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Fall 2019 Calendar
Date Description Assessment
August 28 New Media Communication. Review of new media. What do we mean by new media and new media relationships? The academic and professional context of new media. Supplementary links: Eastern. UCONN. Hartford.
Sept 2 Labor day–no classes
Sept 4 General New Media Principles and History. New media as Code, Design, and Cultural Environment. Context Reading and viewing: Vannaver Bush. And read this. Write a brief response to Bush: Theme: What of Bush’s predictions do you see operating in today’s tech world? Supplementary Texts: On Drum Tracks and Shaping the Music of the 80s; Right to Robots?; Delivery Drones; The Weedinator. Response due.
Sept 9 Watch PressPausePlay. General discussion on New Media Principles in Culture and Practice.
Sept 11 Social Media and new media systems. Metaphor and mental models. From networks to AI to advertbots or whatever. Supplementary texts: Like. Flirt. Ghost.
Sept 16 Defining systems. New Media in History.
Sept 18 Read Bradbury’s The Veldt. The problem with systems.
Sept 23 Story Telling, Narrative, and New Media
Sept 25 The Digital Life and mental models. Read Chapter 1: The Medium is the Message by Marshall Mcluhan.
Sept 30 Review
Oct 2 Quiz 1  Quiz 1 in-class
Oct 7 Storytelling and software. Supplementary Reading: How we read and Medium.
Oct 9 Pitching story
Oct 14 Working with storyboards Story Ideas due
Oct 16 In-class work with storyboards.
Oct 21 Working with procedures in new media. Scriptwriting. Storyboards due
Oct 23 Working with new media tools. Story Scripts due. Follow this link to find helpers for script writing.
Oct 28 Linking. Non-linear story. The writerly, readerly text. Links and relationships. Read Vesp by Porpentine. How Story is Physical
Oct 30 Read about an hour’s worth of Susan Gibb’s Blueberries, Paul La Farge’s Luminous Airplanes, and Book of Waste. Discussion. Jame’s Lynch’s The House of Mystery. Complete Digital Stories due.
Nov 4 Interactive Fiction Readings: Photopia, Nine Points, Blue Lacuna, Endless Nameless, Blue Chairs
Nov 6 Working with interface. Scan through the Inform 7 manual by John Timmons.  Download Inform 7 or create an account at playfic for a decent online version of the storymaker.
Nov 11 Understanding Space and Objects
Nov 13 Understanding Point of view Maps-and-Motion due.
Nov 18 Understanding Advanced Objects
Nov 20 Understanding Automation
Nov 25 Understanding Process: How to defrost a frozen digital chicken.
Nov 27-Dec 1 Holiday Break Actions and Objects Due by Midnight
Dec 2 Teaching the Machine
Dec 4 Outcomes and Endings  Inform Final due by midnight.
Dec 9
Dec 11

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