BLOG POST DUE: Infrastructure Treasure Hunt
Part I: First, use...
The Assignment Sign-Up Sheet
...to sign-up for an item to find. Put the text of the item you're supposed to find at the beginning of your blog post (e.g., copy and paste it). The sign-up sheet is on moodle and uses the same password as our online readings (Get Password Help).
Part II: After you find the item, briefly describe what you did and what you found, including a photograph or picture (as indicated by the item you chose). Some items require more explanation than others!
Part III: Tell a one-paragraph story about your infrastructure that is either in the form of a technological determinist account or in the form of a cultural determinist account. (State which approach you chose.)
Some important notes:
- Use good judgement during this assignment and behave in a professional manner.
- Only one or two students can choose each topic on the sign-up sheet.
- The write-up must be your own work. However, it is OK to work together with other people to find the item.
- This assignment usually requires calling people on the phone or going somewhere
- Anticipate that the assignment will take time to complete and don't wait until the last minute
- This assignment requires a digital camera (or cell phone camera). If you don't have one, these are available from the Undergraduate Library.
- If your topic turns out to be impossible, switch topics!
- Extra credit will be given for successfully completing a topic that turns out to be very difficult, if you tell us about it.
- You don't have to do any historical research to complete Part III -- just tell a plausible story about the infrastructure that fits the perspective of a technological determinist or a cultural determinist.
This assignment must be at least 300 words (about 1 page). Part I -- restating the assignment -- does not count toward the word limit.
DEADLINE: Post your blog entry by 11 a.m. -- one hour before class begins. (You may want to select your topic as soon as you can.)
Due on February 11, 2009.
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