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Throughout the semester, you’ve been talking with the class and your group, unpacking technology change and the development of the digital culture we live in. We’ve been using the 2014 edition of The Victorian Internet, by Tom Standage, as a vehicle to compare the evolution of a technology system that is comparable to the digital age, we live in.
Context for the assignment:
Standage wrote his book in 1998, then published a revised edition in 2007, then again in 2014. Over the course of DIGC 160, you’ve been exploring how this deep dive into a major technology change can be a way to understand some of the forces shaping our current internet era. Your group’s task in the second half of the course is to use your #group-collaboration-space in Slack to decide how it can be described for 2022.
Your weekly small group discussions are partly focused now on getting feedback and ideas for your individual capstone projects, but the rest of your work as a group is to start piecing together what The Victorian Internet means, seven years after the last updated Foreword by Vinton Cerf was written. Cerf uses the beginning of his Foreword putting in context how Standage’s presentation of the telegraph needed to be updated to the current time – you and your group will do the same in your group project.
In this second part of your final project, you and your small group will write or present how The Victorian Internet should be reintroduced or explained to an audience in 2022. Your group has two options – you should choose one that fits your interests and ideas.
As a group, you can write a new Foreword to the book – (2-3 pages – about 500-750 words). You should identify what parts of the Foreword were written by each member of your group.
As a group, you can write a review of the book that contextualizes it given the changes in our world since the last edition and the last Forward was written (in 2013). This can be presented as a video, a podcast, or a written review. If you use an audio or video format, your review should be 7-10 minutes in length, all together, with all members of your group participating more or less equally in the presentation.
Regardless of your format, all members are expected to participate more or less equally in the development and presentation of this project.
How you will turn this in and present it
You will be presenting this to the class in the #general channel by the end of the course, during week 8, with a deadline of the last day of class.
You will also submit a copy of your presentation or Foreword to this assignment tab; one member of your group should be chosen to do this before the end of the course.
In your new Foreword or review, you should address and answer all of the following questions:
What parallels do you see between the telegraph and the digital world we live in now, at the end of 2021?
What emerging technologies in our current year can be connected or compared with Standage’s discussion of the internet?
How predictable are the benefits and problems of our current era? Be sure you connect them to how Standage talks about the era of the telegraph.
What challenges do we face in our current time and can we take any lessons from the history of the telegraph that Standage gives us?
You have Cerf’s Preface as an example, but you may also want to draw on Standage’s own Afterward for ideas.
Sources and resources for this project
All sources you use for your Foreword or review should be cited using either APA or MLA format, with a works cited list at the end of your project. If you present your project as a recording, include a slide deck with a works cited list on the last slide. You should expect to have between 5-10 sources for this project, not including Standage’s book (which I expect you to use). Sources used in class are fine though I encourage you to also draw on the resources you are using in your capstone projects. I expect each group to be drawing from the ideas each member is using for their own capstone for examples and explanation of your responses to the four questions listed above.
I do not have a preference for which format you use, but pick one, and stick to it consistently across your project. You should be using this style for your works cited/bibliography, and also in-text citations. If you decide to do a recorded presentation cite your source(s) at the end of the paragraph and be clear what content comes from which source.
If you need help or want someone to review your in-text or works cited citations, please take advantage of the Bra infuse Writing service, which you can access through our Canvas site through the Bra infuse tab. You will also find guidance in the Course Resources module on how to access and use Brainfuse.
There will be a rubric for the Small Group project posted for you to use as a reference.
- In these last two full chapters of Standage, we see some very modern comparisons to issues of recognition, legacy, and connections between the telegraph era and that of our contemporary internet one. What point Standage makes most stands out to you and why?
- We are in the third week of looking specifically at the internet era, connecting the foundation of the internet from its ARPANET foundations, through the creative, early years of the microcomputer, and the impact these have had on a range of industries and creative enterprises, including journalism, into the accelerating impact the internet has had on crowdsourcing and the related problem of conspiracy theory. How would you distinguish between a “new” technology in our current era with an innovation? Give an example to help make your point.
In your #group-collaboration-channel on Slack post and respond to the following:
- At this point, you’ve: outlined your capstone, drafted a thesis, and begun exploring how you’d address the three course questions. To your group, explain how you plan to organize and present your capstone (your format) and how this format will best help you explain your project.
- With your group, outline your small group presentation in as detailed a way as you can. I will be evaluating these outlines for each group, not individually. You may want to meet separately, outside of Slack, to talk and plan, but this is up to you and your group’s availability, in how you go about this.