For your final blog post (due 5/10), and with Paul D. Miller and RIP: The Remix Manifesto in mind, I’d like you to look back at the semester and take stock of the wonderful work you did, as well as the work we did together. Think of your audience for your post as yourself, with the rest of us (and, of course, the entire Web) listening in. That is, you should write the post to be useful to a current and future you, rather than a text that might be useful to someone else (although it might be, incidentally). You might think about: a review of ideas and themes from the course; directions for future research or teaching; comments on texts you found useful for your thinking; etc. Since you all have widely varying interests and writing styles, I’m not placing a word guideline on this final post. I assume we’ll see a wide variety of responses here, from the creative to essayistic to scattered notes, etc.
Looking forward to hearing from you, as always!
Reminder: Our Last day is Wednesday. Bring your treat!
After you listen to all of the listening assignments for tomorrow (see syllabus!), then please write a careful rhetorical and compositional analysis of This American Life–Superpowers! or “Lament for Joe Hall.” For example: What do you notice about how it is put together? How does it draw upon the distinct affordances of sound as a mode of storytelling? Can you talk about it’s affect and effect on the audience (you)? Does it make you feel or experience particular emotions? What will you take away from this piece as you begin your own work in audio? Be sure to point to specific moments in the podcast to illustrate your ideas.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
As a reminder:
DIY Blog Posts should provide practical instruction on a particular skill or technique that is not covered by the in-class studio, in-class practice or assigned tutorials but that might be useful for other students in the course. DIY posts should include relevant images (screenshots, etc.) and links to additional web resources or tutorials, as needed.
The idea behind these is that you do a little research and play around with the software. Google something you might want to figure out and then make your own tutorial. Personalize it and make it fun. Be ready to teach someone your trick on Wednesday!
We will also begin AUDIO and talk about your final website design ideas! Be ready to share those. Please be sure to do the readings:
Final Design Mockup (three pages + color scheme / fonts / image ideas) – bring to class!
Read:“On Your Mark. Get Set. Start Your Story.”
Read: Story Structure: E
Listen: Ira Glass on Storytelling, Part 1
For this post, spend some time browsing the Web and identify a website whose look and feel you really like. (Try to find a site that is new to you — a google search for “web design galleries” might be a place to start.) Think about the choices made by the designer (layout, colors, typography, visual concept, navigation, etc.) and write a detailed design analysis of the site. What makes the site “work” for you? How are different components of the site working together to produce a particular feel or effect? What is its rhetoric (ie. purpose, audience, argument)? What might you take away from this site design as you think about your own web design concept? As always, please include relevant screenshots and links for the class.