Final Project Blogs

If you hare having difficulty finding your fellow students’ blogs, here is a list of final project blogs that have been started in the several weeks (in the order they were created). Because these are not ongoing in the same way, there is not likely to be a big time crunch, and there is considerable technological overhead, I have created a slower-moving RSS page (à la The Feelings and Networks Network rather loading things into TTRSS).

Here are links to all the blogs:

The Affects of Anonymity : Internet Trolling (Michelle Artist)

False Idols (Dan Jones)

On Photo/Graphic Death (Connor Newton)

Never Ending Project (Saima Mahmutovic)

Final Feelings (Nicole Barnes)

Technological Apotheosis (Emily Mihalik)

To Shatter or not to Shatter (Kendyl Layne and Hannah Loesch)

The Tweets of Mr. Donald Trump: A Close Reading (Daniel Ericksen)

THE WAR AGAINST FEMINISM (Chris Gikas)

In addition to the blogs on kredati, James, Hassan, Ed, and Mike have started a group blog on medium.com.

Work for tomorrow

To my beloved students—

I said this in class, but for those of you who weren’t there (OMG, come to class!), I am cancelling all material due for tomorrow (Speculation and the commentary on it). I have overprogrammed this week, and we still need to get through Bogost, Jagoda, and Journey. Blog posts should be about that material.

Thanks for bearing with and keeping up.

Beginning the research process

Very briefly, and a bit later than I’d like: this is just a reminder that all students should post very brief (like between one and three sentences) of statements of interest for final research projects. The point is not for the idea to be good (yet), but for it to exist, in a small and tentative way, in writing. Please do so not later than 11:59pm on Friday.

Mountain.

Check your emails! I just sent an email about O’Reilly’s Mountain (that Hodge talks about) to y’all via MailChimp. It includes information on how to see the thing. I highly recommend that you do.

Blogging this week

A quick note: I will be out of town this week, giving a lecture in Berkeley. I realize I have not made provisions for blogging in this short—or our several others. Ordinarily, I’d say all blog posts are due on Tuesday, but that’s not enough lead time on my end. So: please ensure that you post this week on your blog before 1:30pm on Wednesday. If you are writing a retrospective blog post, please be sure to address some element of our classroom discussion in your post. Pingbacks, of course, as usual.

Reminder: Sign up for “Significant” Posts

This will serve as a reminder that you must sign up for “significant posts” by class time tomorrow. You may do so here. Undergraduates must sign up for two; MA students must sign up for three, one of which must be recommended for undergrads/required for MA students—the starred texts in the list.

As a brief reminder, significant posts will be no less than 1,000 words (approximately 3 pages), and are due by 1:30pm on the day the reading is due. Unlike regular weekly posts, I will accept late significant blog posts. (See more: Significant PostsGrades and Grading, and Missing & Late Work.)

As we discussed in class on Thursday, good blog posts are two things in particular: they address other students and anonymous other humans on the internet as a part of an ongoing conversation; and they are specific. (Remember: good bullshit is specific bullshit.) The most successful posts we have seen so far do one of a few different things: (1) they summarize, in a critical and clear manner, one or more points from the reading; (2) they ask good questions, often about things the author genuinely does not understand, that arise from close, careful reading of the text; or (3) they spin out some ideas from the reading in a different, highly specific, context.

And next week, we will get to the part where we design a rubric for ourselves.

Getting Started Blogging, and other errata

As we move into our first week of formal blogging, a few bullet points:

• As per the outline of the blog assignments, you must blog once this upcoming week. Blog posts for the week are due not later than 1:30pm on Thursdays, but I’m hoping that substantial numbers of people don’t put this off till the last second. These blog posts must engage with, and link to, at least one other student’s post. Please stay tuned for a new post with some tips and guidelines for good blogging.

• You are required to read all other students’ posts. The best way to do so is Tiny Tiny RSS. (Go here and here to get set up.)

• You are also required to write at least two comments on other students’ posts. From Tiny Tiny RSS, this means you will have to click through to the student’s post.

In other business:

• If you are not getting emails from me, please check your spam folder as well as your Wayne Connect Quarantine emails. You can manage your MailChimp email preferences here.

• I have added a link in the menu so that you can see just the work that is due in the upcoming week.

• If you have not done so already, please also fill out the survey about screening times.

Happy reading and blogging!

How To Import Feeds into Tiny Tiny RSS (if OPML is giving you heartburn)

I have received several pleas for help, as the OPML feed importing process isn’t working for some people. If you have been trying to get connected with Tiny Tiny RSS, but the OPML file is not downloading properly, or it’s not possible to save the file, or it doesn’t subscribe you to any feeds, here is an alternate process that is, ultimately, probably easier and less prone to error. In the interest of time—I’m trying to get this out to you all as fast as possible—I haven’t included screen shots this time; it should be straightforward enough without them. If you try this out and remain bewildered, shoot me a message and I’ll work on screen shots.

In Preferences, under the Feeds tab, and in the Feeds pref pane, there are three menus at the top of the pane: Select, Feeds, and Categories.

First, create a category for our feeds. If you don’t mind all our feeds living under “Uncategorized,” you can skip this step. Open the Categories menu and select Add category. Name the class category whatever you want: “The Feelings and Networks Network” and “Class bullshiz” work equally well.

Next, you’ll need to subscribe to the feeds. Open the Feeds menu, and select Batch subscribe. First, in the drop down on the top right, “Place in category,” select whichever category you just added (or do nothing). Then, you will copy and paste the list of feeds for the class. A properly formatted list of feeds is here. Once you’ve pasted the list into the Batch subscribe dialogue, click subscribe, and you should be all set!

I thought this solution would somehow be less elegant, but downloading XML files is apparently much more problematic than I anticipated. Once again, thank you for bearing with me as we get all our technology patched up.

Heidegger famously wrote in Being and Time that you only experience a thing as a thing once it breaks. A hammer in good repair is just a hammer; you use it to bang on nails. When the hammer breaks, however, it becomes an inert thing, recalcitrant matter, no longer an extension of your will.

Let’s just say it’s been a good lesson for us all, interacting with the materiality of networks. Which is also to say: a good lesson as we move into the next two weeks of class.

Some Very Important Logistical Matters

A few very important logistical matters as we move into our second week:

• I have changed our meeting location to State Hall 326. We’ll be meeting there for the rest of the semester, although it make take a bit of time for the change to propagate across the various Wayne State Networks. This change is reflected in the class schedule.

• In addition to reading the Cohen article and spending some time with Beacon, please also watch Her, however you can. (More on screenings here; please also fill out the poll. Also: Jodi points out that Comcast subscribers may be able to stream the film for free “On Demand.”)

• To that end, I will be screening Her on Tuesday, September 8 at 2:30pm in State Hall 326.

• Please also complete the first blogging assignment by 1:30pm on Tuesday.

• One final, small technical matter: please delete or edit the default first post, “Hello World” in your blogs—we have a glut of hellos to worlds!