Writing 275: Communication in the Digital Age
Sponsored by LAMP and TWP, Writing 275 is a theme-based course that invites undergraduates to explore digital communication. Each iteration is taught by a graduate student with the mentorship of a LAMP-affiliated faculty member. Please scroll down to see the prior iterations and themes of Writing 275. Please see LAMP Opportunities for inquiries about teaching Writing 275.
Explores contemporary challenges, contexts, and opportunities with communication across media platforms. Examines historical contexts and texts related to rhetoric and communication, and how these ideas have persisted and shifted in the digital age. Texts include theoretical approaches to communication and rhetoric (past and present) and examples of communication across a range of media (for example: podcasts, multimodal texts, web-based presentations, and social media content). Students learn to conduct rhetorical analysis across media, and create written, visual, and/or verbal rhetorical content across media platforms. Prerequisite: Writing 101.
Writing 275: Health and Harm in Digital Communication
Instructor: Jo Murdoch, Literature
With the digital world shaping our lives more profoundly every year, what can we do to help manage the harmful and helpful aspects of online interaction? Digital communication can seed misinformation and spur violent conflict—and it can also create and mobilize communities. Social media networks amplify BIPOC voices and support businesses—and they are also having to reckon with the mental health impact of aesthetic filters and online bullying. As avenues for digital content creation increase, so does the need for grounded, thoughtful reception. This course embraces both the practice and the analysis of digital communication, drawing on multimedia sources from Pew studies to celebrity podcasts to the battleground of COVID news. We will analyze the overt and implied messages in the media we consume, from social and news media to various kinds of streaming entertainment and the advertisements that follow us everywhere online. Students will build a multimedia portfolio over the course of the semester, informed by their rhetorical study of interactive essays, podcasts, and video op-eds. Regular prompts for reflective writing and digital content development will build toward the capstone project, a collection of 1–2 podcast episodes paired with other digital compositions exploring distress and well-being in relation to digital communication.
Writing 275: Writing in a Time of Climate Crisis
Instructor: Joseph Ren
The opening decades of the 21st century have witnessed ever intensifying climate catastrophes-- record numbers of hurricanes, record wildfires, continental drought. These catastrophes have in turn compounded staggering social inequality and apparent governmental dysfunction/ Consequently, the apparent threats social, economic, and ecological catastrophe post toward future survival preoccupies contemporary culture. How do we respond to the climate crisis through writing? We will explore how essays and narratives (e.g. in film, fiction, and podcasts) advocate for environmental justice. We will hone their research, writing, and editing skills and will have the opportunity to produce small documentaries and podcast episodes that we will develop together peer workshopping and collaborative writing.