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2269Syllabus

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Instructor: Will Kurlinkus
Time: W & F—11:10 am -12:30 pmLocation: Denney 343Email: kurlinkus.1@osu.eduOffice Hours: W.F 1-2:30 or by appointment—Denney 324 DMPCourse Website: http://english2269.wordpress.com/Course Number: (16232)
 
English2269
DigitalMediaComposing
 
English 2269:
Digital Media Composing 
“Modern technology is no more neutral than medieval cathedrals…it embodies the values of a particular industrial civilization, especially those of elites that rest their claims to hegemony ontechnical mastery”—Andrew Feenberg,
Critical Theory of Technology
(v)
 
“Why do you love me? Why do you need me? Always and forever. We met in a chatroom, nowour love can fully bloom. Sure the World Wide Web is great, but you, you make me salivate. Ilove technology, but not as much as you, you see…But I still love technology, always andforever.”—Kip Dynamite
 
Course Description
01
. Exigence
What does it mean to participate in democracy in the twenty-first century? Whether it’s AIDS patients struggling for their right to participate in drug trials, arguments about Internet neutrality,or protests against ambient tracking technologies and phonetaps—technology matters in ademocracy. Of course technology has
always
mattered to democracy—from the architecturaldesign of the Greek Agora, to the saboteurs of the automated loom in 15
th
century Holland, tothe development of the American military industrial complex under Vannevar Bush and FranklinRoosevelt. More and more, however, academics, designers, and consumers alike have becomeaware that to participate in democracy directly one has to participate in technology.
02. Goals
 
The goal of this course, then, is to gain the skills necessary to be technologically literate in thetwenty-first century. But in doing so, we will be constantly challenging what technologicalliteracy means and, thus, constantly exploring the idea that technology is both a set of things, aset of skills, and a set of values—or, as new media theorist Henry Jenkins explains, “A mediumis a technology that enables communication; on the second, a medium is a set of associated protocols or social and cultural practices that have grown up around that technology.” Thus,while we will be learning and teaching one another technical skills (Wordpress, Photoshop,GarageBand, iMovie, Dreamweaver, etc.) we will also be exploring and teaching each other socio-technical skills and values: Why do so many people wear headphones on the bus? Why arelol cats so popular? Why has there been a dramatic rise in Internet dating? Why do people get somad when technology doesn’t work? What are girl technologies and what are boy technologies?What makes a photograph beautiful? What makes a photograph ethical? What is involved in theart of a good mixed CD (why do we still make mix CDs)? What’s gained and lost in thenegotiation between creating the kinds of photographs, songs, movies, websites we like and thekinds that someone might buy? Why do I hate the auto-tuner but love a distorted amp?
04. Objectives
 
More generally, the learning objectives of this course are to:
 
Understand and apply fundamental rhetorical and design principles for analyzing, planning, creating digital media texts for public consumption.
 
 
Use and critically examine numerous digital capture and editing technologies (e.g., digitalcameras, digital audio recorders, digital video cameras; GarageBand, Photoshop,iMovie).
05. GEC Requirement 
 
This course fulfills the visual and performing arts GEC requirement for cultures and ideas. InGEC visual and performing arts courses, students evaluate significant works of art in order todevelop capacities for aesthetic and historical response and judgment; interpretation andevaluation; critical listening, reading, seeing, thinking, and writing; and experiencing the arts andreflecting on that experience.The expected learning outcome are:1.
 
Students analyze, appreciate, and interpret significant works of art.2.
 
Students engage in informed observation and/or active participation in a discipline withinthe visual, spatial, and performing arts.
Required Texts and Equipment 
 
As far as skills there are no technological pre-requisites, we’ll learn everything as we go.
 
All texts will be made available for free on our course blog.
 
Headphones.
 
External hard-drive (not a flash or thumb drive) at least 100G.
 
6-pack of double-a batteries.
Participation
I want to hear from you, in any and all forms you're comfortable with. And, perhaps moreimportantly, I want you to hear from each other—to know what one another think of thereadings, course topics, etc. This is why participation (in-class, Twitter, and blogging) totalsnearly half of your course grade.
 
01. Twitter 
 
You will be responsible for a minimum of four tweets a week that respond to course readings or to aspects of the broader class conversation. You need to start a Twitter account (if you have one,ensure that it is public, not locked) and send me an email identifying what your Twitter name is.Append our course hashtag (
#ENGL2269
) to each tweet so your classmates and I can see it.Respond to others by using the @ symbol (e.g., @wkurlinkus). Ideally, a remark will come toyou as you read for each class session, so keep your phone or computer handy if possible. You'realso not only welcome but encouraged to tweet during class; I'll have the feed up on the screenthroughout class. In general, your tweets should both help demonstrate your engagement with thetexts and further flesh out the conversations taking place in class and on the discussion forum.(What your cat ate for breakfast is not a relevant tweet topic for the purposes of the class, unlessyour cat ate a digital technology or went viral). I suggest that two of your weekly tweets respondto other users’ tweets on our hashtag. I will be posting questions and comments as well, off andon.

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