Blog Prompts: 201

This page provides blog prompts for each blog entry that is due. Please review guidelines each time you post. Remember, posts are due before class begins (see schedule).

Extra Credit offerings are listed at the bottom of this page.

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Blog #1: Technological Artifact

After perusing the website for the Media Archaeology Lab, choose a technological artifact that you feel defines you personally or your generation as a whole. What is it and why does it define you or your generation? Make sure to demonstrate comprehension of the MAL’s mission and our class discussion from Week 1 in your writing.

See your instructor’s sample post and make sure you have read the posting guidelines.

  • Title this post Technological Artifact: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog category when you post

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Blog #2: History of Collage & Photomontage

Choose a specific artwork that was reproduced in one of your readings for the week (see class schedule) and reflect on the following questions: What do you know about the artist and their working methods? How do you think the technologies of their time influenced their creative choices? How does their choice of tools and materials affect the way you interpret the composition? Make sure to use relevant vocabulary from the Elements and Principles of Design reading as well. Repost the image you choose to write about and make sure to cite according to the Blog Guidelines.

  • Title this post History of Collage & Photomontage: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog category when you post

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Blog #3: Digital Collage

Note: This blog post is now due on Tuesday, 10/2. This blog post should address the same questions that you wrote about for your peer critique, and should demonstrate an understanding of your readings for this project:

  1. Where does the imagery used in this collage appear to come from? Why did you choose these images?
  2. Review your Elements and Principles of Design reading. What elements and principles of design are being used and how are they working together to help you understand the image? You may wish to ask yourself: How does my eye move through the composition?
  3. How do you hope viewers will interpret this collage? What does it mean to you? Explain your reasoning with the help of answers from questions #1 and #2
  4. What specific tools and functions in Photoshop were important for making this work? Be specific.
  5. Did this work need to be constructed digitally? Why or why not? Are there other methods or media besides digital media that influenced you?

This blog post may exceed the 500 word limit if you wish. Make sure to upload and post a JPG (appropriate web resolution) of your collage and give it a description caption (we will cover this in class on the day the project is due). Always review Blog Guidelines before you post.

  • Title this post Digital Collage: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog category when you post

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Blog #4: Print Versus Digital

In Chapter 1 of “Understanding Comics,” Scott McCloud ponders what the future of comics might be. You should use this blog post to reflect on this question, using a specific example from McCloud’s book. Since much of the reading and media consumption we now do is in digital space—on screens—make sure you address the question of print versus digital: What was your reading experience like when you read McCloud’s printed book (or the books your professor brought to class)? What was your reading experience like when you read Eroyn Franklin’s web comics (scroll to bottom of page to see links to web comics) or McCloud’s web comics? If you were going to write/draw a comic, how would you envision people reading it and why? For your visual example, you may scan or digitize a frame or frames from McCloud’s book (make sure to include a citation in your caption), or you may use a different visual example as well. Make sure to demonstrate an understanding of Scott McCloud’s arguments and observations in “Understanding Comics.” Always review Blog Guidelines before you post.

  • Title this post Print Versus Digital: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog category when you post

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Blog #5: Comics

Explain why your project fits Scott McCloud’s definition of comics: Comics are “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence” (9). Explain which specific concepts from Understanding Comics influenced the decisions you made as you drew, wrote, and designed your comic. Make sure to address the question of print versus digital: What is the ideal reading environment for your comic? How do you hope your viewers/readers will look at it? Post a jpg version of your work to accompany your post. You may post additional images (details from your comic or examples from McCloud’s book) if you wish. Always review Blog Guidelines before you post.

  • Title this post Comics: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog category when you post

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Blog #6: Past, Present, and Future Technology: Interview Ideas

Read a chapter of your choosing from “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything”: The ebook is available through the WSU library and two copies of the book are on the shelf in AML 105 above the black and white printer. Write a blog post that: 1) Reflects on how the future technology described in “Soonish” relates to notions of oral history as you understand them from the StoryCorps project and 2) Describes who you think you’d like to interview and what theme and technology you would focus on. It is fine if you’d like to discuss several possible interview ideas.

  • Title this post Past, Present, and Future Technology: Interview Ideas: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog category when you post

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Blog #7: Oral History

  • Title this post Oral History: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog category when you post

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Blog #8: Final Presentations

  • Title this post Final Presentation: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog category when you post

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Extra Credit Blog #1: Comics Continued

Option 1: Borrow one of the graphic novels or ‘zines your instructor brought to class for the Comics project and read it in its entirety. Option 2: Rent and watch the movie “American Splendor”, which is a biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, author of the American Splendor comic book series. Write a comprehensive post (at least 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of how the comic or the film relates to specific concepts from Scott McCloud’s book, “Understanding Comics.” Make sure to post at least one visual example. Always review Blog Guidelines before you post.

You may earn up to 25 extra credit points for this post, which must be completed by Tuesday, 11/27 (after Thanksgiving Break). These points may be applied to any work you have completed for the course, but you may not exceed 100% for the class by the end of the semester. In order to earn all 25 points for this post, your level of detail and your writing should demonstrate a serious time commitment.

  • Title this post Comics Continued: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog category when you post