So what about selfies?

imagesThanks to Matt for directing an introspective conversation about the nature of selfies to kick off our extended group reflection on this new media phenomenon.  I enjoyed reading all of your blog posts and listening/sharing during our class conversation (which was lively and invested, as it should be).  We considered -the question of inherent narcissism, -the difference between looking for attention vs. looking for collaboration, -the stakes involved in using selfies & hashtags in the context of collective action, -the question of intimacy, or -privacy, or -authenticity.  I enjoyed ending our chat with some brief close readings of selfies – a reminder that all is not what it seems.  I think this class conversation has laid the groundwork from which to continue our exploration of the stakes in/of selfies.

images-1I am also excited that you have planned a great new media final project: a collective scrapbook of the “trials & tribulations” of trying out new media tools.  I think the key to your individual “case studies” is to push beyond your threshold of comfort.  Each of you will try out a new tool or application, documenting your experience, your learning process, your struggles & successes.  Each of your individual adventures into new media will be compiled to form a “storybook” of reflections/tutorials/reviews of new media.  In the next few weeks, please choose what new media tool or application you will explore.  (Please have a first choice and a second choice, and we will confer during our next meeting to make sure there is no overlap.)  Feel free to get started with this work considering you have a bit of time in the next few weeks.  As you know, I will not see you in person for sometime :(.  We all have our well deserved Spring Break this coming week, and the week thereafter I will be in Washington DC with the National Writing Project.

When we reconvene on 3/23, Colin will guide us through two readings:

1.  Robert P. Jones. Self-Segregation: Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson The Atlantic, Aug 2014;

2.  danah boyd’s White Flight in Networked Publics? How Race and Class Shaped American Teen Engagement with MySpace and Facebook (2011). In Race After the Internet (eds. Lisa Nakamura and Peter A. Chow-White). Routledge, pp. 203-222.

-Blog a thoughtful response to these readings and remember to tweet your blog and share/discover through our #NewMediaStudies hashtag and network.

-Please start your work on your “new media trial run” for the final class project.

-We will be planning our work for the upcoming “Air B N Me” #Netprov in the second half of our class period when class meets on 3/23.

Have a productive and prolific next few weeks!!


Dr. Zamora



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