Fall 2024

In these classes, we will be examining different ways in which digital media has contributed to new modes of thinking about topics of social and cultural importance. Through assigned texts and selected videos, podcasts, and other examples of popular digital media we will be meditating on what creativity and communication means in the 21st century. In addition to working with the assigned course texts, students will have the opportunity to develop projects that utilize digital media in order to generate their own ideas around the question, what does it mean to be connected in the digital age?

This course satisfies one SAS Core Requirement
Area of Inquiry: Arts and Humanities; Critical and Creative Expression [AHr]

Section                          Subtitle                           Instructor Day/Period* Room
01 At Home: What Does it Mean? Kearney T/5,6 ED 025B
02 Food, Culture & Politics in the Digital Age Hobayan M,Th/2 AB 3100
03 Storytelling in the Digital Age Ahmed Th/2,3 MU 302
04 Documenting YOUR World Standridge W/1,2 MU 038
05 Memoirist's Mixed Tapes Lowe M/3,4 MU 002
07 Words About Music Warren F/4,5 MU 038
10 Millennials and Multimedia The Friend T,Th/6 MU 038
11 Rewriting and Remixing Fuhrman T, Th/5 MU 003
12 Storytelling in the Digital Age Ahmed W/2,3 MU 001
13 Documenting YOUR World Bryan T/6,7 AB-2250
15 Documenting YOUR World Standridge Th/4,5 MU 302
16 Documenting YOUR World Hulme Th/2,3 MU 002
17 At Home: What Does it Mean? Kearney T/3,4 HC-S126
90 Documenting YOUR World Chambers Asynchronous N/A
91 Documenting YOUR World Chambers Asynchronous N/A
92 Identity in Virtual Public Space Madden Asynchronous N/A

*Honors College students and SAS Honors students enroll in Section H1 or H2

H1* Curiosity and Expression Bielecki T/2,3 MU 305
H2* Writing for Performance Votipka M,Th/3, MU 038

01, 17 - At Home: What Does it Mean?
What is home? Is it a place of belonging, of safety, of refuge? Must it be something that we call ours, that we identify with? Or can home be a dwelling in bewilderment? What happens when we don’t feel at home, when we don’t belong? In this class, we will develop work that documents the shapes and contours of our intimate dwellings and the stories of those who inhabit them. Through videos, podcasts, and graphic illustrations, students will develop narratives around questions of home and estrangement, investigating how each specific digital media employed can serve as a unique lens to view both feeling at home and feeling estranged. Students of all backgrounds and disciplines welcome!

02- Food, Culture & Politics in the Digital Age 
Multimedia appeals to various senses, but not all of them at once. How can students use digital platforms to create something that comes close to experiencing the real thing of food? Additionally, how can social media disseminate information about the food world, specifically agriculture and the politics that surround it? How can these media bring awareness to the forefront and encourage social action? In this course, students will consider these questions as they engage with all varieties of food literature (novels, restaurant reviews, political essays, how-to videos, food blogs) and how their own identities are created through food. As a result of our discussions, students will create a podcast, a video essay, and other related assignments.

03, 12 - Storytelling in the Digital Age
Students will hone their creative writing and critical thinking skills, to learn the various styles and formats of storytelling in the digital age. You will create a digital portfolio which is a personal blog of your work throughout the semester. The portfolio will include – personal narrative, podcast, video essay, film critique, blog posts on current events, well-thought-out final essays or short fiction. How do we tell stories in the digital age? Are the possibilities endless? Let’s find out!

04, 13,15, 16, 90, 91 - Documenting YOUR World
Sometimes, it feels like The News has everything covered: politics, entertainment, climate change, business. But there’s something only you can report on: The story of your everyday life. How your immediate world keeps changing. Is there a new graffiti artist in town? Is something fresh happening in the local music scene? Has your circle of friends changed its view on an issue? Is a new fashion trend emerging on campus? Through blog posts, a podcast, and a video project, we’ll keep track of micro-stories like these, analyzing and exploring them in different ways.

05 - Memoirist's Mixtape
This introductory workshop explores writing as a multi-media entity, offers exciting ground for experimentation and is, in a Dadaist sense, a portrait of the writer. You will explore hybrid, multi-media texts by twentieth- and twenty-first-century writer-performers and installation artists. Writing produced in the workshop will be collaged or remixed into multi-media projects such as sound-text pieces, video poems and podcast episodes. Practice will include audio and video assemblage, experimenting with found language, cross-genre collaboration, playing with possibilities of music-text-video interaction, and critical engagement.

07 - Words About Music
“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” (Martin Mull, Frank Zappa, Elvis Costello, etc.). From the earliest days of concert reviews and album liner notes, journalists have been struggling to find words to describe the sounds that they hear when listening to music. The blogging world has brought many more voices into this cultural conversation, which at times can be both perplexing and fascinating. The current digital music landscape has become a thriving and vibrant community that has its roots in a long tradition of fanzines, concert bootlegs and mix tapes. Now more than ever, both artists and their respective audiences are engaged in a dynamic conversation that is not only changing how we talk about music, but also how artists are creating music. Through careful study of texts, blogs, podcasts, videos and recordings, students will evaluate how music is discussed and written about and become active participants in the larger social media conversation. Over the course of the semester, students will produce several blog posts that critique live musical performances, review albums and explore their deeper thoughts on musical style and culture. In addition, each student will produce a podcast and a video essay that takes traditional musical journalism off the page and into the aural and visual domains.

10 -  Millennials and Multimedia
Through blog posts, video essays, podcasts, and other multimedia projects, you will explore the ways you define yourselves within and against the millennial generation that is being actively discussed in the blogosphere. According to a 2014 White House report, one quarter of millennials—Americans born between 1980 and 2000—“believe that their relationship to technology is what makes their generation unique.” In this course, you will use multimedia composition—that is, writing and creating using digital technologies—in order to analyze, define, and ultimately contribute to millennial culture. You will theorize how millennials differ from Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and from other generational groups, considering questions not only of technology but also of race, gender, class, employment, education, health, family, community, and attitude.

11 - Making it New: Rewriting and Remixing

In this class, we will read essays about and study examples of how artists and writers use found materials and take inspiration from works of pop culture, literature and myth to explore their own emotions and ideas. To start, students will create poems and works of flash fiction that reinvent other writers’ narratives and borrow from existing languages and tropes. Later, students will translate these written pieces into audio works and short videos that use sounds and images from the public domain. As a final project, students will design a personal website that showcases their creative work.

92 - Identity in Virtual Spaces

With the advent of social media, everything that used to be private became public: we “confess” our feelings, our purchasing habits, even sensitive personal information to huge online audiences. In this course, we will think about what contemporary digital media reveals--or seems to reveal--about the people who created it. How do we perform our real (or fake) identities online? What assumptions do audiences make about what is “real,” and what do audiences feel entitled to know? To help us answer these questions, we’ll turn to literature and media from confessional poetry to TikTok, using it as inspiration for three major projects: a podcast episode, a graphic memoir, and a video project.

* Honors College students and SAS Honors students enroll in Section H1 & H2

*H1 (Honors) - Curiosity and Expression
How are our perceptions of art, communications, and information changing as a result of wide spread access to digital technologies and various digital media platforms? This course provides students the opportunity to explore the conceptual challenges that have emerged from the ever expanding digital world that we inhabit through blog postings, group exercises, and individual digital media projects that provide hands on experience of what it is like to compose and share works that are both thought provoking and entertaining. Taught at Honors level.

*H2 (Honors) -Writing for Performance

How do poets, playwrights, screenwriters, speech writers, podcasters and creative people of every persuasion make meaning for their audiences? How can creativity and expression be practiced and shared? In this creative writing and performance based introduction to multimedia writing, each writer will explore diverse modes of creativity, will contribute to a feedback workshop community, and will practice the art of revision. As we apply speech tools for dynamic presentation, some writing will be shared in class and other writing will lead to edited sound or video projects. Our writing practices in Honors Intro Multimedia Composition are supported by readings about writing craft and inspiration, exploring perspectives from writers of varied genre. 

Period numbers/times for all campuses:

1   8:30 AM to 9:50 AM

2  10:20 AM to 11:40 AM

3  12:10 PM to 1:30 PM

4   2 PM to 3:20 PM

5   3:50 PM to 5:10 PM

6   5:40 PM to 7 PM

7  7:30 PM to 8:50 PM 

8  9:20 PM to 10:40 PM