AmLit Rescue — Scratch Game

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2018/01/17/amlit-rescue-scratch-game/

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A student in my “American Literature: 1915-Present” class used the medium of a 2D graphic adventure game to deliver her multimodal final project. (Students also wrote a traditional term paper.) You are the cameraman of a new TV show based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth.” But things quickly go downhill when a mysterious criminal shows up and takes over the set. Unexpected faces and scenarios appear at…

Mr. President, stop attacking the press

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2018/01/17/mr-president-stop-attacking-the-press/

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/?p=29129

Reagan recognized that as leader of the free world, his words carried enormous weight, and he used them to inspire the unprecedented spread of democracy around the world. | President Trump does not seem to understand that his rhetoric and actions reverberate in the same way. He has threatened to continue his attempt to discredit the free press by bestowing “fake news awards” upon reporters and news outlets whose coverage…

Updating a handout I originally wrote in 1998. #tech #writing

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2018/01/15/updating-a-handout-i-originally-wrote-in-1998-tech-writing/

https://jerz.setonhill.edu/?p=29116

A mechanism description analyzes (that is, subdivides into components for further scrutiny) an object in space. When you try to organize your major subsections, if no other obvious pattern seems appropriate, you can always fall back on the more-important-to-less-important strategy. Don’t sell the object. A technical writer is not required to persuade the reader that the object is wonderful, or valuable, or scary. But do mention the details. While you shouldn’t say an object…

Today’s adulting was brought to you by a failed motor vehicle inspection. #notacarguy #winning

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2018/01/11/todays-adulting-was-brought-to-you-by-a-failed-motor-vehicle-inspection-notacarguy-winning/

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/?p=29103

The car shop wanted to charge over $300. I found the part online for under $40. With the help of a YouTube video, the job took about 45 minutes. (Much of that time I spent wandering around my house looking for tools. Grateful that my father-in-law gave me a ratchet set as a wedding present.)

Facebook Spot-tests New Local News Feed

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2018/01/10/facebook-spot-tests-new-local-news-feed/

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/?p=29097

I have no reason to trust Facebook to filter my news for me. However, so many people get their news by social media, maybe this will be an easy way for people to check whether a viral meme is a hoax. Maybe an option marked “Look up vetted news reports related to this post.” Yes, advertising the way the process will work is a big improvement over their previous cloaked-in-secrecy…

How reading fiction can help improve our mental health

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2018/01/06/how-reading-fiction-can-help-improve-our-mental-health/

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/?p=29093

In general, I avoid clicking on any headline with the weasel words “can” or “might.” However, I did enjoy this reflection on the positive impact of literary reading. I’m teaching a compressed online literature course, so that involves re-reading the literary works I assigned, as well as engaging with what my students write about those works. I’m reading ahead to prep for my spring courses, but in addition to the…