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“Between Queens and Brooklyn, An Oil Spill’s Legacy” NY Times
“Newtown Creek/Oil Spill Study” EPA, 2007
Final Research Paper
Primary and Secondary Sources
Bring a paragraph describing your final research paper topic. Your paragraph should explain the following:
– what is the topic?
– in what ways is it a controversy?
– in what ways is it local to you?
– how does it relate to the themes of our course?
In preparation for Paper #3, write a blog post that does the following:
1. Identify the problem you want to write about and class readings related to it.
2. Do at least one search of library databases to try to find additional materials. Make sure that you cite the articles you’ve found, and email them to yourself.
3. Coin at least two neologisms that you want to propose as solutions to this problem. Think about terms that are mashups of two or more words and that evoke the solutions. Ex. “blobjects” — a combination of blobs and objects
Citation info: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/ — look for “An Article from an Online Database (or Other Electronic Subscription Service)”
This week we will be doing some reading and writing about technology and its impact on the environment. What happens to the technology we discard? What is the impact of our computer use on the environment? In what ways does networked information have a material basis?
Hugo, Pieter. “A Global Graveyard for Dead Computers in Ghana.” The New York Times. 4 August 2010. Web.
Leake, Jonathan and Woods, Richard. “Revealed: the environmental impact of Google searches.” The Sunday Times. 11 January 2009. Web.
Write a blog post in response to these two readings. In your post, reflect on both the articles you read and your own use of technology. How have you disposed of your out-of-date gadgets and computers?
Carr, Nicholas. “Avatars Consume as Much Electricity as Brazilians.” Rough Type. 5 December 2006. Web.
Sterling, Bruce. “When Blobjects Rule the Earth.” Boing Boing August 2004. Web.
(1) Write a substantive comment of at least a paragraph in response to another student’s blog post (choose one that was posted in response to Tuesday’s readings)
(2) Write a short blog post about one of these two readings in which you present 5 discussion questions based on the reading. The questions should be open-ended — ie., they should not be able to be answered with “yes” or “no.”
If you have any questions, please send me an email or comment on this post.
Using the questions at the bottom of this post, write an analysis of this ad and post it on your blog:
Questions to consider:
- What product is being advertised? In what way does the product appear in the ad?
- What is the overall message of the advertisement? How is that message conveyed through specific visual details?
- In what ways are the people in the advertisement posted? Do they project strength? Vulnerability? Power?
- What, if anything, does the ad seem to suggest about gender roles?
- What details in the image support your analysis of it?
Make sure that you analyze the specifics of the image.