Practicum Assignments – Section 305 (Updated 9/21)

Group 1: Online Communities (10/5)
A1: Social MOO –
A2: Virtual World – Arielle Lever
B1: Media Fandom – Bree Duros
B2: Special Interest Group – Anne Sickels

Group 2: Identity and Social Networking (10/12)
A1: Social Network Sites – Emily Hawley
A2: Personal Homepage –
B1: Microblogging – Olivia Granat
B2: Media-based Social Networking – Lindsay Donovan

Group 3: Internet Users (11/2)
A1: Senior Citizens – Lily Donnellon
A2: Minority Groups – Alyssa Arnol
B1: Social or Political Activism – Kayla Dietz
B2: Support Groups – Samantha Paniton

Group 4: Social Production (11/23)
A1: Locative Service – Jun Bae
A2: Social Review Site – Joe Goad
B1: Social News Site – Margie Papa
B2: Specialized Information Community – Brandon Bensen

Group 5: Interactive Media (11/30)
A1: Online Console Gaming – Dana Barber
A2: MMORPG – Eddie Rath
B1: Remix Production – Dan Agostinacchio
B2: Media Sharing Service – Peter Allen


Greetings from Your TA

Hello, all. I’m Evan Elkins, the teaching assistant for CA346. I very much look forward to discussing the internet with all of you, and I hope that our discussions will help shed light on the ways many of us use or encounter digital media every day. Of course, I’m also glad I finally have an excuse to show large groups of students all of my favorite web videos.

As for me, I am a PhD student in the Communication Arts department here at UW-Madison. I research entertainment texts and industries, focusing in particular on television and internet comedy. In addition to my personal and professional interests in comedy and humor, I enjoy listening to music, riding my bike, and sampling Madison’s many wonderful restaurants.

Welcome to CA346!

Hey, everybody! I’m Danny, the lecturer for CA346 (and the discussion leader for CA288, the honors seminar that meets with it). I’m really excited to be teaching this class– you probably use the internet every day and we’ll be looking at all sorts of ways that it’s kind of a big deal.

And welcome to our dandy course blog, too! Take a minute to have a look around. It’s got all kinds of great stuff for you: readings, assignments, and other class info. And you should totally join our Facebook group and follow #ca346 on Twitter, too.

As for me, I’m doing research here at UW on internet policy and the public sphere. I also enjoy traveling, eating food, and following my favorite college football team (ask me if you want to know more, but, sorry, it’s not the Badgers…). That’s all for now– see you in class!