Economics of Post-Truth: Clickbait

One student/one question

Open your “one student/one question” Google Doc and write down one thing that is lingering from the Daily podcast you listened to for today. Again, this can be a striking detail, question, a response, an objection, a passionate agreement, anything that is sticking with you after the reading. Once you are finished paste it into this document.

Annotations for Roberts-Miller on demagoguery

I handed back your annotations from Roberts-Miller just now. Most received 10/10 but if you did not either your annotations were incomplete or limited the maringalia. For the most part we will be trying to carry over some of these marginal methods into the social annotation method today.

The Business of Internet Outrage

Let’s take a look at what you said in your one student/one question paste.

Let’s take a quick minute to organize those holistic annotations. Be sure your holistic annotations are in your WRT folder and labled “The Business of Internet Outrage.”

How did it go:

  • locating and copying quotations from the podcast?
  • identifying sources?
  • generating keywords or tags?
  • writing summaries?

Other questions to consider:

  • Did this podcast make an argument? What was it? If not, what was one of its main takeaways? Is this documented the summary section of your holistic annotation?
  • Roosen’s podcast focused on Mad World News, but there are others out there like it. Do you follow or like any of these on Facebook? Are we all susceptible to clickbait? Why or why not?
  • This podcast raises all sorts of questions about the mechanics and economics of Facebook, but it also leaves out the culpability of the user or sharer of some of this information. Are these people us? Or are they the “out-group,” to put it in Roberts-Miller’s terms?

Social annotations

So far we’ve dabbled with methods of marginal and holistic annotation. Today I’m going to introduce a third way you can annotate, that borrows strategies from both but also introduces some new ones, a method that allows readers to act like users and interact over a shared text. There are many ways this technology already exists, through the popular highlights features on Kindle and Medium, and comments within music tracks in Soundcloud (just to name a few).

And while there are several web annotation tools out there, we’re going to use one called Hypothes.is.

  1. Hypothes.is is a way we can annotate and discuss web texts together. Let’s look at an introduction and their Quick Start Guide for Students. Still confused? Check out their YouTube channel.
  2. Create a username. Use your Rowan name for your username (i.e. what comes before your @ in your email).
  3. Open Chrome and install the hypothesis Chrome extension.

Practicing social annotation with hypothes.is

  1. Once you have Hypothes.is installed, please join our group called WRTs19. Link is here.
  2. As you consider what to focus on, think of some of the moves we’ve discussed, but build from new ones (I credit Professor Nathaniel Rivers for this concise, helpful taxonomy):
  • Direct Questions (for instructor or classmates)
  • Open Ended Questions (to prompt further conversation)
  • Definitions (key terms or just unfamiliar terms)
  • Etymologies (explore the history and origins of key terms)
  • Paraphrases (restate what you think a key claim is)
  • Internal Connections (draw lines within the text)
  • External Connections (link text with related texts)
  • News Stories (events that speak to or are spoken to by the readings)
  • Relevant Academic Work (other courses taken or projects undertaken)
  • Resonant Art (poetry, literature, film, music)

3. There are also some great tips for using hypothes.is from the app developers. Check out their Annotation Tips for Students post.

4. If there’s time: Let’s practice how to use this by annotating this essay on the NY Times: “Why Do people fall for fake news?


Homework for Thursday, 1/31

  • Read Anderson’s “How America Lost Its Mind” (The Atlantic).
  • Install the hypothes.is Chrome extension on your browser at home and login with your username and password.
  • If you’re feeling confident, use hypothsis to annotate in our WRTs19 group. If not, take some notes (in a a Google Doc) using methods of holistic annotation. We will begin class on Thursday practicing our annotations in hypothes.is.