new cultures of writing

A class at Valparaiso University examining the way technology shapes our reading and writing practices. We like to talk about whether we're cyborgs, too.

Media Nails

All of God’s Children

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What Would Keen Say?

A friend of mine posted a link to this article on Facebook, and I was horrified to read it. 

A father, frustrated with his son, called the cops on him to teach him a lesson. The “lesson” led to a chase that ended on a college campus, where his son was shot.

Ames Police Officer Adam McPherson reportedly spotted the lawn care company vehicle and pursued it onto the Iowa State University campus, where a brief standoff ensued after Tyler allegedly refused orders to turn off the engine.

McPherson eventually fired six shots into the truck, two of which struck Tyler who was later pronounced dead.

 
The remarks from the family are even more horrifying.

"So he didn’t shut the damn truck off, so let’s fire six rounds at him?" exclaimed Gary Shepley, Tyler’s step-grandfather. "We’re confused, and we don’t understand."

"He took off with my truck. I call the police, and they kill him," James said. ""It was over a damn pack of cigarettes."


It sounds like the officer was in the wrong, but reading the comments generated by people who are familiar with the story seem to think differently. 

What would Andrew Keen say?
Is traditional media doing the right thing by leaving out vital information, or is this an example of why people don’t trust traditional media?

-Sierra

Here is the link to the original article:
Dad Calls Cops on Son to Teach Him a Lesson, Cops Shoot Son Dead

Connecting with others: what social media is all about

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Facebook and Twitter Musicals

Here are 2 funny videos on how facebook and twitter affect our lives. All in song!

A clip of Louis C.K. on Conan discussing impact of cell phone technology.  Thanks to Matthew Heider—previous member of this very course—for sending it along.

Dear Mr. Andrew Keen,

We had some strong reactions to your book, Cult of the Amateur.  We hope you appreciate our use of Web 2.0 to advance important cultural conversations.

Sincerely,

English 400

Okay, well, we know how Keen feels.  What about you?  Does Burnham’s experience represent an exception to the rule, or an example of someone creating an alternative path—via Web 2.0—to expertise?

Okay, well, we know how Keen feels.  What about you?  Does Burnham’s experience represent an exception to the rule, or an example of someone creating an alternative path—via Web 2.0—to expertise?

Thought this was relevant to the idea that we can’t always trust the news!

YEAH WRITE!