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And the search continues…

Thanks to Badke, my online search for information has improved from I search for information in my earlier research papers that i have dealt with. But now the biggest obstacle for me is finding scholarly sources since this is my first time ever trying to find one. Also this is my first attempt to creating a annotated bibliography. I was not here last class but I am trying my best on where to find said scholarly sources. I Know i can find some through a website called JSTOR but I am not familiar with this website and i certainly dont want to subscribe to anything.

Zines, pamphlets, blogs, wikis, etc.

Zines are one of the few opportunities given to each individual to express their own opinions about any subject that they would like to discuss. A source that would be somewhat marked as a zine would be ‘Wikipedia’. Wikipedia is a public site that allows anyone with any knowledge to write, edit and/or discuss a particular subject that they specialize in. Not only is Wikipedia a place for sharing but so are other websites such as, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc. We are all given the permission to write, speak, or listen to whatever we are to choose and nowadays, as Meikle and Young say, ” For many people, the media are no longer just what they watch, listen to or read – the media are now what people do.” It’s a sad time when almost everything about us can be found by a simple Google search engine or even, Facebook. Nothing that we “publish” online can be rightfully ours since it could be on another person’s website….

Notes from today, and reading/blogging assignments for Monday, 9/23

Today we discussed alternative print and digital media, including alternative news media, blogs and zines. If you are interested in seeing more zines, you should visit the New York Art Book Fair, which takes place this Thursday through Sunday at MoMA PS1 in Queens. It is free and open to the public, and is “the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines,” according to its website.

Slides from today are available here.

For Monday 9/23 please read the following:

Wikipedia, Web 2.0
Baker, The Charms of Wikipedia
Tufte, Visual and Statistical Thinking (pp. 5-15 only)
Lohr, Sizing Up Big Data

Your blogging assignment is one reading response blog post.

The class visit to the Brooklyn College Library zine collection is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm. Please let me know if you plan to attend by Wednesday, September 25! Remember, you are always welcome to visit on your own.


Notes from today, and reading/blogging assignments for Wednesday, September 18

Today we discussed non-text media in its many forms and formats. We spent a good deal of time discussing “content, computing, and communications” (from Meikle & Young): how our use of digital media in networked environments is now interactive, yet we have given up some control of our use of these media. We used iTunes as an example several times. If you are curious about Apple’s approach to selling and distributing music and other media should read Steve Jobs Thoughts on Music, written in 2007. Slides from today are available here.

On Wednesday, we discuss alternative print media, both analog and digital. Please read the following three pieces: Wright, The History and Characteristics of Zines (part I only) ; Eland, “Critical Thinking, Deviant Knowledge, and the Alternative Press,” and Zine World, Zines 101 – A Quick Guide to Zines. Your blogging assignment is one reading response blog post.

Tina, Hafsa, and Harold are discussion facilitators.

We’re still on for a visit to the Brooklyn College Library’s zine collection on Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm. I’ll collect RSVPs on Wednesday, and I’ll need a final count of participants by Wednesday, 9/25.

~Prof. Leonard