Presentation: Telling Meaningful Personal Stories in the Age of Status Updates

A presentation made on 2/5/15 to Alex Naylor's "The Power of the Image" class at DePaul University... 1. What is Digital Storytelling? Community arts process invented in the Bay Area of CA in the 1990s Prototypical form = 3-day workshop, run by a trained digital storytelling facilitator or facilitators, in which a small group of … Continue reading Presentation: Telling Meaningful Personal Stories in the Age of Status Updates

Presenting to D-WRD: Learning and Teaching Video

Today I'm joining D-WRD, where DePaul writing teachers come together to talk technology. I'll talk about how I've made a professional and academic career around telling stories with new media, and introduce the group to WeVideo, a student-friendly web-based video editing tool. How a Writing Teacher Came to Teach Video Before DePaul 2003: What will … Continue reading Presenting to D-WRD: Learning and Teaching Video

WeVideo Review: A Great Digital Storytelling Tool

For almost ten years, I've been teaching novices to make digital stories—short, personal videos that combine a recorded voiceover with digitized photos and music. The question of what software to use for this work is an open one: every choice seems to have its shortcomings. I’ve used Sony Vegas Movie Studio (stable and easy for … Continue reading WeVideo Review: A Great Digital Storytelling Tool

Not Social Media, Social Action

Last week, I visited Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, for "Not Social Media, Social Action," a presentation event hosted by the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program. The event featured the Chief Marketing Officer of ONE.org, a well-funded, international nonprofit with a mission to "fight the absurdity of extreme poverty," presenting in tandem with a representative … Continue reading Not Social Media, Social Action

Reading: Computers as Theatre

Laurel, Brenda (1993). Computers as Theatre. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. At the recent iDMAA 2012 conference, I asked many of the faculty that I met for their recommended readings on the subject of interactivity, in anticipation of my 2013 Interactivity course. Brenda Laurel's book kept coming up, and a few spoke of it with great reverence. … Continue reading Reading: Computers as Theatre

Reading: Orality and Literacy

Ong, Walter (2002). Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word, 2nd ed. London & New York: Routledge. I first read Ong’s book back in graduate school, in Charlie Moran’s “Writing and Emergent Technologies” course (in 2004!). Ong wasn’t on the syllabus, but rather on a list of books from which we were to choose … Continue reading Reading: Orality and Literacy

Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

On Sunday, 11/20/12, I spent most of the day at the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. This is an annual event in Chicago, and I was glad to attend for the first time. I teach primarily new media studies, and do so from my disciplinary perspective of writing and rhetoric. This puts … Continue reading Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

International Digital Media Arts Association

A few years back, I traveled to Concordia University in Montreal for a really terrific symposium, Database, Narrative, Archive. D>N>A was small, interdisciplinary, and participatory. There was a performance of High Rise at a bar and workshops on Korsakow and Scalar. A few of the academics at D>N>A recommended the conference of iDMAa, the International … Continue reading International Digital Media Arts Association

Digital Ethics Symposium

On Monday, 10/29/12, Loyola University's Center for Digital Ethics and Policy held its second International Digital Ethics Symposium in Chicago. This was the same day that Superstorm Sandy hit, but quite a few intrepid speakers made the journey regardless. I took the Purple Line south and spent the day listening to a range of really … Continue reading Digital Ethics Symposium