The Community Participation via Blog Commenting assignment asks students to make a substantive comment on an external blog posting that addresses issues relevant to this course and to observe the principles of “generosity,” “confidence,” “humility,” “flexibility,” and “integrity” from Anne Balsamo’s Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (2011, p. 163). Blogging sites with relevant blog posts include HASTAC, CASTAC, Media Praxis, Planned Obsolescence, and Difference Engines.
- Students will identify a network of admired, like-minded researchers outside of the class who are discussing an issue of concern. This issue should be relevant to course discussions, readings, and assignments, but it should also speak to the personal interests and situated experiences of the student who is commenting.
- Students will formulate a rhetorical strategy for being respectfully in dialogue with members of this network by commenting appropriately on a blog.
- Students will increase their understanding that some forms of debate can foster aggression, territorial feelings, or defensive reactions that make future collaboration unlikely. (This objective can also be served by showing examples of anti-feminist comments on feminist blogs.)
- Students will translate and condense their academic ideas for presentation to a public audience.
Previous Student Work
Here is one example within the suggested 200-250 word limit that connects feminist theory to disability studies: http://hastac.org/blogs/merylalper/2013/02/14/connecting-disability-%E2%80%9Cconnected-learning%E2%80%9D#comment-21708