Hi all; I am back from Copenhagen, but now everyone is going away for a brief bit. So it goes.
As you know, there will be no classes on the Loyola campus on Tuesday of this week. Current estimates of the hurricane Gustav track indicate that we will be able to continue classes on campus, as scheduled, on Thursday, Sept 04. (Although hurricane Hannah may pose a subsequent threat.)
Therefore, for next week’s classes, we will stick to the same syllabus and the schedule posted online. Secure your texts. Do your readings. All graded assignments will continue to be due on the original dates listed on the syllabus — except as noted below. More detailed and individual instructions for CMMNA100 and CMMNA400 students are these:
1. For CMMNA100 students.
- You originally had this quiz due Sept 09, Tuesday. Quiz #1 is now due at the end of the Tuesday, Sept 16 class. Your online schedule has been modified to reflect this. We very well may discuss — and I will answer questions about — this quiz in detail during the Tuesday, Sept 16 class, so do as much of that quiz as you can prior to that date, and be prepared to complete the remainder before leaving class on Sept 16.
- Your review assignment #1 remains due on Thursday, Sept 18. This means you need to be working on either reading Neuromancer (readily avl through most on and off-line bookstores) OR watching the movie Network (readily avl through a rental service such as Netflix — and avl for purchase widely as well). This is a required assignment, and hurricane Gustav has given you an excellent opportunity to focus on it. Do not dawdle.
- Otherwise, in preparation for my lecture on Thursday, Sept 04, read the assigned chapters (16 and 17) in your textbook, take a look at this file, and you might also want to browse through this file as well.
2. For CMMNA400 students.
- As indicated in your online schedule, your first graded assignment is a quiz you will receive on Sept 11 — which will be due the following class. I plan to adhere to this schedule. In preparation for that quiz, you should be completing the readings as listed in the schedule.
- As a supplement to the required viewing of the History of Video Games, you may also wish to take a look at these files, which are a copy of a documentary that appeared on European television concerning online entertainment forms. I recommend this documentary as an engaging survey of the content and gratifications of online entertainment, with two caveats. First, the files are very large (in high definition) and may take some time to download. Second, since the documentary reflects cultural standards other than our own, the sexual content of the documentary (particularly in the latter half of the second file) is more graphic than conventional USA television might allow (although less graphic than you might see, for instance, on Showtime).