HW for Mon 4/15

Reading & Research: Finish reading Imp Kerr’s “Feasts Under the Bridge.”  With your Essay 2 group, find one more article you will look for quotes on your Essay 2 word in.  Arrive in class next week prepared to discuss quotes from this article.


  1. In Imp Kerr’s “Feasts Under the Bridge,” find and quote one sentence where Imp Kerr uses the word “troll” (or “trolling” or some other variant of this word) in a way that gives you a new understanding of this term.  Introduce this quotation, paraphrase it in your own words, and explain how it gives you a new way of understanding what “trolling” is.
  2. Copy and paste into your response below an old blog post you wrote as well as feedback on it that you received.  Below it, write a revised version of this blog post using the suggestions in the feedback.

HW for Mon 4/8

HW: Finish reading Crawford’s “The Anxieties of Big Data.”  Read Caraminica’s “Drake: Rapper, Actor, Meme.”
With your Essay 2 group: search for new articles on your Essay 2 word, make a list of them, decide on 1 of them to read.  Read this article and arrive in class next week prepared to write about 2+ quotations from it that feature your Essay 2 word.  

Writing Prompt (2 parts)
Building connections between words and texts.  First, spend a few sentences explaining what the word “normcore” means.  Ground your explanation in a quotation from K-Hole’s text “YOUTH MODE.”  Second, explain what the word “surveillant anxiety” means when Kate Crawford uses it in her text, “The Anxieties of Big Data” (which starts on p. 46).
 Third, explain why you think Crawford discusses “normcore” on p. 48.  What is the connection made here between data anxiety and the trend known as “normcore”? 

2. Post article info (author, title, publication, link) for the new text your Essay 2 group has found and will be reading this week.


Online Research Resource Quick Links

Publication titles to add to your Google search: E-flux, The New Inquiry, N+1.
Below are some Databases to Play With (for most of these, you need an activated City Tech ID/library card)
Gale Virtual Reference Library (encyclopedia/tertiary sources)
Academic Search Complete (a spectrum of news & scholarly sources)
MLA Bibliography (literary sources)
CUNY OneSearch (search everything in CUNY’s library system)
Google Scholar (general array of scholarly texts; not discipline specific)
Google Trends (search usage of key terms in Google searches, from 2004–present)
Google Books Ngram Viewer (search usage of key terms in books, from 1500-2008)
Kanopy (full-length films and documentaries)
Underground & Independent Comics (comics and graphic novels)
JSTOR (literary criticism & theory)
Project Muse (humanities and social science articles; theory)
Opposing Viewpoints (tertiary source on debates; especially good for topics in politics and news)
Academic OneFile (general academic articles; not discipline specific)
Applied Science & Tech Database (science & tech sources)

Is XXL Freshman list really the truth?

XXL releases its annual “Freshman Class” list. The issue features ten artists to watch out for, all of appearing on the cover of the magazine. The list has a history of showcasing underground rappers, as well as artists considered to be on the rise. BUT, Freshman list is now a money/fame hungry magazine. Recent years including this upcoming Freshman list (has not been revealed yet) are picking up artist that is famous but not talented at all. Freshman list is picking up artist that cause drama on social media and make themselves famous. This magazine is doing this just to get sales and to be talked about. The magazine got a lot of controversy because of this problem.  Freshman magazine wasn’t like this before a few years ago, but now everything changed. People are hoping they give the credit to the artist that deserves it.

Kylie Jenner – Self Made Billionaire?

Kylie Jenner has been named youngest billionaire in the world, at the age of 21.

With a whooping 128 million followers on Instagram, it would be baffling to not know who she is. She is the youngest daughter of Kardashian/Jenner family and is now the youngest billionaire in the world. The reality television star turned entrepreneur founded her cosmetic company in November of 2015. The launch of her cosmetic line began with her infamous Lip Kits, a lip liner with a matching matte liquid lipstick in various shades for $29 USD. The launch of her first products was so successful that her online store became out of stock in less than a minute. Since then, Jenner’s company has launched many more products and has become very successful-making her the youngest billionaire in the entire world. However, many people feel as if she should not be titled as “self-made.”   Many users on Twitter expressed themselves when Forbes tweeted the link to their article on Jenner.  One user tweeted “People aren’t hating on Kylie Jenner so much as they’re hating on the Forbes narrative that she’s entirely self-made. She’s one of those cases that was born on 3rd base thinking she hit a triple.” In other words, the user is trying to insinuate that Jenner was born into a very wealthy family with an extreme amount of contacts and resources to allow her cosmetic company to become so successful. As a result, Forbes Magazine has received a great amount of backlash from people all over the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Youth Mode Response

In the article youth mode by Nijhuis and K-Hole claims there to be problems in both the Millennial and Generation X communities definition of identity and the internet. However the authors focuses more on the Millennials. Miss Nijhuis begins by pointing out that identity has been cheapened and corrupted to the point that it can even be forced upon you without your wanting. An example of this that Miss Nijhuis gives is they Horoscope explaining that “you’re a scorpio wither if you believe astrology or not” showing how even regardless of your view of act of star charting personalities (Astrology) it can be force on your social personality. Miss Nijhuis go on to explain how even companies that purposefully change and alter there public appearance don’t even know how to appeal to consumers to the vast different forms of social identities there are and how they all enevidably clash. But personally I don’t necessarily believe that is is even a problem. Of course to be this is quite normal being a Millennial myself. However i see it more of a positive effect of the Cultural diffusion that breeds from the popularization of the internet. Witch bring us to the core of the point that I believe Nijhuis and K-Hole are trying to make and that is the the internet itself is the main reason why the world or the culture has changing so much between the generation. Nor for the better but most definitely not for the worst.

HW for Mon 4/1

HW: Finish typing your midterm summary into your group’s Google Doc.  Read “Youth Mode” by K-Hole as well as Michelle Nijhuis’ “The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention” (both in Packet 2).

Working with your Essay 2 group, create a new Google Doc for your essay.  Make sure to share the document with everyone in the group as well as with me (street.monroe@gmail.com).
Once the Google Doc is created and shared, I want each of you to type a revised version of your midterm summary in the group’s document.  Please paste a link your Google Doc below by Monday at 1p.

HW/Prompt for Mon 3/25

Read the first part of Geert Lovink’s “The Social Media Ideology” (pp. 15-29 in Packet II).  Skim “EXAMPLE ESSAY 2” (pp. 25-32) and “Explaining Quotations” (pp. 32-4).
A) Reflecting on Online Feedback from Classmates (& Me).  Read back through all of your blog posts and the feedback you received on them from classmates.  Then, write a paragraph summarizing the comments you received and/or what you noticed about your writing.  As we pass through the midpoint of the semester, what do you think the strengths of your writing are?  What do you—and the classmates commenting on your work—think could be improved in your writing?  Be as specific as you can.
B) Explaining Quotations with Key Words.  Read the first half of Lovink’s “On the Social Media Ideology” and locate a passage where he discusses the word “ideology.”  In the first part of your response, introduce and write out this passage as a quotation.  Then use one of the “Templates for Explaining Quotations” (on p. 32) to explain what it means.  As part of your explanation, you can include questions about anything that is unclear in the quotation, but I also want you to spend at least 2 sentences speculating about what you think the meaning of the word “ideology” is—as well as how Lovink is using the term in the passage you’ve selected.
  1. In, “Massacre Suspect Traveled the World but Lived on the Internet”,  David D. Kirkpatrick gives a Brenton a undeserving sympathetic backstory ” But after the death of his father, in 2010, the suspect’s life took him in an unexpected direction. He invested in cryptocurrency, quit his gym job and took an idiosyncratic tour through North Korea, Pakistan, Eastern Europe, France and elsewhere.” 
  2. In, “Massacre Suspect Traveled the World but Lived on the Internet”,  David D. Kirkpatrick explains Brenton’s motive “He hoped “to create conflict between the two ideologies within the United States on the ownership of firearms in order to further the social, cultural, political and racial divide,” thus “ensuring the death of the ‘melting pot’ pipe dream.”
  3. In, “A Mass Murder of, and for, the Internet”, Kevin Moore comments on Brenton’s internet usage. “Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie,” he said.
  4. In “The New Zealand Shooting Victims Spanned Generations and Nationalities” Megan Specia humanizes the victims of this massacre. “Three-year-old Mucad Ibrahim is the youngest person confirmed to have been killed in the attacks. He was at Al Noor mosque and became separated from his brother and father when the shooting began.
  5. In “The New Zealand Shooting Victims Spanned Generations and Nationalities” Megan Specia humanizes the victims of this massacre. “He said ‘Mum, there’s someone come into the mosque and he’s shooting us,’” Salwa Mustafa said. “I called ‘Hamza, Hamza,’ and I can hear his little voice and after that it was quiet.”

HW for Mon 3/18

HW: Work with your Essay 2 group to choose a word or phrase to focus your research on.  (You can change your mind later if you’re not pleased with your research results.)  Working individually: search for, find, and print a text dealing with your word/phrase that you want to read.  Bring this in next class.  In Packet 2, read “Intro to Summary Writing” and “MLA Citation Quick Guide.”  Reminder: a revised Essay 1 is due at the Midterm exam next Wed.
Prompt for Mon: In the text you’ve found for Essay 2, find five sentences that show interesting or important points the author is making.  Write out these sentences exactly as the author has written them.  At the beginning of each quote, introduce it using the title, the author’s name, and a signal verb.  At the end of each quotation, include an MLA-formatted in-text citation.  An example for you to follow is below: the introduction and MLA citation are color-coded.
In “The Viral Virus,” Lauren Duca points out that “Identity-bait listicles invite readers to indulge a kind of cyberchondria for attention, a like-driven version of Munchausen syndrome” (Duca 95).

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Is this photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (by Richard Avedon) a selfie?

How would you describe the look on the faces of these two subjects?  What might have happened (in the “backstory” of this image) to make them look the way they do? (You can use your imagination here.)

Richard Avedon (the photographer) is famous for talking to his subjects as he takes their photo.  What might he have be talking to the Duke and Duchess about at the moment this photo was taken?

HW for Mon (3/11)

Hi everyone,

Quickly: a reminder to activate your ID/library card.  You need an activated card to do research on Essay 2 from home/off-campus. 

…and the reading for Monday: Read Graf, “Yes, No, OK, but…”  If you haven’t yet, read Griffiths’ and Martin’s texts that were assigned for this week.  Also: continue revising Essay 1.

…and your blog assignment (2 parts to this one, respond as a “reply” to this thread, thanks!):

Reading Response Prompt
Re-read the opening of Dawn Lundry Martin’s “When a Person Goes Missing” and respond briefly to the following reading response questions before moving on to the “Writing Prompt” below.
Notice how Martin opens the essay with a brief, but provocative “scene.”
–What is it exactly that makes this a “scene”?  In the opening paragraphs, what are some of the images and actions that Martin shows us?
–What does the essay as a whole seem to be about?  How does its opening scene “show us” (and lead us into) what the essay is going to be about?  What is the effect on you (as a reader) of Martin’s decision to begin the essay with a “scene”?
Writing Prompt: Beginning with a Scene/Image
Look back over your essay and think of a “scene” and/or image you could begin with.  Start writing a new opening section (2+ paragraphs) of your essay, beginning with this scene/image.
E-mail me if you need help!

Media analysis

This picture was taken in Vancouver after hockey game in 2011. On the foreground we see police man who is armed with a helmet, shield and nightstick. This is a typical police gear to pacification crowds. In the background we can a running mob. In my opinion people in yellow vest are policemen chasing people who were taking part in riots. And at last in the middle plane we can see our main character a couple which is making out in the middle of the riots. This picture is almost unreal. In the middle of chaos, against every thing two people are indulging in feelings.

This picture spread thought internet with light speed.  It was every where Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, 9gag etc. Public eye gushed over it, and hailed them as a modern symbol of “make love not war”.  Unfortunately internet society was to quick with judgement. There wasn’t many people who want to dig deeper in to this. However some people did. They found that this was Alex Thomas and her Australian boyfriend Scott Jones and they weren’t kissing. Based on testimony of witnesses they get between police and the mob and couldn’t escape. They were knocked down by police and left.

Base on this history we as a internet community must be aware that every news in internet is potentially a fake news. Even a little effort could give us clues if news is real or not.

Developing Conflict/Enigma with key details & events.

2a. In my opinion main conflict is between Deirdre and the rest of friends and it is based on curiosity of the group how look legs after amputation part of it. Deirdre was was forced by pressure of the group to kiss the stump. Conflict is developing from conversation between friends about loudest sounds they heard. However, they don’t mention jet engine sound or siren like many people would say. They share with each other very private parts of their lives, and this is first the conflict, to open yours self with problems to other people. Second conflict came after change of subject to the most silent thing they ever heard and Chris story about leg. Conflict is in behavior of people, they didn’t ask how he feel with it, they just wanted to know how it looked like. I think he didn’t want to show them his leg so he made this demand to kiss his stump. Which lead us to the next conflict pressure of the group on Deirdre, to do this. Fist detail to create this situation was that they didn’t know each other so much, if they would be closer friend they probably would be more careful about other feelings. Second one was the strong feeling to know unknown, in this case how Chris leg looked like.

3. My first big internal conflict happened few year back at my firs semester of college. My major was geodesy, I had been thinking along time before college that this would be something that I would like to do in my life. However, after first half of semester I was starting to changing my mind. During the classes I got to know in details what geodesy is and I did not liked it. But I didn’t know what what to do. My parents gave me money for education, and I felt that I couldn’t disappoint them so I kept studying to the end of semester. During final exams I had enough. I had this thoughts that I couldn’t ruin my life and stuck with things that I don’t want to do. On the next weekend caught train to my home town. After arrived I had the most difficult conversation with my parents, but I had to tell them the truth.

Comment to documentary Kriegman and Steinberg’s Weiner (2016)

For me this was a very interesting documentary. In my opinion it tells two stories. One about the man who wants to fight for his believes. The man who wants to change something in society, but in the same time he struggles with his personal problems. The other story is about how modern campaign works in the internet age. It is slightly refer to ma essay, where I try to show that in this days people are addicted from selfies, and social media, and because of that it is hard to keep privacy. Also in this documentary we can see that people are eager for sensation, and selfie or other photo can easily create one. After this scandal people forgot about what he wanted to change in the city and based their judgement on current emotions to the candidate.


I  headed up the stairs into Search and Destroy. It’s an amazing store that has an abundance of punk clothing and items. My words alone cannot describe how sick this place is. Not to mention the killer music playing. Anyways, two guys blocked the entrance. I shared a conversation with one who claimed his name was August Lane. Ha, yeah right! He asked me to see my board so I thought nothing of it. Just a couple of dudes chilling on a stoop. I held his drink. He dashed away. As if it was a fair trade off.

Passively I say “My, board.”

Something kicked in that I was probably about to get robbed. So I ran after him. Thinking back on it, he could’ve had a weapon. But all I could see was him stumbling on my board zooming away.

I grabbed his back. Snatched my board out of his hand. Yelled. Then we fist pumped.

I was just happy to have my board back. It was so bizarre and strange that it felt like a dream.


2a. In the narrative, Silences, Denis paints a beautiful scene of friends engaged in one another. However, this wholesome atmosphere soon turns sour. At the dinner table, the loudest thing they’d ever heard was being served. A somber voice. A pounding heart. One grandbaby hollering their lungs out. Tourettes’ Syndrome.

A shift in the power of the room is granted to Chris. He introduces his silence. “He said the most silent thing he’d ever heard was the land mine taking off his right leg outside Kabul, Afghanistan.” His vulnerability quiets the whole room. When someone blurts out something so heavy, many don’t know how to react. It puts a room in a sea of tension.

Curiosity gets the best of them. Jokes put the room at ease. “I’ll show you,” he said, “if you kiss it.” We stumble into major conflict from this point on. A new question is raised. This is the flow of Denis’s piece. An answer for every question. They started to talk about the most ridiculous things they’ve kissed. This is the second point event that leads up to the grand finale.

Chris eggs on Deidre to kiss his leg. She obliges. Everyone in the room is on the edge of their seats, awaiting. Deidre is before Chris on her bare knees staring down the stump. The reality of the situation brings her to tears.

Category:Media Analysis

We the Animals is based on the book written by Justin Torres. The film surrounds three brothers. “Us three. Us brothers. Us kings.” The film is a sensitive portrayal of a toxic relationship. There is so much violence in the way the boys’ parents love each other.

There is one scene in particular that boils over from the cycle of abuse, passed down from father to mother to brother to stranger. The youngest boy, Jonah is struggling with his own conflict, as many growing adolescents do.

Jonah sprints through the woods with a smile plastered on his face. He stops. Walks. Then runs some more. He climbs through his window avoiding his brothers. In his bedroom, he discovers his bed to be disheveled. So he searches for his secrets. His notebook has gone AWOL. He flings the sheets from his bed. A pillow is tossed into the air. A mattress flung.

He sees his family in the living room. His attention darts from them to the drawings sprawled out on the floor. He scoops up his drawings. His mother reaches out and grabs his forehead to hers. “Where were you?”

He looks in her eyes and pounces. His hands scratch and claw at Ma. His roars are heard, His anger felt. His father peels him off of his mother. His legs kick out from underneath his father’s hold.

This scene was intense. I could easily see how hurt Jonah was to have his sexuality on display. His thoughts things he kept hidden. The conflict is with the way he dealt with his anger.

He knew no other way to express his anger. He learned how to take his anger out on others.

I wonder how do others experience anger? How do you deal with it correctly? Is there a correct way to deal with anger?


HW 2/25

  1. Chen starts of speaking of how the internet is no much different today then it was in 2016 and how he met a close friend through the internet
  2. His meeting and bond with his best friend
  3. There is still a stigma about meeting people online
  4. Cat fishing and its problem and where it originates
  5. Explaining how “cat fishing” the show works
  6. Further explaining how someone was caught catfishing someone from the show
  7. Shows how people purposely ignore the signs that are clear to them. also how people who do the cat fishing are “deranged” and look for entertainment
  8. Cat fishing is a mix of old fears and new anxieties that questions the authenticity of online friendships
  9. Computers scientist JCR Licklider believed that the internet was a place people could come together and would lead to truer bonds that real world relationships
  10. Social media and the internet keep people from building real relationships
  11.  Facebook makes people feel lonely and the creator seeing it through the eyes of a programmer rather then a ” college student”
  12. Anonymity is a big factor on why people are able to catfish
  13. Computers area a small part of ourselves the portion devoted to logic, order, rule, and clarity.
  14. Introducing earlier social media before Facebook and Myspace
  15. First social network “makeoutclub”
  16. Makeoutclub made for a distinct group of lonely people looking to find others like themE
  17. Excerpt from Andy Greenwald book
  18. Great place for hookups but not what it was made for
  19. How Austin was able to meet someone proving how meeting people online can work sometimes
  20. Real online friendships are present you just have to actively look for it
  21. Austins story on how he met a women through social media because he made a decision that is he met a girl with an eye patch he would marry her
  22. Austin eventually came in contact with her again and in person and eventually married here
  23. There are still social medias that allow people to make friendships that aren’t exclusive to the internet
  24. As much bullshit there is on the internet you can always find someone else to bullshit with
  25. Makeoutclub still exist and gives the author a nostalgic feeling for the early days of social networking
  26. Makeoutclub forum