9. For Fri 10/30

Jace Clayton deftfully opens his essay on Vince Staples with a description not of the TOPICS he intends to write about—Vince Staples, noise, violence—but with a description of a SOUND, the sound (and corresponding silence) that ends Staples’ debut record.

For this week (Friday), I want you to try writing an opening to your Essay 2 that is inspired by the way Clayton opens his essay on Staples & noise.  Focus on 1 sound in particular and describe it as carefully as you can in order to get your reader to “hear it” (imagine they’ve never heard this song/sound before).  I suggest you listen to your song at least three times to choose your sound (like we did during the Zoom exercise).  Strategies for describing your sound:

compare this sound to something else the reader may have heard (does this beat sound like a “robot,” a “machine”? does this singing sound “angelic” or like “birds” or like “yelling”?

–consider the length of this sounds: does it go on for what seems like a long time?  or is quite short?  somewhere in the middle?  Time it on your phone: how many seconds does it last?

–does this sound repeat throughout the song?  is it repeated in an ongoing way throughout the song (like a drumbeat) or is it only repeated a couple of times (like the lyrics in a song’s refrain/chorus)?

Lastly, notice how Clayton includes his own emotional (and intellectual) experience of listening to this sound for the first time and then for a second time (“When I learned this tear…was intentional, I was shocked…”).  Include a short paragraph describing your own experience listening to this sound for the first time and then re-listening to this sound a second, third, and fourth time.  Write about differences you notice in your experience.

Share your new beginning to Essay 2 as a comment below.


8. For Friday 10/23

1. Next week we will be focusing more on how to listen to and write about music more carefully—a skill that will be key for developing your Essay 2s. For Friday, I want you to work on close-reading the lyrics of your selected song (e-mail me if your song has no lyrics). Specifically, what I want you to do is to write out the lyrics line by line and identify a social issue in at least five lines (using your own words).

EX (from Drake’s “Hotline Bling”):

“You used to call me on my cell phone”
possible issues: loss (used to…), love, friendship? Trust?

“Late night when you need my love”
possible issues: love, sex (late night), dependence (you need)

2. In the text we’ve read this week, “Drake: Rapper, Actor, Meme,” Jon Caraminica creates a thesis about Drake’s “Hotline Bling” that connects this song to a key contemporary “social issue,” the meme. In a few sentences, unpack (using your own words) the connection Caraminica makes between the aesthetics of “Hotline Bling” and the issue of memes and meme-making. If you’d like, you can also add your own response to this article—ideas or opinions you’ve had while reading.


For Wed 10/21

Hey 1101ers,
And, after a week or so away…we’re back! As mentioned previously, for this coming week I want you to focus on the two big pieces of writing we’ve been working on this Fall: Essay 1 and Essay 2.

By the end of the day on Wednesday, please complete a second draft of your Essay 1 and post a link to it as a reply to your note on the feedback you’d be using to revise.

Also for Wednesday, please share a link to your rough draft of Essay 2 as a post under the category “Essay 2 Feedback”.

Before we Zoom on Wednesday at 11am, please read the following:

Kate Crawford’s “The Anxieties of Big Data”; and…
Jon Caraminica’s “Drake: Rapper, Actor, Meme”

No need to do a Media Analysis post for this week on top of everything else.  In the Zoom, we will begin talking about strategies for creatively and interestingly using research—including, notably, building unexpected connections between seemingly quite different (possibly even unrelated) topics.  This will come in handy as you continue to develop your Essay 2s…

Welcome home—’see’ you Wed morn!



7. For Friday 10/9

For Friday:

–(re-)Watch our Zoom as a reference for thinking about what a scholarly article is.

  1. Briefly compare Lane’s “Addicted to Addiction” and Griffiths et al’s “The Evolution of Internet Addiction.” One of these is a scholarly article, published in a scholarly journal; the other is not. In your response, tell me which of these articles you think is a “scholarly” article and explain to me how you know this.  (You do not need to read much of the articles to answer this.). BONUS: Tell me which of these texts you prefer and why.  MEGA-BONUS: How are these two texts making a similar argument about IA?  (You’ll have to read carefully to answer this latter question.)
  2. Look at your list of social issues you began thinking about working on for Essay 2 a week or two ago. Choose one social issue and find (don’t read…yet) TWO ARTICLES on this social issue—one scholarly article and one non-scholarly article—using two different resources linked in Essay 2 Research Resources. Share links and publication info (Author name, title, etc.) for these two articles under #2 in your response.
  3. Briefly paraphrase in your own words the thesis of either:

K-Hole, on “Normcore” (pp. 27–41); OR

Jerry Salz, on the selfie, p.1, 2, 3 (bottom), 6,

Explain how K-Hole tells us what Normcore is by telling us what Normcore DOES; OR
Explain how Salz tells us what a selfie IS by telling us what a selfie DOES (ie what does a selfie SHOW us; how is it MADE?  how does it IMPACT us?).

NEXT WEEK WE ARE ON BREAK: USE THIS TIME TO REVISE ESSAY 1 & DRAFT ESSAY 2.  Your revised Essay 1 and your draft of Essay 2 are both due the following week (10/21).


For Tue 10/6

For Tue 10/6

During our Zoom this coming week, we will loop back and finish up a discussion of the scholarly and non-scholarly texts on Internet Addiction that we began looking at this past week while continuing to talk about thesis-/theory- based essay writing. In the meantime, as far as new readings, go, I’d like us to begin shifting our attention from internet addiction to a more nuanced view of online culture.

To that end please read: K-Hole’s “Youth Mode”, a tract on 2010s fashion trends, virality, and youth culture and also Jerry Salz’ “Art at Arm’s Length”, an art-theoretical text on the selfie.

For Tuesday, read and post a Media Share related to one of these two texts just mentioned (by K-Hole and Jerry Salz). Hold off on writing a draft of Essay 2 for Tuesday; the Course Syllabus/Calendar says it’s due then, but let’s give ourselves some more time to get into thinking about social issues and music. (We will begin looking at texts on music over the following week—10/14—which we have off (no new work).


6. For Friday 10/2

For Friday 10/2

If you missed our Zoom today, please view the recording and post a summary in the Zoom summaries category.

  1. For Friday, let’s begin wrapping up our work with Essay 1, the second draft of which will be due in your Google Drive portfolios on Wed, October 21. Read and/or re-read the feedback you received for the draft you posted under Essay 1 Feedback and share here a paragraph or so of writing that describes the changes you intend to make to your draft: additions you might make, things you might delete, paragraphs you might put in a different place. Please be as detailed as possible in describing the changes you’ll make and explaining why you want to make said changes. See if you can write 7-8 full sentences.
  2. As we began working on in the Zoom call today, we will be shifting from thinking about narrative writing (Essay 1) to thinking about analytic and thetic (thesis-based) writing as we advance toward Essay 2. To that end, we talked about what a thesis statement is and two different types of theses—definition based theses and critical/theoretical theses.I don’t want you to worry about having your own thesis for Essay 2 yet… That will come much later. What I want you to focus on for now is understanding what other writers’ theses are in the texts we are reading. To that end, using the Zoom call as a reference, what I want you to share below under #2 are

2A) what you think Jerald Block’s thesis is in “Issues for DSM-V: Internet Addiction”—and what kind of thesis this is;

2B) your own brief summary of how Christopher Lane responds to Jerald Block’s thesis in his text titled “Addicted to Addiction”—does he agree? Disagree? How/why?; and

2C) in light of these readings, whether you consider yourself to be an internet addict—and why you do or don’t think you are.


For Tue 9/29

Finish reading :

Lauren Duca, “The Viral Virus” + Christopher Lane, “Addicted to Addiction” + Jerald G. Block, “Issues for DSM-5: Internet Addiction” + Griffiths et al. “The Evolution of Internet Addiction”

Post a Media Share (#6) related to one or more ideas you encounter in these texts.

Continue reflecting on social issues you might write about for Essay 2.  Are there any ideas in the above texts that resonate with ideas you get from a song you’ve heard and might like to write about?


5. For Friday 9/25

We worked on the various uses of listing today—including the use of anaphoric lists to generate new thoughts and the use of sub-lists (what you did when responding to other people’s Media Share #4).  What I want you

For your comment below, please:

  1. Post your list of anaphoric sentences from today’s Zoom 5. (If you didn’t attend, please watch the recording and do the prompt highlighted in yellow on the link to the Zoom 5 agenda I emailed you earlier today; also, for those who missed, please post a creative summary of the meeting.)
  2. Post a quick note on how you might connect your list above (in #1) to something in your Essay 1—did it occur to you to expand on a thought that came out in your list? Do you think you can find a place to include anaphora in your Essay?  If so, where?
  3. Post a list of 5 social issues possibly relevant to Essay 2.
  4. I studied with a writer in college whose mantra was “Every good text is a list, but not every list is a good text.” Connect this to what Lauren Duca is saying in “The Viral Virus.”  What are some of the critiques she makes of texts that are only lists?  (Bonus points if you catch the word she uses to describe this genre of online text.)

For Tuesday 9/22

For Tuesday 9/22, 5p:

  1. Read Lauren Duca, “The Viral Virus” and Christopher Lane, “Addicted to Addiction.”
  2. Post a Media Share (#5) related to any of our three most recent readings: Serpell’s “Triptych: Texas Pool Party” or Duca’s or Lane’s texts…

That’s all for now—will try to catch up on reading, responding and grading in the coming week, I promise!


#4. For Friday 9/18

For Friday 9/18

OK, so I’d like to take this week to catch up on several things, including Essay 1 feedback and revisions to last week’s writing assignment related to Serpell’s text (#3, for Fri 9/11). We will speak more about this text in our Zoom meeting this week, and I’d like you to re-think and re-write what you wrote in response to it for last week (or, if you’ve yet to complete last week’s work, you lucked out and now have a second chance ;). Please share your revised responses as comments on the original prompt post.

In addition—also for this Friday (9/18)—please read 3 Essay 1s and share feedback for each of them as a comment responding to each person’s post.

Lastly—and still for this Friday (9/18)—please read at least 1 other person’s Media Share #4 (their list of weird stuff they’ve seen online) and comment on it in the following way. I want us to keep working on identifying patterns in lists, as this will help us to establish connections between different parts of Essay 1 and also to begin topics to research and write about for Essay 2 (more on this in the weeks to come). So what I want you to do is this: read the person’s Media Share #4 list; then make 2 sub-lists, each containing a few of the things on the original list that have something in common. Title each sublist using a word or phrase that describes what each of the items in the sublist has in common. Here’s my example from last week:

Original List of weird shit I’ve seen on the internet – > What have I learned from the internet? (question to connect this to Essay 1 assignment)

–an owl eating a man’s rooftop strawberries
–a gaping butthole, sent via anonymous link
–a hog galloping through a city
–a semi-nuclear explosion in Beirut
–video of the Twin Towers falling
–a polar bear cuddling a dog
–a Trump supporter being shot in Portland OR
–George Floyd being asphyxiated by a police officer

SUBLISTS (based on topics/patterns/themes I’ve noticed in my original list above)

–a semi-nuclear explosion in Beirut
–video of the Twin Towers falling
–a Trump supporter being shot in Portland OR
–George Floyd being asphyxiated by a police officer

–an owl eating a man’s rooftop strawberries
–a hog galloping through a city
–a polar bear cuddling a dog

AGAIN: what I want you to do is read someone else’s original list and comment on it with two sublists organized in terms of patterns, topics, themes that *you* notice in their original list.


For Tue 9/15

1. As your Media Share (#4) for Tuesday (9/15), please share your lists of things you’ve seen online that we worked on toward the end of our last Zoom meeting.  Include a link to at least one of these things.

2. Read & comment on one other person’s Media Share (any of them—a post with no comments or only a few comments, preferably).

3. Read & comment on one other person’s Essay 1 (scroll down and choose carefully). In your feedback, tell them what you think the conflict they should try to develop is as well as a moment in their essay that they should expand into a scene (a “movie in the mind”).


3. For Friday 9/11

1. Read & comment on one other person’s Media Share #3 (someone with no comments or only a few comments).

2. Read & comment on one other person’s Essay 1 (scroll down and choose carefully). In your feedback, tell them what you think the conflict they should try to develop is as well as a moment in their essay that they should expand into a scene (a “movie in the mind”).

3. Namwali Serpell’s “Triptych: Texas Pool Party” is the next on our reading list, and what I want you to pick up on here is not only the conflict at the heart of this essay—racism, police brutality, and so on—but also the extremely creative way in which Serpell plays with perspective in this experimental narrative. You’ll notice that she tells the story in three parts, hence the title. Each part re-tells the same story from a different perspective. Here’s what I want you to respond to in this text and how:

A. First, tell me why Serpell may have titled this text “Triptych” (hint: click the link above). Then I want you to describe to me the perspective—the point of view—from which each of the three parts is written. For each part, consider: is this one or more than one person narrating and how do I know? Is this even a person narrating—and how do I know? If this is a person, can they be identified—and how do I know or not know? If so, who is this person—and how do I know?

You’ll notice I just said “how do I know” about five thousand times. This is because I want you to get into the habit of asking yourself this question when you interpret texts you are reading. To that end, in each of your responses—to parts 1, 2, and 3 of Serpell’s text—I want you to include one quotation to serve as evidence of who you think the narrator is (who the perspective of each part belongs to). This will be fun…and probably hard!

A1. Part I

A2. Part II

A3. Part II

Optional/Extra-credit: How does Serpell’s telling this story through these three different “lenses” lead us to think differently about the main conflicts—racism, police brutality, etc.—that are at stake in this text? What, moreover, do you think of Serpell’s work?

B. I want you to write two versions of a scene for your Essay 1 (a scene, remember, is a description of action that allows your reader to form a “movie in the mind”). In the first version, I want this scene to be written from your perspective (using “I”). In the second version, I want you to experiment (like Serpell) with writing the same scene from another perspective. You can write from the perspective of another person present in the scene, from the perspective of an animal present in the scene, an object present in the scene (a desk, a phone, a car), and so on…

B1. Scene for Essay 1 from your perspective (“I”)

B2. Same scene, told from the perspective of another person, animal, or object


Work Due Tue 9/8

  1. Respond creatively to someone else’s Media Share (1 or 2).
  2. Read & post a Media Share (#3) related to Dayna Tortorici’s “My Instagram” (in readings).
  3. Read & comment on 2 classmates’ Essay 1s. Guidelines for commenting:

In your feedback, please comment on at least 1 specific passage in the essay you’ve learned something from (and explain what you’ve learned) and make 1 specific suggestion about one passage in the essay that you think could be improved (and explain how to improve it).  Please quote from the essay at least once in your post.

NOTE: Please scroll to the bottom until you find someone who has yet to receive a comment from someone else—or someone who has only received 1-2 comments.  We have to make sure everyone gets feedback!


Zoom Summaries

Zoom Summary Guidelines

If you miss a Zoom meeting, please write a 250-300 word summary, including at least one paragraph, one direct quotation from the conversation, and as many bulleted points as you like.

You are encouraged to make your summary interactive, responsive, and —NOT simply informative.  What did you learn from watching & listening to the recording?  What would you have said or asked if you’d been present at the meeting?  Would you have used Zoom emoji reactions to any particular moment in the Zoom?  Would you have used the Chatbar?  Would have wanted to do a Screenshare—and, if so, what would you have shared?

These are just a few questions to get you going with the creative part of the summary—don’t feel obligated to respond to all of them or in order…  Basically, I just want your summary to indicate what you learned from the Zoom (the important stuff related to the course) and also how you responded to it, the ideas it gave you, etc.

Note: When posting, please title your post using your name and the meeting # (i.e., Monroe Street Zoom Mtg 1 Summary) and remember to check the box next to the “Zoom Category” before posting.

You can test that you posted correctly by clicking this link; if you can’t see your post there, then go here, scroll down and look for post (you can search for your name as well), and click “Edit” then make sure you’ve selected the right category.  Rinse and repeat.


1. For Friday 8/28


  1. Read the Essay 1 assignment (see link above under “Student Work” à “Essays”).
  2. Finish reading the first two reading assignments (#1 and #2, by Gloria Naylor and Ta Nehisi Coates, in “Readings”).
  3. Respond by Friday evening to the following two prompts. Share your response as a comment below (see “OpenLab Bible” under “Course Info” for instructions on how to comment).I. On reading Naylor. This is a narrative-based essay, like the one you’ll be producing for Essay 1.  Let it be an inspiration to you all.  Write a response to it, considering some (if not all) of the following questions.  Please write your response in paragraph form; please do NOT simply answer the questions in order.  It’s better for you to follow your own train of thought than to try to answer my questions as though they were a test (they are NOT a test).

    II. On definition in Coates. Whenever one declares what something IS, one is making a definition. In essay 1, you will (somewhere but not everywhere in the essay) formulate and argue for your own definition of what “education” is.

We’re looking at Ta Nehisi-Coates text for inspiration regarding how definition can be used. In Ta Nehisi-Coates’ Between the World and Me he forms a powerful definition to frame the story he tells his son about living as a black man in America in the 2010s.  He writes: “race is the child of racism, not the father.”  As you may have gleaned, this is no ordinary dictionary definition of race; this is one of the ways Coates wants to define race.  I want you to do two things with this:

A) Unpack the implications of Coates’ definition of race. Why does he think this?  What impact does it have on how you think about race?  How is it related to current events that you are aware of?  Again, begin with 1 or more of these questions and see where it takes you.  Don’t feel obligated to answer all of them in a row.

B) Write your own definition of “race” or “education”—up to you. Explain why you’ve defined the term as you have.


Assignment 0: Syllabus Notes & Question

By the time we Zoom on Wed morning at 11a, I want you to carefully read our  course syllabus.  Be especially careful in reading the “Core Course Assignments & Grading Section” (from the bottom of p. 1 to the top of page 3).

After reading, write a response below (shared as a COMMENT), in which you

A) list at least 10 core course assignments and the % of the final grade for each, and…

B) pose 1 question you have about the syllabus, to be discussed in our Zoom call.


0. Welcome / OpenLab Setup

Hey everyone,

Welcome to the course.  Now let’s get setup (be forewarned: bc this is an online coures, there is *a lot* of setup to be done—please be patient with this process and read carefully!).  Luckily for you, I’ve prepared for you a CityTech Online Setup “Bible.” < — go here and begin (or just scroll down)!

Monroe (a.k.a. Professor Street, but you can call me “Monroe”—or whatever you’d like; just don’t “call me” an hour after an assignment is due asking how to do it 😉


City Tech Online OL Course Setup “Bible”

The following are instructions for doing everything you need to do to complete the required online work for this course.  Please read everything carefully and don’t forget to go all the way to the bottom (the last step is CRUCIAL).

HOW TO SET UP CITY TECH E-MAIL & OPENLAB (Required to pass this course!)

EMAIL SETUP (Required to join course on OpenLab):
Look up your email address here. (Usually it’s firstname.lastname@mail.citytech.cuny.edu)
Go to the CT Email Login Page. Enter your email address (above) and password (below).
At first your CT PASSWORD is: First initial of first name UPPERCASE + first initial of last name lowercase + MMDDYYYY + last 4 of your EMPL ID

HELP? See: Guide to getting your City Tech e-mail activated  // First-Year Student Guidebook

Email: StudentHelpDesk@citytech.cuny.edu // Phone: 718-260-4900

Video: Getting Setup with CT Email and OpenLab

OPENLAB SETUP (Yes… Required for this Course)
Create an OpenLab Account (use your CT email if you have it; if you don’t, see below)
Check your CT email for verification code to login to OpenLab with.
Join this course by clicking here, then clicking “Join Course”
Go to main course site here and begin clicking everywhere to explore!

HELP? See: Guide to setting up an OpenLab account and then sign up for this course here.
If you don’t have CT Email working, email the OpenLab HelpDesk for help

HOW TO SHARE YOUR WORK ON OPENLAB (Required, as usual… 🙂

Video: Sharing work on OpenLab as a COMMENT (you will do this for ALL assignment EXCEPT Essay 1 and Essay 2—for those assignments see below video on POSTING)
Video: Sharing Essays on OpenLab as a POST (ONLY do this when posting your Essay 1 and your Essay 2; do NOT do this with all other assignments)

Create a Google Drive folder (with link-sharing enabled) for sharing Essay drafts and other assignments with me (if you don’t have a Google account, I apologize, but you’ll have to create one of those first).
–> Please NAME YOUR FOLDER using your LAST NAME and the COURSE (e.g., my last name is Street, so I’d title my folder “Street_ENG92”)

–> see: create a folder // –> see: move a file or a folder

How to Create a Google Doc

How to Upload a Document from your device to your Google Folder

How to Create/Change the Name/Title of a Google Doc
–> Please name each Google Doc according to the assignment (e.g., for one of your second article summary, you’d title the document “Summary 1”; for your first draft of the Essay 1 assignment, you’d name the document “Essay 1 Draft 1”; for your final draft of the same essay, you’ll name the document “Essay 1 Final Drat”)

TO SUBMIT YOUR PORTFOLIO FOR MY REVIEW (psst… required to pass!)
Make sure you’ve shared your Google Folder with “Anyone who has the Link”
Copy your Google Drive folder link/URL
Fill in your info on this Contact/Info form I need you to complete; paste your Google Folder Link at the end.


Alexandria Dorato Media Share 8

In the reading “On Rap and White Noise”, Jace Clayton refers to the social issue of racism by using a song to grab the readers attention in the introduction. Racism is still an issue in todays world. I chose to relate “Where is The Love” by the Black Eyes Peas because it talks about the lack of love in this world and how everybody is causing madness. This song expresses the social issue just like Jace Clayton does when he uses a song to tie it into the social issue he is explaining.

Jasleen Aujla/ Media Share 8


I choose this photo because it relates to the song “There Must Be More”. In the text, author talked about the song and the people how they go through the difficulties in their life. It stated how someone stressed and tired. There must be more but still she don’t give up. This picture shows the happy face that person shows in front of others but deep inside he is broken. He is sad. So if we think we have no more difficulties or problems in our life then I think we are wrong. There must be more because things  will not remain the same.


Dom Padon 10/27 Media Share

After reading Jace Clayton’s “On Rap and White Noise”, I found this image to mimic the observation of the song’s “suddenness” in static and the abrupt end. The photo is a screenshot from a firework video, wherein lightning strikes a flying firework out of nowhere, and we are able to see the randomness or suddenness (hardy har har) in natural life, and to me, that shows how nature and human life are similar in that anything can happen at anytime and sometimes, we can’t do anything about it. No human had control over the lightning hitting the firework, the same way no human has complete control over their life’s events. Sudden change is a constant in our lives, and that’s just the way it goes.

Mehreen Khanom Media Share 8

I feel like this picture connects to “The Full Retard” because the author is trying to figure out what Meline is trying to say in the song. In the text, it states “its overall effect a parade of sonic likenesses of the coming world’s broken infrastructure.” The author is saying the lyrics are all broken and it isn’t put together. Also, the author thinks there is no point in trying to figure out Meline’s imagination.

Lubna Mojumder Share Media 7

In the passage “art at arms length” by Jerry Saltz, he discusses the significance of a selfie on the planet today. He classifies the significance of a selfie in various parts which incorporates Defining another structure, what they state, what they don’t state, and craftsmanship history, and workmanship future. I had read the about article selfie he discuss some positive reason, if we’re looking for a non practical reason for the selfie, it’s probably this: THEY’RE SO MUCH FUN! Like if you’re out at a bar with bunch of friends and want to remember the moment, or you’re at a family party and simply love how adorable you and all your cousins look, the selfie has you covered. https://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/medium/public/field/image/2017/04/giphy-9.gif?itok=fToecOYH

kamille media share

In the article “on rap and white noise”, the author talks about the different meaning and detail of the song “o6”, he explains how the songs beat and the way it flows is entirely different than most music. He says this because he believes the song’s “words and sounds don’t matter”.He explains what truly mattered in the song was the rupture. In my opinion based on what the author have said in the article I have never heard a song like it before, for example the authors says that the song  uses “white noise to depict a kind of death, yet it’s also the sound of a channel being changed or a TV
or radio shutting off: Someone is controlling this switch.”This makes the song unique.

Media Share

ex: A Different World

In the article “On rap and white noise” the lyrics of Jace Clayton’s song shows how no matter what status a black man can be in life, everyone would just look at them as someone below them only the fact of the color of a skin.   In the link provided above, it relates to the lyrics because  it shows the struggle what every black American has to go through.