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Participatory Task Portfolio Week 9
In Convergence Technologies, in a section on the functional convergence of Blackberry devices, Patrick Barwise notes that this type of convergence is not always as wonderful as it is often thought to be. He says (around the 26:15 mark) convergence is bad 1) for your quality of life and 2) long-term productivity. Decide whether you agree with this claim or not? In your response, consider your own life as it is intertwined with various media convergence technologies. Tip: You may want to read and cite the required reading for a proper definition of convergence.
Participatory Task Week 7
1. Find an ad in your social media (or internet browser if you are not on social media) and reflect upon why you received that targeted ad. In your response, make a connection to Zuboff’s point about surveillance capitalism knowing your inner demons (See YouTube Documentary, 32:30-36:35).
Week 2 Task:
For your first participatory task, we want you to read Rebecca Nicholson's article in The Guardian. In your response of 300 words, you should consider how Marshall McLuhan's idea that 'the medium is the message' can be used to analyse and explain some of Nicholson's observations. Some things to consider in your response are (keep in mind that this list is non-exhaustive, so there are plenty of other things to write about):
• The difference between texting and talking
• How texting changes the use of the mobile phone
• Nicholson's observation that, 'calling is not time-efficient, ill-suited to the attention economy, where all eyes must be on several screens at once', and what this observation says about the message of this medium (ie telephone)
• How your own communication over the phone is different from face-to-face chats and texting, and the different kind of media that are involved in these forms of communication.
Try to engage with academic literature, as well as Nicholson's opinion piece, in your response.
Participatory Task Portfolio
Throughout this semester, you will receive three participatory tasks in which you are asked to respond to a text or question. Each response should be 300 words, which means you'll have to write a total of 900 words for this assessment task. You will find a task in weeks 2, 7, and 9. In these weeks, we will discuss the participatory tasks extensively in the tutorials, so you are strongly encouraged to attend these classes. While we advise you to complete the tasks in these weeks, you will have to submit them in one portfolio, using Harvard referencing style, before 25.10.2020 @23.59. So, to be clear: you put all three participatory tasks in one document and upload this on turnitin by 25.10.2020 @23.59.

Clarity of expression and ability to communicate using appropriate academic discourses (ULO 4). [20%]
Key ideas may be difficult to understand due to written expression and/or ungrammaticality.
Main ideas will be clear, but the portfolio contains awkward phrasing, lack of clarity of expression, and/or grammatical errors.
Overall, expression is clear but there is some awkward phrasing and portfolio may contain some grammatical errors.
Portfolio is carefully written and demonstrates high level of clarity of expression with few or no moments where a reader might be confused.
Porfolio is fluently written, with clarity of expression at all times, using highly sophisticated academic discourses.
Referencing (ULO 3, 4).
[15%]
There is no in-text referencing or bibliography and/or large parts of the text are missing citations.
Portfolio contains references and a works cited list but with many errors.
An attempt has been made at following the MLA style guide for in- text references and the works cited list, but both contain some errors.
Sources are mostly accurately and completely detailed in a bibliography, and direct quotations and paraphrased ideas will be referenced.
However, some minor errors may be present.
Sources will be accurately and completely detailed in a bibliography, and direct quotations and borrowed ideas will be meticulously referenced.

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Participatory Task Portfolio
Task 1
[Write your response in max 300 words. Assessments that use MLA format do not include a cover page unless requested by your instructor. Instead, start with the information shown. All text – including titles, quotations, notes and list of works cited – uses double-line spacing. Body text and note text use a half-inch first-line indent.]
[For quotations of more than four lines, indent the quote one inch from the left margin and do not use quotation marks. Note that, for shorter quotations, you can put them in quotation marks and incorporate them directly into text. Note that quotations of more than four lines do not count towards the total word count of your essay.]
Task 2
[Write your response in max 300 words. Assessments that use MLA format do not include a cover page unless requested by your instructor. Instead, start with the information shown. All text – including titles, quotations, notes and list of works cited – uses double-line spacing. Body text and note text use a half-inch first-line indent.]
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Task 3
[Write your response in max 300 words. There is a sample Works Cited list that follows. The body content on that page uses the Bibliography style. Note that MLA rules for citations and references are extensive. So it’s a good idea to refer to MLA 7th Edition for further information, or use WSU’s MLA referencing guide that you can find on iLearn.]
Works Cited
McLuhan, Marshall. -The Medium is the Message.- Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, Routledge, 2014, pp. 7-21.
McMullen, Melissa. -The Old West of Old Town: Understanding Visual Simulacra as a Means of Staged Authenticity.- Cultural Studies ? Critical Methodologies, vol. 14, no. 3, 2014, pp. 260–268, doi: 10.1177/1532708614527560.
Nicholson, Rebecca. -The Lost Art of Having a Chat: What Happened When I Stopped Texting and Started Talking.- The Guardian, 9 Feb. 2020,
https://www.theguardian.com/global/2020/feb/09/the-lost-art-of-having-a-
chat , accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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