IM 355 Interactive Media Theories, Concepts, and Practices

Spring 2023

Requirements and Expectations

IM 355 uses CANVAS as learning management system (LMS). Please familiarize yourself with CANVAS. Find CANVAS instructions and resources: Introduction to Canvas: Student Tutorial. If necessary, contact the BU technology help desk (309-677-2964/ for assistance. Although CANVAS is used, the course runs out of the syllabus pages on the WWW.

Attendance is required. Write a legible signature on the roll sheet each class day. If you are not in class, you will receive a 0 for that days' two assignments. Excused absences must be arranged and approved with Dr. Lamoureux within 1 hour of the end of the days' class. Leaving an email message DOES NOT automatically meet with approval. You will receive approval via email.

Follow the syllabus/schedule: Read the books, write the reading analysis assignments over the readings, read the concept pages, listen to and ask questions about each days' in-class lectures and discussions (roughly 1/2 over the readings, 1/2 over the concepts), write the analysis assignments over the concepts. You may watch archived video's of concept lectures but they may not match each day's lecture so are not sufficient substitutes for class attendance. Extra credit is available.

Due dates and times are listed on the syllabus. reading analysis assignments must be turned in on CANVAS by 8am on the relevant day. The analysis assignments over the concepts are due before 11:59pm on the relevant day. No late assignments accepted/scored. Acceptable assignments receive a "1"; unacceptable assignments receive a 0, with emailed explanation. Assignments awarded a 0 have 24 hours for revise and resubmit (R&R) and will then be re-assessed (notify me when you've posted revisions). No "reworks" allowed for assignments that are not turned in on-time.

Graded course elements include: (A) Text reading analysis assignments over the books [23] (B) Concept analysis assignments [21] Due dates are listed on the syllabus. Each element of the course is detailed
on separate web pages, indexed in the menu at the bottom of each course page in this syllabus. (C) Comprehensive Final Examination [5] is optional. Students who do not attend will be given the grade associated with their total number of credits sans the examination.Students using ChatGPT or any other automated/AI-generated language/writing device (with the exception of audio transcription software) will flunk the assignment and be written up for an academic integrity violation.

Required Texts:

Nick Couldry and Ulises A. Mejias. The Costs of Connection: How Data Is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It For Capitalism. Stanford University Press, 2019. [Page numbers for assignments are based on printed & Kindle versions.]

Matthew Ball. The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything, Liveright Pub/Norton, 2022. [Page numbers for assignments are based on printed & Kindle versions.]

Additional readings from books:

Chapters from the following two books are provided in the Canvas Files folder. You do not need to purchase these books.

Matthew Crain. Profit Over Privacy: How Surveillance Advertising Conquered the Internet. University of Minnesota Press, 2021. [Page numbers for assignments are based on printed version]

Shoshana Zuboff. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Hachette Book Group, 2019. [Page numbers for assignments are based on printed & Kindle versions.

Enter daily work into CANVAS via typing or copy/paste. Always keep a copy with a machine-generated indication of date & time of completion. DO NOT ATTACH, OR LINK TO, files or to cloud storage systems.

(A) Text Reading Analyses

(B) Concept Analyses

(C) Extra Credit (D) Grading
Special Considerations Concepts Schedule

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