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Elements of Electronic Rhetoric

ENGL 3179/5179

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Topic projects for spring 2009

ENGL 3179/5179 Elements of Electronic Rhetoric
A project-based course in digital- and new media

Transliteracy
A look at really really new media. “the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.” Transliteracy: Crossing Divides. Thomas, Joseph, et al.

Persuasive Technology
How Facebook is designed to persuade you to update your profile and post to walls. How your car is designed to persuade you to slow down. How your cellphone is designed to persuade you to text.

Mobile Writing and Learning
What can you write in 160 characters while in motion? A poem? a short story? a vow? a warning? an oath? How can you learn via Twitter, IM, sms, and cell phone pics?

Digital- and New-Media Poetics
Writing in digital and new media: web sites, blogs, wikis, mashups, sound, image, and video files, CD-ROMs, the adapted forms of txt and IM, and the mix of digital and paper technologies. publishing by demand. work in progress offered for public editing. the screen as paper and links as narrative. abandoning the ideologies of narrative and linearity for poetry and text as image. working in the social network. using letter and word as design. engaging in local and global experiments in writing. using multimedia tools for authoring, distributing, and reading.

Some examples
http://proboscis.org.uk/
http://wordle.net/
http://www.wefeelfine.org/
http://twittervision.com/
http://opensophie.org/ Sophie authoring and reading software.

http://www.bookfutures.blogspot.com/
http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/

http://www.futureofthebook.org.uk/

articles
http://www.dancohen.org/2008/09/02/sarah-palin-crowdsourced/ Editing Wikipedia
http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2008/10/how_do_you_want_to_read.html Stoppard's Bookcase

experiments and projects
http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2008/06/dailylit_experiments_with_publ.html
http://www.futureofthebook.org/mitchellstephens/ without gods
http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2008/10/the_five_drafts_of_the_gettysb.html a Sophie book
http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2008/08/emily_dickinson_in_sophie.html a Sophie book
http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/bookblog_experiments/

web and public publishing
http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2008/09/a_unified_field_theory_of_publ_1.html
http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2007/03/time_out_and_some_of_what_went.html
http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2008/02/borders_selfpublishing_and_the.html
http://www.blurb.com/
http://www.lulu.com/


Participants

TammiHartung | AbiTarutis | NicholasOmann | JustinWerstlein | JoHanna | MonayaMMaGaurn | MichelleBroadrick | ShawnRakowski | HelenHansen | BenSwarts | ZachOlson | ErikLundin | BaileyOberschmid | JustinGagola
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