Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Mention an effective argument you heard from the debate or respond to one of those posted by a classmate.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 : 7:00pm; Wednesday, October 29, 2008 : 7:00pm
University Park Campus
Leaders in the field face off over dwindling water supply, an issue particularly relevant in California.
We continue our Social Issues Speaker series with a debate addressing the limited water supply.
Stephen P. Erie, professor of Political Science and director of Urban Studies at UC San Diego, will debate Michael George, executive VP of the American States Water Company in San Dimas, California. Moderating the event is Donal Manahan, professor of Biology and Director of the Wrigley Institute at USC.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
"The Selfish Gene"
The Tipping Point, notes, notes,
The Rise of Crowdsourcing
The Secret Strategies Behind Many “Viral” Videos
The Low-Tech Election
In the terms of the articles, are viral videos selfish, self -propagating memes or are they manufactured fads? What in these articles (pull quotes) speak best to your video?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Oct. 14 - Oct. 15, 2008 | 7:00pm | Bovard Auditorium
More and more, the world experiences the consequences of our dependence on unrenewable fossil fuels and limited water supplies. The first event in the Fall 2008 Social Issues Speaker series will center on the complicated dilemma of oil. As a primary focus of the current presidential campaigns, this heated topic will undoubtedly spark a stimulating and pertinent debate. Dr. Mark Allen Bernstein, Managing Director of the USC Energy Institute, moderates the debate between Matt Petersen, President of Global Green USA, and Ralph Moran, Government Relations, BP America.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Go to Diigo here.
I highly recommend the Demo video.
For Wed, please sign up for Diigo, download the toolbar, and try to bookmark a page with notes. For now choose a page that has something to do with our current topic of changing literacies.
- Sign up for an account or using a new username or Open ID
- Install the Diigo toolbar. (Use Firefox for best results).
- Click the "bookmark" icon to book mark a page.
- Highlight some text.
- Mouseover that text and choose from the menu "add stickynote."
- Share that page with me by choosing the "Send" icon and emailing it to me.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
You'll find the resources here. Please watch all of the videos.
For now, focus on what the topoi are and how they might help you with this assignment or another one. Post your feedback on the tools as comments to this blog post. We'll discuss "the topoi" further in class.
Here is the site:
The USC Topoi Pageflakes
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The talk was an introduction to some of the changes in publishing modes and in what Hayles called Digital Scholarship.
But in the meantime, go explore the following sites that were discussed in the talk:
Vectors: USC's multimedia Journal. Make sure you go in and look at the articles inside.
One of my favorites is here: Blue Velvet
Encyclopedia of Egyptology
Write your reactions as comments on this post.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We are continuing our analysis of political speeches. For our next class, take a look at two things.
1) Choose an historic speech from this list:
American Rhetoric Top 100 Speeches
You will use this speech as the subject of Paper #1.
2) Watch the Obama speech here on Thursday night. (You will have to download some software to view this speech. The speech will also show up on YouTube and other major news outlets, so try there if you cannot download the software.)
Post a reply, commenting on a moment that resonated with you, that seemed to have high rhetorical impact. Please also include the time marker of when that statement in the speech was made.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Consider particularly the portrait of your generation via the Konyks.
What does the layout of this online article say about the NYT's online readers?
How does the video complement or contrast with the article?
Be particularly attentive to claims of realms of rhetorical mastery.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Rumor has it that Americans are not reading anymore. Instead we surround ourselves with moving images, flashing screens, and shuffling playlists. That may be so, but all this information for our ears and eyes is still infused with rhetoric. In this course, you will learn to defuse it and reuse it for yourself. In this course, you will learn to defuse it and reuse it for yourself.