Welcome to ENGL 1101: Media Convergence Culture! Remember to follow this account! #convergence1101
This semester you will be interacting quite a bit on Twitter. This is to utilize a platform by which many knowledge communities and fandoms mediate their dialogue. We’ll be using the hashtag #convergence1101 to direct our conversations and I will be curating all of our Twitter discussions to our shared-class Storify site.
This does require that you have a Twitter account. You may create one by following this link. I strongly urge you to create a new Twitter account. This account does not need to use your name or make yourself publicly identifiable. Your account bio should mention that you are in an ENGL 1101 course and your composition goals for the semester. You should also use an image that is beyond the “egg.” I will need to know whatever Twitter handle (screen name) you are using so that I can allocate the correct points for participation.
In the second week of class, I will ask that you supply me with you Twitter account name.
You should keep your Twitter-enabled device nearby when you are doing readings/work for this class.
Twitter posts will be done in discussion groups. At the beginning of the semester, you will be placed into three groups– GROUP ONE, GROUP TWO, GROUP THREE.
The groups will rotate every week. You will need to pay close attention to the schedule in order to know when you should be posting.
When posting to Twitter for this class, use the hashtag:
You will also need to follow the class Twitter account,@convergence1101.
See the tweet below for an example of the Twitter genre:
When it is your group’s turn for Twitter discussion (as noted in the course schedule, the following is required:
Discussion Question — When it is your group’s turn to conduct Twitter discussion, you will be asked to contribute at least ONE open-ended discussion question. Begin each discussion question tweet with a “Q:” (This will help me sort questions and help your classmates see what questions have already been asked.)
Live Tweet — When it is your group’s turn to conduct Twitter discussion, you should also “live tweet” your observations, ideas, thoughts, concerns, points of confusion, comparisons, and musings as you are reading the required texts and/or watching/listening to the required media. These tweets can be informal and may resemble stream of consciousness. However, they are still public and must follow the GA Tech Codes of Conduct. Required: 3-5 tweets associated with the day your group is scheduled.
Be wise in your use of gifs, videos, and retweets. Remember that this is an academic discussion despite our usage of Twitter to mediate discussion. Consider your audience. Consider the situation.
To live tweet the films/music videos, you may either attend the optional courses-wide screening and live tweet then, or watch the selected text on your own and live tweet as you view it. If you complete the viewing on your own, then you must do so BEFORE the first day of discussion of that text. Aim for at least 5 tweets per screening. Every tweet should include the course hashtag.
You must tweet by 9:00am the day of class your group is scheduled. I will look at the Tweets before class and curate them into our class Storify site.
Privacy and Safety
While we are using Twitter to mediate our conversations in this course, it is important to remember that your tweets are taking place in public and could attract the attention of individuals outside of Georgia Tech. (Perhaps even outside of the country.) While in some instances, this attention might be a very good thing, it also brings the possibility of negative online interactions. With that in mind, consider the following:
- How much information do you want to be public? If you don’t want any personal information to be public, create a Twitter handle that is not associated with your real name or other publicly identifiable information.
- How would this tweet be read out of context? If someone took just one tweet and embedded it into an article, would it give someone the wrong impression of you, your meaning, or this course?
- How might readers interpret your tweet? As we discuss in our course, keep your audience in mind as you write and be aware of the genre you are composing. Just 280 characters can create a lot of room for confusion.
It is very possible that we might encounter “trolls.” They will not be singing and dancing in technicolor (see: Trolls ). Internet “trolls” uptake conversations in a negative way: starting arguments, creating hostile atmospheres, and intentionally inflaming emotions. Do not “troll.” If you are engaged by a “troll,” social media experts suggest not to “feed” them by responding and entering into a confrontation with them. If trolls become threatening or spam your account, report the user via Twitter’s reporting methods and immediately notify your instructor.