Announcement

  • Tomorrow is the last day to drop!
  • If you came in to see me during office hours or by appointment, you don't have to be in class today!
  • Everyone should be getting help with their papers by visiting with me during office hours and going to the Writing Center.
  • The next few weeks are extremely important because they are your last chance to do better in terms of earning points and turning stuff in.
  • Requests for advice on how to improve your grade in Weeks 14, 15, and 16 of this semester will be frowned upon.

Looking Ahead to Next Week

  • On Tuesday, bring an electronic version of your Draft of Media's Construction of Gender. Aim to have, at least, 4 to 5 pages of the draft. You will need this much content for the activity we will be doing in class. You will be asked to turn in the draft in to Blackboard during class.
  • On Thursday, you need to bring the next version of your draft in to class to work on in Class. You will be asked to turn in the draft in to Blackboard during class.
  • On Friday, Turn in the 3rd Version of Rough Draft --- you will need to show significant changes from Tuesday!

The Meme Assignment! This assignment is due the Week of Thanksgiving Break!

This is a meme!

Here is quote from a scholarly source with a signal phrase. Note that I do not include a page number because the source did not list the pages.
According to Shifman (2013), "the phrase 'Internet meme' is commonly applied to describe the propagation of content items such as jokes, rumors, videos, or websites from one person to others via the Internet. According to this popular notion, an Internet meme may spread in its original form, but it often also spawns user-created derivatives."

Here is a paraphrase from the same scholarly source without a signal phrase. Note that all the citation goes at the end of the sentence, parenthetically.
Richard Dawkins coined the phrase, "meme," in 1976, to describe the way units of culture can be transmitted from one person to another much in the same way infections and genes can through a population of people (Shifman, 2013).

Okay, now, it's your turn to create "a unit of culture" with your own meme or two.

  • Meme theme #1:Choose a gendered theme'
    • Create a meme that makes some sort commentary on what it means to be [insert your choice] in our society ---
      • Female
      • Male
      • Transgender
      • Lesbian
      • Gay
      • Straight
  • Meme theme #2:Choose a college theme
    • Create a meme that makes some sort of commentary on what it means to be college student. It can be any aspect of college life you want to focus on. It's your meme.

Caveats for this Assignment

  • Memes should be humorous and lighthearted
  • Memes should be carefully constructed to avoid being offensive to particular groups of people.

Okay, why are we doing this?