Assignment #3 for #ds106 crept up on me, so much so I almost missed it. I will keep the text short and get to the actually product? Assessment? Art? Whatever we are calling it for this course. I think someone was calling it “awesome sauce.”
Part A: Readings
- Tim O’Reilly’s “What is Web 2.0?”
- Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine’s “Web 2.0 Storytelling: The Emergence of a New Genre”
* Share (a.k.a. blog) your initial thoughts about the above readings and their relationship to one another (tag: web20readings ) and prepare to discuss in class (if applicable) and online in post comments of your classmates—so you best have setup aggregation by this point!
I chose to skip the blogging part of this assignment, as I don’t see the need for me to add more noise to the already existing conversations. I am coming into this course thinking that I want to deconstruct what is already out there and give the ideas new clothes. I did the reading, however, and would highly recommend reading the O’Reilly article. It is a manifesto of sorts for what the term Web 2. 0 actually means.
I took notes while I was reading and chose to skin the text again and see what was at the core. Here is what I found:
the voice we hear in all of our heads
traditional stories trapped in beginnings, middles, and ends
a head, not the tail, a center, not the edges.
open-ended stories freed by,
reflection of conscious thought,
the global brain as powerful effects.
free exchange fundamental to the common good.
a tail, not the head,
edges, not a center.
hyperlinked, cross-media, participatory, exploratory, and unpredictable.
gets better the more people use it.
stronger synapses through repetition and intensity,
connecting the edges
The “echo chamber” as amplifier.
bring your own resources to the party
blur the boundaries…
Then what? I wanted to push myself and move beyond another poem. I wanted to give the words some life, so I opened up Garagband found some Creative Commons licensed music from Trent Reznor, watched Alec Couros’ Ted Talk, grabbed some gold, and started to play.
Part B: Playing
After you have read and consider the above essays, distill a few key points and use one of the well over 50+ tools from Alan Levine‘s “50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Digital Story” to try and communicate those ideas in an experimental way using a Web 2.0 tool. Make sure the tool you use lets you embed the project in your blog.
Here you go: