In the early 2000s, the end of the “.com” era saw the rise of “Web 2.0” as a loosely defined trend in online content generation where everyday users — not traditional media producers — created the content that defined digital culture. Blogs more than any other modality came to symbolize the freedom and autonomy made available by new networks and new platforms. In some ways, that role has since been supplanted by social media, but blogging remains an accessible and powerful tool for sharing one’s ideas. In this module, your challenge is to become a blogger.
Research one or more of the following questions about blogging online.
Leave at least one annotation on at least two articles that you find while researching these questions via hypothes.is, in our digitalstudies group.
Read through your some of colleagues' annotations on the resources they found for Monday on the hypothes.is page for the digitalstudies group. Choose a couple articles that sound interesting based on the annotations and read them before class.
We will discuss the ideas that emerge from your research and your annotations. Then we will get an opportunity to show off any blogging that some of you have already done. If you've already got a blog going, consider preparing to explain your process: what do you write about? why? what do you share/omit? how often do you delete your old content? how long do you plan to keep it up on the web?
Some questions for class discussion:
We'll also read (in class) and discuss danah boyd's "Hacking the Attention Economy."
Choose a couple (or more) of the following tasks that fit well with your interests and/or your plans for your domain and tackle them. Come to class prepared to show off what you have done, and seek/provide feedback with your colleagues.
Then share a link and a short description of the updates that you made in the #domains channel on Slack so we can all see.
Thursday's class will primarily involve discussing issues that came up with blogging, as well as showing off things that we did and soliciting/offering feedback on those things. We will also have a class debate, with two groups arguing for the superiority of corporate platforms and Domain of One's Own, respectively.
For Friday (8am)
Complete your self-assessment for Week 4 and add it to the document you created last week. Be sure to comment on the updates you made to your domain, and include links to at least some of your updated pages/posts.
For materials due Monday and Tuesday, see the Week 5 guide.