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HW 1 Due July 12th

HW2 and DB2 due July 17th


English Comp 2
Activity and Discussion Board 2: (mini)Ethnography: Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable Due: Monday, July 17th (11:59pm) This week, do a field observation. Go to a public place or a public event that you are curious about with a question in mind that you might begin to answer, or at least address, by observation (no interviewing or other unnecessary direct interaction with people). This observation should have something to do with our use of technology and interpersonal relationships and interactions. One catch: You must not use any of your own devices/phones/computers during this time. Just be in the place and watch and listen. Choose a spot that will stretch your boundaries a little, but will not induce panic or cause any risk to your own personal safety or that of others—go to dinner alone at an unfamiliar restaurant, go to the movies by yourself and sit in the lobby for awhile, take a ride on a public bus if that isn’t your everyday experience. Spend at least 20 minutes observing behavior that might lead to an answer to your question, and take careful notes. Pay attention to your own feelings and experiences while observing and record that data too. How is not having technology with you affecting your own experience? Then after leaving the field, spend 5-10 minutes handwriting again your reflections on your notes. This is important as memory fades extremely quickly. ‘Dump’ as many of your observations into a notebook as soon as possible. Try to make sense of what you just witnessed. Things to consider: 1. Ethics. Consider your impact on the environment. Is the setting a public place which does not require you to inform people that they are being observed? How is your presence affecting the environment? How can you be a good ally/participant/presence? Consider how to maintain specificity and anonymity in your notes. 2. Safety. There are no bonus points for grand measures or pushing yourself too far. Safety means both physical safety and mental/emotional safety. Choose a spot that is slightly outside of your comfort zone. This is different for each person. Always tell someone where you are going. Leave if you feel unsafe physically, emotionally, and/or mentally. Write about that experience once you get home. 3. Assumptions. Try not to prove pre-existing theories you have about the context and activities happening (and then see how hard this is!). Remember that an ethnographer’s research questions should arise in the process of observation, as do answers to research questions. Writing it up – the Week Two Discussion Board: After completing your observation and post-field notes, write up a 400-word descriptive narrative about the experience and post it to the discussion board. What question did you set out to answer? What did you observe/notice about this place? What (initial, tentative) conclusions can you make from this observation? What did you find? How did you feel while conducting this exercise? What surprised/intrigued/disturbed you? (15 points) Then, please also make sure to reply to another student’s posting. Good replies contribute something substantial to move the conversation forward and ask questions or leave room for further discussion. (5 points) Remember these are graded for content and grammar, so please take your time and edit while composing.
English Comp 2
ENGLISH 102: Research Writing — Homework Assignment 1 Listen to the RadioLab podcast Deception. The podcast is one-hour long. Link: Read Aziz Ansari’s Everything You Thought You Knew About L-O-V-E Is Wrong article from Time Magazine. Link: Write in response to the following prompt. Make sure to answer all questions. This is a formal written assignment, thus should be formatted appropriate to college writing standards. It should take the form of a 500 word proofread, edited essay in MLA format. What does Abumrad and Krulwich’s podcast and Ansari’s Time magazine article have in common with traditional academic research? How are they different? What are the questions which guide their investigations? What is the process of research that each project undertakes? How do these examples of sociocultural research help you to understand how to go about your own non-traditional research writing project? Finally: what is your response to their research? You may choose to focus your response on either the Deception podcast or the Ansari article or you may discuss both in your response equally. Choose whatever approach lets you say the most about contemporary research methods and presentation. I am looking for specificity in your responses—please reference details from the article or podcast to make your point. Please include an MLA heading at the top of your first page and your last name and page number in the header of each following page to eliminate any confusion. The Purdue OWL website has guidelines on how to format your paper:
English Comp 2
Homework Assignment #2 Choose one of the films from the list provided that you would like to watch. Ideally, you will choose a film from the list that has something to do with an idea or topic that might contribute to your final project, but this is not a requirement. Most all can be easily acquired/digitally rented for under $5. Watch the film. Take some notes while watching—make note of important moments (timestamp them) quotes, facts—mostly this is to help you find them quickly again when writing. Some of the films are documentaries, some of works of fiction—so everyone’s notes and approach will be different. Once you’ve finished viewing the film compose a 500-word, MLA formatted essay that does 3 things: Summarizes the film, but spends no more than one paragraph doing this. Expands on the content of the film and discusses its contributions to a larger conversation about how social media/the internet/other technologies are changing the way we interact with people and the way we perceive our world. Includes your response to the documentary in specific, concrete terms. Write a thorough review/critique of the work. (On this issue of specificity– it is a bad idea to just say: the film was good. What, specifically, was well-done about the work? If you need help or an example of this kind of critical approach in action this try reading some movie reviews in a newspaper and note their precise detail.) This assignment is worth 20 points and is due on Monday 7/17 by 11:59pm. It must be submitted on Blackboard, emailed assignments will not be accepted. FILMS FOR HOMEWORK ESSAY Please watch one film of your choosing from this list and then proceed to Homework Assignment #2 #chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes on a Dictator – Documentary, NR A Chicago teen helps coordinate the Syrian revolution via social media until her network must choose how to fight a dictator: with Facebook or AK-47s. Codegirl – Documentary, NR Join high school-aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary. By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. DRONE – Documentary, NR DRONE is a documentary about the covert CIA drone war. Through voices on both sides of this new technology, DRONE reveals crucial information about the drone war in Pakistan and offers unique insights into the nature of drone warfare. Eva – Drama, NR Daniel Brühl (“Rush”) plays Alex, a brilliant but somewhat erratic designer of robots in a world where automatons are seamlessly woven into the fabric of life. Spanish, with subtitles. Generation Like – Documentary, PG-13 Thanks to social media, today’s teens are able to directly interact with their culture — artists, celebrities, movies, brands, and even one another — in ways never before possible. But is that real empowerment? Or do marketers still hold the upper hand? Her – Drama, R A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. Indie Game: The Movie – Documentary, NR A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. LIFE 2.0 – Documentary, NR LIFE 2.0 follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically transformed by the virtual world, Second Life. They enter a new reality, whose inhabitants assume alternate personas in the form of avatars. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World – Documentary, PG-13 Oscar-nominated documentarian Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world. He leads viewers on a journey that reveals the ways the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works. Men, Women, & Children – Drama, R From Director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Ansel Elgort star in this powerful story about navigating our complex relationships in an era defined by social media, online exchanges and instant gratification. Second Skin – Documentary, NR An intimate, fascinating look at computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging, hugely popular genre of computer games. Twinsters – Documentary, PG-13 Twinsters explores the meaning of family and connection through a story that would have been impossible just 10 years ago without the creation of YouTube and Facebook. We Are The Legion: The Story of Hacktivists – Documentary, NR An intimate look inside the world of Anonymous, the radical “hacktivist” collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.