Assignment

for Tues 18 Feb and next week

We’re shifting topic to social media: aka new media, Web 2.0, participatory media.

Where networked media meet people they go social. Which is to say, The networked text (book, wikipedia article, …) is social.

Twitter, yes.
FB, yes.
Wikipedia, blogging.

But also the social practices of tagging, remixing, commenting. Fan fiction. Plagiarism. Changes in the state of knowledge and knowing. A crises of knowledge? Distributed knowledge. Changes in ontology. Death of the expert.

Read 3, all starting with the letter B.

Brown and Duguid: The Social Life of Documents

boyd: Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media

Bustillos: Wikipedia And The Death Of The Expert

for tues 28 jan: the book and reading – updated

The book and reading

The print book is a primary instrument for humanities. This is what people in the humanities are supposed to produce, how they package and distribute our knowledge (although package makes the act sound more neutral than it is). And it’s the instrument we  – you as students, me as professor – typically use to work with that knowledge. If we think of books as a practice, we can see we have learned to read books in ways particular to those practices: skimming, reading closely, re-reading, making marginal notes, underlining, dog-earring pages, using indexes and tables of contents … and that these are both physical and mental acts.

1. For an overview, it’s Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_books. This entry is not the best; there are lots of unexplained matters and holes in the history. But it’s worth a skim to get oriented.

2. I’d like us to get a sense of the book as a historical and material object, so search Google for images. Type in the search term, then click on the Images tab. Then click through to those that look interesting. Get a sense of how books developed from manuscript to contemporary objects by looking at them.

  • manuscript – before printing
  • codex – bound volumes
  • incunabula – early printing, while printing and reading conventions were developing
  • “artists books” – books that have been physically manipulated in ways that highlight what books are about, what they do. books as objects of art

I’d suggest that you start to collect images for an upcoming image and text curating project. Bookmark them, or copy and paste them into a document, or whatever. We’ll talk more about this on Tuesday Thursday.

3. Then, a video, Medieval Helpdesk.

4. And two readings from A Companion to Digital Literary Studies

We’ll take a couple of weeks to consider and talk about and add to this material.

See you on Tuesday. Thursday

for tuesday: a little history

Everything’s A Remix

As a note on our discussion on 16 Jan, have a view of the four 10-min videos at Everything’s a Remix. These videos can fill out some details concerning intellectual property that I stumbled over.

For Tues 21 Jan

  • Read As We May Think, 1945. Vannevar Bush.
  • Wikipedia entry on memex.
  • View highlights from The Mother of All Demos, 1968, parts 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9. Doug Engelbart at the Augmentation Research Center (ARC) at Stanford Research Institute.

Spot the technology. As you read Bush and view the Demo, take note of nascent new technologies being introduced in each. We’ll consider on Tuesday what changes in methods of study, thinking, knowledge-making seem to come from these technologies.

As a sidenote – Not everything is gonna be remixed

Here’s a current situation where Yale asserts its IP over students who seem to be remixing existing content. Ongoing. Yale Shuts Down Student Created Course Catalog.