Monthly Archives: September 2016

Heading into the End of the HTML/CSS Codecademy exercises and the first update for the semester of social media: questions?

This week was kind of lopsided (more or less on purpose) in terms of readings because I wanted to make the second half lighter so you could swing back to spending some more time on the Codecademy exercises and the … Continue reading

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A couple of quick readings on social media worth sharing

I know that folks are spending the second part of this week writing their first update on their semester of social media and also getting their ducks in a row with the Codecademy exercises on HTML and CSS, but I … Continue reading

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More Facebook isn’t all bad: Ellison et al and Klass

Here’s where we’ll talk about “Seeing Social Media More as Portal Than as Pitfall” by Perri Klass (in the New York Times) and “The Benefits of Facebook ‘Friends’” by Nicole Ellison, Charles Steinfield, and Cliff Lampe in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. … Continue reading

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Discussing selection from boyd’s “It’s Complicated”

This is where we’ll talk about the introduction and first chapter of  danah boyd’s It’s Complicated. You can download the entire book as a pdf from this link.  Of course, if you like it and want to support boyd and Yale University … Continue reading

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Important heading into the weekend announcements

Watch the video, but briefly, I wanted to alert everyone to two (and a half) things: If you haven’t started posting your Codecademy exercises to people.emich.edu, you are behind! And as far as I can tell, almost all of you … Continue reading

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The importance of coding for writers– a couple of readings (and how are your web sites going?)

This is where we’ll talk about both “Hello, World! The surprising overlap between coding and writing” and “Why Every Millennial Should Learn Some Code.” The second piece is really just a little kind of “fluff piece” in Forbes basically arguing that coding will help you get a … Continue reading

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Discussing “20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web”

This is something I came across a couple years ago, “20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web.” I think this “book” is interesting both because it makes interesting use of more advanced HTML5 functions and the introductory information in … Continue reading

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FWIW: Speaking of life before the Internet…

The thing about a class like this is there is always something coming up in the news and wherever else that’s relevant or interesting (at least to me) to what we’re doing in this class. I will post about these … Continue reading

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“The World’s First Web Site”

This is where we’ll discuss “The World’s First Web Site,” a short article about just that, the very early origins of the protocol that allows for this thing called the “World Wide Web.” It’s been with us for 25 years now. Wow. … Continue reading

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Discussing Social Media and a variety of Facebook readings: loneliness, a flight from conversation, creepiness

This is where we’ll talk about the various Facebook readings for this part of the week:   “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?”; “The Flight from Conversation;” “Sherry Turkle–the flight from conversation… a response.”; and “All the Creepy Things Facebook Knows About You.” A few … Continue reading

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