Created Monday 29 October 2018
You and your team will produce a "web-viewable" deliverable on a specific topic of your choosing. This may be, but is not restricted to:
- A paper
- A slideshow
- A website
- A video
Regardless of the above, the deliverable item will be a working file or link — either viewable via www link or delivered to me as a file.
The specifications are as follows:
1000 words or equivalent; one original idea concerning technology that you have worked hard to study, think about, and refine.
- Your idea must be SPECIFIC, not general. Generally, the "narrower" the better. It can start from your given discussion topic, but it must be more focused than that.
- Citation is not important unless you are directly critiquing another work or relying on relatively obscure or unusual information. (A good rule of thumb here: If it can be found in 3 or more sources, don't worry about citing it.)
- Though you do need to back up your point with reasoning and facts, please don't make this merely a research paper, in which you regurgitate the present state of things. The evidence may come from elsewhere, but the idea should be your own.
- Please be sure to thoroughly vet and honestly critique your idea; you probably don't have time to marshall lots of examples or include lots of "filler,." Editing is as important as writing, perhaps more.
Consider all possible "influencers;" remember, you're not just dealing with technology, but also, potentially:
..and certainly other factors I've not mentioned here.
- Resist the temptation to turn the technology into "magic," Indeed, that's part of the problem. By this point in the course, you should have a good idea of what technology can — but more importantly what it CANNOT do. As an example, "popularity" and "getting people to adopt a technology" is MUCH harder than it appears.
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, over the past few years, as students, you have become much BETTER writers than in the past. The caveat to this is — your (otherwise very good writing) writing tends to sound more like advertising copy than hardcore analysis. So please be sure to thoroughly vet your idea. You are not selling us something, you are providing useful information. Entertainment value is not necessarily bad and can sometimes enhance your work, but CONTENT will be what is primarily graded.