Week 4: January 27 and 29

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Tuesday, January 27

Due Today

  • 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.

In-Class Activities

  • Formation of Project Teams
  • Discussion of Smarter Than You Think
  • Major Collaborative Book Project Assigned

Activities to Complete by Thursday, January 29

Thursday, January 29

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 Chapters 2, 3, and 4 in APE.
  • Blogging. Respond to the reading by describing the most important thing you learned about the future of the book from these three chapters ("Traditional Publishing," "The Self-Publishing Revolution," or "The Ascent of eBooks.") 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: blog3, publishing, and any others that may be relevant.