Assignment #4: Talking Back

This week you built and annotated a blogroll to follow in your own blogging pursuits. The Read-Write Web isn’t simply about taking what you need, however – you also have to become part of the conversation. This week you’re going to make your voice heard.

Part 1: Start talking! – DUE: All comments made by 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2

You must post at least 10 substantive comments to the blogs in your blogroll (one per blog). Be sure to include your email and blog address when you post, or it won’t count!

To verify your work, you will provide a printout of each comment with a URL to the story and turn it in at next Monday’s class (Feb. 2).

Note: A substantive comment goes beyond saying “Great ideas” or other spammer-speak to build on and extend the conversation. Run with their ideas! This brings us to part 2 …

Part 2: Synthesis post – POST BY: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4

Since the blogs in your blogroll are all aimed at your focus, you should be able to synthesize several of the ideas they present into something new that takes their ideas further. For this assignment, you need to identify an ISSUE that’s currently being discussed in your chosen blog community. You will construct a blog post that brings together posts on the subject from at least three members of your blogroll AND adds your own voice to that discussion.

Post a link to your post (not your main blog page) with a one-sentence description to the comment section of this assignment by the due date.

Wondering how to get started? Here are some ideas:

  • How is the issue being covered in the news? What are other bloggers saying?
  • Do you agree with these other perspectives? Disagree?
  • How can you fit the different voices you’re hearing (news, supporters, opponents) together to say something NEW about the issue?

Note: Although some summarization will be necessary, that’s NOT the point of this assignment. Instead, you must build an original discussion or argument upon these others’ ideas. Be sure to link as needed in order to give credit where it is due.

(yes, this counts as one of your two weekly posts)

17 Responses to Assignment #4: Talking Back

  1. Sara Wells says:

    We Need a Leader, Damnit- a woman needs to step up in the sports journalism world.

  2. sjl0693 says:

    Even after the Super Bowl, the deflate-gate investigation and conversation continues.

  3. The questions following the Super Bowl are not about how New England won but how Seattle lost.

  4. ctomes says:

    The questions are surrounding about the casting choices for the new Teen Titans live-action TV series.

  5. chadkriss55 says:…-under-the-sea/

    Nickelodeon has an interesting way of advertising the new visually different Spongebob movie on Twitter.

  6. Renata Di Gregorio says:

    Protesters take to Twitter hashtags to criticize media stereotypes of Michael Brown.

  7. Mike Marsh says:

    Technological integration starts with the mindset of the population

  8. What are you willing to pay for a glass of water? Hopefully more than $8 billion.


    Bloggers everywhere take to the net to condemn Pete Carroll for his decisions after the Super Bowl. Why?

  10. lbarry2 says:

    Things to consider before legal marketers should share content on the internet.

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