Science Fiction, Fall 2019/Lesson 10
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Sterling & Black Mirror; Project Work
October 28–December 6
This lesson is divided into two parts.
This week, the network’s control of our lives and loves: Bruce Sterling’s “Maneki Neko” and the Black Mirror episode “Hang the DJ.” Ultimately, will we gladly sacrifice our humanity to the god in the machine, or is our humanity too powerful to acquiesce? If the machine is everywhere, what choices remain to us? What is the true cost of freedom?
Read and View
Read and watch the two texts, taking notes as you do. Note character names, dominant themes, motifs, symbols, and important passages. Where do these important aspects of the text appear? After a first read, try to find at least one secondary text that addresses these texts on the Internet or in Galileo. You might also check YouTube. Read or watch the criticism and take notes.
Journal Post 18
Research and write about any aspect of either text, incorporating your initial research. Be sure to cite correctly and that you give your post a unique title and date.
Journal Post 19
Compare any aspect — character, theme, symbol — of the two texts. How do they complement each other? What does one say about the other? Is there a characteristic that both protagonists (antagonists) share? Your goal here is to find connections between the two texts. Again, be sure to support your ideas with at least one source, cited correctly. Date and title your post.
Reply to at least two different colleagues’ posts.
Please have all of the above completed by Sunday, November 3, 2019. I will evaluate them the following day, email everyone a progress report.
The rest of the class should be spent working on your Wikipedia project and final journal post. Work through the reading and training for the remaining weeks (12–16) on the WikiEdu dashboard. Essentially, this works toward and on your project.
Journal Post 20
Under the WikiEdu timeline for Week 15, this is the Reflective essay. This should be the last assignment you do for this class — after everything else, including your project, is complete.
Have everything in part 2 completed by Sunday, December 8, 2019. This includes your completed and corrected journal for its final evaluation. Even if you missed some entries during the lessons, you must have them all complete, edited, and posted by this due date. I will evaluate everything and submit grades over the next couple of days. Have a great holiday.
- It would be helpful to begin with their respective Wikipedia entries that I linked above, but these should not be cited as sources.
- Obviously, the latter is better.
- External sources are always footnoted as references; Wikipedia entries are always just linked in the text. Never cite a Wikipedia article like you would an external source.