Readings

Required Texts

Amazon logo Myerson, George, and Martin Heidegger. Habermas and the Mobile Phone. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Totem Books, 2001. ISBN: 9781840462364.

Amazon logo Heidegger, Martin. The Question Concerning Technology. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1982. ISBN: 9780061319693.

Perelman, Les, et. al. The Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing.

Other readings to be handed out in class or electronically.

WEEK # TOPICS READINGS

1

Introduction

Discuss: Introduction

Explain details of class. Go over syllabus. Discuss the combination of different kinds of writing instruction, including tech writing, essay writing, and professional writing, plus theoretical concerns. Urge students to bring laptops to class.

 

2

CVs and Microsoft® PowerPoint®

Each student is assigned a topic in his or her field of expertise, and must write a single-spaced, single page explanation of that topic for a high school student. In class we will examine and critique these explanations, rewriting where necessary for clarity. The assignment should be submitted electronically prior to class by email.

Essay by Tufte, Edward. The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, LLC. 2003.

Mayfield Handbook. Section 10.

3

Myerson

Amazon logo Myerson, George, and Heidegger, Martin. Habermas and the Mobile Phone. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Totem Books, 2001. ISBN: 9781840462364.

Mackenzie, Adrian. "The performativity of code: Software and cultures of circulation." (PDF)

4

Heidegger

Lead into this assignment with an assignment exchange from the previous week.

Discuss: Heidegger

Amazon logo Heidegger, Martin. The Question Concerning Technology. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1982. ISBN: 9780061319693.

5

Workshop

Workshop: Full Drafts of Technological Communications Critique

 

6

Web Design Issues

MIT guide to web design

7

Kittler and Blog Debates

Kittler. "There is No Software."

8

Web Designs

 

9

Gaming

 

10

Review

Catching Up

 

11

Oral Presentations

 

12

Oral Presentations (cont.)