. Take a few moments and think: How has our use of Blogger helped us so far to connect as a class? What do you like about the blogs (the class blog and your own)? What have you found the most useful so far? When you are ready, CLICK HERE read Dr Vasileiou's post, Dr. Gallardo's response, and then type up your own response as a comment to Dr. Vasileiou. What do you think HE can do to help his students connect more? Be sure to introduce yourself and remember that you are writing to a professor.

Afterwards: Research Writing

Blog Entry12: TBA

Topic Suggestion: If you do not know what position to take, try proving that there is NOT more violence now than before! 

Update: Due Date Extended to 4/29.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WEEK FIVE: Encounter 4, Blog Entry 11


**How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.**

Welcome to week 5! Now it is time to start kicking ass and taking names on the Media Mid-term. We need to be helping one another out as much as possible. If anyone fails, we all have failed, so lets get to it! 

C724 10:30-11:00
  • Schedule Review
  • Review: Claim, Reasons, Evidence
  • Staging the Mid-term
  • Group: Setting Goals for the Day
  • Goals Approval

B333 11:00-12:30 (and 1:00-2:00)
  • Encounter 4 (25 points): One of the professors in our learning networks has some questions about how blogs (and etc.) can help students feel a sense of community both in and out of the classroom. I want us to be good community members and help Dr. Vasileiou out. Take a few moments and think: How has our use of Blogger helped us so far to connect as a class? What do you like about the blogs (the class blog and your own)? What have you found the most useful so far? When you are ready, CLICK HERE, read Dr Vasileiou's post, Dr. Gallardo's response, and then type up your own response as a comment to Dr. Vasileiou. What do you think HE can do to help his students connect more? Be sure to introduce yourself and remember that you are writing to a professor
  • Complete Media Mid-term Goals as Described.
  • Between 12:30 and 2:00 Goals report-out to your blog (Blog Entry 11). What did you say you were going to do? What did you actually do? What do you need to do for the next class?
For next time: Keep writing. Be ready to research and write and ask questions!

Update to Grade Book

UPDATE: In order to avoid further confusion, I will be removing the “Essay” category from the gradebook. From now on we will consider the blog series as a whole unit. If you receive a 65/100 or higher on the blog series, then you have passed the “essay” which is always the longest entry for the series. I, along with your classmates, will be offering revision suggestions for the blog series as the cycle moves forward. Once the cycle closes, only students receiving an evaluation labeled "Not Yet Passing" must rewrite that particular blog series after a conference with me. Students who pass the blog series may also revise for a potentially higher final evaluation at the end of the semester.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Blog 10: Reflecting on Peer Critique (Due: Interaction 04/08, Blog 04/11)

Encounter 3 (25 points) and Blog Entry 10

**Students who missed class are not eligible for the 25 points but still must complete the exercise and blog 10 fir the blog entry credit. Please choose two students from the list at random to reply to.**

For this assignment, you will be responding to one student in Dr. Ximena Gallardo’s ENG099 class. The students have just completed their first draft of a paper where they describe and analyze a print ad of their choice from the website GenderAds.com.
  1. Women Trouble on the Ning: Click me and "Sign Up"
  2. Deciding who to respond to (as a class). We will each respond to two students.
  3. Go to http://womantrouble.ning.com/ Once on the main page, scroll down a bit so that you see the FORUM area. There, locate the discussion PAPER #2: PRINT ADS. Click on the link and locate your student’s draft. There will also be a copy of or link to the ad they are trying to describe and interpret.
  4. Read the entire draft/post. Also, take a look at the ad.
  5. Look for the ONE thing you like best about the draft, or (if nothing is great) whatever area you think has great potential. Then decide on the ONE concern you would like to see the writer work on. You might also think about whether there is an area of the draft you'd like to hear more about. Find it and ask the writer some leading questions to generate more writing. This could be an especially useful strategy if the draft is perfect and there are no concerns (an unlikely scenario since this is a first draft, but one can dream...).
  6. After you've finally decided how to focus your answer, write your response by clicking REPLY TO THIS. Start with what you like best, then follow with an explanation of the ONE concern you would like to see the student work on. Just post as yourself, a fellow student, in a friendly manner, NOT as an authority figure or someone who is ABOVE them.
  7. Repeate 4-7 as indicated for your second student.
  8. Go back to your own blog and write Blog Entry 10 entry (DUE 04/11) entitled, “Why I said what I said to (insert names of students here).” In this post, reflect on what you said to the writer and describe the process of how you arrived at your choice of the CONCERN on which to focus. Do you think that the fact that you were a stranger to the paper’s topic affected the way you responded to the draft? Why? How? Why not? (Repeat for your second student draft.) Overall, what did you learn about critiquing other people’s writing by doing this exercise?
List of Dr. Gallardo's students:
1. Howard
2. Nida
3. Johanes
4. Joshua
5. Parris
6. Johny
7. Reynaldo
8. Giselle
9. Eduardo
10. Dafney
11. Ariel
12. Hanifah
13. Kelly
14. Geaovanny
15. Cynthia
16. Barry
17. Jaquonne
18. Jessica
19. Luis
20. Yasumasa
21. Dionny

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Day 10: Plan

Updates
  • Essay 3 (Matrix Review) grades are being posted this week. Encounter 2: Museum Visit Grades Posted this week.

 Today
  • Blog 9 (See Below)
  • Signing up for The Ning: On Thursday you will be responding to at least one student in Dr. Ximena Gallardo’s ENG099 Basic Writing class. The students have just completed their first draft of a paper where they describe and analyze a print ad of their choice from the website GenderAds.com. To sign up for the class, go to http://womantrouble.ning.com/and click on SIGN UP on the top right. Fill out the form to join the Ning. Your membership will have to be approved before you have the right to add comments. (Prof. Gallardo will approve everyone overnight).
  • Homework: Read The Matrix and Philosophy 28-40.
Wednesday
  • Read The Matrix and Philosophy 28-40. We will have a timed in-class essay (Essay 4) following discussion.
 Thursday
  • Library Introduction: We will meet in the library classroom at 9:15 (E101).
  • Online Interaction with Dr. Gallardo's ENG099
Next Week
  • Dr. Rheuban trades for Tuesday class.
  • Film Event
  • Reading: TMAF 41-52.

Blog 9: Media Mid-term Research (Due 4/6 During Class)

For your Media Mid-term assessment, you have been asked to write a thesis-driven researched argumentative essay (with a claim, reasons, and evidence) in MLA format and citation style. For this blog entry, I would like for you to do the following:

1. Conduct internet research on the following terms, then define them in your own words through your own understanding. Be sure to include relevant examples. Cite the sources you used in the proper MLA format for websites (you may want to check out library's website for this).

  • Thesis / Thesis Statement
  • Research
  • Argument
  • Claim
  • Reasons
  • Evidence
  • MLA Citation Style
2. Reread the media mid-term assignment. Bringing to bear what you learned above, what are you being asked to do? What is your initial position on the issue? Why? What evidence do you think you need to find to support your position? Where might you look?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day 9: The Plan

  1. Blog Series 1 Evaluations (In-progress)
  2. Essay 1 and 2 completed
  3. Essay 3 Evaluation in progress
  4. Creative Commons Copyright
  5. Work on MOMI Assignment and Blog (If you missed the museum trip, you may go on your own over break).
  6. Preview Media Mid-term (see Links above--10 pages due Sunday 4/25).
  7. Begin research for Media Mid-term. As always, keep track of the sources you used.
  8. Begin research on MLA (Modern Language Association) Research Paper Format and Citation Style. What is it? How do you do it? Why do you do it? As always, keep track of the sources you used.
  9. Free Writers' Handbooks in my office!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blog 8: Museum of the Moving Image

The Assignment (50 points):
My English 099 Basic Writing course in the Fall I semester of 2010 will be studying material very similar to what we study in this class. They, however, will need a very detailed introduction to the museum and it needs to be “fun.” To that end, I would like you to design a scavenger-hunt type introduction to the museum for them. It should be both fun and informative—in essence, something YOU would like to do—and it must also demonstrate that they saw, and understood, the most important elements of the museum.


Requirements:
1. At least 50 questions.
2. Doable in 1-2 Hours.
3. Questions ranging from simple to complex.
4. Active engagement with the museum exhibits.
5. Clear directions to follow.
6. Include all directions needed.
7. Self-guided.
8. Designed for small groups (2-3).
9. It must cover all the major exhibits as well as some of the “minor” pieces.
10. Must include the Mitchell 35mm studio camera.
11. It must be fun!

Evaluation:

1. Fun Factor 20
2. Clarity 10
3. Coverage 10
4. Relevance 10
      TOTAL: 50

Report-out: Blog 8 
One member should type-up and post your scavenger hunt to their blog as Blog Entry 8. Please indicate WHO worked in your group. The rest of the group members should post a blog entry reflecting on the trip to the museum. What did you learn? What did you find interesting/cool? Would you go back again? Why or why not?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blog Entry 7: Reflection (Due 3/25). Blog series 2 begins.

BLOG ENTRY 7: For your 7th blog this semester, I would like you to reflect back on the previous two weeks and write a paragraph or so where you summarize your experience in this class so far. Feel free to write whatever you like, but these questions might help you get started. What new things about literature did you learn? What new things did you learn about research? What about web tools? What have you liked so far and why? What are you still wondering about now?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Day 7 and 8: Encounter 1 & Schedule

TODAY: Blog series 1 ends today (100 points).

  1. Encounter 1 (Quiz, 25 Points): Respond to this message by using the comments button below. For full credit you must post by 9:30 (partial credit is possble afterwards, but not guaranteed). Blue Pill or red pill? Using your reading for today as the basis and The Matrix film, which pill would you choose and why? What does that choice really mean anyway? You must demonstrate that you both saw the film and have read the assignment for full credit on this encounter.  
  2. Blog Evaluation Explaination
  3. The Online Grade Book (CUNY Portal)
  4. Check all links to be sure they are working (last chance for romance)
  5. Blog 6 Complete, ready for workshop.
  6. Read and respond to at least 4 classmates' blog 6 (essay 3). Pay particular attention to clarity of language and ideas, and sources they may have used to avoid plagiarism/copyright infringement. Your comments should be specific as to how to improve the draft.
  7. After workshop, revise your draft for evaluation. You entire blog series up to today will be evaluated by me beginning with the end of class.
  8. BLOG ENTRY 7: For your 7th blog this semester, I would like you to reflect back on the previous two weeks and write a paragraph or so where you summarize your experience in this class so far. Feel free to write whatever you like, but these questions might help you get started. What new things about literature did you learn? What new things did you learn about research? What about web tools? What have you liked so far and why? What are you still wondering about?
  9. TRIP (50 points). Find and print directions to the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI). Plan your route. Organize your group. Get contact cell numbers from your group. Part of this assignment is to GET THERE and ON TIME.
NEXT TIME
We meet in front of the Museum of the Moving Image (11:00).

FOR THURSDAY: Matrix Readings 2 TMAF 28-40

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Day 6 and Beyond!

Today: The Matrix; Blog 6 (see below)
  • Tuesday: Research and Writing; Read The Matrix and Philosophy (TMAF) 5-15. **QUIZ (first five minutes of class)**. ASK ME: I have FREE writers' handbooks available in my office. Field-trip assignment. Blogs 1-6 evaluated.
  • Wednesday: Museum of the Moving Image Trip 11:00-2:00 (meet there)
  • Thursday: Read: TMAF 28-40; Begin Media Mid-term
**SPRING BREAK**

Read: 3 TMAF 28-40
In-Class Essay over Readings

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Blog Entry 6 (Essay 3): Matrix Review (Due: 03/22)

For the sixth blog entry, write a response (500 word) to The Matrix. You should know (other films and etc.) to frame your ideas. You may ask questions that you would like to find the answers to, or anything else that you think of related to the film as long as you do not summarize the plot (except, perhaps, to illustrate a broader point). Be sure to read and respond to classmates' posts that you find interesting! You must respond, as always, to a minimum of 3 classmates, but feel free to be prolific. The more you repond to others, the more responses you will get!

Things to think about:
  1. Sexuality and Gender: How important is the body in The Matrix? How are bodies portrayed (visually) on the screen?
  2. Race: Is “race” important in The Matrix? Where do you see racial themes directly addressed? Where are racial issues “implied”? Is Neo white?
  3. Reality vs. Illusion (as in Plato’s Cave): Would you rather live in The Matrix? Why/not
  4. Human vs. Machines: What is our relationship with our tools, with our machines?
  5. Humans as Machines: Are humans and machines really that different? Why or why not?
  6. Are we living in the Matrix? How do you know?
  7. What do the characters’ names/nicknames mean?
FOR NEXT WEEK READ: The Matrix and Philosophy (TMAF) 5-15 

Blog Entry 5: Semester Plan

For the fifth blog entry, I would like you to review your syllabii for all of your courses and order the major assignments by when they are due. Then, write a paragraph describing what has to be done each week, and at assessment points (like mid-term and finals) and what problems you might anticipate getting the assignments done (work schedule, etc.)

Day 5: Plan B "Technology Strikes Again"

  1. Go to B333
  2. Complete Blog 4: Truman Syndrome (see below)
  3. Check out CreativeCommons.org
  4. Read "The Matrix" on wikipedia.org
  5. Complete Blog 5: Review syllabii for all courses and write a paragraph describing what major assignments are due in what order and how you plan to complete them (250-500 words, see above).
NEXT TIME: The Matrix Film (technology gods willing)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Blog Entry 4: Truman Syndrome

For Wednesday--Blog Entry 4: Research "Truman Syndrome" on the web. What is it? Why might people feel they are on TV? Where did you find your information? Do you think the site(s) used are trustworthy? Why or why not? 250 words.

Day 4: Plan

  1. Online Calendar (demo) and New Blog Features.
  2. DFL 2.0 Pre-survey (see link).
  3. Blog problems? Links? Names?
  4. Link your blog to ALL classmates. Yes, all of them. Yes.
  5. Click "Follow" on our class blog.
  6. Word Verification Off (customize / settings / comments / word verification / never).
  7. Blogs 1-2 finish.
  8. Blog 3 finish and post (aka Essay 2 draft 1).
  9. Comment on classmates blogs 1-3 (pay particular attention to 3).
  10. Cool tool of the week: Google Calendar IMDb/com
  11. For Wednesday--Blog Entry 4: Research "Truman Syndrome" on the web. What is it? Why might people feel they are on TV? Where did you find your information? Do you think the site(s) used are trustworthy? Why or why not?
  12. For Thursday: Course review and planning the semester. Web research (in class). Community Commons (copyright).
  13. For  Next Week: buy book and bring to class.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Blog 3 (Essay 2): The Truman Show (Due Monday 03/15)

For homework: Consider the following questions on The Truman Show and write a blog of about 500 words addressing the question or questions that interest you most.

1. What is are the similarities and difference between Truman’s life in Seahaven and a reality TV show like “The Bachelor”, “Survivor”, or “The Real World”?

2. Throughout the film, there are shameless advertisements and product placements presented as part of Truman’s life. Is it moral to use Truman’s life as a means to monetary gain?

3. During an interview, Christof states the following: "I have given Truman the chance to lead a normal life. The world, the place you live in, is the sick place. Seahaven is the way the world should be." Is Christof correct? What, if any, would be the benefits of living in Seahaven as opposed to the real world?

4. As Truman begins to piece together the falsity of the world that surrounds him, his view of Seahaven is radically altered. He starts to question and analyze all that he encounters. Can you think of a parallel in your own life that has changed the way you process the world?

5. In what ways are Christof and the television network similar to God? In what respects do they differ?

6. When speaking of Truman, Christof states: "He could leave at any time. If this were anything more than a vague ambition, if he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there is no way we could prevent him." Truman eventually does discover the true nature of his reality despite the strong efforts of Christof and the network. What does Truman’s triumph have to say about the roll of free will in our lives?

7. Consider yourself in Truman’s position. If presented with the choice to remain in Seahaven, a place where you have been promised that “you have nothing to fear”, or to enter into another world that you know little or nothing about, which would you choose?

8. When Truman finally exits Seahaven, what do you think it is that he expects to find on the other side of the door?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Blog 2: Allegory of the Cave (Day 2)

For your second blog entry this semester, I would like you to go to wikipedia.org and search "allegory of the cave". Read the article and then summarize it--in your own words--on your blog. What is reality to Socrates? Do you agree or dissagree?

DAY 2: TO DO
Work in B333
Check that the link on this blog goes to YOUR blog.
Check that the link on YOUR blog comes back here (customize/add a gadget/blog list)
Read "Allegory of the Cave" on wikipedia.org (Click Me!)
Retrn to C124 at 12:00 sharp

HOMEWORK
Complete, edit, revise blogs 1 and 2
Add links to classmates

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day One: The Plan


  1. Sign-in
  2. Syllabus
  3. Gmail Set-up
  4. Blogger Set-up
  5. Blog 1 pre-post
  6. Links Copied to 101thematrix.blogspot.com
  7. Blog 1 Prewriting (See below)
  8. Blog 1 Discussion
  9. Blog 1 Composing (In MSWord)
  10. Blog 1 Edit and Cut and Paste
  11. Adding a Blog List (as time allows)
  12. Linking your blog to the Class Blog as time allows

Upcoming--
In B333--Read Allegory of the Cave (Wikipedia)
Post a blog summarizing the article in your own words (be sure to add a link to the wikipedia article)
Film: The Truman Show

IMAGE: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons: Plato-raphael

Blog 1 / Essay 1: Cyborg

Today you will be writing your first blog which will serve as a diagnostic essay, but rather than just jumping right is, we are going to do some pre-writing first, which means that before you try and write and “essay” it is always a good idea to get some ideas down on paper first without the pressure of having to worry about paragraphs, sentence structure, thesis statements, conclusions and those other things that make up an “essay.”

Step 1: Terms (5 minutes)

What do you think of when you hear the following terms? What would a dictionary say they are (this is called “denotation”). What else do these words seem to mean (this is called “connotation”)? What do they have to do with one another?

1.   Tool
2.   Technology
3.   Technique
4.   Discipline
5.   Media
6.   Cyborg

Step 2: Listing (5 minutes)

What technologies define your daily life? Make a list of electronic devices that you use every day (include anything, personal or public, that interfaces with a computer: i.e. cell phones, Metro Cards, credit cards, and etc.). How often/much do you use them? What do you use them for? What might your life be without them?

Step 3: In Groups (10 minutes)

Discuss you list with your group (2-4 persons, no exceptions). Help one another refine the list and get new ideas.

Step 4: Blog (50 Minutes)

This will be your first blog entry. Please title your entry either “Blog 1: I am a Cyborg” or “I am not a Cyborg” and then write a short essay where you prove to myself and your classmates that you either are or are not a cyborg. Start by giving your own definition of what a “cyborg” is and then use evidence from your own life and experience to support your claims. Be as detailed as possible. This essay will not be graded, however, I will use it as the basis for designing your program of study and we will be sharing this essay with the rest of the class so please do the best job you can.



Step 5: Post your Link
When you have finished posting your first blog, copy the web address of your blog and post it as a comment to this blog entry along with your name.


Step 6: Link to Me
Add a link on your blog back to this one by clicking "Customize" on your blog and then "Add a gadget" and then "Blog List" then "Add". Cut and paste my blog address into the window and save.  


Step 7: Homework
Read "Allegory of the Cave" on Wikipedia (see the link on the right) for Wed. Bring a hard-copy or e-copy with you. Allegory of the Cave