|Goals and Objectives|
(1) To examine and develop concepts & ideas derived from scholarship about human communication, mass media, and computational digital technologies. New media theory comes from diverse and interdisciplinary sources.
(2) To examine and develop conceptual foundations derived from the cultural and commercial dimensions of new media history and technologies. Much new media theory is derived from professional practice, including contemporary/everyday phenomena. Ongoing technological innovations and implementations variously conform to and challenge conceptual understandings and explanations. The course examines the everyday, bringing focus to the taken-for-granted, and testing disciplinary/scholarly knowledge.
(3) To provide you with increased and improved technical vocabularies with which to study and discuss conceptual developments.
(4) Developing critical insights about taken-for-granted new media phenomena. Students are encouraged to think critically about the roles of media (new and old) in their lives as well as in our cultures.
(5) To develop informed speculations concerning the future of new media with particular attention to the roles of citizens, consumers, and producers. To the degree that “the new media are us,” the course encourages increased awareness, self-consciousness, and a critical attitude toward participation in mediated communication.
(6) This course fulfills a BU Core Curricula Writing Intensive (WI) requirement.
In order to meet these goals, you develop the ability to comprehend, identify, apply, and critically evaluate the definitions of the concepts. In the case of the core concepts presented in lecture/discussion and web notes, you should be able to:
In the case of the reading materials, students should be able to:
Fall 2019 IM 355 will happen, mostly, online.
Follow the syllabus/schedule: read the book, read the concept pages, watch the video concept lectures, do the summary assignments over the book and the concept application notes over the concepts.
Due dates and times are listed on the syllabus. The online version of the syllabus will be updated, when needed, and supersedes the printed version.
(A) The Concept Exams
Face-to-Face Attendance Required:
No early or make-up exams will be arranged for either of the exams. Students with emergencies must contact Dr. Lamoureux (in person or by phone) before the end of the test period; accommodations will be made for (only) dire emergencies. Students needing accommodations from the Learning Assistance Center must contact both the center and me a minimum of one full, 7-day, week before the exam. Do not make travel plans that conflict with either examination.
(B) Concept application notes
Each class day that we deal with the (21) course concepts, you will post a one-or-two-page (400-800 words) "concept application note" to the Sakai forum. The post must:
1) summarize ALL OF THE PARTS of the concept
Please mark each of the three steps and separate them by line spaces. Your answer should have three discreet parts.
Finally, make the application of article to concept or concept to article. The activity does NOT call for third summary. The treatment MUST either apply the concept to the article or apply the reading to the concept. The note must clarify the concept, the article, and (especially) their connection. Do not write: "the article applies to the concept because they are about the same thing(s)" or "the article is an example of the concept." I know those: I selected the article because it relates to the concept. The question is: HOW? Or, "what can you tell me about the ways that one modifies, contradicts, expands" the other?
I may share especially interesting notes with the class. Do not use any of the illustrations that I use in lecture or that appear in the book. Concept application notes are graded and scored for quality. Concept applications are posted to forums in Sakai (not attached). Use the "paste into" function in Sakai to avoid entering machine code. Concept applications are due before 11:59pm the day the concept is listed on the syllabus. An additional 12 hour grace period is allowed. I will not grade application notes submitted later than 12 noon following the due day.
You cannot see concept application notes that you post to Sakai forums until after I've graded them and notified the class. Keep a copy for your records.
(C) Text book reading summaries/analyses (200-400 words).
Summaries/analyses are posted to Sakai (DO NOT ATTACH a DOC. THERE; use the Sakai "paste into" function or enter the text into Sakai), one summary/analysis per chapter or page range, as assigned. Each day's assignment will specify particular learning outcome(s) and foci for your summary/analysis. Reading assignments are due by 8am the morning of the class day on the syllabus schedule. An additional 12 hour grace period is allowed. I will not grade application notes submitted later than 8 pm on the due day.
You cannot see reading summaries that you post to Sakai forums until after I've graded them and notified the class. Keep a copy for your records.
(D) Research/Writing Project (in three parts, outline, rough draft, final paper):
You must select (and cannot change) one of three options for the research/writing project: (C): a 6-page final paper; (B): an 9-page final paper; (A): a 12-page final paper. The designations DO NOT mean that your paper will automatically receive an A, B, OR C.
You "declare" which option you are using when you turn in your outline.
Values for the outline and rough draft are the same for all versions; values for the final paper vary, based on option. 70 points will be entered as the "base" score for the final paper assignment. Option (C) final papers are worth up to 50; Option (B) final papers are worth up to 75; Option (A) final papers are worth up to 100 points.
Rough drafts and final papers MUST feature sections with content-specific section headings, main points organized by one of the patterns presented in class, and bib/ref section using the specified/modified MLA
Final papers without the materials indicated above will receive a zero, without opportunity for redemption.
Submit outlines as an email attachment, directly to me. Draft and final papers are posted to the Assignments section on Sakai. All three portions of the project must be turned in and graded in order for you to pass the course.
I set up the draft and final paper assignments using "Turnitin.". Turnitin checks for source and documentation issues (plagiarism, copying, and proper documentation, etc.). Your papers are submitted to our intuitional repository (we do NOT submit your papers to the external Turnitin repository). Submitting your papers to me gives me explicit permission to submit your papers to this repository for our continued use for this purpose at BU. I might also use your paper(s) as examples in this or future classes. When I use your paper as an example, I'll remove your name.
All sources should be carefully documented, and included in each assignment file, using the modified MLA style.
There are NO GRACE PERIODS for the 3 parts of the paper.
Turn in .doc or .docx documents.
I return the papers (to your Sakai dropbox for 355) via a WORD document with review COMMENTS. I sometimes add an mp3 file. Be sure that you read and listen to all of my comments.
Don't forget that our library features kind and knowledgeable librarians who are expert at suggesting effective/efficient research strategies. You should take advantage of their expertise. Kari Garman is our CFA librarian; others are also very helpful.
(E) Class discussion: (5)
There will be 5 discussion threads in the term. Credit will be given for quality and quantity of participation. Full credit will be give only if you make one unique contribution AND at least three coherent comments on other students' posts (per assigned question). The discussion topics are posted to matching Forum items.
You may earn up to 50 extra credit points by completing full sentence outlines of up to 5 chapters from the extra credit books (summaries will NOT be accepted; full sentence outlines of individual chapters, up to five, at 10 points each). NO CREDIT FOR PREFACE, INTRODUCTION, FORWARD, OR CONCLUSION; "Regular"-numbered chapters only. The extra credit work may be turned in at a rate of no more than ONE PER WEEK (Sunday-Saturday), no later than 8am December 8. Plan ahead and do extra credit work along the way; do not leave it until the end.
Shoshana Zuboff. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The fight for a human future at the new frontier of Power. Hachette Book Group, 2019.
Reading Summaries/analysis (24@11 ea.):------------264
A: 88.5%-100%; B:88.4-78.5; C: 78.4-68.5; D: 68.4-58.5; F:<58.5
are responsible to the same syllabus schedule, regardless of outside or
BU-sponsored activities. I only accept materials early by agreement. Missing assignments must be thoroughly documented and arrangements made BEFORE THE CLASS IN QUESTION in order to qualify for exception. Medical issues, see below.
Please do not call (home, 309-672-5878; cell 309-635-2605) after 8pm unless there is an emergency. My e-mail/FaceTime address: <email@example.com>; skype: dredleelam. I do not use text messaging.
When fully face-to-face, this course requires a minimum of 2 hours of school work, per day, Monday-Friday. Online enrollment will probably NOT lower that time and effort commitment/expectation significantly.
29 class 1
5 class 3
10 class 4
12 class 5
Discussion Thread, Topic One, Due by 5pm Sept. 15.
17 class 6
19 class 7
22 Extra credit 1 (pacing)
24 class 8
26 class 9
1 class 10
6 Extra credit 2 (pacing)
8 class 12
10 class 13
Fall Recess October 12-15
17 class 14
22 class 15
24 class 16
29 class 17
31 class 18
5 class 19
7 class 20
10 Discussion Thread, Topic Three, Due by 5pm November 10.
12 class 21
Writing Project-- Rough Draft w/bib DUE before noon November 18. (Posted to Sakai assignment).
18 Rough Draft w/bib DUE before noon
19 class 23
20 Last day to drop with "W."
21 class 24
Extra credit 4 (pacing)
26 class 25
November 27-December 1: Thanksgiving Break
2 Individual meetings online, check Wiki for schedule
5 class 27
8 Extra credit 5 [no credit after 8am today].
9 Individual meetings online, check Wiki for schedule.
10 class 28:
12 Final Paper Due by 8am.
Bring your laptop computers to the final examination.
16 Final Exam, GCC 104. Face-to-Face Attendance Required. Section (1) 9-11 am Concepts 11-21.
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