Week 8: Digital Automata

Monday, March 6

Assignment

  • Complete your bot and post a link in our Facebook Group before class on Wednesday, March 8.
  • Read Media Criticism, Chapter 12

Wednesday, March 8

  • Discuss Media Criticism, Chapters 11-12.
  • Critical Bot workshop
    • Login to your bot’s Twitter account and to CBDQ.
    • Work with your neighbors providing feedback.
    • Have your bot follow @leonardo_UPRM.

Assignment

  • Read Media Criticism, Chapter 13.
  • Complete your bot by Monday.
  • Self Evaluation due by Monday.
  • Begin planning a blog post based on Aesthetics (Chapter 12 & 13).

Week 7: Algorithmic Writing

Monday, February 27

  • Discuss digital activism posts.
  • Discuss Media Criticism, Chapter 10.
  • Discuss The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology.

Assignment

Wednesday, March 1

Assignment

  • Read Media Criticism, Chapter 11.
  • Digital Activism Feedback
    • Read and comment constructively on two of your classmates’ digital activism posts. If two people have already commented on one, then comment on someone else’s. Offer your feedback by Friday, March 3.
  • Based on the feedback you’ve received, revise your Digital Activism post.
  • Post a link to your post on Twitter, using the #DigitalMediaCriticism hashtag.
  • Critical Bot assignment
    • Goal: design a critical Twitter bot with Cheap Bots Done Quick!
    • Your bot can be related to your blog topic or digital activism topic.
    • Bring a draft of your bot to class on Monday, March 6.
    • Post a link to your bot in our Facebook Group before class on Wednesday, March 8.

 

Week 6: Digital Activism

Tuesday, February 21 (Monday classes)

Assignment

  • Read Media Criticism, Chapter 10.
  • Watch The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (watch with free trial here).
  • Read Internet Activism.
  • Write your next blog post as a form of digital activism related to Puerto Rico and/or the UPR (blog post, listicle, series of memes, hashtag performance, etc) as informed by depiction analysis (Chapter 9) and ideological critique (The Pervert’s Guide), from the perspective of your topic, if possible. If you can’t fit it into your blog focus, make this an independent work, using Google Docs (here’s how to publish it). Share in our Facebook group before class on Monday, February 27.

Week 5: Digital Media Genres

Monday, February 13

Assignment

Wednesday, February 15

Assignment

  • Read Media Criticism, Chapter 8.
  • Write your next blog post in the form of a listicle informed by the uses and gratifications research. Post in your blog and share in our Facebook group before class on Tuesday, February 21.

Week 4: Critical Memes

Monday, February 6

Assignment

Wednesday, February 8

Assignment

Week 3: Refining your Blog

Monday, January 30

  • Discuss Media Criticism, Chapter 3.
  • Dave Chappelle, Kids TV shows.
  • Examine and discuss first blog posts.

Assignment

  • Read a classmate’s blog post and write a brief comment, offering feedback in the Facebook Group.
  • Write a blog post on your chosen topic (250-500 words). Make sure your criticism touches upon the four main areas: originator, message, medium, receiver (aka: Creator, Content, Carrier, Consumer).
  • Share your post in our Facebook Group.
  • Read Media Criticism, Chapter 4.

Wednesday, February 1

  • Discuss Media Criticism, Chapter 4.
  • Discuss social media dissemination and integration.

Assignment

  • Write a blog post on your chosen topic (250-500 words):
  • Share your post in our Facebook Group.
  • Read Media Criticism, Chapter 4.

Week 2: Blogging

Monday, January 23

Assignment:

Wednesday, January 25

Assignment:

  • Read Media Criticism, Chapter 3.
  • Refine & develop your blog around your topic and target audience.
  • Write a blog post on your chosen topic (250-500 words):
  • Share your post in our Facebook Group.

Week 1: Launch

In Class

Assignment

Hello Students!

Welcome to Digital Media Criticism!

This course is concerned with the production of criticism using a variety of writing genres and formats developed and facilitated in digital media. The students will research, write, and produce criticism of a variety of works available in print and digital media, while learning the genres and conventions of digital genres, such as: blogging, podcasts, videos, listicles, social media performances, electronic literature, and live streaming performances.

This blog will be our home, the primary space for me to assign readings, activities, and providing material for the class. We will also have social media spaces for sharing our work, such as a Facebook group, and the #digitalmediacriticism hashtag on Twitter and other social media networks.

So follow, subscribe, join, and brace yourselves for a unique experience!