Week 2: How do we spend our time online?

Our first two class sessions helped lay the groundwork for what we’ll be studying this semester and helped us get to know each other a little better, but I’m excited for next week, when we’ll dive into our first book and start working on our first big project, the Video Narrative.

Here’s a brief overview of how we’ll spend our time in class during Week 2 and what you need to do before we meet each day:

  • You have two homework assignments for Tuesday. The first is to watch several sample video narratives to get a feel for the genre. I have created collections on Vimeo and YouTube, and those are good places to get started. (Try to find others!) Please come to class with at least three different ideas for your video narrative and be ready to share them with your classmates. The second assignment is to read the Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1 in Program or Be Programmed (pp. 7–40), and Maria Konnikova’s “Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?” We’ll discuss these readings in class, so please read thoroughly, keeping an eye out for interesting passages you want to address with your classmates.
  • On Thursday, we will hold our first workshop session, which will be focused on developing storyboards for your video narratives. Before you come to class, you should finalize the topic or theme for your video and begin thinking about how you will tell your story. In addition, please read Berkeley’s guide to storyboarding and watch Vimeo’s Storyboarding Basics series.

If you have any questions about our plans for next week, please email me. Otherwise, I’ll see you in class on Tuesday!