Week 2 – June 27 (Wednesday)
Agenda – Evolution of Digital Communication
- Lecture/Discussion (continued from Monday)
- Lecture, cont’d (PPT)
- Questions for discussion
- What are some positive and negative aspects of communication technology development? Immediate information, consumerism, world market, impatience?
- With the economic downturn post-Internet proliferation, newspapers are shutting-down en masse. Why didn’t they keep innovating?
- 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?
- 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?
Lab: Geek Speak
Explanatory videos from CommonCraft
- Comments — asynchronous conversation that turns the audience into a content creator
- How to ID a comment’s unique URL
- Practice commenting using this week’s reading post summary
Lab: Discussion Leaders and Slideshare
- You will set up an account at Slideshare.net
- 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. See this spreadsheet to track your patterns (don’t update it too frequently during the day but don’t wait until the end of the day, either); related article, How people really watch television (The Economist, Dec 2010)
- By noon on Saturday, one reflection post and one detailed diary post (25 points)
- No class Monday (4th of July) – reading posts (if you choose to do a post next week) are due Tuesday
- Sign up for Discussion Leader session – indicate a first and second choice – I will do my best to honor requests