Author Archives: Robert Lestón

Response 15 and other Important Info

By 5/11, make sure to get your new culture jams up and tell us where you are in the process and what you plan to do next. By 5/16, the creative project is due. We’ll call that Response 15. I’ve … Continue reading

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Response 14

As stated in class, your job is to post a draft of culture jam before class. GIMP is going to provide you with the most possibilities for image manipulation. Here are some basic tutorials to get you started. After doing … Continue reading

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The Noun Project

Dear Students, as you put the finishing touches on your infographics, check out the icons from The Noun Project. They have some really great icons that will help everyone. https://thenounproject.com/    

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Alonzo, Art as Resistance–thinking about Part 3

For the day we come back from break, please read Alonzo “Art as Resistance” by class time. A lot of good stuff is in this piece. “Unless all the voices of the history of art are in the history of … Continue reading

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Agenda 4/18 and Response 13, due Wed.

Response 13 Two things for next class: Part 1 For next class, we’re going to come up with our three ideas. We’ll spend some time in class today brainstorming. For next class, sketch out your ideas in a blog post … Continue reading

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Response 12–Due Class Time 4/18

For Monday, read Jordan’s piece of reclaiming the streets. The response is open–your choice. Three to four substantial paragraphs that revolve around a central idea. Make sure to print out the essay and bring it with you to class on Monday. Make … Continue reading

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Project Four–Creative Détournement

Détournement–appropriates and alters an existing media artifact, one that the intended audience is already familiar with, in order to give it a new, subversive meaning. . . . In addition to its instrumental, critical function, détournement has an important humanistic … Continue reading

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Response 11 Due Monday 4/11 Before Class

Towards the beginning of your packet, you’ll find Postman’s From Technocracy to Technopoly, an essay that’s included in the packet but that we haven’t yet read. For Monday, read through this essay. Pick three passages–one from the beginning section, one from … Continue reading

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Issue Paper for Monday 04/04, & Response 10 for Wednesday 04/06

Issue Paper Submission Ok, we’ll make Winner’s piece due on Wed and we’ll continue our discussion from Wednesday over into Monday’s class. For your issue paper, set up a new blog post, and attach the paper as a Word file. In the … Continue reading

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For Monday 3/21

As per the syllabus, there’s no blog post due on Monday and since we don’t have class on Wed, you’re going to have a break until next week. I designed it this way so that you could get moving on … Continue reading

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Response 9 –Due 3/16

Part 1: Post your photo related to “Anti-homeless Spikes.” Tell us where you found it. Be detailed here. Give us the cross streets or the street address. Part 2: Pick any issue from “The End of Capitalism has Begun” and … Continue reading

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Update on Laquan McDonald Story, Rahm Emmanual, and Trump

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/3/14/sanders_thanks_rahm_emanuel_for_not

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Response 8–Due Monday 3/14 before class

For each reading, select a quote and respond: Make sure to include the quote and the page number. Then respond to it in the following ways. Literally–translate into your own words. Intellectually–what it makes you think. Emotionally–what it makes you … Continue reading

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3/9 Agenda–Melville and Carmona

Melville and Carmona Agenda 1. Film: 2-2:30 2. Find a passage in Melville that you think is particularly relevant for the work that we have been doing in this class. Let us know what it is and how it connects … Continue reading

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Response 7–due Friday, 3/12

I got this post up a little late, so I’m going to give you until Friday midnight, 3/12, to get this done. Make sure, however, that you have the reading done before class. After you read the story, I’d like … Continue reading

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Issue Paper–Due April 4

Get started on this project right away. Your job: You need to have six to eight sources for this paper. They should be a mix of expert sources, peer review articles, journalistic essays (but be selective here—get substantial think pieces). … Continue reading

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Updated Reading Schedule

Here is the promised updated reading schedule

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Submission of Social Justice Exploratory Project

Monday before class, post your assignment as an attachment. In the blog post, please write (mandatory) an explanation of the process that you went through. Make sure to include here the three issues you chose to discuss, the sources you … Continue reading

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Response 6–Discuss Social Justice Exploratory Project

On Wed, March 2 write a blog post where you discuss your exploratory project in detail. Give us an overview of the project and how its coming along. Provide as much detail as you can. Don’t forget to leave 4 … Continue reading

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Response 5, Due 2/29

For response 5, explain to us how the Duncombe and the Frank piece connect to one of the pieces that we’ve already read for class so far this semester. Feel free to pick any of the previous reading to make … Continue reading

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2/22 Agenda & My Responses to Project 1 Drafts & Response 4

Agenda After reading my comments and the Murray piece, write a blog post in class where you explain your revision plan for Wed. Think about how you might draw upon some of the readings that you’ve read since you wrote … Continue reading

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Response 3 (due Monday 2/22 before class)

I’m adding a short reading to the other two that we have going on for Monday. This short piece is about the process of revision and will help you considerably for the submission of your final drafts of your tech-lit … Continue reading

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Carr Supplement

Here’s a supplement to the reading that we’ve done today. Nicholas Carr’s famous Is Google Making Us Stupid?   Notes Nick Carr “Vital Paths” 1. What is the point of the story about Nietzsche? 2. What was the old assumption … Continue reading

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Nietzsche’s Writing Ball & McLuhan-Mailer Debate

Here is a video of the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball, the first commercially available typewriter that Nicholas Carr discusses. Check it out. It’s pretty awesome. Here’s the McLuhan – Mailer debate that Carr discusses from 1968.

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Tech Lit Narrative (Project 1)

Here’s the assignment. Tech-Lit Narrative Drafts are due Wed, the 17th posted to the blog. Please post these as a Word attachement. (If you don’t know how, click the “Add Media” button above the text dialoge box and then insert … Continue reading

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Response 2

Title your post “Response 2”.  We’re going to write another summary-response to the second reading. This should be two paragraphs long. The first paragraph should summarize what you consider to be the main argument that Postman is making in the … Continue reading

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Response #1 Spring 2016

Welcome everyone. Glad you are hear. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to write your intro blog post, you can call it “intro post” or something along those lines. In  your post, let us know who you are, … Continue reading

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GMO Project My Comments and Revisions–Due Wed 12/23 Midnight

Hi Folks, My comments are attached to the file. I would like revisions. You have done good work but you have not presented it in a way that reflects the good work you have done. At the stage that it … Continue reading

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Tactical Media Project–Due Friday December 18 Midnight

As a group, you will design a campaign for a day of action concerning your elected issue. You may do more than this, such as set up an organization with future directives (highly encouraged), but you are required to at … Continue reading

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Final Reflective Paper–Due 12/21

This final paper will take the form of a letter that you address to me. I’d like you to post it to the blog AS A WORD FILE. In your letter, I would like you to explain in detail how … Continue reading

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Narrowing the vote and Response 14

In order so that we can figure out which project to pursue, we’re going to vote in the comments section of this post. We have 7 issues, and we’re going to try to figure out which one to work with. … Continue reading

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Response 13 Due Wed 12/02

For Wednesday, 12/02 we’re going to be reading chapter 1 of Stephen Duncombe’s Dream: Reimagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy. Here is a link to the whole book. Read the first chapter for Wednesday. You also have a … Continue reading

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Creative Detournement Project

For this project, you’re required to post an culture jamming image/creative detournement project. I would prefer to see projects that are related to your issue project, but you can do others as well. I’d also like to see you post … Continue reading

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A graphic from Occupy

Made with http://giphy.com/create/gifmaker

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Bushwhacked

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Image Editing

 Here’s a draft of my image, suitable to my current project. I made this using the online image editor https://pixlr.com. We’ll spend some time in class today looking at these various editors. 9 Good editors to use.  

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Update and Wed 11/11

Hey Folks, Sorry I missed class Monday (I was sick). We’re going to stick to the syllabus, so for Wed. read Smith and McLuhan. We’re still going to do our 1-2 minute presentations on creative detournement pieces. By the way, … Continue reading

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Response 12–Due 11/9 BEFORE CLASS

We’re continuing our work with art as protest. Remember that after your post these three, you’re going to be giving brief 1-2 minute presentations on one of the creative detournement pieces you want to share. For this response, include three … Continue reading

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Response 10 & 11, due 11/4

I’m doubling this post up, so we can caught up (as we’ve fallen one post behind). As we began in class, find three detournement projects to share that are referenced through the readings. (Also take a look at the Beautiful … Continue reading

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Agenda 10/28 & Mario Savio

Warmup Writing prompt: Open a new blog post. Think about the way that you detourned your slogans last class. Can acts of activism be fun? What is the role that enjoyment should play in the work that we go through … Continue reading

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Creative Detournement

You’ve read the background, confusing as it may be, but now you can go back to it to see where some of these ideas origniated from. Now, read  a more modern version that helps put things into perspective.

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Response 9–Due 10/28

Your choice from Jordan or Graeber. Choose something interesting you want to discuss and discuss it. Two to three paragraphs or so.

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Art in honor of the missing 43 (click)

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Agenda 10/19

I’ll be out of town, but you’ll have the amazing Professor Lovegreen sitting in. Watch the first and second section “Empires” and “Banks” of The Four Horseman, found here. Up until minute 50:50. Some things to consider from the film: “The … Continue reading

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Issue Paper

Your job: You need to have six to eight sources for this paper. They should be a mix of expert sources, peer review articles, journalistic essays (but be selective here—get substantial think pieces). You may also use US government documents … Continue reading

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Response 8, Due Oct 14

Three very different readings for this post and for class. Anti-homeless spikes (Andreou) Dada Manifesto (Tzara) How Computers Change the Way we Think (Turkle) Here’s what to do. 1. Pick a quote from Andreou, quote it, and then explain how … Continue reading

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Response Seven–Due 10/14 (Eight is also Due 10/14)

I missed posting the prompt for Response 7. Apparently, my eyes just scanned over it, so I’m going to give you time in class to work on this. I find Frank’s article to be important and there’s a lot of … Continue reading

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Zapatista! Ya Basta!

You read the Declaration of War, but you haven’t read the important Zapatista 6th Declaration (pdf). Here it is.

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Agenda 9/30

1. Response 6 and draft of exploratory paper. 2. Discuss paper assignment. Reflection in blog post. Review updated post. Round robin. Explain your project. 3. Castells–What was the biggest criticism that occupiers faced? What is the difficulty in answering this criticism? … Continue reading

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Agenda 9/28

Warm-up: Do a freewrite where you discuss what you think your three issues are going to be.  205 1. Online. Leave comments on previous Response 4 for peers. 2:25 2. The Corporation–starting at 1:08, 2:55 3.  Groups–share responses with each … Continue reading

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UPDATED–Response 5 Due 9/28 and Exploring Social Justice–Essay Due 10/5

Response 5 This response is going to be light because you’re also working on the paper, but it’s crucial that we read and think about these two pieces coming up on Monday. To this end, I want you to pick … Continue reading

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Response 4 Due Monday 9/21 By 2:00 p.m.

For this blog post, I’m interested in seeing how you make connections across the  readings and film. You should have picked up by now that we have two major threads running through our readings. The first are issues related to technology … Continue reading

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Good supplemental article to Nail’s the one we read for today. http://www.glovesoff.org/features/gjamerica_3.html Also, check out the United Nations List of Human Rights Issues

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Week 2, Responses 2 & 3

Hi Folks, Make sure that you follow the syllabus closely for all the readings and work that is due. This week we had to make a correction to the syllabus, so that what was due on Monday is now due … Continue reading

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Lit-tech Narrative Assignment

Due 9/14. Available here.

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Welcome Fall 2015, Response 1

Welcome, folks. Glad you made it here. You first job will be to write a blog post on this site. To do this, you will need to create an account and login if you don’t already have a City Tech … Continue reading

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Three things for the Electracy Project You Need to Know

Commenting–Due Sunday 5/10 by 8 p.m. I tweeted Jodiann and asked her to contact you all and tell you that the comments for each other’s projects are due Sunday night. I have also emailed each of you. Failure to complete … Continue reading

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Arroyo and Related Projects

The project below will get you thinking about hour next assignment. Be sure to reread Lewis Mumford’s the Automation of Knowledge. Here is the assignment. Before you go through these, I can’t list everything here, but if you do a … Continue reading

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Blog Post 8–Due 4/21 before class

For class on Tuesday, we need to have read Arroyo, chapter 6 to get ready for class. For this blog post, do the following. Pick one passage, quote it, and then respond to it. We’ve done this structure before, but … Continue reading

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Brain Projects

   

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Prolectrate Inventions

This is related to Arroyo and to the rest of the work we’ll be doing for the semester. Prolectrate Inventions

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Blog Post 7–Due 03/31 Before Class

Readings for class: Barthes studium and punctum from “Camera Lucida,” Barlow and Leston “For the Love of Zoe.” Here is the Barthes’ excerpt. It’s also in the dropbox. Print out the Barthes piece and bring to class. Make sure you … Continue reading

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For Thursday 3/12

The Postman article is posted. Please go to readings and access it from there. Make sure to print it out and have it with you in class. We’ll be having a standard, 10 question quiz at the beginning of class. … Continue reading

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Update and What’s up for 3-10

Dear Students, I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, 3/10. This blog post should clarify what’s going on and get us caught up. Let me start with some basic announcements and then your blog post assignment due on the … Continue reading

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No Blog Post Due Tomorrow: McLuhan & Ong

Hi Folks, We ran out of time before I could discuss the blog post in class that would have been due this week. We have such a small class and we were missing a couple of folks, so I’m going … Continue reading

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In class readings for 2/26

Nicholas Carr – Is Google Making Us Stupid? Cory Doctorow — You do like reading off of a computer screen

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Minding & Symboling

An essay to help explain these two anthropological ideas Mumford mentions.

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Questions for Ong

Writing restructures consciousness. 1. What is meant by this? Name one way in which this takes place. 2. Explain what becomes possible as an effect of writing that is not an effect of print. How does writing change the oral … Continue reading

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Blog Post #4

For this post, I want you to pick something from the reading that you find terribly interesting and important and discuss why up on the blog. A few paragraphs.

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For Tuesday 2/17

On Tuesday, we’ll spend some time talking about Jack Goody and Ian Watt’s The Consequences of Literacy that we didn’t get to last class. We mentioned that we need to unpack how Goody’s piece is related to the Phaedrus, something we’ll … Continue reading

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Update

Hey Folks, Just to let you know, the full version of the syllabus is now up.Please check it out. Also, if you are missing any work from the beginning of the semester, please get on that. See you tomorrow!

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Phaedrus and Jack Goody–Blog Post 2 Due 2/10

I’ve altered the Goody reading slightly. Rather than the essay on the “Domestication of Savage Mind,” which is a little too bloated for our purposes, I’ve decided a better piece is going to be Jack Goody and Ian Watt’s “The Consequences … Continue reading

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Rhetoric in the Phaedrus

Readers of the Phaedrus have often wondered how the dialogue hangs together. The first “half” seems to be about love, and the second about rhetoric. A slightly closer look reveals that any such simple characterization is misleading, because the first … Continue reading

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Blog Post 1

Part 1 First, I want  you to introduce yourself to the class. Tell us a little about your background and tell us about your future plans and career goals. Part 2 This course is called “Introduction to Language and Technology.” At … Continue reading

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