New Media

Day Twenty One Notes

Link back to syllabus

In class today, I'll talk about your final three projects:

  • First, there's the Personal Web Presence project.
  • Second, there's the Resilient Tampa Bay project.
  • Third, there's the New Media Research project.

Personal Web Presence Project

This project asks you to construct a personal web presence in standards-compliant (x)html and css. Here's a list of requirements:

  • Your PWP should contain at least 4 (x)html pages;
  • One of those pages should be either a resume (professional) or a vita (academic/artist).
  • Your PWP must include a portofolio of all the work you have completed for this class. Additionally, you might include work from other classes. The material should be organized in some kind of organic/meaningful way. The material should be briefly annotated (say two to five sentences per project/piece). You might have several different pages for organizing your work. Your portofolio should include images/screen captures.
  • Your PWP must include contact information.
  • Your PWP should include four CSS style sheets for different media--one for screen, one for print, and one for mobile. Also, your PWP should include "conditional comments CSS" for Internet Explorer.
  • Your PWP should include some kind of bio/about. This is an opportunity to create ethos.

The following sites are worth a glance for inspiration. Also, think of your favorite writers, artists, musicians, people. Check out the homepages of the people who write your textbooks and/or articles you read for classes. Check out their homepages to see how they handle these things. As professional and technical writers, everything you create should involve rhetorical/genre research.

New Media Research Project

Warning: I might be intentionally vague for the next few paragraphs. Which ever possibility you select, I expect the project to remediate about an 8 to 10 page research paper into either an (x)html or video format.

Possibility #1: Research Remediation

Last year, a student introduced me to Maira Kalman's exquisite project And the Pursuit of Happiness, which originally appeared as a series of blog posts via the New York Times. Kalman's project symbolizes what I consider new media research: it interweaves text and image, personal and objective, argument and emotion.

Follow this link to Kalman's And the Pursuit of Happiness portal via the New York Times. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the link to the month of your birthday:

  • How is color used?
  • What media are used?
  • How is the project organized? [Beginning, Middle, End]
  • Does it raise a philosophical question?
  • Does it offer a philosophical answer?

This project possibility asks you to create a research presentation that imitates Kalman's method--crossing personal experience, field research, scholarly research, and asethetic presentation into one project (I think you can see elements of Sirc's pithy poetic, Ulmer's MYstory, and Robinson's non-standardization).

Possibility #2: A New Media Paradigm

This semester, I have exposed you to five primary readings:

  • Walter Ong, "Writing is a Technology that Restructures Thought"
  • Marilyn Cooper, "Being Linked to the Matrix"
  • Gregory Ulmer, Electronic Monuments
  • Geoffrey Sirc, "Serial Composition"
  • Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid), Rhythm Science
  • I've also drawn heavily on two videos that we watched in class:

    • Sir Ken Robinson, "Changing Educational Paradigms"
    • Michael Welch, "The Web is Us/ing Us"

    Taken together, I think these materials suggest a future (to draw upon Robinson) story for why you go to school. What should/could/will the purpose of education be in the "new media" University? (Or even the new media high school?) [In other words, what does Robinson say we need to change the paradigm, how do these researchers speak to that need? See also, Rickert and Bay on new media and the fourfold; also, I recommend watching Robinson's full-length lecture].

    This possible project threads together the readings from the course and combines them with outside research (probably around 3 to 5 sources) to suggest a future mission for education in the age of new media. This, of course, requires you define "new media." Hint: this is trickier than you might think...

    This project can vary in tone--from the kind of lecture offered by Robinson to more of a manifesto.

    Possibility #3: Remediation Project (Theory 2 Wayves)

    As I mentioned in class, I value projects in which students read books that call them into question. For this final project, I would ask you to read a seminal book (or a few related articles on a specific topic) from philosophy, critical theory, rhetoric, composition, sociology, anthropology, or new media theory. The list of works isn't set in stone, but here's a few examples to get you thinking.

    • Aristotle: On Rhetoric
    • Berlin, James: Rhetoric, Poetics, Cultures
    • Bolter and Grusin: Remediation
    • Burke, Kenneth: "Terministic Screens," "Definition of Man," and "Paradox of Substance"
    • Butler, Judith: Gender Trouble, Giving an Account of Oneself
    • Cixous, Helene: "Laugh of the Medusa" and other essays
    • Davis, Diane D.: Breaking Up [at] Totality
    • Derrida, Jacques: Animal That Therefore I Am, On Hospitality, Archive Fever, On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness
    • Grassi, Ernesto: Rhetoric as Philosophy
    • Foucault, Michel: The History of Sexuality, The Archeology of Knowledge, Discipline and Punish, Madness and Civilization
    • Heidegger, Martin: "The Question Concerning Technology" and "The Way to Language"
    • hooks, bell: "Postmodern Blackness" and Teaching to Transgress
    • Hyde, Michael J.: Heidegger and Levinas, Rhetoric and the Euthenasia Debate, The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment, Perfection
    • Kristeva, Julia: Strangers to Ourselves
    • Jarratt, Susan: Re-reading the Sophists / Classical Rhetoric Refigured
    • Latour, Bruno: Politics of Nature, Pandora's Hope
    • Lingis, Alphonso: The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common
    • Levinas, Emmanuel: Ethics and Infinity
    • Nietzsche, Frederick: see me.
    • Poulakous, John: Sophistic Rhetoric in Ancient Greece
    • Rickert, Thomas: Acts of Enjoyment
    • Ronell, Avital: The Telephone Book, Stupidity
    • Ulmer, Gregory: Internet Invention, Applied Grammatology, Heuretics
    • Vitanza, Victor: "Abandoned to Writing," "Critical Sub/Versions of the History of Philosophical Rhetoric" and/or "Feminist Sophistic?"
    • Welch, Kathleen: Electric Rhetoric
    • .
    • Zizek, Slajov: Looking Awry.

    This project would ask you to do two things. First, to write a review of the material you read, highlighting major concepts. Essentially, the review would structure itself around the five questions you used for the new media research project. Second, I would ask you to remediate the work into a website as we did with the Walter Ong essay to open the course.

    The goal of the remediation should be to expose not only the meaning of the book, but to create an argument--a kairotic argument--for why a reader should read the book. Or, perhaps, to align the book in the Burkian parlor.

Resilient Tampa Bay Website

This is a team project.

In terms of coding, the Resilient Tampa Bay website should mirror your PWP: it needs to come with four different CSS sheets (media=screen, print, mobile and a conditional comments sheet for IE).

For content, I will distribute to every group a packet of materials from the RTB's recent conference. One of your first jobs will be to filter through all the information in the packet in order to generate copy for the website. In some cases, you might be able to cut and paste material straight out of the packet. But you will also need to write new material. Here's what the packet should contain:

  • A copy of the RTB's first conference program.