Week 2 – June 27 (Monday)

Agenda – Evolution of Digital Communication

  • Housekeeping
  • MultiMedia
  • Lecture/Discussion


  • New students : round 2 introductions (please complete this survey if you have not done so)
  • Pick-and-chose update (new options)
  • Assignment recap:
  • Reminder: you must post a URL for each assignment using the Assignment Submittal Form — otherwise, there is no credit for the assignment – the submittal form is published as a web page so that you can see your assignments
    • Full link to the assignment post (not the blog home page)
    • Not a link to your edit view – no one else can see that! The edit URL will have a “?” in it like this:
      something.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=10&action=edit (the number is unique to each post). See this screen grab for an easy way to get the blog post url. wordpress - view post
    • Those who did not submit today’s reading post by 9 am – post now (lose 5 points for being late); the two “edit” posters – post correct link for full credit
  • Need email addresses used with WP blog – TypeWith.me
  • email reminder
    Please use clear subject lines and you must include “COM300 or COM 300″ — send to kegill @ u…..edu. Please sign the email with your first name. If you have an urgent question, say so in the subject line. I try to return email within 24 hours M-Th. If I have not answered in that period, resend with a different subject line and cc kegill — gmail.com
  • Adam, Anneka: please see Wed’s post on WordPress configuration and turn comment moderation “off”
  • Adam, Danny : please change the name of your blog to something other than “COM300….”
  • Marquis De’Von Stevens, Sean McGuire, Sooyeon Park : need to add your blog to TypeWith.Me document



  • TIP: Writing for the web: conversational + visual chunks. Paragraph formatting is VERY important here! Get friendly with your return key!
  • Lecture (PPT)
  • Q: Would you like to participate in this webinar today (maybe)?
    Day 1: Monday, June 27th, 1pm – 2pm PT

    You’ll learn the basics of setting up your Twitter account, including:

    • What kind of account to create (as a person or as a business)
    • The account creation process
    • Identifying your first people to follow
    • Finding good material to Tweet
  • How you use media: phone (12), Skype (3), iPod (1), iPad (1)
  • Questions for discussion
    1. What are some positive and negative aspects of communication technology development? Immediate information, consumerism, world market, impatience?
    2. With the economic downturn post-Internet proliferation, newspapers are shutting-down en masse. Why didn’t they keep innovating?
    3. Fidler quotes Thoreau: “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things.” How well does Thoreau’s warning align with your beliefs?
    4. Mediamorphosis made reference to the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and how delayed reports of a tragedy like that would never be possible in today’s information-driven society.  How has the fact that we are now pummeled constantly with “breaking news” and 24-hour in-depth coverage affected our response to tragedies?

Wednesday Lab (tentative)

  • Net Technologies (alphabet soup)
  • RSS
  • Slideshare
  • Practice commenting on one another’s blog posts


  • Begins Wednesday in class :  Media Consumption Diary – June 29, June 30, July 1 (Wed noon – Fri noon) – students to maintain daily diary of media consumption : internet, phone, TV, radio, newspapers, etc.
  • Wednesday in class : Discussion Leader discussion and sign up

About Kathy E. Gill (@kegill)

Digital evangelist, writer, teacher. Webmaster at King County Elections; educator at UW. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill, gplus.to/kegill, http://wiredpen.com

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