Conversation Paper #4

Neil Postman takes a long view of technology in his work—Douglas Rushkoff has been an observer of digital media technology for decades. You may have seen his documentaries: “Digital Nation” and “Generation Like”.

Put Technopoly and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus in conversation with each other. How do the two novels we read at the beginning (Brave New World and The Circle) relate to these works? Include some thoughts about that in your final paragraph.

Specifications
Length 500 to 750 words (2-3 pages)
Sources Minimum of two texts. You may also include secondary sources.
Research Provided by reading the texts.
AT LEAST one major connection between the two authors’ ideas.
AT LEAST one citation from each author/text in each paragraph.
Format Google doc created by YOU and shared with me.
PLEASE use this convention for the filename of your paper:
YOURLASTNAME – COMM365 – # (of paper)
ex. SMITH – COMM365 – 4
Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced, 1-inch margins.
APA Citation Style, VERY few (no more than 4) spelling and grammar errors. See Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) APA Style Guide.

Conversation Paper #3

Sherry Turkle has spent the last two decades watching emerging technologies from a front row seat at the “altar of technology”—MIT. Nicholas Carr has been monitoring the social impact of digital technologies since the publication of his NY Times best seller and finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. Both are deeply concerned about the effects of automation on ourselves and our society.

Put The Glass Cage in conversation with Alone Together. read more

Here’s a clue for finding connections for your Conversation Papers

Go over your reading journals for the books in question and look for where you might have reflected on connections to the other book — example: “When NewAuthor talks about addiction, I immediately thought about what OldAuthor said…” Of course, you don’t quote your actual reflection in your paper… but you have identified a connection! Use that New Author quote and a connecting quote from the other author in the same paragraph and voilà — you have something to work with. read more

Conversation Paper #2

Neil Postman presents a media ecology approach to looking at media technology. Clay Shirky specifically looks at the sociological impacts of social technologies.

Put Amusing Ourselves to Death in conversation with  Cognitive Surplus

Specifications
Length 500 to 750 words (2-3 pages)
Sources Minimum of two texts. You may also include secondary sources.
Research Provided by reading the texts.
AT LEAST one major connection between the two authors’ ideas.
AT LEAST one citation from each author/text in each paragraph.
Format Google doc created by YOU and shared with me.
PLEASE use this convention for the filename of your paper:
YOURLASTNAME – COMM365 – # (of paper)
ex. SMITH – COMM365 – 2
Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced, 1-inch margins.
APA Citation Style, VERY few (no more than 4) spelling and grammar errors. See Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) APA Style Guide.

Conversation Paper #1

Neil Postman suggests that we are in a Huxlean world, and perhaps that view is confirmed by The Circle.

Choose ONE of the fictional works we have read:

Brave New World OR The Circle

and put it in conversation with Amusing Ourselves to Death.

Specifications
Length 500 to 750 words (2-3 pages)
Sources Minimum of two texts. You may also include secondary sources.
Research Provided by reading the texts.
AT LEAST one major connection between the two authors’ ideas.
AT LEAST one citation from each author/text in each paragraph.
Format Google doc created by YOU and shared with me at:
jmcdaid@rwu.edu
PLEASE use this convention for the filename of your paper:
YOURLASTNAME – COMM365 – # (of paper)
ex. SMITH – COMM365 – 1
Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced, 1-inch margins.
APA Citation Style, VERY few (no more than 4) spelling and grammar errors. See Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) APA Style Guide.