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Lecture 10 Final Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized December 9, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

At first I was intimidated by both the blog and twitter websites.  My classmates blogged so much interesting and relevant information.  It seemed at times difficult to think of things that were as created.  However, after a while I saw the blogging was fun and I did want to share my thoughts.  It was very fun and it was extremely helpful to read other people illustration and intepreation of the weekly lessons.

The twitter  concept was also a challenge. I often would have the twitter site open when I was doing my homework and read what  my classroom were twittering.  Strangely  it was somehow comforting.  We I started to twitter it made me realize that the class was filled with incredible nice and supportive people.

I think these tools were extremely beneficial to the program and created a sense of comradery.

Final note.  Thank you Dr Chase for a great class, it was very evident that you want us all to do well.

 

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Final post

Filed under: Uncategorized December 3, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

Thanks for the great class!

Please let me know what you thought about the blog and twitter.

Were they useful?

How could they be used better?

Thanks!

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Lecture 10

Filed under: Uncategorized December 2, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

Will we ever create a machine that will be able to communicate with humans in a human manner? Or is human communication beyond technology?

Has our definition of what “human” is changed because of advancements in cybernetics?

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Lecture 9

Filed under: Uncategorized December 2, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

Have you ever experienced a situation where you were very aware of “performing” your gender?

Do you agree with “gendering”? Or do you think there are some biological determinants to gender dictated to us by our sex?

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Lecture 8

Filed under: Uncategorized November 21, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

Does Semiotics provide a useful tool for us to analyze cultural texts?

Do you think it’s a useful approach to meaning? If so, why? If not, why not?

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Lecture 7

Filed under: Uncategorized November 5, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

Do you think that you are more of a consumer or a citizen?

Do you agree with Chomsky that democracy is corrupted by media concentration?

Do you think the Internet should be subject to pay-per-use policies?

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Lecture 6

Filed under: Uncategorized November 5, 2011 @ 8:00 am

What is the difference between “propaganda” and “ideology”?

Is a “critical” approach to media justified?

What do you think the effect of media is on you and your perspectives?

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Lecture 5

Filed under: Uncategorized November 5, 2011 @ 7:56 am

What do you think of Burke’s notion that we are motivated to make hierarchies within our society?

Can we ever have equality if that is the case?

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Lecture 4

Filed under: Uncategorized October 17, 2011 @ 8:21 am

What is the best piece of “classical rhetoric” that you have witnessed?

What made it so effective for you?

Can you find a link to a video or sound recording (or a transcript) of the actual rhetoric?

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Lecture 3

Filed under: Uncategorized October 4, 2011 @ 10:46 am

To what extent do you think your identity is shaped by others?

How much control over your own identity do you have?

Has there been a time in your life where you felt that someone was improperly judging your identity based on a “normalized” conception of who you ought to be?