Online Class

Welcome to the first online class of the semester. Note that all material associated with this class should be completed by 11:59pm on Thursday, October 11. This means that the tasks listed can be submitted any time before that date and time. If any questions arise, contact Dr. Murdock via email.

Below, you will see the tasks for this class listed along with a short explanation of the content’s connections to our course.


Tasks to Complete:

Yes, it’s a lot to read, but it is the basis for the next few weeks of class. Take the time to really engage with the readings. They will be essential as we move forward.

  • While you read the above-listed texts, choose one text and live-tweet about it. Discuss quotes, challenge or underscore its message. Use the course hashtag, #convergence1101. In total, you should post 5-7 tweets.
  • Complete the CATME Group Evaluation. You should have received an email regarding this on Sunday night. Reminders will be sent out at various intervals throughout the week. Peer evaluations should be completed by 11:59pm on Thursday, October 11. See below for more information.
  • Read the Discussion section below.

CATME Evaluations

CATME is a platform for peer evaluation. These evaluations will disclose the amount each of your peers contributed to Composition Project #1. You will be required to do one norming activity before completing the evaluations within the platform.

Evaluations will only be visible to the course instructor.


Discussion

The second half of this semester will move us from transmedia storytelling, paratexts, and hype (most of which are created by the creator of the source text) to fan creation. That is: transformative works and fan action.

Essentially, we are moving our focus to consumers and the way they uptake various texts and interests.

“What does this have to do with English Composition?” You say this with interest and curiosity, not doubt. We’ve already seen how different modes of composition align with transmedia and paratexts. “Why does it matter how people uptake stuff like Marvel movies?”

I agree, Tony. It’s an excellent question.

See, we uptake things all the time. We respond. We make. We engage. We converse. We debate. We remake. We remix. We do these things all the time without giving them a second thought because this kind of “uptaking” is so ingrained in what we do. Particularly within our fields, we must learn the ongoing conversations and then find our place within those conversations. (This is why you have to cite materials in papers.)

Transformative works like those we will be exploring as the class continues are another form of response, another form of conversation. They’re expansion, in many ways. And they are a different method of creation that what we’ve been exposed to thus far.

As for how this engagement is different? Well, we’ll explore that over the next few weeks.