Response 4 Prompt

For your fourth response, you will respond as you have been accustomed to doing, but you have a few different options as to where and how to post your response. You may choose from the following original posts to write a response to:

Kony2012 and Youth Activism Via SNS, by your classmate Joey Johnson

I’m a Mature Young Adult Because I Use Social Media to Get My News, by your classmate Caroline Sayer 

The “Girls Around Me” Problem Isn’t Just About Data but Sexism, by Nathan Jurgenson

Welcome to the “Augmented Revolution, also by Nathan Jurgenson

The Subjectivity of Slacktivism, by Sarah Kendzior

The Power of Youth: How Invisible Children Orchestrated Kony 2012, by danah boyd

Your response should address the content of the original piece and/or any comments that are posted previous to yours. If you choose to respond to the Jurgenson, Kendzior, or boyd pieces, you should post your comment directly on the original article and email a link to your comment to both Tanya and Prof P-S so that we can easily see it and give you credit for your post.

Your comment must be posted and emailed to us by 8pm on April 20th.

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Blog 3 Prompt

After completing the reading for Week 8, write a post that reflects on the contemporary discourse around youth use of social media technologies. As a starting point for your post, find a recent example from media discourse. After (very briefly) summarizing your example, provide a critical response to it that puts it in conversation with (some of) the assigned readings. You should address both the content of the example and the discursive framing employed by the example. Your post should demonstrate that you have thoughtfully engaged with the assigned readings and can use the concepts in them to interpret new examples.

As usual, be sure to tag your post appropriately (use “blog3” this time), and to provide hyperlinks to all authors and texts you mention.

See the Instructions for Blogging page for more specific guidelines about crafting your post.

This post is due by 8pm on Friday, March 23.

Blog 2 Prompt

After completing the reading for Week 4, write a post that reflects on the contemporary discourse around interpersonal relationships as mediated through social network(ing) platforms. As a starting point for your post, find a recent example from media discourse about interpersonal relationships and social media (e.g. a blog post, a magazine article, a tv clip, etc.). These are some hypothetical example articles. After (very briefly) summarizing your example, provide a critical response to it which answers (some of) the following questions: How do the theories and analytical tools offered by Baym, boyd, and Donath help you to interpret the information presented? What do you think about the way in which this story is presented? How might the story  have been presented differently? Do you think it should have been presented differently, based on what you’ve learned in this course so far? How does the presentation of this story compare with the presentation of the story(ies) in Life 2.0?

You are basically being asked to provide meta-commentary on a current story, which takes into account the ideas we’ve covered in class. You should focus on the way the facts of the case are represented, more so than the actual facts of the case. In other words, you should be thinking about the discourse around social media and interpersonal relationships, rather than the nuts and bolts of actual interpersonal relationships.

As usual, be sure to tag your post appropriately (use “blog2” this time), and to provide hyperlinks to all authors and articles/books/films you mention.

See the Instructions for Blogging page for more specific guidelines about crafting your post.

This post is due by 8pm on Friday, February 17.

Blog 1 Prompt

After completing the reading for Week 2, write a post that reflects on Beer’s response to boyd & Ellison‘s article. You should (very briefly) summarize his response to their work, and then formulate your own response to both. Do you agree with Beer’s criticisms of boyd & Ellison? Do you have your own criticisms to offer, of either article? What might you add, given whatever developments you’ve observed in the last four years since Beer’s article was published? How do *you* think scholars should approach the study of social media? In support of your answers to these questions, you should bring in current, concrete examples from actual social network(ing) sites. Your examples should illustrate how the approaches you advocate would help scholars to understand that site and its users.

See the Instructions for Blogging page for more specific guidelines about crafting your post.

This post is due by 8pm on Friday, February 3.

Note: You should provide hyperlinks to the websites of any individuals you mention in your post, as well as to the articles discussed (like I did above), so that readers who have not taken our class would be able to follow your argument. And remember to tag your post with your group name and “blog1”!