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Web 2.0, Intro. to Rhetoric, and Sherman Activity

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Keep calm, you're going to do fine this semester. Everything is all right.

Welcome back! You’ve made it to day two of class. 😉

We have a lot to do today, so let’s get to it.

Web 2.0 (10 minutes)
First, we need to answer this question: what is Web 2.0 and what does it have to do with the work we will be doing this semester? The video we watched last time by anthropology professor Michael Wesch will help us answer it. Go to Canvas and answer the question (WTL #1) posted there. We will often have a Write to Learn (WTL) to open the class so get in the habit of checing there at the beginning of class.

Rhetorical Situations and Design Plans (15 minutes)
Let’s start by using Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman’s post game interview to review some of the rhetorical terminology that you will read about for homework.

  • What is the purpose of the post game interview?
  • Who is the audience for such interviews?
  • What are the conventions of the post game interview genre?
  • How did Sherman break those?
  • What is the social context in which his interview is being judged?

These are the kinds of questions you need to answer when analyzing or composing a text according to the Design Plan Approach to Production and Analysis. You will use this approach when crafting your semester-long Design Plans next week (due Tuesday, Sept. 6).

Homework assigned:

What is the Connection Economy?
Read: The Five Canon’s of Classical Rhetoric
Read: The Design Plan approach to production and analysis
Read: Seth Godin’s Six Assets that Matter in the Connection Economy
Begin thinking about your own Design Plan. Be sure you understand the directions of the assignment and read through its corresponding links.
Writing : Respond to a classmate’s Canvas Discussion forum post. Find your response to the question “What role does the web play in your daily life?” and respond to the person whose response is immediately below yours. If you are last, respond to the first person listed.


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Course Information

CO302.002, Writing In Online Environments
Fall 2016

when and where
T/TR @ 9:30-10:45am
Eddy 4

Jeremy Proctor
Eddy 311
jeremy.proctor@colostate.edu or proctorj@rams.colostate.edu

office hours
1:00 to 2:15 TR
by appointment

Most English Department faculty no longer have office phones. This means that the only way to reach me outside of class is to physically come to office hours or to email. During the work week I check email several times a day between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Under normal circumstances I respond to email within 24 hours. If you email after 5:00 pm on a Friday (i.e., on the weekend) you might not receive a reply until Monday morning.

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