Read Naylor’s “A Word’s Meaning Often Depends on Who Says it” (Packet I and/or “Language” packet. Post essay workshop feedback to blog. Revise your essays!
Finish reading McCarthy’s “Notes on Trap” (handout) and complete Essay 2 feedback on the blog.
HW: Finish blog/in-class writing assignments from the past 2 weeks (on Drake and Vince Staples) and make sure you’ve posted to the blog. Begin reading first half of McCarthy’s “Notes on Trap” (handout).
Apologies for missing class today—this cold really knocked me out! To make up for our classtime lost, please complete the writing we’ve begun this week on memes, Drake, and Caraminica’s article on “Hotline Bling”–a short assignment in which we are working on building connections between your own thoughts about memes, Drake’s music video, and Caraminica’s text. I’m copying below the guidelines for this work. Note that there are 3 steps, but the writing you produce doesn’t need to be a numbered list of responses to each step–you could, for instance, have 2-3 paragraphs of prose in which you touch on the prompts given below.
Please post your work on Drake and memes here. In addition, prior to Monday’s class please be sure you’ve read Jace Clayton’s article on Vince Staples (handed out in class and available online
) as well as K-Hole’s “Youth Mode”
(p. 34 in Packet II).
1) Keep working on writing your text from today connecting your thoughts on memes to Drake’s video and/or Caraminica’s article on it. Instructions below:
1) In 2-3 sentences, describe a couple details from Drake’s video that stand out to you (the background, the outfits, the lighting, the dancing, the facial expressions, etc.)
2) Find a quotation from Caraminica’s article that connects to what you wrote in #1. In 1-2 sentences, write about the connection between the details you noticed in the video and the passage you’ve found in Caraminica’s article. EX: This aspect of Drake’s video can be connected to Jon Caraminica’s analysis of it: ________ (explain the connection)
3) Now make a connection back to what you wrote about memes earlier. How does Drake’s video and/or Caraminica’s text about it relate to what you said about meme’s earlier?
EX: Earlier I mentioned how memes ______(re-state something you said about the topic earlier). This connects to ________(something you’ve noticed in Drake’s video or Caraminica’s text)____.
2. Read Jace Clayton’s text called “on rap and white noise” (handed out in class and available online).
3. Begin reading K-Hole’s “YOUTH MODE” in Packet II.
Finish any missing blog work. Read Caraminica’s article on Drake and memes in Packet 2.
1) Finish writing and post your responses to Zizek’s article on the blog by Thursday. (I’ve copied the questions below.) In your response, introduce and discuss at least one quotation from the article (we’ve been practicing this recently—see Course Notes
2) Finish reading Michelle Nijhuis’ guide to bullshit prevention and come to class prepared to talk about what she’s saying and how it might be important for thinking about research strategies.
Zizek Response Qs:
—1) What is the argument Zizek is responding to? Where does it become clear that he agrees/disagrees with this argument?
—2) Which points in this argument does Zizek respond to with criticism?
—3) What are some of the strategies Zizek uses to critique the argument he disagrees with? (e.g. analogy/comparison, logical reasoning, rhetorical questions, etc.)
—4) What is YOUR response to all of this? Do you agree with Zizek? Why/why not? Do you have any life experience with any of the topics mentioned in the article (eg, video games)? How does this experience influence your response to this topic?
We will be thinking more in the weeks ahead about why it will be good for you to add information from another “more scholarly” article or two to your Essay 2. With that in mind, in Packet II, read Nijhuis’ “The Pocket Guide To Bullshit Prevention.”
Also read “Do Sex-bots Have Rights?” by Slavoj Zizek (in Packet II).
Post the title, author, and publication of an article you found using a library database. Also tell us which database you used (see below for links).
Re-read Lauren Duca’s “The Viral Virus” (Packet I). Look up any words you need to know in order to understand this article and to write well about it.
Below are some Databases to Play With (for most of these, you need an activated City Tech ID/library card)
REFERENCE SOURCES (a good place to begin: big-picture info on a word/topic):
(search usage of key terms in Google searches, from 2004–present)
RESOURCES FOR GENERAL/NON-SCHOLARLY ARTICLES (step 2: use non-scholarly sources for deepening your understanding of a topic)
(tertiary source on debates; especially good for topics in politics and news)
RESOURCES FOR SCHOLARLY ARTICLES (step 3: here is where you will find the most detailed, rigorous (challenging-to-read) academic work on a topic)
(general array of scholarly texts; not discipline specific)
(humanities and social science articles; theory)
OTHER POSSIBLY HELPFUL & INTERESTING RESOURCES
(full-length films and documentaries)
(literary criticism & theory)
1) Finish the online library orientation (see link in assignment for 10/29).
2) Write a paragraph consisting only of questions about your Essay 2 topic. These can be all sorts of questions—both questions you think you can answer (and want to answer) using research and also questions that are rhetorical or which you have no intent of answering.
Post this series of questions here and bring it with you to the Library on Tuesday. This is where our class will be held—meet us outside the library on the (4th floor of the Atrium (glass roofed) building.
EX: Why do some people think that violent video games make people more violent in real life? Do they think gamers identify too much with the characters and roles they play when gaming? What other theories might there be of how a violent video game could make someone more violent in reality? Are there theories that propose the opposite—that violent video games might make people LESS violent in real life? What do psychologists say about violent video games? Is there psychoanalytic theory that might help explain the effects of violent video games? Do computer scientists and game designers have answers to any of these questions? What role does mental illness play in the video-game-violence question? What role does mental illness play in the gaming community more broadly? Is gaming itself a kind of therapy—or could it also be a kind of illness in itself?
Read Duca’s “The Viral Virus” in Packet I. Complete the library orientation if you haven’t already (see links in HW for Tue 10/29). Finish revising your Essay 2 article summary and post it here. See the attached example of a creative & critical summary for help. Make sure your summary includes:
—-at least 2 different signal verbs
—-a creative response to the article
—-a critical response or question about the article
- Write (and post below) a critical summary of 1 article you are discussing in your Essay 2. Use Christopher Lane’s critical summaries of Bittman’s and Block’s articles as a model/inspiration for how you write your summary. (Remember to include both descriptions of the author’s points as well as your own responses to them)
2. In preparation for our library session in a week and a half, review the Library Orientation page and complete the library orientation quiz.
Read Block’s “Issues for DSM-V: Internet Addiction” and Lane’s “Addicted to Addiction” (handouts). While reading, underline and/or make notes on the following:
–Key Points for Summarizing Block’s View. What do you think Block’s main points about internet addiction are?
–Key Points in Lane’s Critical Summary of Block’s View. In Lane’s response article (“Addicted to Addiction”), which of Block’s points does the author address? How does Lane respond? Does he agree with Block? What is his thesis?
Read Griffiths et al., “The Evolution of Internet Addiction” in Packet I (p. 89). While reading, look up any unfamiliar words or concepts. Bring in a list of these words to discuss in class. Also make notes in the margins that respond to the author’s points. Come to class prepared to discuss the authors’ thesis and your thoughts about it.
Lastly, consider the question of what makes this article scholarly. How is it different from the articles we’ve read so far?