5:31 pm in Assignments, Blog Posts by Prof. Gold
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)”
8:13 pm in Assignments, Blog Posts by Prof. Gold
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 How have you disposed of your out-of-date gadgets and computers?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.