Week 1: The Medium is the Message
01/18 Introduction to Digital Literacy
- In Class: Howard Rheingold, “Five Literacies in a Nutshell” in Net Smart: How to Thrive Online (2012)
- In Class: Marshall McLuhan, selection from “The Medium is the Message” (1964)
01/20 Attention & Distraction
- No physical class meeting. Use this time to read Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making us Stupid” and Andrew Sullivan’s “I Used to Be a Human Being.” You should also sign into the course website; change your display name and password; and start preparing your first blog post. Click here for the instructions for logging in to the website.
- Blog Post #1 Due by Sunday at 11pm
- Informed by Carr or Sullivan, write a short blog post (300-400 words) in which you critically reflect on your relationship to a digital technology or social media platform. Be specific, not broad and general, and quote from Carr or Sullivan on at least one occasion. Also, embed at least one image in your post to practice with the format.
Week 2: Old Media/New Media/Digital Media
01/23 Old vs. New Media
- Adam Hammond, “The Digital Medium and Its Message,” LITDA
- Jessica Pressman, “Old Media / New Media,” JHGDM
01/25 Stages of Literacy Technology
- Adam Hammond, “Medium Shifts: Literary Thought in Media History,” LITDA
- Dennis Baron, “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technology”
- In Class: Read Plato on writing, from Phaedrus; and watch I, Pencil: The Movie
01/27 Introduction to the Multimedia Writing Studio (Studio)
- Jay David Bolter, “Remediation,” JHGDM
- Meet in the Multimedia Writing Studio, LAB 334
- Complete Digital Literacy Fundamentals handout.
Week 3: Program or Be Programmed
01/30 Characteristics of Digital Media
- David Golumbia, “Characteristics of Digital Media,” JHGDM
- Anne Mangen and Jean-Luc Velay, “Cognitive Implications of New Media,” JHGDM
02/01 Analog vs. Digital
- Jake Buckley, “Analog versus Digital,” JHGDM
- Read Binary Numbers: Number Representations and Conversions in Binary
- Read Characters: A Brief Introduction
02/03 Introduction to Programming (Studio)
- Bring laptops (if you have one) and meet in the Multimedia Writing Studio, LAB 334
- In Studio: Hour of Code (complete a one-hour tutorial on http://hourofcode.com)
- Discuss Literacy & Technology Narrative (due Monday): See the full assignment description.
Week 4: Internet & Networks
02/06 How the Internet Works
- Literacy & Technology Narrative Due: Submit and upload to the appropriate Dropbox folder; or email me a link. For details on the assignment, see the full assignment description.
- Mark Nunes, “Networking,” JHGDM
- Watch Videos 1-4 from How the Internet Works (Code.org). Take notes as you watch because most of this material will be on the midterm.
- In Class: Watch clips from Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)
02/08 Coding as the New Literacy?
- Annette Vee, “Is Coding the New Literacy Everyone Should Learn?”
- Jon Duckett, “Introduction” & “Structure” in HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites, 1-40.
02/10 Learning How to Code (Studio)
- Jon Duckett, “Text” in HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites, 40-60.
- Bring laptops and meet in the Multimedia Writing Studio, LAB 334
- In Studio: Introduction to Dash (General Assembly): Sign up and complete Project 1 and Project 2. When finished, take a screen shot of the final screens (with both final design and markup included). Embed at least one of the screenshots in a blog reflection (300 words) where you reflect on your experience and make a critical argument about why (or why not) coding is a digital literacy that students should learn. Ground your reasons and explanation with a specific example from your experience.
- Blog Post #2 Due by Sunday at 11pm. See bullet point above for the instructions.
Week 5: Windows & Interfaces
02/13 The Power of Algorithms
- Bethany Nowviskie, “Algorithm,” JHGDM
- Will Oremus, “What Controls Your Facebook Feed”
02/15 From Page to Screen
- Carl Therrien, “Interface,” JHGDM
- Jay David Bolter, “Windows,” JHGDM
- Recommended: Andrew Piper, “Turning the Page (Roaming, Zooming, Streaming)”in Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (2012)
02/17 Introduction to Graphic Design (Studio)
- Jennifer Cole Phillips, “Basic Design”(29-32) in Y.: Design It Yourself, 2006.
- Bring laptops and meet in the Multimedia Writing Studio, LAB 334
- In Studio: Introduction to Graphic Design Software Canva. Using Canva software, design a poster for a real or imaginary event that includes at least one image, general information about the event, and the event’s title. Download the poster, save it, and then upload it to the website. I will create a page that features all the posters.
- Upload posters to the course website by Sunday at 11pm (Click on Media>Add New to upload)
Week 6: Literature & Big Data
02/20 Quantitative Approaches to the Literary
- Adam Hammond, “Quantitative Approaches to the Literary,” LITDA
02/22 Is Literature Data?
- Stephen Marche, “Literature Is Not Data: Against Digital Humanities”
- Scott Selisker and Holger S. Syme, “In Defense of Data: Responses to Stephen Marche’s “Literature Is Not Data”
02/24 Playing with Word Clouds (Studio)
- In Studio: Distant reading with Wordclouds.com, Wordle.net, and Voyant Tools. Use the studio time to experiment with distant reading and begin the “How Not to Read a Novel” blog assignment. This blog assignment is due next Friday, March 3.
Week 7: Digital Archives and Digital Editions
02/27 Mardi Gras holiday
03/01 Archives & Digital Editions
- Adam Hammond, “Digital Editions and the Complexity of Remediation,” LITDA
- Katherine Harris, “Archive,” JHGDM
Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Preservation,” JHGDM
03/03 The History of Digital Archives
- Guest Lecture by Elizabeth La Beaud, Digital Lab Manager, McCain Library & Archives
- Meet in LAB 205
- Blog Post #3 Due: Distant Reading Assignment. See the full “How Not to Read a Novel” assignment for details.
Week 8: Database & Narrative
03/06 The Digital Republic of Letters
- Lev Manovich, “Database as a Genre of New Media”
- In Class: Introduction to search engines, databases, and organizational apps
03/08 Digital Keywords
- Read over your notes and make a list of topics, keywords, and definitions covered thus far.
- In Class: Review for the midterm exam
03/10 Midterm Exam
Week 9: Spring Break
03/13 Spring Break
03/15 Spring Break
03/17 Spring Break
Week 10: The Medium of Literature
03/20 M.T. Anderson, Feed (2012)
03/22 M.T. Anderson, Feed (2012)
03/24 M.T. Anderson, Feed (2012)
Week 11: Virtuality & Augmented Reality
03/27 Identities & Virtual Bodies
- Steven Edward Doran, “Identity,” JHGDM
- Bjarke Liboriussen, “Avatars,” JHGDM
- Marco Caracciolo, “Virtual Bodies,” JHGDM
03/29 Augmented Reality
- Jay David Bolter, “Augmented Reality,” JHGDM
- Nick Wingfield and Mike Isaac, “Pokémon Go Brings Augmented Reality to a Mass Audience”
03/31 The Evolution of the Book
- Andrew Piper, “Out of Touch” (reprinted from Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times)
- Blog Post #4 Due: Critical Response to Feed (2012): Choose a passage from Feed and write a short critical reflection (300-400 words) in which you analyze the passage in relation to one of the keywords we have discussed this semester.
Week 12: Multimodal Narratives
04/03 The Art of Digital Storytelling
- “Chapter 2: Analyzing Multimodal Projects,” Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects
- Skim John Branch, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”
- In Class: Introduction to Medium, Atavist and other digital storytelling platforms
04/05 What is Electronic Literature?
- Scott Rettberg, “Electronic Literature,” JHGDM
- Mario Garcia, “Storytelling in the Digital Age”
- In Class: Examples of Electronic Literature (Single Sentence Animations, Bill Marsh, “6-string Aria,” and Ingrid Ankerson and Megan Sapnar, “Cruising”)
04/07 Electronic Literature Organization (Studio)
- Leonardo Flores, “Digital Poetry,” JHGDM
- Before class, watch Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Dakota (third work listed from the top). Take running notes on your thoughts while reading and watching the work.
- In Studio: Explore examples of Electronic Literature from the ELO: Robert Kendall, Faith, Alison Clifford, The Sweet Old Etcetera, etc.
- Other examples from Electronic Literature to explore: Marko Niem, “Stud Poetry”; Lance Olsen and Tim Guthrie, 10:01; Reiner Strasser and Alan Sondheim’s “Tao”; Alan Bigelow, “Saving the Alphabet”; Alan Bigelow, “This Is Not A Poem.” You can also look for random examples on the “I Love E-Poetry” website’s index.
Week 13: Digital Aesthetics
04/10 Literature in Digital Environments
- Adam Hammond, pp. 175-187 from “Literature in the Digital Master Medium,” LITDA
- Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph, Inanimate Alice (Episode 1: China)
04/12 Art & Self-Reflexivity
- Roberto Simanowski, “Digital and Net Art,” JHGDM
- Winfried Noth, “Self-Reflexivity in Electronic Art,” JHGDM
- In Class: Discuss Text Rain by Camille Utterback and a sample page from Mark Z. Danielewski, The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May
- Unessay Proposal & Bibliography Due
04/14 Good Friday holiday
Week 14: Games & Interactive Narrative
04/17 Games and Role Playing
- Adam Hammond, pp. 187-197 from “Literature in the Digital Master Medium,” LITDA
04/19 Plot Types and Interactivity
- Marie-Laure Ryan, “Plot Types and Interactivity,” JHGDM
- Marie-Laure Ryan, “Interactive Narrative,” JHGDM
04/21 Games as Art/Literature/Education (Studio)
- Brian Magerko, “Games and Education,” JHGDM
- David Ciccoricco, “Games as Art/Literature,” JHGDM
- Library Resources
- In Studio: Explore online browser games in groups.
Week 15: The Future of the Human
04/24 Beyond the Human?
- Watch Naomi Baron, “Always On” (video)
- Watch Sherry Turkle, “Connected, but alone?” TED Talk
- Blog Post #5 Due: Close reading and critical analysis of any work of electronic art (300-400 words), including any of the examples covered or another work you explored individually.
04/26 The Future of Social Media
- Watch the episode “Nosedive,” Black Mirror
- Raine Koskimaa, “Cyborg and Posthuman,” JHGDM
04/28 The Quantified Self
- Finish watching the episode “Nosedive,” Black Mirror
Week 16: Final Reflections
05/01 Reflections and Studio Time
05/03 Reflections and Studio Time
05/05 Project Presentations