Just turning up the heat a tad. A slight bit.

This is not a class where you get graded on a certain number of blog posts per week, assigned like homework. But I am looking to follow your thinking, progress by both what you blog and our group/individual conversations per week.

Writing your ideas, questions, frustrations is the way to work through the ideas. Any time in a week where you are researching, pondering, thinking about your project is a topic to possibly blog, or do a few together.

If you want a number, this number of posts per week is not acceptable. Zero. You need to be working on something every week. I would think there are maybe 2, 3, 5 (?) opportunities per week to share your ideas, where something happened.

Possible topics:

  • Feed action. Last week in class we introduced using feedly for not only following each other’s blogs, but creating our own set of inputs. How did that go? What did you find? Share a screenshot of your feeds. If you did not have success, then let’s talk this week about finding them. This is an important research tool.
  • From topic to question to problem. How is the effort going to narrow your focus? What are possible questions/claims that might work? Through a bunch on the wall / blog. Go broad, then anrrow.
  • Need a Question Amplified? If you are stuck or seeking input, write it out as a post like Marissa did last week and Katherine did too. We will try and amplify it not only via social media (where often you get just likes, shares) but also directly to colleagues via email.
  • What Are You Reading? (relevant to your thesis).

Write, write, and light up my feed reader. This is the best way for me to understand your process. But it’s more for you than me.

Work your topics work them through thinking, talking, writing.

This week topic: Participatory Culture

There will be a question twitter of the week on the concept of participatory culture. This is a concept that applies to several of your projects, but will also prepare us for the week after next when during class we have a chance to have a conversation with Henry Jenkins (hint: hey that’s his blog, that might be a good one to add to your own feedly collection).

From a description of Participatory Culture by Henry Jenkins (from first video below, click image to jump to that part in the video)

We will be discussing in class a reading from chapters 3 and 4 of Participatory Culture in a Networked Era: A Conversation on Youth, Learning, Commerce, and Politics by Henry Jenkins, Mizuko Ito, and danah boyd (a pdf will be shared in email).

As you read keep in mind identifying both the questions/claims the authors are making as well as looking for connections to your own project. Come to class ready to discuss.

If you prefer videos, try

Trying Henry’s method, what do you see (beyond literal) when you search Google Images for:

See Read, Think, Participate by Aaron Davis, a form of annotation as blog post.

Next week at the DML Conference danah boyd will keynote (9am PT, noon ET) on Learning All the Wrong Things – it will likely be streamed, so watch twitter for a link of you want to tune in.

A decade ago, my collaborators and I imagined a world of participatory culture where young people would be empowered to actively and strategically use technology to engage with the world around them. Through a mixture of peer learning, self-learning, and formal education, we saw many young people develop sophisticated understandings of how to use social media to their advantage. Yet, not all of the practices that emerged as a result are inherently positive. From the rise of pro-Ana communities to the trolling associated with #Gamergate to the strategic manipulation of media for racist agendas, we’ve seen a form of participatory culture emerge that can be unhealthy, cruel, and socially devastating.

In this talk, I will interrogate some of the darker sides of networked media engagement: media manipulation, strategic harassment, and youth radicalization. And then we’ll think through different kinds of interventions – and the unintended consequences of good intentions in a world where the internet mirrors and magnifies the good, bad, and ugly.

Track Your Blog Comments in Feedly

As a followup to last week’s introduction to feedly (I hope you are adding/reading your own feed sources), here is another useful trick. I am using this to get a view of the comments on all five of your blogs (there are RSS feeds for comment activity):

A way to see comment activity on all of our blogs

To add this to feedly you can download and then import this new OPML file.

If you prefer just to add the comment feed for your own blog, add the URL below as a single need feed source:

  • Comments on Billy the Kid + Allen the Poet– https://beatniksharpshooter.wordpress.com/comments/feed/
  • Comments on Jack of All Trades — https://jackofalltradesmasterofoneblog.wordpress.com/comments/feed/
  • Comments on Rissa’s Thesis Research — https://rissasresearch.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default
  • Comments on Thesis Pieces– https://thesispiecessite.wordpress.com/comments/feed/
  • Comments on UNICORNESSENCE– https://flamingballsofgarbage.wordpress.com/comments/feed/

What, Another Tool?

Yes, in class we will get some practice using Zotero, a fantastic tool for building your reference collection that also can simplify the process of formatting into your literature review.

It also feature ways we can share what we find within our ResNetSem group, yes, this is networked.

Before class, create an account on Zotero https://www.zotero.org/ download/install the desktop application and browser tools, and review the Quick Start Guide. We will do more hands on practice in class.

You will get an invite soon to join the Zotero #resnetsem group (you need to accept invite to contribute, all content is publicly viewable).

For Next Week…

  • Blog. a lot.
  • Prepare for DML Sessions next week. Develop either an ‘elevator pitch’ description of your project for feedback from Kim Jaxon (first guest) or a specific question for Henry Jenkins (second guest). Read Jenkins preview piece for his DML keynote How Young Activists Deploy Digital Tools for Social Change
  • Ask a Librarian. Frame a question that one of the Kean Librarians can help you research. Schedule a meeting with them before next class (details will be emailed).
  • Zotero-ing Add your more important references to Zotero. Share ones appropriate with our #resnetsem group there and/or in the #weblinks channel in Slack.
  • Blog. a lot.

Optional listening if you are interested — danah boyd, another DML keynoter, is a researcher in media, technology, and youth culture

Feel the Heat?

It’s gentle, not nearly this intense. But feel it, okay?


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