Week 3: January 20 and 22

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Tuesday, January 20

Due Today

  • Create your first blog post. We will go over best practices for posting (the best way to "show your work") during class. Topic: Please read and ponder parts 1 and 2 of Show Your Work by Austin Kleon ("You Don't Have to Be a Genius" and "Think Process, Not Product"). Read "Principles of Reading Responses and then follow the general principles of posting to your blog here: Principles for Posting to Your Weblog. You could take the "advice" Kleon offers and run with it (so, "Be an Amateur" might prompt a response about something that deeply interests you, that you know a lot about, but that you also have never really been formally trained to study as a student or scholar). There are a bunch of other possibilities, jumping off from lots of tidbits in these two sections. Remember also that the point of this is to "Show Your Work" (e.g., share your creativity and get discovered), so you're writing to a broad audience of smart people (not just the ones in our class!). Remember: 150-200 words, at least two images, and at least two links. You can get stock images from Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, or Unsplash. (These and other links to asset archives are collected on our course site here. Please record any citation information so that you can add it to your captions. TAGS: blog1, show your work, and any others that may be relevant.

In-Class Activities

  • Discussion of Show Your Work
  • Introduction to O'Reilly Atlas. Watch this video:

Activities to Complete by Thursday, January 22

  • Everyone should plan on responding and commenting to at least three blog posts by your peers. Responses should engage the subject/topic, suggest alternative resources or ideas, and help the writer make connections to broader networks of inquiry.

Thursday, January 22

Due Today

Everyone should plan on responding and commenting to at least three blog posts by your peers. Responses should engage the subject/topic, suggest alternative resources or ideas, and help the writer make connections to broader networks of inquiry.

In-Class Activities

Activities to Complete by Tuesday, January 27

  • Reading. Read the first two chapters ("The Rise of the Centaurs" and "We, the Memorius") in Clive Thompson's Smarter Than You Think (pp. 1-44).
  • Blogging. Respond to the reading by focusing on one or more key points in these two chapters, points such as "Every new tool shapes the way we think, as well as what we think about" (7) or William Gibson's idea that "The future is already here—it's not very evenly distributed" (9). (These are just examples, so you can venture to your own favorites. Write a blog post in which you elaborate on Thompson's idea, connect it to your own experience, and then connect it with the experience of others. As always, include two more more images (photographs that you take and that might illustrate your ideas work really well!) and two external links to the work or writing of others. TAGS: blog2, smarter, and any others that may be relevant.