Monthly Archives: August 2013

DAY 3

Gather media at the USC/UNC game.

Image

In many ways, this class is about documenting.  Whether you like football or not (or live in Columbia) there is a big event happening in town and it is a useful opportunity to practice capturing media.  Whether you have a camera or not, if you can get online (which is available in Gambrell and public libraries) you can gather media.  If you live on campus, document what you see…the crowds at russell house getting on buses, the traffic, the news crews, photograph or scan a ticket, use your senses.  If you live out of town, do some searching online, find videos, save images, etc.  Think about this game as an object…an event to study.  Think like a producer, a composer who will need to tell this story later.  Think temporally, how does the object/event unfold over time?  Think rhetorically, who is your audience, what is your perspective, how can you maintain/increase your ethos, upon what aspect of this multidimensional object/event are you focusing?  I expect AT LEAST one blog post to emerge out of this media before Tuesday.  You can discuss the media itself, the game, the crowd, the weather, the tailgating, the national TV coverage, the local news coverage, the newspaper coverage, etc.  I also expect you to bring the media you gather (some images, some video, some audio, some text) with you to class on Tuesday on a flash drive.

 

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Day 2

BLOGS
• ‘About’ Page with Photo
•Titles
•Style
•Enable Comments
•Add blog entry:  Give some thoughts about the Atlantic Monthly piece.  How is this article different/similar to the visual pieces we just screened
•Add Twitter feed to your blog
•Tweet a link to your blog with #harmon460
In class screenings:

First Day Prompts

COMPOSITION
•What do you compose?
•How do you compose?
•Why is composing important?
•Who composes?
•When does composing happen?

KINDS OF COMPOSITION

Descriptive composing

Analytical composing

Argumentative composing

Reflective composing

Collaborative composing

MEDIUMS OF COMPOSITION

Spoken

Written

Musical

Material

Corporeal

Digital

As you begin preparations for this course, you need to reflect on your prior experiences with digital composition technology. First, consider the range of production technologies you are familiar with:

Microsoft Word

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Premiere Pro

Audacity

WordPress

Vimeo

Evernote

Dropbox

Also, consider the range of composing assignments you have had in your academic career.  Within which disciplines did each assignment occur?

Composing with Print Text

Composing with Non-print Materials

Collecting/Archiving Media Assets

Re-mixing Images and Audio

Layering Audio

Graphic Design

Editing Video

Next, consider your experience with the following conceptual structures and think about their relationship with the English department:

Rhetoric

Ethnography

Materiality

Digital Humanities

Historiography

New/Multi-Media

Research/Method

SET UP A BLOG

•Sign up and create a blog exclusively for this class.
•Individualize your blog. Create an ‘ABOUT’ page with a picture of yourself and a short textual introduction of (major, hometown, interests, career aspirations, favorite movie/book, etc)
•Compose two (2) blog entries.
–First: describe your relationship with the technologies we’ve discussed today (no more than two paragraphs…bullet points OK) and provide links as needed to point to examples of your work online.  Refer to the class blog for prompts.
–Second: discuss briefly (3 sentences or so) the last documentary film you saw.
•Using your preferred email address, send a link to your blog to harmoncb (at) email.sc.edu