Welcome

August 23, 2011 1 comment

Welcome to the course site for ENGL 302: Technical Writing and New Media. I am your professor, Nathaniel Rivers, and I am looking forward to an engaging and productive semester. Students are asked to review the syllabus (pdf), the calendar (pdf), and the course communication guidelines (pdf). Other documents are available by selecting “Documents” from the top menu bar.

ENGL 302 is grounded in the critical methodology of rhetoric, which students will hopefully come to value as a productive method for negotiating, constructing, maintaining, and reshaping their personal, professional, and technological lives.

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The Rhetoric of the City Museum

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment
This documentary was created by students in ENGL 302 New Media and Technical Writing at Saint Louis University. The film both documents the class’s trip to The City Museum in Saint Louis, MO, and explores the relationship between people and things, which it sees as rhetorical. The film explores elements of intentional design and those aspects of things that exceed a designer or maker’s intentions. Following work such as the journalist Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants and rhetoric scholars Jennifer Bay and Thomas Rickert’s Heideggerian treatment of new media technologies, the film, like the class, explores the possibility that things are their own rhetorical agents.

We worked with two Flip UltraHD video cameras, a Sony Cyber-shot digital camera, and iMovie in making this documentary.

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Day 26

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Thursday, December 1

  • Distance Enhancement Project Postmortem
  • Discussion of “New Media and the Fourfold”

For Next Time

  • Documentary Work
  • Status Check on 2.0 Projects

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Day 25

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

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Day 24

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

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Day 23

November 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Thursday, November 17

The City Museum Documentary: Work Day #2

  • Negotiate narrative
  • Storyboard
  • Revisit quotes
  • Develop soundtrack
  • Edit video and stills
  • Consider narration

For Next Time

The City Museum Documentary: Work Day #3

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Day 22

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Tuesday, November 15

The City Museum Documentary: Work Day #1

  • Review and organize video and stills (30 minutes)
  • Storyboard (25 minutes)
  • Revisit quotes (20 minutes)
  • Develop soundtrack (~)
  • Edit video and stills (~)
  • Consider narration (~)

For Next Time

The City Museum Documentary: Work Day #2

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The City Museum: Documentary Trailer

November 11, 2011 1 comment

We got a lot of great footage and photographs! We got our work cut out for us next week.


 

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