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Week 14 Quick Hits

Cathy Davidson, “What Google and NY Times’ Tom Friedman Get Right about the Purpose of Higher Education” “The most important thing anyone can do in college is think deeply, profoundly, and strategically about why you are there–and what you want to take away from the most diverse, intense, rich learning opportunities you will ever be […]

Week 13 Resources

I’m adding links here to the things I’ll be discussing tonight: Profiles Justin Lewis Allie Ditkowich Hub Platforms WordPress Squarespace Wix Supplemental Sites Scribd SlideShare 8Tracks, Spotify, Goodreads, Instagram, Flickr, etc. (look for services that allow you to “embed” content) New Approaches to Writing Online? Medium, Branch, Storify Coordination? IFTTT

Quick Hits, Week 7

Matt Asay, “Why Every Tech Company Needs an English Major” “Now that I run marketing for a software startup, the need for strong communicators is obvious to me. Blindingly so. But I still find the English majors among us don’t make nearly enough of their writing skills. Just as GitHub is the new résumé for […]

Quick Hits, Week 6

  John Udell, It’s Time to Engineer Some Filter Failure Udell argues that our social media platforms, because they’re interested in tailoring content to us, have the side-effect of narrowing our worldviews, only exposing us to ideas that we already like or agree with. Jason Fagone, The Construction of a Twitter Aesthetic The New Yorker […]

Week 5, Quick Hits

Digital Professionalism (These are notes from a workshop on social media presence for graduate students, but many of the tips are relevant for anyone) Moneyball at Work: They’ve Discovered What Really Makes A Great Employee (The title isn’t great, but this is a really nice read about the importance of online presence. Read all the way […]

Week 4, Quick Hits

David Brooks, “What Machines Can’t Do,” NYT Will Oremus, “‘Paper’ Is Facebook by Another Name. That Might Be a Good Thing,” Slate Lily Hay Newman, “Can a Social Reader App Move From Useful to Fun?” Slate

Week 3, Quick Hits

A couple of stories that I want to talk about tonight: University of Illinois After Being Denied A Snow Day, University Of Illinois Students Respond With Racism And Sexism Ridiculous Number Of Illinois Students Sign Petition To Cancel Classes Because It’s Cold   Justine Sacco Lessons from Justine Sacco’s Tweet Heard ‘Round the World   Finally, […]

First week’s assignments

Welcome to the course site! I’ll be posting weekly assignments to the site to a page you can access via the “Assignments” link above. The Assignments page also contains additional detail about the major projects in the course. Please also note that some of the readings will be located under Resources — those readings are […]


Welcome to Digital Identities. This site will serve as our course hub for WRT 426. Everything you want to know about this course will be found here.

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