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Mapping New Media Fall, 2020

Mapping New Media Fall, 2020

This project asks you and your group members to use contemporary New Media technology to explore and comment upon a historical "new media" practice. The idea is twofold.

FIRST, the content of the project should attempt to "tell the story" of this older "new media". What were some important social, cultural, economic or political issues that arose with it? What was it that made it a good example of "new media"? Your research should include academic sources, news accounts, and even popular media content (e.g. pop music lyrics, TV shows, film clips, photographs, etc.). Attention should be paid to the question of what the older "new media" can teach us about our contemporary experience.

SECOND, your project should tell this story using some form of contemporary new media itself. Your final project will consist of a digital media production such as a website, a dedicated blog (e.g. on Wordpress or Tumblr), a dedicated website, a series of podcasts, a social media project (e.g. Instagram feed, YouTube channel, etc.) or other such work. Your project should attempt to make as much use of the platform's features as it can to "tell its story" (for e.g., use the commenting features in YT or IG to generate a discussion, follow other blogs/channels/feeds that discuss similar content, etc.).

If you're group does not feel technically capable of realizing such a project, please speak with me about the option of submitting an enriched written report.

Some Possible Older "New Media" - video - television - photography - film - radio - the phonograph - newspapers

Instructions for Research Proposal and Annotated Bibliography Your proposal should do three basic things: (1) provide a clear outline of your proposed project, (2) indicate why it is a significant and worthy topic of investigation, and (3) outline how you intend to produce your final project.

Your annotated bibliography should have 2 scholarly sources, none of which are assigned as course readings (you can use course readings as sources for your final project, but NOT for the proposal). Each bibliographic entry should provide (1) a full and properly formatted citation, (2) a very brief summary of the source, and (3) a brief description of how it is appropriate to your chosen research topic.

Delivering Your Final Project All projects will be submitted online through Quercus. How you "hand in" your project will depend on the format it is in. If it is an online project (e.g. website, blog, Instagram feed, YouTube channel, podcast series) please submit the URL through Quercus. If it is a standalone media file (e.g. e-book), you will be able to upload your file directly.

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