First Blogging Assignment

03Nov06

It seems to me that the blogging assignment I gave you on Thursday — writing about Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Scandal in Bohemia” and Italo Calvino’s “The Adventures of a Photographer” — didn’t provide a particularly fun or easy introduction to the world of blogging. So, I want to open up an alternative topic for blog postings that you might find more provocative.

Here’s the assignment:

1. Choose a quotation from “Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Adventures of a Photographer,” or Camera Lucida that seems particularly provocative to you; the quotation should engage the nature of photographic representation, or its practice. Begin your post with this quotation.

2. Find a photograph on the web that seems to illustrate or reflect, in some way, the meaning of the quotation.

3. If the image is not copyrighted, download it and add it to your post; if you have problems doing that, simply provide a link to your chosen image instead.

3a. There is another catch here: the image you select has to have a width of less than 460 pixels. If the image you’ve selected is bigger than that, you’ll have to save it to your computer and change the image size before you upload it. Here are some instructions (along with links to free programs) to help you do that. Remember, if you have a problem with this, simply link to the picture you want to describe; you don’t have to include the actual picture in your post.

4. Write a paragraph or two about the connections you see between the photograph and your quotation. If you’re interested in writing a more extended piece, or linking out to other sites, you are more than welcome to do that.

5. Publish your post. Remember that you can password-protect it if you would prefer it to remain visible only to other students in the class.

6. Once you’ve posted your writing, comment on the post of another student. Remember — interaction and dialogue lie at the heart of the blogging experience.

As always, please send me an email if you have any questions, problems, or concerns.

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