|go out and trap some documents. bring them home
and mount them in the pages of a journal. comment upon them,
astutely, sensitively, knowledgeably. i would advise, very strongly,
that you not only start collecting your documents right away,
but that you also start assembling the journal right away. a
good schedule would be one-per-week, 10 may - 25 june, with a
bit a cushion at the end.
think of the journal as a document-design
problem. what's the best size? ...the best shape? ...the best
material? ...the best layout? consider your resources. consider
the topic. consider the documents and images that must be incorporated.
consider the audience. it may be that you want to do it all on
the web. it may be that an old-fashioned scrap book, or an engineering
notebook, or a three-ring binder, suits your material and your
interests most fully. it's up to you. but it should show some
thought, not be slapped together.
six entries, around 500 words
each. keep in mind that 392a construes "document" quite
widely: cd cases, web pages, jeans labels, course syllabi, are
all appropriate fodder for entries, as are standard-issue quick
reference cards, user guides, or reference manuals. (for longer
documents, reproduce relevant pages-index, table of contents,
typical multilevel page, whatever-to illustrate those aspects
of the document you want to comment on.) you can include more
than one entry on the same document (one on navigation, for instance,
and another on typography). images can also be drawn diversely,-an
icon, a photograph, a bus-route map. do not, however, include
any entries on ads in your journal.
you will get a base-line grade
of B just for completing and handing in the journal on time.
you will get a zero for not completing the journal. think of
it as a contract job: if you do the work, you get paid. if you
don't, you don't. grades higher than b will be awarded for (1)
the quality of your journal design, and (2) the quality of your
analyses. if you find interesting documents embed them in a thoughtful
design, and analyze them in sharp, knowledgeable, theoretically
informed ways, you will do very well. discussions should demonstrate
familiarity with the terminology and the concerns of the text
and the course, but if you find them inadequate for a given analysis,
feel free to innovate or adapt analytical methods.