Economics of Post-Truth: Clickbait

Money quotes from “The Business of Internet Outrage”

Activity: Open your holistic annotation + money quotes Google Doc in your WRT folder and:

1. Copy + paste a significant quote from the podcast.
2. Explain what is happening at that point in the podcast and why this quote is clarifying, special, or otherwise important.
3. Raise a question, draft a brief response, pose an objection or a passionate agreement β€” basically anything that is sticking with you after the podcast.
4. Once you are finished, paste it into the appropriate πŸ’°πŸ—― class doc:

[Sec 2/9:30 a.m
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[Sec 3/12:30 p.m.]

Annotations for Roberts-Miller on demagoguery

I handed back your annotations from Roberts-Miller just now. Most who completed this 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 we learn next week.

Also: I graded your homework posts from the 1st unit, mostly on completeness. Those grades are posted on BlackBoard. I’m slowly getting to your Truth-o-meter posts but that’s going to take some time.

The Business of Internet Outrageby The Daily

Let’s take a look at what you said in your money quotes 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/moments?
  • generating keywords or tags?
  • writing summaries?

Using iMovie to make a video essay

For the final project in this unit, I’m asking you to create a short video essay using iMovie. In short, this will be an essay that (re)mixes some of the ideas, texts, and cases studies we’ve been grappling with in this unit in order to make an argument. As we take a look at one video essay, let’s track how Vox puts together an argument about propaganda from a range of sounds and images. If you see something noteworthy, mark the time it happened (i.e. “2:11”).


Homework for next class

We won’t meet as a class on Thursday. Instead, I want you to watch one of two recent documentaries that argue that the web is threatening our democracy:

OPTION 1: The Great Hack. This is only available on Netflix so you will need to have access to an account to watch this one. It’s also a bit longer than Digital Disconnect at 113 minutes, but it’s also more current and more highly produced. There have been lots of reviews on this films; some good, some not so good.

OPTION 2: Digital Disconnect. This is on Kanopy which is free to all students at Rowan. It’s shorter than The Great Hack at 65 minutes, but not as slick, new, or well known. It’s based on researched book of the same name by Robert McChesney. [Note: I had some trouble getting Kanopy to work smoothly on Chrome.]

THE ANNOTATION: As you watch your chosen film, complete a holistic annotation. In your list of sources section, don’t just pay attention to the who or what, but also the how β€” that is, how the arguments are being made with images, sounds, and video. Mark the times using the tool at the bottom of the screen when you pause or scrub the video forward or backward (i.e. “46:30” would denote the moment happened 43 minutes and 30 seconds into the film). This will allow us to quickly refer to these moments in class and watch them together.

You should also include a section that takes notes on findings from reading laterally. For example, what do reviewers say about these filmmakers or these films? Are they accurate? What kinds of praise and criticism can you find? [Note: If you watch The Great Hack, start your research with Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic.]