An example of a Storify made for this class

DO NOT POST YOUR STORIFY link on this post. Read the instructions in Required Work, under “Topic presentation.”

You can embed a Storify into a blog post, but here I just gave you a link instead to save space on our course blog home page. :)

Week 3: Social Media and Social Activism

That is an excellent example, made by a student. Notice how he inserted very helpful and well-written text above each link (or a closely related set of links) so that the Storify makes sense to us. The point is NOT to write your whole presentation — just to provide all the resources with a little bit of context attached to each one.

Put an introduction at the top and a conclusion at the end.

Making a Storify should not take too long, because you will already have all your links, as shown in class.

Please use this Storify as a model for your own. Do not build your Storify until AFTER you give your topic presentation in class.

More about the Storify requirement on Required Work, under “Topic presentation.”

NOTE: You would do well to notice that this student’s presentation was completely different from Ananya’s, even though they used the same two articles. If you entertained any ideas about using a student’s presentation resources from last year, please remember the PENALTY for academic dishonesty in this course.

Example of a Storify (follow-up to topic presentation)

(Update: Sept. 11) You will be able to find all the Storifys made by all the students in this course here:

http://storify.com/macloo/storifys-from-mmc-6612-fall-2012

Yesterday I gave the topic presentation in class. Today I made a Storify that gives you links to everything I showed in class — and the videos are embedded too.

http://sfy.co/h7eu

You can embed a Storify into a blog post, but here I just gave you a link instead to save space on our course blog home page. 🙂

Making this Storify took me about one hour from start to finish. Of course I already had all my links, because I had to show them in class yesterday.

I tried to write just enough above each linked item or video to show how it made sense in the presentation. The point was not to write my whole presentation — just to provide all the resources with a little bit of context attached to EACH ONE.

I also put an introduction at the top and a conclusion at the end. You should too.

Please use this Storify as a model for your own. Do not build your Storify until AFTER you give your topic presentation in class.

Managing comments on your blog

You have complete control over comments made on your posts on your own WordPress.com blog.

If I (or anyone else) post a comment on YOUR blog and you do not want others to see it, you can UNAPPROVE that comment. This is different from deleting the comment, because you can still see it in your Dashboard.

To unapprove a comment, go to your Dashboard and click COMMENTS in the list on the left side. You will then have access to ALL the comments ever posted on your blog.

Roll over the comment you want to unapprove (or delete, or mark as spam, etc.) and then you will see the list of options. Each one is a link.

After you unapprove a comment, it is no longer visible on your blog, but you can still read it in the Comments list in your Dashboard.

It is NOT ETHICAL to EDIT anyone’s comments in any way! Please limit your actions on comments to approve/unapprove, delete, mark as spam, etc. NEVER open a comment and edit it unless the author of the comment asks you to do so (for example, maybe the person posted the wrong URL and sent you a correction).

How the assignments work

The assignments during the semester will be posted here. Assignments will always have the category “Assignments,” so you can easily look them up. Just open the category, and you’ll see the most recent assignment at the top. The categories appear as buttons near the top of every page on this blog.

The UF Libraries Course Reserves system (called Ares) is used for this course. Log in here to access Ares.

For an overview of all the assignments and graded work in this course, see Required Work.

For a calendar outline of the whole semester, see the Course Schedule.

Blog post 7: Watching The Daily Show

This week’s reading is Xenos and Becker (2009). Read the article before you start on the activity. To understand this thoroughly, please scan Baum (2003), looking for the ideas that Xenos and Becker use in their article.

Your activity: Watch two complete episodes of The Daily Show that aired during the past 10 days. Afterward, go to Google News and browse for at least 15 minutes. Follow any links that  interest you. Make notes about exactly what you are thinking about the headlines and stories as you browse and follow links.

Your deadline for posting is Monday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m.

SLUG: The TITLE of your blog post this week must include the words “Political Knowledge.” You should use additional words to make a sensible title.

Content of the post: Based on your personal experience with the activity (above), are you similar to or different from the majority of Xenos and Becker’s respondents? Provide details to support your argument. IMPORTANT: Make it clear in your post that you understand Baum’s (2003) ideas.

If you need any clarification about this assignment, please make a comment on this post. I will answer it here.

If you skipped writing a blog post …

On a week when you did not write a blog post for this class, you still need to write three comments on other students’ posts.

QUESTION: Where should you put those links so that I can click on them, see your three comments, and mark them?

ANSWER: In a new blog post in your own blog. In this case, please write the title of your blog post like this:

Blog Post 1 comments

Then just paste the three links to your comments — as shown here:

https://mmc6612.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/how-the-assignments-work/#comment-3

WARNING: Only do it this way if you did not write a blog post the same week!

Trouble getting your comment link?

This is an update:

The easiest way to get the URL to a comment you wrote is to copy the URL from the Web browser address bar immediately after you post your new comment.

Even if your comment is awaiting moderation, the URL is available to you immediately.

Make sure the URL ends with this (the NUMBER will vary!):

/#comment-8

(End of update.)

This is the original content of this post:

Some of the WordPress themes do not have the comment link. Wah!!

But I think that any blog with that issue DOES HAVE a “reply” link. And that is the key to getting a link to your individual comment. Here’s how:

Right-click on the “reply” link beside your comment. Copy the link location and paste the text into Notepad. It will look like this (at the end of the link):

http://cwu1122.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/internet-and-democracy/?replytocom=8#respond

The number 8 (in this case!) is what you need. EDIT the last part of the line to look like this:

http://cwu1122.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/internet-and-democracy/#comment-8

IT WORKS! This URL goes straight to the comment that did not have a permalink.

(Thank you to Mengqing, who alerted me to this problem!)