Class Notes 9/24

Reminder each of us will meet with Professor Jill at the times we discussed last week, we have class tomorrow at 2:00 or 2:15pm 🙂

Please review the composing guidelines because blog posts are too general and need to show that you understand the readings. Also, be sure to finish posting class comments, respond to the class discussions, re-read Chapter 3 if you have not yet done so, and come to class with extensive notes on all the readings.

For the first 25-30 minutes of class we will have a lengthy discussion on “Wikipedia’s Politics of Exclusion: Gender, Epistemology, and Feminist Rhetorical (In)acton,” so please read and come prepared.


When writing your blog it is important to keep in mind these key points for a good blog.

1. Main idea

2. Your blog should ask a question that aims to start a conversation (get feedback)

3. Stay on track

4. An opinion or interpretation/ analysis–spark provocation

5. Include multimedia (graphics, videos etc.)

6. Unique/thoughtful

7. Relatable

8. Personal narrative



Patriarchal-the male head of family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.

Exclusion-to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of

Privilege-a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by person beyond the advantages of most.

Epistemology-a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.

Methodologies-a set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline, as in the arts or sciences.

Subversive- tending or intending to subvert or overthrow, destroy, or undermine an established or existing system, especially legally constituted government or a set of beliefs.

Discourse community- is a group of people who share a set of discourses, understood as basic values and assumptions, and ways of communicating about those goals.

Rhetoric- is the art of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speakers to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations.

Provocation-something that incites, instigates, angers, or irritates

Class Notes – 9/3/15

Technology Determinism = A theory that society’s technology drives the development of its social structure and cultural values (technology determines who we are)

Two theories derived from technology determinism

Technology utopia = the perfect society (the more technology is increased, the better things are)

Technology dystopia = unpleasant society, typically a totalitarian or one ruling party (the more technology we have, the less clever we become.

Both concepts give too much to power to technology and not enough to other factors

Discussion points:

How can we really be ourselves if technology has so much influence on us?

Technology creates social identity

Code switching = switching from one state of being (persona) to another

Code meshing = bringing all states together

We can be who we want to be and technology can either help us to advance ourselves or hold us back

Take away = things are created because we have a need and as new things are created the need for more increase.  It’s what we do with the technology that matters.

Telos – (n): a predetermined endpoint.

Instant gratification:

Future things to be discussed:

How much impact does technology have on the economy?

Ideology – The idea of capitalism

Page 13: 1.2 The characteristics of new media

Quantified self – conceptual idea

Digital – data in the form of numerical digits/values of physical quantity

Analog – Involves a transfer of things

Algorithms – they structure the way information is given and are affected by setup and history of choices

Home Study

Page 21 (3 questions)

Study page 23 (4th paragraph)

Try to think about how these possibilities affect us.  

Class on Tuesday at 2 pm.


Notes:Tuesday, September 1st


Every Tuesday the class will meet at 2:00pm; Thursdays: TBA

Active Reading includes but is not limited to:


-looking up vocabulary

-reverse outlining in which you take sections and/or paragraphs at a time and

  1. State the point of the section/paragraph (state the claim)
  2. What it does “call to action”

-synthesize the main points

Mediated Me

What are tools?


-facilitates action

-extensions of people’s abilities e.g. pen, book, watch, car, shovel


  1. Linearity- The process of writing proceeds a start point to the end
  2. Pedantic- To teach excessively to the point of unimportant details
  3. Denotation (n.)- The literal meaning of a word
  4. Connotation (n.)- An idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
  5. Metanarrative- A “big story”
  6. Intangible(adj.)- Unable to be touched
  7. Reductively (adv.)- Reducing something to the point of over simplifying
  8. Naively (adv.)- A lack of judgment
  9. Recursive (adj.)- a way to describe a process
  10. Mediation- Intervention in a process or relationship
  11. Unbiased- Impartial
  12. Partial-  Biased; favoring a side
  13. Subjective- Biased; partial view of things
  14. Affordances- The types of possibilities a tool a device or tool comes with
  15. Synchrony- at the same time


Example of a tool: FaceTime

Affordance: Communicating over distance

Constraint: No independence, subjected to waiting on the FaceTime call

No physical sexual relations

Signals can affect words or sentences that may not have been heard

therefore, things may be misconstrued