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Backchannel anyone?

I'm thinking we're gonna need another class to get all the presentations done.

Demon Days

As I was reading Rickert and Salvo (2006), I couldn’t help but think about Gorillaz, the virtual band created by Damon Albarn (formerly of Blur) and featuring (in its various incarnations) Miho Hatori, Kid Koala, Dan the Automator, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Shaun Ryder, De La Soul, Snoop Dog, Lou Reed, Mark E. Smith, Bobby Womack, Mick Jones, Debbie Harry, and the Lebanese Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music, to name a few. As you might guess from this line-up, there’s a healthy mix of hip-hop, R&B, rock, pre-and-post-punk, electronica, and even classical that goes into creating this sound.

Language Maintenance and the Internet

I was talking yesterday about how I'd been learning Gaelic online. Here's the BBC-sponsored website where I began:

And here's a friendly English language forum for Gaelic learners and users:

Finally, one where most of the threads are in Gaidhlig (though English is not forbidden):

This is just one example of how the Internet is being used to resist language death. I'm sure there are others. If you know of any (Emily?), please share.

A "Better" Book Review

There’s been a lot of talk in this class about having our students research, write, and remix for the Web. So when Amazon sent an email request to review my recent purchase of Dennis Baron’s A Better Pencil, I didn’t see how I could pass up the opportunity to practice what I preached. So here’s the link (scroll down):

“It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.”

Today I would like us to explore the world of Interactive Fiction (IF) together as a class. So if you would please click on the link below and find your way to a game:

Modern Primitives

All this talk of narratives, starting in Journet’s article and continuing as a common theme throughout Part 2 of Gaming Lives, got me thinking about something Kurt Vonnegut used to talk about during his public lectures (I saw him speak in Bloomington around 1994). He would first explain how he didn’t receive a degree in literature, but rather anthropology, which he claimed gave him a more scientific perspective on storytelling.

Thact Glocally!

I’m really interested in the idea of “Transcultural Literacies of Gaming” that Pandey et al. view as context-specific, socio-economically embedded, and complicated by, among other things, national and ethnic identities.


Hope everybody who went to CCCC made it back safe & sound. Hope everyone else had a relaxing Spring Break.

I was drawing up a plan for the end of the semester (only 5 weeks left!) and had a few questions about the assignments for this class.

In the course policies & texts, it says that "you will be required to complete one annotated bibliography (ten points), one seminar paper proposal (ten points each), regular blog entries (fifteen points), one mid-semester project (twenty-five points), and one semester project (forty points)."

Like swimming

Here’s your hope:

“To the hip hip hop, and you don’t stop”

I can relate to Adam Banks. We both grew up in the 1980s in working-class families in the post-industrial Midwest (he in Cleveland, me in Indianapolis). We both enjoyed roller skating parties, backyard BBQs, and Kung Fu flicks. We both wore “buddies” (my mom thought it was outrageous to pay $20 for a pair of tennis shoes that kids would just “mess up anyways”). We both envied friends who had Atari 2600s (I had to wait until I was in middle school to get a Commodore 64, and even then I wasn’t allowed to play games on it… but I did).

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