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Project Ideas

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Project Ideas 2023: A.I., Writing, Rhetoric and Education 

  • Writing About A.I., Rhetoric, and Education: if you are interested in developing a proposal and final paper that examines large language models and artificial
    intelligence, you may find this list of potential topics useful. Note that you can revise or adapt them. If  you come up with interesting projects topics, or
    research questions of your own, please add them to this list. I will be adding more over the course of the semester.



Proposal Assignment and Final Papers - Options and Ideas

Sample Student Proposal Papers 



Sample Student Final Papers 



Books, Videos, Documentaries and Articles for Review



Places to Publish/Share Your Writing  

I would like you to consider engaging in "public thinking," or writing for an audience beyond this class. That audience might be your classmates,
yourself, an online community, or people outside the classroom. You may want to consider sites such as this:

  • CODEBREAKER, a journal that showcases undergraduate writing at SDSU. I'm currently editing the journal and looking for student submissions.
  • Sites like Medium.com, which allow all kinds of people to share and publish their work, and find communities of like minded writers. Medium enables
    readers to comment on and annotate articles, follow writers and annotators, and reply to comments/annotations. Many of the authors we are reading have
    Medium pages. For example, here is Clive Thompson's Medium postings. Another person we are reading is Dana Boyd, who has a page on Medium. 
    You can see all the articles she has written and also the notes she has made, and you can follow both.
  • The new wikisummaries project. This site allows people to publish reviews nd summaries of texts. 
  • An online community of interest.



Additional Project Resources



  • Data and Society. A very useful organization that publishes important new work on digital culture, politics and technology. Many of the scholars we have 
    read are affiliated with this organization. 
  • Harvard's Nieman Lab is useful repository of research on new media and journalism



Repositories of Data for Analysis


Fake and/or Extremist Sites for Analysis 

  1. Natural News http://www.naturalnews.com/  and  http://www.naturalnews.com/About.html
    “Fluoride and Why You Need to Avoid It.” By Tru Foods Nutrition, Natural News Blogs, August 14, 2017. 
  2. Global Research http://www.globalresearch.ca/
    Putin is Taking a Bold Step against Biotech Giant Monsanto
    Let’s Save the World – Trump Must Go! http://www.globalresearch.ca/lets-save-the-world-trump-must-go/5603920 
  3. Veterans Today http://www.veteranstoday.com/
    "Busted: Idlib Gas Attack Fakers Murder 68 Kids in Bus Slaughter" http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/04/17/busted-idlib-gas-attack-fakers-murder-68-kids-in-bus-slaughter/
    "US Produced Sarin Gas Used in Syria" http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/04/08/296525
  4. Infowarshttps://www.infowars.com/
    "Elite Stage Race War to Enslave America"   https://www.infowars.com/exclusive-elite-stage-race-war-to-enslave-america/  
    Antifa Creates Violence To Provoke Alt-Right Into Aggressive Reaction 



Fake Sites with Debunking Guide

These fake sites can be used for analysis. They come with model "debunkings."

  1. Army Sniper Takes Out Neighbor’s Home Intruder From Bedroom Window. Here is how the story was debunked 
  2. Over 30,000 scientists say 'Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming' is a complete hoax and science lie. Here is how it was debunked. For Revkin's comments 
    (and similar sites) see this sit
  3. Check the "about" link at bottom of global warming story page. http://www.naturalnews.com/About.html It says, "Website Affiliations. Natural News stories 
    are frequently copied and posted by other alternative news organizations, including Infowars.com, DailyPaul.com and a variety of other sites spanning subjects 
    as diverse as the environment, liberty, self-sufficiency and vaccines." The fact that Infowars is a major distributor of the site is a red flag.



The Politics of Algorithms 





Propaganda, Disinformation and Demagoguery


Fake News






Social Media, Addictive Design, Impacts on Kids

  • The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected. NyTimes.  "America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens — even
    digital-only preschools. The rich are banning screens from class altogether....psychologist Richard Freed...worries especially about how the psychologists who 
    work for these companies make the tools phenomenally addictive, as many are well-versed in the field of persuasive design (or how to influence human 
    behavior through the screen).
  • A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley. “I am convinced the devil lives in our phones.”
    "The people who are closest to a thing are often the most wary of it. Technologists know how phones really work, and many have decided 
    they don’t want their own children anywhere near themA wariness that has been slowly brewing is turning into a regionwide consensus: The benefits of screens
    as a learning tool are overblown, and the risks for addiction and stunting development seem high.
  • Tim Cook, the C.E.O. of Apple, said earlier this year that he would not let his nephew join social networks. Bill Gates banned cellphones until his children were teenagers, and
    Melinda Gates wrote that she wished they had waited even longer. Steve Jobs would not let his young children near iPads...in the last year, a fleet of high-profile Silicon
    Valley defectors have been sounding alarms in increasingly dire terms about what these gadgets do to the human brain. Suddenly rank-and-file Silicon Valley workers
    are obsessed. No-tech homes are cropping up across the region.Nannies are being asked to sign no-phone contracts. 






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