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.