Saturday, January 23

Testing, testing, 123

Trying my first iPost!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

New Media in the news today

Here are two articles in the news today about New Media:

"Astronauts finally get Internet access in space" -- including the first Tweet from space!

"Pope to priests: Go forth and blog" -- Thou shalt get online.

Thursday, January 21

A long list

I know one purpose of this class is to use and learn about many of the incarnations of new media, and I am hardly a Luddite when it comes to Web 2.0, but I am in favor of simplicity whenever possible. Keeping up with all the sources of information for this class--email, Blackboard, Twitter, everyone's blogs--will probably prove to be challenging/frustrating for me. Thinking about this prospect made me start a list in my head of all the things I check/maintain...

Mandatory: work email (including a listserv subscription), work voicemail, work website (pages for each class and a blog), online gradebook, NSU email, Blackboard, this blog, everyone else's class blogs, Twitter

Voluntary: personal email, cell phone (calls, voicemail, texts), home phone (calls, answering machine), Facebook (Live Feed, my status updates, my photos), personal blog (but my wife covers most of this), photos on Kodak Gallery

Don't buy books yet!

Check the Blackboard discussion board for important info on textbooks for this class. Long story short: I have a bunch of them.

Texting in the news

Here are links to two very recent (yesterday and today) articles on texting from the Tulsa World:

"Strong messages: Some say teen texting a threat" (1/20)

Henry signs texting while driving ban on Oklahoma state employees (1/21)

Annoying Facebook Friends and Profiles Humor:

Annoying Facebook Friends and Profiles Humor:

This is a pretty humorous--and accurate!--commentary from GQ.

New Media blog

For those who wander across this blog accidentally, it is the locus of my work for a course called New Media that I'm taking toward my M.A. in English from Northeastern State University. Here's an excerpt from the syllabus:

Students will demonstrate online literacy by creating blogs, and wikis, tweeting, creating and uploading video, audio, and internet links, etc. More importantly, students will learn current rhetorical and cultural theories about the nature of e-literacy by writing summaries of and doing research about significant scholars in the field. Graduate students will learn to incorporate these theories into their own analyses of contemporary culture.