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Phase Two

Now that we've initialized our case studies with interviews and fieldwork, how shall we proceed? Ethnographies are fun, but now that the grading's done, we need to revisit our cases, and extract broader research questions with a different audience in mind. In order to situate and contextualize our cases for others working on similar terrain, we need to do library research. The narrative personae emerging in our case studies will find new modes of audience address and an expanded ethos by reporting on previous research.


This week we will begin growing annotated bibliographies, and perform a close rhetorical analysis of a 3 key texts of your choosing. This work will feed into 10-15 page literature reviews, to be completed by WeekTen, which you will customize around your "problematic" and organize into sections that articulate onto the most important elements of your issue.



Make some connections: book/article report


In class next week, each of you will give a brief (15 minute) presentation on an article or book chapter important to your project, and in that report, establish connections with a chapter or article in our required readings or our LinkPile. Advance a thesis statement, and support this main claim with direct quotations from the texts under analysis. Please post your name, and the texts you will analyze (with links, if possible), below:



Social Bookmarking: rhetoric is metatagging





Del.icio.us is an open system for organizing, sharing, and discovering patterns of information. For this assignment, each member of each group will join the del.icio.us community, share identities, and explore the potential of this community-forming technology, together. Your goal: to find your audience. You must create individual logins, but you should share them so you can quickly and easily browse each others' patterns.




1. "tag" a peer: in 250 words or so, share a claim, supported with sound reasoning, that pertains to an issue that you feel is important/relevant to peer's project or that you feel is common to more than one thread/strand of inquiry emerging on this wiki. You could couch this claim in a technical definition, a rhetorical analysis, or a less structured exploration of the issue.


2. you will also get "tagged," and when you're it, you are composing with metadata: you will tag (this time, in the folksonomic sense, using del.icio.us) articles, images, sounds, and web presences that extend, refute, or in any way connect to the argument at hand. On the wiki, share the tags you used, and explain your choices.


3. Here is a tag cloud of all the tags used (so far) on our wiki:



Consider the utility of tagging for writing (rhetorical awareness, inquiry, sharing, etc). What specific uses can you imagine for technologies of tagging?


looking ahead to next week:


Rich links


Brian's Links


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