This is the question we’ll be taking during this semester’s first class meeting, but I’ll give you a preview of the answer now: no one really knows. That’s an exaggeration. What I mean, what we will discover and explore in discussion tomorrow, is that there are so many answers to the questions “What is digital … More What Are We Doing Here?
Creation requires influence. Ideas are not property. Discovery belongs to us all. These are just some of the ideas we’ll be exploring in our next unit: the remix narrative. For perhaps the first time ever in your academic career, I am requiring you to plagiarize. In doing so, remember Kirby Ferguson’s mantra: Copy. Transform. Combine. Your … More This is the Remix
Listen, digital writing can be weird and hard and overwhelming, so, to ease into it, for your first assignment, you won’t have to go it alone. Your first narrative project in this class will be an exercise in collaboration. You’ll conceive the narrative, but you’ll work with others (who? that’s up to you!) to create … More Work, Together
When we think of social media, most of us probably think of the simple act of liking and commenting on each others’ memes, pictures of kittens, crockpot recipes, and selfies. But what if we thought of our social media feeds as stories we were telling about ourselves, in real time? The storytelling and narrative potential … More Platform Presentations
In Monday’s class, we’ll be talking about digital writing again: what it is, how we can spot it, how it differs from analog writing and doesn’t, how traditional ways of thinking about genre won’t cut it anymore. I wanted to take some time before then to remind us all that we are engaged in digital … More What is Digital Writing?
Today is all about setting up your digital writer’s journal — putting all the pieces in place to make your weekly updates and entries easy and routine. The more work you do now to establish an effective platform for your posts, the easier it will be to find the time for these weekly sessions of … More The Digital Journal
Art is theft. — Pablo Picasso What Austin Kleon calls “creative kleptomania” has been given many names by many different artists, writers, and makers throughout history. Sampling. Remixing. Uncreative writing. Plagiarism. Whatever you call it, the idea at its core is simple, if abrasive: nothing we create is fully original. Everything builds on what came … More Creative Kleptomaniacs
Class this week will be a bit of a free-for-all, by which I mean, you’ll ALL be FREE to choose the work that makes the most sense for the stage you’re at with your final project. Over the course of this week, you will all meet with me one-on-one (or one-on-group) to discuss your plans … More ReVISION of the DIGITAL