Blogging 3: Critical Approaches

Blogging, like other new and old media, requires critical approaches and methods whether you are a reader, a writer or a commenter. This course examines the many writing styles, platform designs and literary practices that blogging describes. A particular blogging platform, or design, may support some kinds of creative practices well but not others. We will look at the different possibilities offered by short form and long form blogging, as well as media forms, such as memes, that rely mostly on visual imagery to make arguments, attract and retain an audience. Topics will include the invention of online language, the nature of truth and “truthiness,” theories of Internet freedom, and the emergence of narratives across a community of bloggers. You may bring a blog to the class as a work in progress, write on the class blog or work on a blog associated with a Humanities Action Lab project.

Assignments: Students must do the reading before class and arrive prepared to discuss it. In addition, in classes 2-4, you will be asked to draft a post before class and edit it for publication in the workshop section of the class.

Learning outcomes. Students who complete this class successfully will learn:

  • Writing to promote publicly engaged projects;
  • Navigating and cultivating a social media public;
  • Editing your own and other people’s work for publication;
  • Identifying the stories blogs tell, and applying those lessons to your own blogging.

This class will run in Spring, 2015. Classes will be held on: January 28, February 4, February 11, February 18, and February 25.

Blogging 3 can be taken independently of any other course, but is a useful follow up to Blogging 1, Blogging 2 and the Introduction to Digital Humanities.