Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here:

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown:

Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

Teaching with Digital Media

Teaching the Video Essay Assignment,Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier Vol. 1(2) Spring/Summer 2013.  Various authors.

Critical Commons: This is a media advocacy site run by a colleague; you upload clips that you use often in class and add some commentary making the fair use evident.  It takes some effort but then you have them for good! You can use others’ clips too, and it makes a great class project to upload and annotate.

The Rhetoric of RemixTransformative Works and Cultures, Vol 9, 2012. (Kuhn) This is a rationale for remix as digital argument. It’s one of my most cited essays so it might be helpful.

Nomadic Archives: Remix and the Drift to Praxis, from Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Open Book Press, January, 2012. (Kuhn and Callahan). Full collection available online: This is an overview and rationale for the trajectory of a foundational class. (For a graduate version with some examples, please see: Hacking the Classroom: Eight Perspectives and then “Kuhn” although all of these pieces are smart and useful.)

Speaking with Students: Profiles in Digital Pedagogy,” (Kuhn, Johnson, Lopez) [PDF of the introductory text and the rubric attached. Published in Kairos and republished in a “best of” 2010 articles book]. A video-based rationale for students producing digital theses.

The YouTube Gaze: Permission to Create? (Kuhn) in Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Special issue on Video and Participatory Culture, October 2010. Lists alternatives to YouTube.

From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technology by Dennis Baron. A seminal articles that has influenced my thinking a great deal.

Filmic Texts and the Rise of the Fifth EstateInternational Journal of Learning and Technology (done in Scalar: )  (Kuhn) This is the first piece published in Scalar, which is a good option for using in class. It’s free and open source, created by academics for academic scholarship.