First of Day of Class & HW for Thursday

What a wonderful first day of class! Here is a reminder of what you will want to do and to prepare for Thursday’s class:

1. Explore/navigate the course website and set your profile image or  picture.

2. Sign up for so that you can annotate everything on the course site (you can use gmail instead of your OU email if you think you might want to have a account beyond the course–there is an enormous community of users).

3. Review the Course Description to make sure that you understand the focus and requirements for the course (you can highlight & annotate it, too, if that will be helpful).

4. Read the introduction “Entering the Conversation” & Chapter 12, “Reading for the Conversation” in G&B They Say, I Say. Think about the conversations we will be entering in Seeing Is Believing. 

THEN read & annotate Jay’s introduction to Downcast Eyes and, noting the important Keyterms in his introduction, see if you can establish the parameters of the “conversation” that he is entering (and with whom) and a conversation that you are entering with him.

5. Create a file somewhere on your computer, or in a notebook, or decide to make a special place/page on your Observation Blog (once you create it) to keep track of major Keyterms from course readings. We will officially call this on-going assignment PRELIM 1: Keyterm Catalog. The first keyterms you include can be from the Course Description and Jay’s introduction to Downcast Eyes. If you like language, linguistics, semantics, and grammar, you can add/play with prefixes-suffixes-roots-etc. for the Keyterms you take note of: i.e. sight (the faculty or power of seeing) – insight (intuitive or deep understanding) – insightful (the quality of being intuitive) – unsightly (unpleasant to look out) – out of sight (not visible, but also amazing, as in outta sight!).

6. Start THINKING about how you might want to set up your Observation Blog, from what application you want to use (Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr) to what image you want to set on your home page, to making lists of things you already might want to write about. I will share example student blogs fro previous semesters in class in Thursday.

Email me if you have any questions! I look forward to SEEING all of you in class on Thursday!



Welcome to Seeing Is Believing

Questions that orient our investigations, arguments, and discussions:

What is the relationship between what we see and what we know? How does visual culture facilitate our knowledge of self, other, and the empirical word? Is sight/vision more important or reliable than other senses? Is visual information more useful or reliable than other sensory information?

When is visual technology emancipatory and when does it tether us to behaviors, ideas/ideologies, or objects? When does visual technology ironically prevent us from actually seeing beyond appearances?  

How does a continued dominance of vision/visual culture determine and affect how we see people who are different from us, or “the other?”

How and to what extent do virtual worlds, generated by and existing in the circuitry and code in computers and cell phones, influence, manage, and/or control us as viewers and spectators?

Can we trust what we see? Is seeing believing?