Sunday, November 16, 2008

22 Short Films About Grammar.

If you are looking for any of the grammar films go here:
22 Short Films About Grammar.

Here's on from YouTube: Passive Pete Awakens

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Water Debate?

Should water management be privatized?

Mention an effective argument you heard from the debate or respond to one of those posted by a classmate.

The event:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 : 7:00pm; Wednesday, October 29, 2008 : 7:00pm

University Park Campus
Bovard Auditorium

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

Memes versus Manufacturing

To foster our conversation on viral videos, let us have a discussion on what pushes their spread. "Viral videos" already implies one interpretation, but our readings from Wired and Techcrunch suggest alternatives.

"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?