Over the course of the semester, we have read a number of articles about how technology is affecting our individual and social lives. Jeffrey Rosen discusses how social media and surveillance technology are pushing us to reconsider how we interpret the First and Fourth Amendment, and conceive of our fundamental constitutional rights to free speech and privacy. Carolyn Miller and Dawn Shepherd provide an early examination of internet blogging and its relationship to other forms of journaling and self expression such as diaries, and captain's logs. James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins, and Keith Aoki look at copyright, fair use, and changing landscape of documentary film-making. And in the work we've read most recently, Howard Rheingold offers advice about how to cultivate "mindfulness" in the information age.
Since this class began in January, in addition to reading, thinking about, and discussing these assigned texts, you have been conducting your own independent research. Some of you are looking at advances in medical technology; others are investigating ethics and journalism; still others are interested in startup culture, the causes of the financial crisis, organized crime, new media and celebrity culture, or video gamers and gender politics. Through your research you have developed your own areas of expertise.
This week the blog becomes an open forum in which you can publish some of your work-in-progress from your research essays. Test out your thesis. Give us an abstract. Ask for feedback about a question that you're still investigating. What have you learned from your research into your subject? What has your research helped you to understand about the assigned readings? What are the questions or issues you want to make sure we consider before the semester is over?
Commenting: Anyone who needs the extra credit towards the Blog Project.
Taking a break: No one
This week, use your research as the foundation for your blog post. You can provide an abstract or brief summary of the argument you're constructing in your research essay. Introduce and summarize a resource that you've found to be particularly valuable. Or you can identify the "big questions" that remain unanswered, even after months of research. As always, before you post, please carefully read and follow the guidelines and posting information for this blog.