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Spring 2020 Calendar
Date Description Assessment
Jan 22 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.
Jan 27 General New Media Principles and History. New media as Code, Design, and Cultural Environment.
Jan 29 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.
Feb 3 Watch PressPausePlay. General discussion on New Media Principles in Culture and Practice.
Feb 5 Social Media and new media systems. Metaphor and mental models. From networks to AI to bots or whatever. Supplementary texts: Like. Flirt. Ghost. Defining systems.
Feb 10 New Media in History
Feb 12 Reading in New Media Environments or Reading New Media Environments. Supplementary reading: The Elephant Chart. Communication models and questions of interaction.
Feb 17 Presidents’ Day Recess – COLLEGE CLOSED – NO CLASSES
Feb 19 The Digital Life and mental models. Read Chapter 1: The Medium is the Message by Marshall Mcluhan.
Feb 24 Exam Review Review
Feb 26 Exam 1  Exam 1 in-class
March 2 Story Telling, Narrative, and New Media. Samples discussion. Re-mix culture and the idea of hypertextuality
March 4 Read Borges The Garden of Forking Paths
March 9 Remix project discussion. Storyboarding.
March 11 Working with Twine. Supplementary: How CYOA . . .
March 16-22 Spring Break
Week 8

March 23

The writerly, readerly text. Links and relationships.  Story maps due
March 25 Linking. Non-linear story. 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.
Week 9

March 30

Metaphor, the “filmic,” and interactions.
April 1 How Story is Physical
Week 10
April 6
Read Vesp by Porpentine
April 8 Interactive fiction and the rhetoric of new media. Hypertext (Twine) project due, Sunday end of Week 10
Week 11
April 13
Interactive Fiction Readings: PhotopiaNine PointsBlue Lacuna, Blue Lacuna excerpt, Endless NamelessBlue Chairs, A Day for Fresh Sushi Download Inform 7 or create an account at playfic for a decent online version of the storymaker.
April 15 Working with interface. Scan through the Inform 7 manual by John Timmons. Understanding Space.
Week 12

April 20

Understanding Point of View
April 22 Understanding Advanced Objects
Week 13

April 27

Understanding Automation with values
April 29 Understanding Process: How to defrost a frozen digital chicken.
Week 14

May 4

Teaching the Machine and more on process and plot
May 6  Last Day of Class. Outcomes and Endings
 Final Exam TBA