week 15 | dec 13, 15

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_studio time for project 3
_essay 2 due thursday
_comments on classmates' projects

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
_Messages as you see fit to complete your essay and your project

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES

COMMENTS
_Min. 4 comments for classmates

week 14 | dec 6, 8

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_studio time
_rough mix of essay 2 due thur
_conferences on rough mix of essay 2
_studio time and group feedback on final project
_synergy between project and essay

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES

Min. total messages: 3

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 0

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_3 messages as part of essay two

COMMENTS
_Min. 2 comments for classmates

week 13 | nov 29, dec 1

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_studio time for final project and essay 2
_personalized reading recommendations for essay 2
_rough mix of essay 2 due next week
_conferences, one-on-one to talk about your first essay

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES

Min. total messages: 4

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 0

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_4 messages as part of essay two

COMMENTS
_Min. 3 comments for classmates

week 12 | nov 22, thanksgiving

THIS WEEK IN CLASS


_OuLiPo techniques to gain new textures for writing
_Support and workshop time to lay foundation for project 3

_Reading:"Privileging Language: The Text in Electronic Writing,"Brian Kim Stefans http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/firstperson/databased

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
Min. total messages: 2

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 1 message

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_1 message in response to the reading

COMMENTS
_Min. 1 comments for classmates

week 11 | nov 15, 17

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_essay 1 final mix due on your blog by class time thursday
_introduce essay 2
_group discussion: concepts and useful readings for essay 2
_OuLiPo techniques to gain new textures for writing
_Support and workshop time to lay foundation for project 3
_Readings: selected per tuesday discussion

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
Min. total messages: 4

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 2 messages
_Min. Images: 2

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_1 message updating us on your buddy blog
_1 message updating us on your afghan or iraqi blog

COMMENTS
_Min. 3 comments for classmates

week 10 | nov 8, 10

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_rough mixes of your essay due by class time nov 10
_conferences, one-on-one to talk about your HTML project and essay 1
_studio time for blog advancement & final project work
_introduction to OuLiPo philosophy and methods
_project proposal for project 3 due nov 10
_story or game; games of literature
_reading: "Game Design as Narrative Architecture." by Henry Jenkins http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/firstperson/lazzi-fair
"Videogames of the Oppressed" by Gonzalo Frasca http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/firstperson/Boalian

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
Min. total messages: 4

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_0

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_minimum: 4 messages responding to the readings, these are part of your essay
_Min. links: 1

COMMENTS
_Min. 2 comments for classmates

week 09 | nov 1, 3

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_blogs and web projects as "games"
_required reading: all pages (including the documentation reference page) of the Ivanhoe project, http://www.patacriticism.org/ivanhoe/
_"Introduction, Reflections on the Ivanhoe Game" by Johanna Drucker and J. Rockwell, in .pdf form, found on the "links" page of the Ivanhoe website
_project 2 due
_"rough mix" of your essay due next week
_project proposal for project 3 due next week

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
Min. total messages: 4

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_0

 

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_minimum: 4 messages responding to the readings, these are the beginning of your essay
_Min. links: 1

COMMENTS
_Min. 2 comments for classmates

week 08 | oct 25, 27

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_purposeful and thoughtful innovation in orthography and style --- as character voicing, and as participation in the evolution of our beloved English language
_Dreamweaver/HTML project technical problem solving
_required reading for essay 1: all messages, in full, on top page of Jill Walker's blog
_required reading for essay 1: the essay "Feral Hypertext" found in .pdf form on the top page of Jill Walker's blog
_creative commons licensing
_introduce project 3

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
Min. total messages: 4

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 1 messages, updating us on the progress of your story site

 

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_minimum: 3 messages responding to the readings, these are the beginning of your essay
_Min. links: 1

COMMENTS
_Min. 2 comments for classmates

week 07 | oct 18, 20

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_Dreamweaver/HTML project technical problem solving
_HTML project team presentations/team feedback
_Introduce Essay 1 via the electronic book review staging site
_First required reading: Narrative, Interactivity, Play, and Games by Eric Zimmerman
_Second required reading: Surf web art / net art projects for reference in your essay; start your search at Rhizome

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
Min. total messages: 3

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 1 messages, updating us on the progress of your story site

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_minimum: 2 messages responding to the readings, these are the beginning of your essay
_Min. links: 2

COMMENTS
_Min. 2 comments for classmates

week 06 | oct 11, 13

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_Studio time for HTML project advancement
_the travelogue and the travel blog; writing on the fly; Craig Thompson's "Carnet de Voyage;" tips & techniques for your HTML project
_the expressive power of graphic design; Suh T'ungpo, Blake, Joyce and the author/designer
_conferences, one-on-one to talk about your blogs and your HTML project

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
Min. total messages: 3

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_1 message updating us on what's going on with the "buddy blog" you identified earlier in the semester
_1 message updating us on what's going on with middle eastern blog you identified earlier in the semester

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_1 message commenting and reflecting on two different moments in "Carnet de Voyage"

COMMENTS
_Min. 2 comments for classmates

week 05 | oct 4, 6

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_Continue the interaction between "you" and your fictional character; bring the drama to a climax
_Getting up and running in Dreamweaver and HTML
_Changing dates and times for dramatic effect
_Hand skills: storyboarding your HTML project
_Optimizimg images in Photoshop
_Concept and outline for your HTML project; one-on-one review
_Blog version for evaluation due midnight Saturday
_web art and the possibilities of the medium
_for next week: read "Carnet de Voyage"

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Saturday)

TOTAL MESSAGESMin. total messages: 5

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 2 messages from "you"
_Min. 2 messages from "your fictional character"
_Min. Images: 2

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_1 message reviewing and reflecting on at least two of your classmates' developing fictional characters and dramas
_min links: 2

COMMENTS
_Min. 3 comments for classmates

week 04 | sep 20, 22

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_Blog fiction characters ("puppets"), motivations, and storylines
_Create a new fictional character for your blog and have that character enter the scene
_Graphic design and typography to create "voice"
_Using "snippets" to make voices easier
_Introduce HTML project
_Post initial concept proposal for HTML project on your blog
_Introduce Dreamweaver

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Saturday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
Min. total messages: 5

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 2 messages from "you"
_Min. 2 messages from "your fictional character"
_Min. Images: 2

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_1 message describing your initial concept proposal for your HTML project
_Min. links: 1 (link to a site that is similar to your project or one that helped inspire it)

COMMENTS
_Min. 3 comments for classmates

week 03 | sep 20, 22

THIS WEEK IN CLASS


_Fact or fiction; caveat lector; back to the rootin' tootin' 18th century; The Spectator and more about The Spectator
_Using Addison & Steele as inspiration; writing sprint
_"citizen journalists" and blogs in political and social life
_Surf and choose 2 fictional or semi-fictional blogs
_interaction and synergy of text and image; the wisdom of comix; ubiquitous photography and photoblogs; starting points: Derek Powazek's Ephemera http://www.ephemera.org/ ; Scott McCloud, scholar of visual/verbal communication http://www.scottmccloud.com/
_Begin taking pictures with digital camera and uploading to your site
_a new [m]angle on l.ang[le]uage --- mez and mezangelle http://www.hotkey.net.au/~netwurker/nav.htm
_narrative messages; capturing the flavor
_the" fish model" of scenes/messages in Hollywood;

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Saturday)

TOTAL MESSAGES

Min. total messages: 6

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 4 messages
_Min. Images: 4

 

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_2 messages introducing and commenting on your two fiction blogs
_Min. links: 2

COMMENTS
_Min. 3 comments for teammates (1 comment per teammate)
_Min. 1 comment outside your team

week 02 | sep 13, 15

THIS WEEK IN CLASS

_Message length and splitting messages
_Break dancing in open space; the <BR> command and taking control of line-length for expression and readability
_style matters; movable type styles and style sheets: http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype/default_styles_26
_Define the initial goal of your blog in a phrase for the top o' the blog; models: diary, learning journal, fanzine, open letter (to family, friends), sharing practical information, &c.
_Uploading an image to your blog
_Review of photosharing and photoblogging sites http://www.flickr.com/
_the "message" as building block of web writing and digital communication; composition of powerful and effective messages; a cross between poem, letter, diary entry, news-letter or news-papeer
_play sketches: building on your own message writing style; note to roomate; message from an animal; e-mail from your dreams
_Customizing the design of your site; changing colors and more; the styles file in Movable Type

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Saturday)

TOTAL MESSAGES

Min. total messages: 6

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 3 messages
_Min. Images: 0

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_Read the last 2 weeks worth of Jill Walker's blog (http://jilltxt.net); write 2 messages with comments and links to 2 topics you find there
_Reflect on, and link to, 1 message from a classmate's site, on a topic related to something you found on Jill Walker's site
_Min. links: 3

COMMENTS
_Min. 3 comments for classmates

 

week 01 | sep 6, 8

THIS WEEK IN CLASS
_introductions
_postcard from the moment
_create 'blog
_keeping it relaxed, spontaneous and fun
_it's a blogger's life: schedules, biorhythms and good times
_surf and identify 3 "buddy blogs," 1 personal diary; 1 area-of-interest blog; 1 "citizen journalist" blog from Iraq or Afghanistan
_listing your buddy blogs on your blog
_creating links on your blog
_blog security and privacy
_movable type help and basic concepts
_standardized spelling and 19th c. colonialism; helping the spelling, grammar and usage of our beloved language evolve via digital informality

THIS WEEK ON YOUR BLOG (by midnight Sunday)

TOTAL MESSAGES
Min. total messages: 6

"FROM LIFE" MESSAGES
_Min. 3 messages
_Min. Images: 0

REVIEW, REFLECT & RESPOND MESSAGES
_3 messages introducing your 3 buddy blogs (1 per bb)
_Min. links: 3

COMMENTS
_Min. 3 comments for teammates (1 comment per teammate)
_Min. 1 comment outside your team