Week 6: Catching up on Internet Inquiry; Narrowing Topics for the Research Project

Quinn WarnickWeekly Updates

I’m not sure I said this loudly and clearly enough in class today, so I’ll say it again here: excellent work on your Hashtag Analysis presentations! Each of you made me consider some new aspect of hashtags as rhetorical devices, and I can’t wait to read your essays this weekend.

Now that our first major assignment is behind us, we can focus on what’s next: the Research Project, which will keep us busy through the end of the semester. (Except, of course, when you’re reading for the Book Review assignment, which reminds me to ask: Are you reading for the Book Review assignment? I hope so!) Sometime this weekend, please review the assignment details for the Research Project and begin thinking about potential research sites that will hold your interest for the next few months. We’ll talk about how to choose a research site and develop suitable research questions in class next week, but I’m happy to meet during office hours (T 2–5, W 9–12) if you’d like to discuss your project one-on-one.

During class, we’ll focus mainly on our second book, Internet Inquiry, in an attempt to get back on track after our snow day. Here are the details for each day:

  • On Tuesday, Rachel is assigned to lead our discussion on pp. 69–130 of Internet Inquiry, but since we didn’t get a chance during Week 5 to discuss the previous section of the book, please come to class ready to discuss everything up to p. 130. We’ll try to be quick but thorough in order to catch up.
  • On Thursday, we’ll continue our conversation about Internet Inquiry, with Prabin serving as our discussion leader. Please read pp. 131–97 before you come to class. In addition, please come to class ready to share your chosen site/topic for the Research Project. We’ll spend some time helping one another refine our ideas before we begin writing our memoranda of understanding.

As always, if you have any questions about these plans, just let me know. Oh, and try to stay warm this weekend!