Posting to FOW

This week we have our last two classes, so I’d like to review what’s due and show you how to submit your final FOW project. But first, I want to update you on my availability next week.

  • Tuesday, 5/1 — I’ll be in my office (Victoria 412) from 10-3. Make an appointment with me and I’ll be glad to help you!
  • Wednesday, 5/2 — Open lab hours in our classroom from 10:15-4:30. It is helpful to know if/when you are coming (I’ll most likely be hanging out in my office), so shoot me an email before coming by.
  • Thursday, 5/3 and Friday, 5/4 — I may be on campus, but I’ll definitely be available via Skype, Google Hangouts, or by phone almost any time during these two days. Shoot me an email and we can find a time to talk.
  • Monday, 5/7 — I’ll be in my office (Victoria 412) from 9:30-2:30. Make an appointment for last minute questions. Your project is due by the end of the day.

What’s due?

You’re turning in at least three accurately-marked items for me by the end of the day on May 7. All relevant documents should in saved in a subfolder of your WRT shared folder titled “Unit 3.”

  1. your final plan
  2. any process documents for your project — scripts, drafts, outlines, plans, raw files, etc.
  3. a letter to future students

In addition, you will post a draft of your project on FOW. Here’s how.

Customize your profile on FOW

  1. Go to futureofwriting.com and scroll to the bottom to “Meta.” Click “Log in.” Use your Rowan email address for your username and the password I give you in class.
  2. Once you’re logged in, click “Profile” and update your information: your name details (pseudonyms or first names only are totally fine!), write a short bio, and use your wordpress.com Gravatar for your picture. This is important as it will add your bio to your posts (commonly known as a “Byline”).
  3. Finally, since you all have the same p/w, generate a new one for yourself so your posts are secure. Write this down so you can log in to the site again.

Add New Posts to FOW

  1. As an “Author” user in WordPress, you can write, upload photos to, edit, and publish your own posts; however, you cannot access other posts.
  2. Add a post, just as you did in the first unit. Note that the featured image for your post will be placed prominently on your post, so choose it well.
  3. Choose the most appropriate category and use multiple tags for your post. For example, if you interviewed someone on campus about their favorite apps, you might choose “interview” for your category but also tag it “interview,” “app,” “Rowan,” etc.
  4. Choose “Save Draft” until you are ready to publish it to the site (see image).

Planning the Future of Writing — Part 2

On Monday we looked at the student-made site, The Future of Writing, and collected responses to that site on a Google Doc.  For homework, I asked you to look at the site more closely and develop some ideas for a project. Today, then, your goal is to develop a plan for that project that will be submitted in less than 4 weeks. Let’s review the Plan section of the Unit 3 assignment.

Let’s hear about some of your project ideas and as we listen, let’s think about ways we can help these writers shape their ideas into a plan that has:

  • practical goals
  • ideal goals
  • a list of tasks that will fit into a 3-week schedule

Once we discuss a few of these, I’d like you to flesh these out individually in your Google Doc (remember to open and save these in your WRT folder). Then, in the last 20 minutes, we will reconvene and share these ideas — adding comments as a class to a shared doc.

Planning The Future of Writing

Today we’re beginning our final unit, but before we do I want to check in on your reflection assignment for Unit 2, which is due tonight: any questions about what you need to do?

Unit 3: The Future of Writing (FOW) Project

First, let’s review the [assignment] for Unit 3.

Exploring the mission and work of FOW

FOW brings together a few different ideas: it focuses on technology and digital culture but is targeted toward an audience of undergraduate students who have their own sets of norms, concerns, and expectations. At the time when my WRT students and I started it last fall, we could not find any digital culture sites directed toward college students; however, there were several excellent sites focused on college students and college life more generally, as well as many sites that focus on digital and techno-culture [see the “Examples of sites” link under Unit 3, above].

Our goal now is to (re)imagine the space of FOW — thanks to those previous students, we now have some ideas on how such a space might work. Last semester those writers looked at the example sites just noted and developed a list of ideas on this Google Document. Above all, they were looking for sustainable, reusable programming that would be exciting to compose and produce over and over. That’s where you come in.

Building out FOW

As you browse the contents of FOW, you’ll notice some patterns. Take some time to do this and answer some questions on this Google Doc. After a while, we’ll convene and talk about the project through this document.

As you consider ideas for your project, you’ll likely come up with one of the following options. Any of these, it’s worth noting, can be produced by multiple authors. If you are interested in working with a partner or in groups, however, I do expect your work to reflect that added labor.

1. Build from a previous writer’s research/writing subject. This would entail picking up where a project left off, such as Julie’s feature story, “Defining Analog.” As Julie notes in her letter, if you wanted to extend her project exploring digital and analog tech, you might “address the bias in current culture that states one is better over the other. Talk about the subject in way that brings the divide together. ” In other words, you might use Julie’s idea and her research to make this piece stronger and more developed.

2. Contribute a new post to a project that was pitched for repeated or serialized content. Taylor’s piece, “The life lessons I learned from a cheap old Kodak film camera” reflects on her relationship with an older film camera: the Kodak STAR 35. You might similarly reflect on a technology that you grew up with, or feel nostalgic for now that it’s gone. As Taylor writes in her letter, authors interested in this idea might reflect upon certain memories associated with the object, research the object,  be critical of it, and/or ask questions of it. She also lists several links of articles that are written similarly. Feeling nostalgic lately for that old Tamagotchi? Now is your chance to emote.

3. Work on the space itself through site design, social media presence, etc. FOW offers an opportunity to take your current WordPress skills to the next level. You can help the site by finding better themes, plug-ins, or widgets that make the space more functional and attractive. And like most digital publications, FOW also needs people to develop or manage additional spaces like Twitter and Instagram and design other elements for those sites. Consider what Amanda did last semester, for example. She learned how to use Photoshop to create several possible banners and logos for FOW. In her letter, she says that she wished she ran the banner ideas with the classes before settling on one. Students who work on this might help see which banners the class likes and tweak from there.

4. Come up with a new idea. If nothing seems really attractive to you or (better yet) you have an idea you want to work on,  pitch it. I may know of an existing piece you should check out, or might help you find ways to think about how to write it beyond simply using alphabetic text. For example, Kim and Gia created a podcast about the new dorms for their project. 

Homework for Wednesday, 4/11

Finish your reflection on Unit 2 and think about what you want to do for FOW by reading the site.

Section 3 // 9:30 a.m. // #catfishing #catphising

Panel members: Sam Mickens, Brianna McCray, Brandon Gerace

Hashtag: #catfishing #catphishing

Twitter questions:

Q1: Have you ever had a personal experience with catphishing?

Q2:  Many of you have probably seen or heard of The MTV show “CatFish”. Do you think it spreads positive or negative awareness?

Q3:Do you think the government is doing enough to protect us from Catphishing?

Readings:

“What Is Phishing, Spoofing, Ghosting, and Catfishing?”: Just read about the Catfishing and Phishing in this article https://www.bark.us/blog/phishing-spoofing-ghosting-catfishing/

“10 Ways to catch out a Catfish”: https://www.eharmony.com.au/dating-advice/trust-and-safety/10-ways-to-catch-out-a-catfish#.WsEOvtPwYWo

The Legal Truth about Catfishing in the United States and Canada”: http://impactofcatfishing.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-legal-truth-about-catfishing-in.html

Counter-technologies:

Scam Tracker: https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us

Cookies | Section 4

Section 4 // 11:00 a.m. // #cookies
Panel members: Mallory, Sofia, Alex, Christina
Hashtag: #cookies
Twitter questions:
Q1: Have you noticed advertisements showing up on social media of items you just searched?
Q2: How would you feel if your browser saved all of your private information if you accepted cookies?
Q3: Do any of you know or use any counter technologies to combat cookies?

Post4: “Check out this article, to understand how cookies tracking your online purchases can actually backfire on you.”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2277265/Your-watching-How-sinister-cookies-track-online.html

“The Complete Guide to Cookies and All the Scary Stuff Websites Install on Your Computer” (Field Guide, April. 2017).
“Know your cookies: A guide to internet ad trackers” (DigiDay, Nov. 2017).
“How to Make a Tracking Cookie” (WikiHow).

Counter Technologies:
Use the private browsing mode that each browser now comes with (Incognito, InPrivate, etc) on any type of electronic device.

Here are counter-measures designed for iPhones- https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201265

Clear step-by-step instruction to control cookies or delete existing ones on your computer.