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Another summer is upon us, and once again I’m offering my Elements of Media Making course. We always struggle with how to manage summer enrollment here: we can’t seem to figure out the secret sauce that will balance student and faculty interest with the financials of it all. But I do have some students interested, so we’re sallying forth!
One feature of the course is a focus on networked writing – thinking about how to write for a networked audience – so you may see an uptick in my postings here over the next couple of months. Maybe I’ll see you around. 🙂
Now starting my 14th year teaching media studies and production at Austin College. 🙂
If you’re looking for links to course materials for the courses I’m teaching this fall – a freshman seminar on dystopian media, digital video production, and screenwriting, you can find links to those over on the Fall 2017 Courses page.
If you’re wondering what the status of the digital pedagogy initiative at Austin College is, you can find all kinds of resources over at the AC Digital Pedagogy companion site: check those out while we deliberate a bit about which directions to take the initiative in next.
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Preparing for today’s class in my Elements of Media Making summer course, I’m reminded of one very useful skill those trained in visual literacy can employ daily: spotting misleading and/or false advertising.
Here’s a nice roll-up of some hilarious and sad attempts to mislead us.
I especially like Especially sad is the kiddie pool:
Keep your eyes peeled for such chicanery.
I just responded to a question from a student about whether she is allowed to use first-person syntax (like “I appreciated Plato’s argument” as opposed to “One can appreciate Plato’s argument” or “Plato’s argument is appreciated by some”). I’d like to share the text of my reply here in case others outside that class who read this blog are wondering the same thing. [I’ve edited it lightly.]
Short answer: yes, you may use first person in your blogging. 🙂