Along the Edges of Digital Writing

By dogtrax | A curation effort for Digital Writing Month and beyond ... a collection of pieces to spark thinking about how technology is transforming the way we write and compose and communicate.

How Interactive Timelines Empowered Students, Flipped the Communications Classroom

My Media, Ethics, and Society course at the University of North Carolina at Asheville is both the introductory course to the mass communication major …

Journalism

Christopher Strachey’s Nineteen-Fifties Love Machine

Overwrought love letters began turning up on the notice board at the University of Manchester’s computer lab in August, 1953. Dripping with lustful vocabulary, they were all variations on a basic syntactic template: “YOU ARE MY [adjective] [noun]. MY [adjective] [noun] [adverb] [verbs] YOUR …

Alan Turing

“Hamlet on the Holodeck,” Twenty Years Later

When the media scholar Janet H. Murray was asked to write a new preface to “Hamlet on the Holodeck,” her influential book, from 1997, about digital narrative, she was tempted to make it three words long: “I was right!” Depending on how generous you want to be, you could say that she predicted the …

Storytelling

This Font Changes Shape As You Type

Writing with the Futuracha Pro font isn’t just about creating a finished product. Each letter reacts to what you type by lengthening and curling …

Tel Aviv

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

<b>By Beth Holland</b>As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may …

Pedagogy

How to Create Virtual Reality Panoramas

A couple of years ago Google launched the Cardboard Camera app for capturing your own virtual reality panoramas. At the time that it was launched it …

Movie Mania

The aroma of salty butter overwhelms the theatre as the lights dim and all attention focuses on the large dark screen. It’s a moment poised with …

The Leftovers

At a recent event I had the joy of reintroducing Kindergarten activities to a group of educators. It was a simple project, really. With magazines, …

@eventuallybot

The InfinityI made a new Twitter bot: @eventuallybot. It generates short, silent films in GIF format, based on randomly-selected snippets of YouTube …

GIF Animations

Netflix’s interactive shows arrive to put you in charge of the story

Can ‘choose your own adventure’ work on TV?<p>Netflix’s first interactive episode arrives on the service today, giving viewers a chance to shape the narrative through a series of decisions they make throughout the experience. The new episode of <i>Puss in Boo</i><i>k</i><i>: Trapped in an Epic Tale</i> gives users more …

Netflix

Remix: Teaching Diversity and Promoting Inclusivity with Digital Artifacts

I teach race and gender and media to undergraduate students in public communications (e.g., advertising, journalism, television/radio/film). The …

Journalism

These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

If you decide to see more, click on this story.<p>Reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book can feel like being lost in a maze and running through …

Kevin's Meandering Mind | Transliteracies: Reading and Writing Across Mediums

This post has been sitting in my blog draft bin for some time. I remember thinking, this is a useful slideshow presentation from Bobbie Newman for …

Authors

History Of Our Time: Software's Power To Replace Humans

Rachel Martin talks to Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley pioneer, who offers some solutions to the impact of technology on our livelihoods and our humanity.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>We've been talking about our disoriented time and the forces that got us here. It's a series of conversations we …

Singularity

On Liaisons

This post follows both a thread of blog posts from Amy Collier, Kate Bowles, and Maha Bali and (I think at least) contributes to a larger week-long …

Indie Music

Neither Locked Out Nor Locked In

<i> I want to make sure before I begin that I extend my thanks to both Reclaim Hosting and the University of Oklahoma for organizing this event and for</i> …

Web Design

V&R mapping

The mapping process is a Visitors and Residents based group activity which is designed to explore individuals engagement with the Web. It’s a good …

Creative Commons

The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers

Earlier this week, Harvard University revealed that it had rescinded admissions offers to at least 10 students who shared offensive images within what they thought was a private Facebook group chat. The students posted memes and images that mocked minority groups, child abuse, sexual assault and …

Social Media

Digital Identities: Six Key Selves of Networked Publics

Welcome to the home stretch of #change11, everybody.<p>This week we’ll be looking at digital identities and subjectivities, or – basically – who we are …

Networking

Visiting Digital Storytellers with the Alchemists at Networked Narratives

<i>The Networked Narratives team talks with scholars and practitioners thinking about new ways to collaboratively tell and share stories using digital</i> …

Storytelling

Can Technology Rescue Democracy? - The Atlantic

Officials in the United States should make ballots verifiable—or go back to paper.<p>Dan Gillmor<br>• May 26, 2017<p>Pundits complain that people are satisfied with the echo chambers they’re in, but that’s not quite right.<p>Sally Lehrman<br>• May 25, 2017<p>Journalists still expect people to turn to them first to make …

Bruce Schneier

BardBots

Extending The Alphabet: Memes As Language

We are rewiring our brains to use images as language. Through technology, we are extending the alphabet – in practice, and in our minds.<p><b>Twenty-six</b> …

Two Slack Half Tricks for #NetNarr

The Networked Narratives course is just about wrapped up for now (just those pesky grades to submit).I’ve been wanting to go back and write up some …

Collaboration

The Chinese Factory Workers Who Write Poems on Their Phones

It’s hard to think of anywhere in the world where becoming a poet is a canny career move, but this is especially true for the poorest and most …

Poetry

The Art of Immersion

The Case for Copying | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

Can A Graphic Novel Teach Teens To Care About Urban Design?

The new book No Small Plans is designed to close the civic education gap by encouraging young people to get involved in their communities.<p>In 1911, the businessman Charles H. Wacker published a children’s textbook based on the 1909 Plan of Chicago, which proposed a set of urban design projects to …

Urbanism

Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are among the most popular websites and apps on Planet Earth. Those websites support "picting" — using …

K-12