Category Archives: Weblogs

Weblog for April 16 to April 20 and Remaining Weeks

On your weblog this week, please post one brief entry relating to an issue of surveillance/sousveillance. Your second entry may be on any topic of your choice.

For the week ending April 27:

Write one medium length entry (approximately four or five paragraphs) addressing something related to any of the key concepts we have addressed in the course (networks, community, collaborative production and so on). This entry (which substitutes for the third mini project listed in the course outline) must draw on some required course material and on some other reading or examples.

Finally, for the last week of the term, write two brief entries, each discussing one or more of the student presentations delivered in your section.

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Final Steps; Weblog Entry for Week Ending 27 April

As we move toward the end of the term, here is what remains to be done:

  • Weblog entries (continuing until the end of the term)
  • Presentations (be sure you know your presentation date)
  • Final Projects (due no later than class time Monday 23 April)
  • Weblog/Third Mini-Project Assignment (due 27 April to substitute for third mini-project; see below for more information)

A reminder about your weblog assignment for this week (i.e. April 13); one brief entry due related in some way to surveillance or surveillance society.

For two weeks from now (due April 27) the Weblog/Third Mini-Project assignment is as follows:

Write medium length entry (approximately four or five paragraphs) addressing something related to any of the key concepts we have addressed in the course (networks, community, collaborative production and so on). This entry (which substitutes for the third mini project listed in the course outline) must draw on some required course material and on some other reading or examples. We will discuss this further in class.

Please speak with me if you have any questions about assignments.

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Required Reading for Monday 9 April, Weblog Entry for Friday 13 April

The week of April 9 to 13 we will discuss NITs in relation to surveillance. Please read The Surveillance Society from Wired magazine. For this week (due 13 April) you should write a weblog entry discussing some aspect of the “surveillance society.”

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Weblogs, Weblogs, Weblogs!

I am in the process of going through the second round of weblog reviews and I have noticed that, though many people are doing a good job of keeping up with their weblogs, there are many who aren’t.

Please remember that, for this course, you must post to your weblog each week and that you must post entries on specific topics when I assign them!

Your assignment for this class period:

  • Check the link to your weblog in our course weblog links directory (section one or section two) and make sure the link is correct and that the material you think you have posted is actually visible on your site)
  • In your weblog, write a brief entry in which you tell me
    1. Is there something that I can do that will make your weblog a more effective tool for this course?
    2. Is there something I can do that will help you keep up with regular posting on your weblog?
  • Using the weblog links pages, visit two other sites from the course and make a comment related to an entry at each site

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In Class: Weblog Entry

Take five minutes on your weblog to write a brief entry responding to this question:

On Friday we reviewed some of the basic qualities of new information technologies. Write a brief entry (one or two paragraphs) that considers how your experience with the weblog suggests that weblogs might (or might not) help people take advantage of the overall qualities of NITs.

Remember to treat your weblog entry as an opportunity to think out loud. I am not looking for you to produce correct answers. Rather, I want to see what you are thinking.

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Weblogs for This Week and Next

We have been concentrating on the wiki assignment recently, and less on the weblogs. For this week and next, please write one weblog entry each week.

This week’s entry: Briefly write about the experience of putting together your group’s wiki. Consider things such as how your group decided what to do, how the group interacted (face-to-face or online) whether using a wiki (rather than some other tool) affected what you produced, and so forth. Other reflections on the process are also useful.

Next week’s entry: Write about the experience of editing some other group’s wiki and of having people from outside your group edit your wiki. When people edited your wiki, did you feel like their contributions helped? Or did you feel like they were violating your territory? Were contributions positive or negative? When you edited other groups’ wikis, how did you decide which to edit? Were you trying to help them out, or were you messing with what they had put together? And other thoughts about the process are useful here.

Remember, now that your group has put together a wiki and made it available for editing by anyone, each person should be visiting other group’s wikis and making editing changes on at least three sites.

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Wiki Project: Final Steps

Over the past few weeks, you have been working in groups to create wikis, group-authored websites. Remember that, in the time leading up to this assignment, we were talking in class about community and about open source and collaborative production. As we discussed in class, as you worked on this assignment I wanted you to think as much about the process of working on this group project as on the final product.

As you have worked on your wikis, you have generally collaborated with small groups of people and have had face-to-face discussions about what you want to do with your wikis. This makes your wikis different from Wikipedia and other wikis whose participants may not even know one another except online.

In order for us to experience a bit of the openness of wiki collaboration, I want each of the wiki groups to set their wikis to allow people outside your group to post to the wiki. In Wetpaint, go to settings; who can contribute and set your wiki either so that anyone who has a Wetpaint account can contribute. or (if you are feeling very adventurous) so that anyone can contribute, even anonymously.

Be sure that you have left a link to your wiki at this entry. Then I want each person in class to browse through other groups’ wikis and try editing their sites.

We will discuss this more in class. Again, the important thing for us with this project is the process…

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