For Thursday, read half of Kate Crawford’s “The Anxieties of Big Data” in the Unit 2 Reader. Also complete “Sentence Fragments” on p. 3 of the Grammar Book.
For the blog: Post below your notes on your initial research process and what you’ve found. Include database names, publication titles, article titles, and author names for at least 3 texts. Tell me what interested you (if anything), and why. Tell me what bored you (if anything), and why.
At the bottom of the library handout, there is a statement about “plagiarism.” To develop our collective understanding of what this term means, I want you to write a brief (2-4 paragraph) essay exploring several different examples of plagiarism involving the internet. In other words, teach me some of the ways in which you or others you know have used the internet to plagiarize.
For Thursday, I want you to post your two different versions of a scene for Essay 1 that you worked on during class on Tuesday. For instance, you might choose to represent your scene from the 3rd-person perspective of an onlooker’s phone and then write another version of the scene representing it from your own first-person perspective.
Along with your two versions of the scene, please include a brief description of the two different narrators/perspectives you used.
Wendy’s original, first-person perspective:
The only time I’ve witnessed internet addiction was when recently I’m doing my own thing on my computer and my wifi has been shitty lately so whenever I load a tab, it would blank out for a sec. for that black second I saw my own reflection and I thought “what the hell am I doing with my life? I’m literally sitting here, staring at a screen for hours”, but as soon as my page loaded I continued doing what I was doing. Sometimes or most of the times, I believe that we knowingly do or make mistakes even though we have an idea of what the consequences will be.
First-person plural narration, written from the perspective of “a mystery inside the box”:
Isn’t it funny to watch how this user explodes when we cut the power to Firefox? Such a buggy browser in the first place, so maybe she doesn’t even know it’s us processor chip guys pulling the old “glitchy tab” trick. She probably doesn’t even have a clue that we have access to the USB camera and can watch her grimace as she waits for the content to load. Oh, watch, there she goes… off to check the router situation again. Will these poor humans ever learn that it’s not bad WiFi that’s plaguing them—it’s us?
By Wednesday night: post a narrative scene that you’ve witnessed which shows people behaving/interacting in ways that make you think of internet addiction. I want a vivid scene, filled with details on setting, character(s), action, conflict, and your own reflections.
By Monday night, post your completed response to a passage from Lane’s “Addicted to Addiction.” Remember to use a template for agreeing or disagreeing from last class. (Templates are available here, on p. 24 of the Notes doc.)
By Wednesday night, please post your definition of internet addiction (IA). Explain why you’ve defined IA as you have. If you don’t believe internet overuse should be considered an addiction, you can write a paragraph explaining your reasons instead of a definition.