This Week’s Topics:
- Why are newspapers and broadcast outlets on the Web?
- How are digital technologies changing how consumers get news and opinion?
- Technologies: GoogleMaps, Flash
- The analytical post
- Lab: blog design part two
- What Is Flash?
- YouTube “higher quality” video
The Analytical Post
- In an analytical post, the author weaves multiple sources together, examining his/her response to and thoughts about something: a news story, an idea, an event.
(1) It is reasoned writing. The post has a well-ordered argument supported by logic, evidence and analysis.
(2) External links are used as a form of evidence.
(3) The post is usually less formal than a research paper; there does not need to be a call to action, although there should be a point of view.
- What Do These Examples Have In Common?
- Steve Jobs: Citizen Journalism Didn’t Fail (medium form)
- Why Ford Is Winning On The Social Web (long form)
- The Slow Death of “Off The Record” (medium-long form)
- Is the ADO.NET Team Abandoning LINQ to SQL? (long form – look at structure!)
- Adobe Flash exercise: Find a YouTube clip related to course material; embed in a blog post; categorize as assignment; due at the end of today’s class (in-class assignment does not count towards subject matter post).
- Design Analysis
Examine the theme choices for the two people “above” and “below” your name on the student list. What are the similarities and differences in the designs? How easy is it to read the posts? Why? Which theme (design) do you like the best and why? Be sure to link to each of the four blogs! Next week, we’ll talk more about design principles. Due at the end of the “week”; this is your subject matter post for the week .
- Zamzar (convert files, including Flash video)
- YouTube now in higher quality (not HD!)
- 5 Ogilvy Tips For Blog Design
- 10 Design Tips To Make Your Blog Look Fabulous
- 10 Weblog Design Mistakes
- Tips For Design Inspiration (without copying)