In small groups, you will analyze an algorithm that undergirds one of the following sites or systems: Facebook News Feed, Google Translate, OK Cupid Date Matching, Candy Crush, Netflix movie recommendations, Google AdWords, or a preapproved popular algorithm of your choice. Admittedly, many of these algorithms are proprietary and it might not be know exactly how it works. Nevertheless, you’ll find many articles and essays online that speculate about its techniques and model.
- Group 1 (Pandora): Matthew Aspeel, Blake Beaver, Rachel Blakley, and Evan Carter
- Group 2 (Netflix): Tony Cleasby, Sean Dotson, Marissa Fenley, and Ben Nicholson
- Group 3 (OK Cupid): Ruby Rubin, Sharvari Sastry, Brad Spiers, and Carrie Taylor
- Group 4 (AdWords): Ian Taylor, Dan Obi, Alexa Cheng, and Tyler Tennant
- Group 5 (Facebook): Paul Thomas, Cynthia Zhang, Shannon Foskett, and Tien Tien Jong Zhang
Experimental or Art Videogame Presentation
In small groups, you will select a short experimental or art game that may include one of the following: Passage, Inside a Star-filled Sky, Between, Gravitation, Realistic Female First-Person Shooter, Today I Die, One Chance, The Company of Myself, End of Us, Freedom Bridge, I Wish I Were the Moon, Storyteller, Loved, Limbo, or a preapproved art game. You will then give a 5-minute presentation of this game. As you think about your selected work, be attentive to its media-specific techniques. Your presentation should tell us something meaningful about the production, narrative genre, audio-visual aesthetics, gameplay, and other aspects of your selected game.
- Group 1 (Loved): Matthew Aspeel, Ruby Rubin, Tony Cleasby, and Ian Taylor
- Group 2 (Limbo): Blake Beaver, Sean Dotson, Daniel Lipson, and Tien Tien Jong Zhang
- Group 3 (Freedom Bridge): Rachel Blakley, Marissa Fenley, Carman Ng, Sharvari Sastry, and Paul Thomas
- Group 4 (Realistic Female First Person Shooter): Evan Carter, Ben Nicholson, Tyler Tennant, and Cynthia Zhang
- Group 5 (Storyteller): Alexa Cheng, Shannon Foskett, Dan Obi, and Brad Spiers
Electronic Literature Presentation
In small groups, you will select a piece of electronic literature from the “Electronic Literature Collection” archive Volume 1 or 2, or another preapproved piece. You will then give a 5-minute presentation of this game. As you think about your selected work, be attentive to such features as form, narrative, aesthetic style, interface design, navigability, and interactivity.
- Group 1 (88 Constellations): Matthew Aspeel, Shannon Foskett, Ben Nicholson, and Sharvari Sastry
- Group 2 (ii — in the white darkness): Blake Beaver, Rachel Blakley, Alexa Cheng, Sean Dotson, and Ruby Rubin
- Group 3 (Flight Paths): Tony Cleasby, Daniel Lipson, Dan Obi, and Tien Tien Jong Zhang
- Group 4 (The Fall of the Site of Marsha): Marissa Fenley, Ian Taylor, Tyler Tennant, and Cynthia Zhang,
- Group 5 (Dreamaphage): Evan Carter, Carman Ng, Brad Spiers, and Paul Thomas
“In the Shadow of the Digital Humanities” Presentation
In small groups, you will select one article from the differences Spring 2014 special issue “In the Shadow of the Digital Humanities” and present its argument and methodological insights to the class.
- Group 1 (Tara McPherson: “Designing for Difference”): Matthew Aspeel, Blake Beaver, Rachel Blakley, and Evan Carter
- Group 2 (Wendy Chun and Lisa Rhody: “Working the Digital Humanities”): Tony Cleasby, Sean Dotson, Marissa Fenley, and Ben Nicholson
- Group 3 (Alexander R. Galloway: “The Cybernetic Hypothesis): Daniel Lipson, Carman Ng, Ruby Rubin, and Brad Spiers
- Group 4 (Rita Raley: “Digital Humanities for the Next Five Minutes”): Alexa Cheng, Dan Obi, Ian Taylor, and Tyler Tennant
- Group 5 (Matthew Kirschenbaum: “What Is ‘Digital Humanities,’ and Why Are They Saying Such Terrible Things about It?”): Shannon Foskett, Paul Thomas, Cynthia Zhang, and Tien Tien Jong Zhang