Saturday, May 21, 2016

The First Amendment and Online Harassment: Legal Developments in the Gamergate case.

You may have heard something about #GamerGate, the controversy surrounding online harassment of female gamers, game developers and media critics who have dared to critique sexism in video games and video game culture. You can read all about the latest legal development in the ongoing controversy here.

Monday, May 09, 2016


Here are some complete, pre-fab web templates that you can use. Be cautious about using complicated templates that employ lots of images as elements of the design, use XHTML, have multimedia capabilities, etc. In my experience, those templates are difficult to edit without screwing up their formatting and creating more headaches than they are worth. It is best to use very simple templates (with basic 2- and 3-column layouts) as you can simply past your text directly into the text "container" and they can typically be modified without too much trouble.  In the past students have had success with designs like "Simple Beauty", "Simple #2," "Three Column Fluid," and "Event Horizon."
Free skeletal designs:
Finally, if you work with Adobe Dreamweaver, you'll find it comes with a number of different easy to use templates. When you start up the program, just click on the "Create from Sample" option:

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Carnegie Lab "Office Hous"

Hi Everyone
This is a reminder that I will be available in the Carnegie Lab from 10 am to 12 noon on Friday and from 12 noon to 2 pm on Monday to help you get those ethnographies up and working. Also, if you haven't posted in response to Carrie Rentschler's article (linked in the last post), please do.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Blog Prompt: Bystanders to Online Abuse

A number of you have been posting about the topics danah boyd takes up in her book It's Complicated. I was in particular struck by the posts Ashlee, Kat, Bianca and Stephanie wrote about privacy and social media. But I am surprised that no one from class has yet posted on the topic of cyberbullying. If anything, concerns about online abuse and bullying have become even more pronounced since boyd did the original research for her book.

So, in the interest of sparking a conversation about this topic, I want to share with you an opinion piece for The Guardian, "Online Abuse: We need Good Samaritans on the Web," written by a former student of mine, Carrie Rentschler, who teaches at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. It is on the problem of bystanders who witness but do nothing about online abuse. Please post your reactions to this piece sometime in the next week. I am very curious about what you think.