rgittens2's picture

The Chappelle Show and Alternative Facts as an Ego-Defensive Strategy

In 2003, Dave Chappelle released a daring sketch comedy on the Chappelle Show titled, “The Black White Supremacist”. It shows a Black blind man that has grown up believing he was a White man. He turns into the most extreme White supremacist and radically speaks anti-Black profanity all the while thinking he is a White man. [Full video is available here (Strong Language): http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/on-chappelles-show-black-white-supremacist-skit.html] ... read more »

Ashley Hamouda's picture

Cultural Identity in Mass Media Remixes

Between headlines on Twitter bemoaning President Trump doomsday scenarios, one lighter tweet caught my eye: “ ... read more »

Dann Downes's picture

Transproperty and Critical Media Literacy

Recognizing the importance of communication technologies and media practices in education has led to an important curriculum initiative in the United States. The US National Education Association (2010) advocates the adoption of four core competencies: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity as the essential skills students will need for the workplace and for full participation in the civic and cultural life of the 21st century. ... read more »

Chris Ingraham's picture

Algorithms and Rhetorical Agency

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the fitness monitors that more and more people are wearing to monitor their health. Of course, it's less accurate to say that people wear fitness trackers to monitor their health, than that they do so to monitor the monitoring of their health by the media technologies they’ve allowed access to their bodies. That difference matters. And it matters particularly because algorithms, on which these technologies run, are making it necessary to rethink the idea of agency. ... read more »

Bill Hart-Davidson's picture

How will near future writing technologies influence teaching and ...

I want to begin with this: using algorithms to evaluate writing is nothing new. A holistic scoring rubric and procedure for, say, calibrating human raters of essays…that’s an algorithmic approach. The algorithm is the procedure, after all, and the motive to use it lies in the goal of systematizing something that is typically a complex interpretive task. Whether we do it with humans or hand over the interpretive task to machines, we do so at the cost of much of the nuance that an individual reader might bring to the task. ... read more »

Robert Rinehart's picture

General comments

Digital communication(s) in extreme/alternative or avant garde sport forms (which I prefer, since they are, like avant garde, moving forward into new formulations, spaces, and incarnations) have taken many forms. New technologies, like Go Pro, stemming from basic helmet cams, and the more massified and cost-available devices like “phone cams” of various incarnations, have made prosuming by amateur athletes a real possibility. Thus, through McLuhan’s prescience regarding the “global village,” we see kids videoing themselves and friends for instructional, display, and social reasons. ... read more »

DVerhoeven's picture

Crowdfunding and its implications for academic research and pedagogy

New peer-to-peer exchange platforms have the potential to “re-engineer” the university generally and scholarly practice more specifically. For example, Crowdsourcing (distributed problem solving in which a large number of people address an undertaking via micro-tasking) has been enthusiastically adopted as a form of “citizen-science” or “networked science” by many researchers. ... read more »

8675309's picture

Seriously Silly Simple Bots

If I was forced to describe many of the projects I’ve created over the years, “silly” might be the first word that came to mind. Often, when I start to chase an idea, it’s the premise that amuses me the most and pushes me toward trying to post it somewhere to share with others. If it makes me laugh is the first and sometimes only requirement for me to invest time into figuring out some algorithmic way to create more examples of it. ... read more »

Summer Glassie's picture

[in]Transition wins Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award of ...