Archive | February, 2012

Flip-flop of the syllabus schedule

26 Feb

OK, in lieu of Tuesday’s scheduled YouTube lecture, we are going to move Week 8’s screening of “The Social Network” to this week (Week 7). There will be no lab on Thursday due to the fact that I’ll be out of town for a conference, so….

THIS TUESDAY, we will go over last week’s Twitter lab and begin “The Social Network.” Whatever we don’t finish in the film in class on Tuesday, you will be able to watch on Thursday (though there will be no hands-on lab assignment or TST that day, I will put someone in charge of taking attendance and running the movie …. any volunteers?).

So you are off the hook for reading this weekend, but take a look at some background for the film for Tuesday.

The Social Network (2010) – IMDb

The Truth Behind The Social Network | /Film

twitter skills lab

23 Feb

Twitter skills lab:

Follow @COMatGCC
Use the hashtag #com160 for each tweet in this assignment.
Send a tweet that summarizes what we’ve covered in class.
Send a tweet that includes a link.
Send a tweet with video (make your own or YouTube).
Send a tweet with a picture.
Send a direct message to COMatGCC.
Send a tweet with an @reply to COMatGCC.
Locate the trending topics, and contribute to the TT by sending a tweet with the appropriate hashtag

Research paper details

13 Feb

In this project, you will be writing a traditional 5-6 page research-based critical paper on one of the following topics. See rubric below for grading specifics. MLA style; post to MyCourses by March 8 at noon.


Privacy Issues in Social Media

In this topic, research and write about privacy issues related to social media sites, such as Facebook, FourSquare, Twitter, etc. Define what these privacy issues are, the consequences of being too private/not private enough, research what controls users have over their information, and write about the effects of too much information on the internet (based on your research and critical thought).

If Facebook is the new MySpace, what’s the next big thing? Trends in Social Media

This paper will be a survey of social media technology, beginning with Usenet groups, and including current & new social media sites (SMS). Describe why some SMS are successful, and critically think about why some aren’t. What draws people to SMS? Where do we go from here?

Social Media & Cyberbullying

The 2006 case of Megan Meier, who committed suicide over bullying on MySpace raises a new ethical issue with SMS. Sadly, cyberbullying-driven suicide has become practically a trend in recent times (Jamey Rodemeyer, Tyler Clementi). Research and define past cyber bullying cases, and what SMS are doing to prevent and/or control bullying. Critically express your own thoughts on cyber bullying – its effect on tweens/teens; perhaps conduct interviews in a local school to get a handle on cyber bullying in the region.

Using Social Media to Market to Millennials

“Millennial” is used to describe the generation born between 1982 – 2002; referring to the generation of young Americans to be raised with (massively) mass media and internet/computing/ telecommunications technology. Often called the Wired Generation, Millennials also represent a coveted demographic in advertising and marketing. Research and define what makes a millennial, what are their major characteristics, and describe what companies are doing to attract them. Critically think about what it means to be defined as a Millennial. Is it accurate?

Social Media & Copyright Issues

What is the difference between copyright infringement and fair use? Define what these two terms mean, and apply it in describing the distribution and use of copyrighted material on the web (specifically, on SMS). Conversely, what is your personal copyright protection for videos/images/other intellectual property you make available via SMS like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, etc? Is method of distribution a major factor in copyright infringement? Critically think about and discuss the role of copyright protection as it applies to your work as a student; and your own intellectual property on the internet.

Twitter vs. Facebook: Compare, contrast, and who wins?

Twitter and Facebook share a lot in common, however these two SMS are very different, and attract different demographics and segments of the population. Define and describe what they share, and what makes them different from one another. Think critically, and give examples of situations where one may be more appropriate than the other.


Tech Show & Tell

13 Feb

As promised, here are links to what we covered in TST on Thursday. Thanks Liz, Corey, Alan and Joe for sharing!



Liz: Campus TV screens/how to operate the black box

Corey: All about the Mac Mini

Alan: Chrome extensions; Disconnect

Joe: Team Viewer; at home PC access

“If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet.” Twitter Readings

12 Feb

Please read the following articles for class:


Twitter, Facebook and YouTube’s role in Arab Spring

Twitter (Wikipedia)

Does Twitter Drive TV Viewership?

How to Use Twitter for Customer Support

The Twitter Guidebook

Frontline: Digital Nation

7 Feb

Post your reactions to today’s screening of Digital Nation. What do you think about having the label of “dumbest generation?” Do you think multitasking harms the learning process? How does digital communication impact relationships and traditional interpersonal communication?