Bring Technology Tomorrow!

We have our map seminar with librarian, Kathryn Shaughnessy.  You’ll need your laptops!

There is No Such Thing as an Unbiased Map

Start reading Super Sad…1-71 for tomorrow…

See you then!

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For Thursday

Just a reminder we are reading “A Man Like Him” from The New Yorker (linked in our syllabus), and educating ourselves about doxxing.  I have an article up from The Daily Beast and another article which is promotional (for a web security firm), but also explains the issue.

What can you find about trolls, online harassment, doxxing, and the dark side of the internet?

Check out the blogs our our sparkers:

De’Jsa

Stephanie

Katelyn S.

Abhi

Pew Poll on Online Harassment

See you tomorrow!

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@sosadtoday

Melissa Broder reads I want to Be a Whole Person but Really Thin–Poets and Writers

Vanity Fair article on Melissa Broder and Twitter Fame

Why Melissa Broder is sosadtoday in Elle

Interview in The Guardian

Interview in New York Magazine

In Rolling Stone

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No Class Thursday–Snow!

Ok–so I’m calling it–the forecast keeps getting more apocalyptic every time I check.  We’ll use our digital skills and take it online.

Please write a blog post about @so sad today, the Twitter, essays, or on  Vice So Sad Today

What kind of online voice is she cultivating?  What happens good or bad in the transition from anonymous Twitter handle to mainstream media and authorship?

Broder is crafting a careful persona that hides and reveals.  Where do you see this?

“In 2014, the artist Audrey Wollen explained her “Sad Girl Theory,” the idea that sharing feelings across the Internet was not necessarily narcissism but a form of feminist resistance.” (New Yorker Article linked in syllabus).   Do you agree? Why, why not?

Broder has over 300,000 followers on Twitter–her posts are characterized by “sudden emotional escalations inside disaffected quips” (New Yorker). The common thread throughout the essays in “So Sad Today” is her desire and willingness to confess even those parts of her life that she considers shameful or embarrassing.  How does she use the social media platform and how do you see it translate into the memoir/essay?

Choose any or all of the above to discuss, ponder, and blog about.  Please also read two other blog posts by classmates.  We’ll refer to these posts and discuss some of the above on Monday February 13th.

Stay safe and have a great weekend!

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Weather Watch–Please check our site

I see predictions for snow on Thursday which may make it difficult or impossible for me to get to campus.  Please check this site before you head to class.

If we don’t meet in person, I will ask everyone to compose a blog post about the Broder readings.  What works, what doesn’t, how do you think the anonymity of the Twitter posts added to her celebrity and success?

Our sparkers still will spark on Monday February 13th–and we will add some discussion of Broder to our Monday’s schedule (if need be).

Just a heads up!   No cancellation yet–but again, please check back!  Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Clarification of syllabus

Hi–I forgot that I rearranged the syllabus a bit due to my conference, and the sparkers are sparking on Feb 13th–not next Thursday.

For next Thursday (no class on Monday–I will be away–but you should be reading), look at @sosadtoday and read Broder’s essays that she developed from her anonymous blog post (and I’ve also linked an article from The New Yorker).  Choose a favorite tweet and essay to discuss.

For sparkers on art (broadly defined) in the age of social media:

What interests you about your choice?

How do they use social media or the internet to promote their art or to reflect upon it?

What questions does their art raise for you?

What questions do you want to discuss with the class?

 

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For Thursday:

Check out blog posts and read articles by our sparkers: Michelle, Israel, Paul, and Samantha…

For 2/6-2/9–check out the Twitter handle @sosadtoday  and pick up her essays that developed from those 140 character tweets, So Sad Today.

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