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Digital Essay 2 Prompt, Groups 3 and 4

Review expectations for the Digital Essay assignment here

Discuss how mobile technologies have shaped journalism, politics, or gaming. In doing so explain the arguments of at least two authors listed below in your own words and make connections between them (either explain how their arguments are similar or different). Connect their arguments and your own to at least one mobile app or technology (either one we have read about for class or one you find on your own).

Be sure to explain how the authors make their argument, the sort of evidence used, etc. Illustrate the arguments with links, videos or images (this is required for full credit). Remember that you are not simply summarizing the readings; you should critically analyze them. Make note of both what authors are arguing and how they are making their points. Consider how they are useful and what their limitations might be. The post, excluding works cited, must be a minimum of 800 words.

These will be graded for attentiveness to assignment instructions and requirements, clarity, grammar, and use of course materials. You are required to submit your blog by the deadline (April 20, 11pm). I will not accept late assignments. You are required to properly cite everything you use in your blog posts and include a works cited list for all sources (including links, images, and videos) at the end using APA style (http://www.apastyle.org/).

Change the category of your posted essay to: Digital Essay

Readings:

  1. Snowden, Collette. (2012). “As It Happens: Mobile communications technology, journalism, and breaking news,” in N. Arceneaux & A. Kavoori (Eds), The Mobile Media Reader. New York: Peter Lang. P. 120-134.
  2. Goggin, Gerard. (2006). Cell Phone Culture: Mobile technology in everyday life. London: Routledge. Chapter 8, 143-161
  3. Rheingold, Howard. (2008). “Mobile Media and Political Collective Action.” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 225-239
  4. Koivunen, Anu. (2012). “Party Apps and Other Citizenship Calls.” Moving Data: The iPhone and the future of media. New York: Columbia University Press. P. 223-237.
  5. Leistert, Oliver. (2012). “The iPhone’s Failure: Protests and Resistances.” Moving Data: The iPhone and the future of media. New York: Columbia University Press. P. 238-248.
  6. Katz, James. E and Acord, Sophia Krzys. (2008). “Mobile Games and Entertainment.” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 403-418.
  7. Chan, Dean. (2008). “Convergence, Connectivity, and the Case of Japanese Mobile Gaming.” Games and Culture. 3(1): P. 13-25.
  8. Shaw, Adrienne. (2012). “How do you say gamer in Hindi: Exploratory research on the Indian digital game industry and culture.” In Huntemann, N. and Aslinger, B. (Eds.). Gaming Globally: Production, Play, Place. New York: Palgrave. P. 226-250.
  9. Consalvo, Mia. (2012). “Slingshot to Victory: Games, Play and the iPhone.” In Snickars, P. and Vonderau, P. (Eds). Moving Data: The iPhone and the future of media. New York: Columbia University Press. P. 184-194.

This is due by 11pm, April 20

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Digital Essay 2 Prompt, Groups 1 and 2

Review expectations for the Digital Essay assignment here.

Discuss the relationship between mobile technologies and either social interaction or identity. In doing so explain the arguments of at least two authors listed below in your own words and make connections between them (either explain how their arguments are similar or different). Connect their arguments and your own to at least one mobile app or technology (either one we have read about for class or one you find on your own). Be sure to explain how that app/technology can shape, display, or inform social interaction or identity.

Be sure to explain how the authors make their argument, the sort of evidence used, etc. Illustrate the arguments with links, videos or images (this is required for full credit). Remember that you are not simply summarizing the readings; you should critically analyze them. Make note of both what authors are arguing and how they are making their points. Consider how they are useful and what their limitations might be. The post, excluding works cited, must be a minimum of 800 words.

These will be graded for attentiveness to assignment instructions and requirements, clarity, grammar, and use of course materials. You are required to submit your blog by the deadline (April 6, 11pm). I will not accept late assignments. You are required to properly cite everything you use in your blog posts and include a works cited list for all sources (including links, images, and videos) at the end using APA style (http://www.apastyle.org/). There are APA style rules for citing apps, which can be found here.

Change the category of your posted essay to: Digital Essay

Readings:

  1. Ling, Rich and Donner, Jonathan. (2009). Mobile Communication. Malden, MA: Polity Press. Chapter 5. P. 107-133
  2. Turkle, Sherry. (2008). “Always-On/Always-On-You: The Tethered Self.” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 121-137.
  3. Humphreys, Lee. (2012). “Connecting, Coordinating, Cataloguing: Communicative Practices on Mobile Social Networks,” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 56:4, 494-510
  4. Katz, James E., Lever, Katie M., and Chen, Yi-Fan. (2008). “Mobile Music as Environmental Control and Prosocial Entertainment.” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 367-376
  5. Goggin, Gerard. (2006). Cell Phone Culture: Mobile technology in everyday life. London: Routledge. Chapter 3, 41-62.
  6. Katz, James E. and Sugiyama, Satomi. (2006). “Mobile phones as fashion statements: evidence from student surveys in the US and Japan.” New Media & Society. 8(2): P. 321-337
  7. Rashi, Tsuriel. (2013). “The kosher cell phone in ultra-orthodox society.” In Campbell, H. (Ed.) Digital Religion: Understanding religious practice in new media worlds. London: Routledge. P. 173-198.
  8. Ganito, Carla. (2010). “Women on the move: the mobile phone as a gender technology.” In Comunicação & Cultura, 9, p. 77-88.

This is due by 11pm, April 6

Digital Essay 1 Prompt, Groups 3 and 4

Review expectations for the Digital Essay assignment here

Using the collaborative timeline in the google doc produced in class on 1/29 (link at the end of this post) and the readings from that week, construct a brief history of mobile technologies. In doing so, use the readings in the list below connect that history to either accessibility or surveillance concerns in mobile media and communication. Be sure to tie into your discussion the  argument of at least one of the readings listed at the end of this prompt. In the process, explain the author’s arguments in your own words. Be sure to explain how the author makes the argument, the sort of evidence used, etc. Critically analyze their argument as you explain it.

Illustrate the argument with links, videos or images (this is required for full credit). Remember that you are not simply summarizing the reading; you should critically analyze it. Make note of both what author argues and how they are making their points. Consider how they are useful and what their limitations might be. The post, excluding works cited, must be a minimum of 800 words.

These will be graded for attentiveness to assignment instructions and requirements, clarity, grammar, and use of course materials. You are required to submit your blog by the deadline (February 23, 11pm). I will not accept late assignments. You are required to properly cite everything you use in your blog posts and include a works cited list for all sources (including links, images, and videos) at the end using APA style (http://www.apastyle.org/).

Change the category of your posted essay to: Digital Essay

Readings:

  1. Goggin, Gerard. (2006). Cell Phone Culture: Mobile technology in everyday life. London: Routledge. Chapter 5, p. 89-103.
  2. Donner, Jonathan. (2008). “Shrinking Fourth World?” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 29-42
  3. Chipchase, Jan. (2008). “Reducing Illiteracy as a Barrier to Mobile Communication.” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 79-89
  4. Humphreys, Lee. (2010). Who’s watching whom? A study of interactive technology and surveillance. Journal of Communication. 61(4). P. 575-595
  5. Marwick, Alice. (2012). “Public Domain: Surveillance in everyday life.” Surveillance & Society. 9(4): 378-393.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RN1XNQk3yVSW13clV6EqBoECU5jrDEVHAUN6mGKLWjY/edit

This is due by 11pm, February 23.

** Clarification: The timeline you construct need only relate to the article you are analyzing.

Digital Essay 1 Prompt, Groups 1 and 2

Review expectations for the Digital Essay assignment here.

Using the collaborative timeline in the google doc produced in class on 1/29 (link at the end of this post) and the readings from that week, construct a brief history of mobile technologies. In doing so, relate the history you construct to an argument in one of the readings listed at the end of this prompt. In the process, explain the author’s arguments in your own words. Focus especially on how they theorize “mobility.” Be sure to explain how the author makes the argument, the sort of evidence used, etc.

Illustrate the argument with links, videos and images (this is required for full credit). Remember that you are not simply summarizing the reading; you should critically analyze it. Make note of both what author argues and how they are making their points. Consider how they are useful and what their limitations might be. The post, not counting works cited, must be a minimum of 800 words.

These will be graded for attentiveness to assignment instructions and requirements, clarity, grammar, and use of course materials. You are required to submit your blog by the deadline (February 9, 11pm). I will not accept late assignments. You are required to properly cite everything you use in your blog posts and include a works cited list for all sources (including links, images, and videos) at the end using APA style (http://www.apastyle.org/).

Change the category of your posted essay to: Digital Essay

Readings:

  1. Goggin, Gerard and Hamilton, Caroline. (2012). “Reading After the Phone: E-reader and mobile media,” in N. Arceneaux & A. Kavoori (Eds), The Mobile Media Reader. New York: Peter Lang. p. 102-119
  2. Kakihara, Masao & Sorensen, Carsten. (2001). Expanding the ‘Mobility’ Concept. SIGGROUP Bulletin, 22(3), 33-37.
  3. Gazzard, Alison. (2011). “Location, location, location: collecting space and place in mobile media.” Convergence. 17(4): p. 405-417

Link to collaborative timeline.

This is due by 11pm, February 9.

** Clarification: The timeline you construct need only relate to the article you are analyzing.

Introductory Post Prompt

Your first assignment is to set up the two accounts required for this course and post an introductory blog post to the collective course blog (NOT a personal blog) following the prompt below. This is due by Sunday January 26th at 11pm.

I. Create accounts for WordPress and Twitter.

  • These can be accounts you already have, or you can create unique accounts just for this class.
  • You do not have to use your legal name for any of these accounts (and you are encouraged not to)

II. Email me your user name for WordPress (even if you have taken my courses before)

III. In your post

  1. List your username for Twitter

2. In 300 words (minimum) tell us:

  • what interests you about the class?
  • what do you hope to get out of it?
  • anything else you want us to know.

3. In the course of those 300 words, you are also expected to learn to use some basic wordpress features:

  • Hyperlink text to an external website (don’t just copy/paste a URL).
  • Embed (don’t link) a YouTube video.
  • Embed an image.

These must be integrated into the post, not simply placed at the end. Instructions for how to do each are on this page or you can easily search for advice online.

5. Properly cite the link, YouTube video, and image at the end of your post using APA style.

6. Change the category of your post to: intro post.

IV.  Post a link to your post on Twitter using the course hashtag.

V. Post your favorite TV show to the course hashtag (or why you do not watch TV)

All of these are things you are required to do during the course of the semester, so learn them now and practice in a low stakes assignment.

You will only receive full credit for this assignment if you complete all requirements. This is worth 2% of your final grade.