What Can We Do With Digital?
Texts to have read:
- The syllabus and grading contract
- Sorapure, “Five Principles of New Media: or, Playing Lev Manovich”
- Wesch, “Information R/evolution”
Writing to turn in:
- A post to the main course issue queue, introducing yourself to your classmates (and anyone else who stumbles upon it)
Plan for the Day
- Contract questions?
- Five Principles, in Brief (15 min)
- GitHub, part 2 (15 min)
- Five Principles as Lenses (15 min)
1. Contract questions?
Anyone have any questions about the grading contract, or changes to propose?
2. Five Principles, in Brief
We have a couple of new students. Welcome!
Can I get five people to fill them in on the five “principles of new media” from the article I asked you to read? i.e. One person, one term.
3. GitHub, part 2
Last time, we saw that GitHub can host a discussion forum, so in that sense it’s a community website: it makes media social.
But its core functionality is meant to solve a different media problem:
4. Five Principles as Lenses
Time to take these abstractions and put them into practice, in two ways:
- practice using GitHub
- practice using our key terms to help us see differently
We’ll be working in groups. Can I get four or five volunteers who are feeling good about GitHub to anchor those teams for today?
We’ll work for 10-15 minutes, then report back.
HW for next time:
- Watch Git and GitHub for Poets, starting at least with the Introduction and going as far as your interest and time allow.
- Download software you’ll need, as outlined in the syllabus
- to use Git at the command line, possibly including Homebrew (on Mac) or GitBash (on Windows)
- Optional: If you’re feeling intimidated by the command line, try out this Command Line Crash Course
- Optional: Want a more hands-on guide through the full GitHub functionality? See the GitHub Learning Lab entry on our Resources page.