Blogging 2: Web Communities
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NHUM 3411
Course Format: Workshop
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Every blogger is part of a web community. But which one? How can a blogger encourage one set of readers and/or discourage others? Students in this class may wish to continue work on a blog established in Blogging I, or they may wish to bring a personal or work-related blog they wish to define and develop. Readings will put web communities in historical and cultural context: what aspects of earlier analogue or paper-based communities can blogs replicate or improve on? By the end of the class, each student should have a strategy to draw and retain desired readers, as well as strategies to deter undesired readers. Topics to be covered include: the advantages and perils of pseudonymity, the nature of networks, trolling, linking strategies, RSS feeds and site meters. Students who have not taken Blogging I may wish to review materials on copyright and ethics.
Course Open to: Degree Students