LIT 3308: 501 Electronic Expression Elizabeth Coker Wednesdays, JO 4.122/ 4.

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Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all. -- Douglas Adams Human beings compose, and are composed of, stories. This has remained constant, though our means and methods of telling them have exploded in the last 10, 100, 1000 years. Technology not only affects our methodology, but has perhaps altered our vision of what it means to be an individual, a community, a human race. Using popular culture, mass media, film studies, short fiction, writing exercises, theory, and other sources, we will explore a wide variety of questions centering on this nebulous concept of “electronic expression.” Four short assignments will require students to interact in both real and electronic environments, recording or inventing their experiences and analyzing them according to the issues and methodologies discussed in class. Students will have a great deal of creative freedom with these and especially the final project, which can range from the traditional essay format to a creative project (story, play, screenplay, website, graphic novel, and so forth). Prerequisite: Rhetoric 1302 Instructor Info: Email: Office: JO 4.114 Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-6pm and by appointment (appointments are strongly encouraged). Required Texts: Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspaceby Janet H. Murray ISBN: 0262631873 CyberReader by Victor Vitanza ISBN: 0205290868 Policies: Email Policy IMPORTANT NOTICE TO UTD STUDENTS: As of August 1, 2004, all email

correspondence with students will be sent ONLY to the student's U.T. Dallas email address. U.T. Dallas provides each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individuals corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to forward email from other accounts to their U.T. Dallas address and have their U.T. Dallas mail sent on to other accounts. Students may go to the following URL to establish or maintain their official U.T. Dallas computer account: Drop Policy See here for details on deadlines and procedures for dropping: Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the representation of another person’s work as your own, whether you mean to or not. For example, copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer’s work without acknowledging that you’ve done so is plagiarism. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism. Copying or purchasing a paper from any source is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offense. The possible consequences range from failing the assignment to failing the course, or worse. Each incident of plagiarism at UTD must be reported to the administration. If you are not sure how to properly cite a quoted or paraphrased source, or if you need help with the format of a citation, check with the New Century Handbook and/or with your teacher. Although you can (and, in fact, should) seek help and advice from friends, classmates, tutors, and others, be sure that your written work is your own.

Grading Breakdown: Attendance and Participation: 25% Four Short Projects: 20% (5% each) Final Project Phase One: 20% Final Project Phase Two: 25% Final Project Presentation: 10%

Class Calender NOTE: The syllabus and calendar may change at any time according to the needs of the class and/or its instructor. Any such changes are completely at the discretion of the instructor and will be presented to the students in writing. The texts listed for each day indicate the work discussed that day in class, not homework for the next class. As with any college class, it is YOUR JOB to keep track of the daily readings, essay deadlines, etc. rather than depending on reminders from me. August 24: What is Electronic Expression? Introductions, Methodologies In-class writing response August 31: Storytelling in New Media Project One: Media and Technology Self- Analysis Due Hamlet, Introduction and Chapters 1, 2 *Excerpt from If On a Winter's Night a Traveler *“Terminal Beach,” J.J. Ballard view eXistenZ September 7: Identity in Cyberspace Cyberreader: 7-19, 78-91 Hamlet, Ch. 4 *“We Can Remember it for you Wholesale,” Philip K. Dick *“All You Zombies--” Robert Heinlein view Hackers September 14: Hackers, Piracy, and Ethics Project Two Due Cyberreader 111-114; 122-123 *“Burning Chrome,” William Gibson Online P2P articles TBA September 21: TV... Hackysack... TV... Hamlet, Ch. 3, 9 Cyberreader233-253 *excerpt from Digital Storytelling *TV and Culture Handout view Star Trek: TNG “Hollow Pursuits” September 28: Should Technology be a Controlled Substance? Hamlet, Ch. 5, 6 Project 2 Due *“The Veldt,” Ray Bradbury *“The Machine Stops,” E.M. Forster

October 5: Who Are You Really, Gnomekiller69? Project Three Due Guest Speakers: Monica Evans and Tim Christopher on online gaming communities *Ender's Game excerpt EQ widows (online) October 12: Blogs, Forums, and other earthly pursuits Cyberreader406-417 Hamlet Ch. 8 Handout on blogs and the academe In-class blog critique view Minority Report October 19: Tools of The Man: Government, paranoia, and technology Project Four Due CyberreaderTBD * ”Faith of our Fathers,” Philip K. Dick * “Coming Attraction, ” Fritz Lieber October 26: The Frankenstein Effect Project 4 Due view Ghost in the Shell November 2: Pondering the Post-Human “Visions of Post-Humanity in Ghost in the Shell,” Megan Moser Post-Human Handout TBD view: City of Lost Children Schedule one-on-one meetings November 9: No class, meet one -on-one with instructor to discuss final project November 16: Looking forward: Utopia or Dystopia? HamletCh. 10 Handout TBD November 23: NO CLASS November 30: (Finals week) meet at regular class time Present Final Projects Turn in Final Projects

Extra Credits: Maximum of 2 ALL PRESENTATIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED AT LEAST 1 WEEK IN ADVANCE Extra Credit 1: Mini Book Report/ Presentation Value: can replace your lowest Short Project grade Give a traditional “who, what, and where” book report/ review on a novel (150 pages +) that deals with any of the issues raised in class. The list below is just a beginning; there are hundreds of possibilities out there. If you're doing a book not on the list, however, I recommend you get prior approval. Write 2-3 pages and give a 5-10 minute presentation. I, Robot, Issac Asimov Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,Philip K. Dick Neuromancer, William Gibson Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card Robota, Orson Scott Card Dune, Frank Herbert Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson Extra Credit 2: Show and Tell Give a 10-15 minute presentation (including handouts!) on a film, website, TV show/ episode, video game, graphic novel, etc. that deals with any of the issues raised in class. This is your opportunity to expose us to many of the thousands of media I haven't covered on the syllabus. Value: can boost A&P grade up to 3% Extra Credit 3: Vocabulary Journal Keep a record of the new words/ ideas you encounter along the way. You must include the source, a dictionary definition, and your own practical definition. Minimum of 10 words for credit. Value: can boost A&P grade up to 2% Extra Credit 4: Reading Journal Keep a running journal on our in-class readings; minimum of 2 pages per class day. Note: You can do a half journal and turn it in at midterm to boost your A&P grade by up to 2% instead of a semester-long full journal.

Value: can replace lowest Short Project grade (full semester)