Project 1: Mosaic Probe

Write a visual or multimodal essay in the “mosaic style” of The Medium is the Massage. You may expand one or more blog post(s) or start in a new direction. The topic is open. It can be personal, argumentative, exploratory, evidence-based or creative nonfiction. However, the essay should reference at least two readings and it should “probe” a single idea or aspect of digital culture and should address how digital media changes human interaction, communication, identity or community.  

Due July 8th

Digital Writing Tools:


  • Do not approach this as a linear college essay with an introduction, development and conclusion. This a mosaic. Start by writing in fragments around your central idea. Integrate quotes from the readings, design and media elements (you may use images from google search) and put these into play with your written fragments. Then edit/refine the writing.
  • Experiment with typography, color, imagery and sound, but try to make meaningful juxtapositions of text and design elements. You will not be graded on your design skills, but on the thinking you put into these relations
  • Always check spelling and grammar. Always proofread your writing.
  • Reference/quote from at least two readings
  • 500-1000 words
  • Include a notes section where you properly source any text, image, video, or sound file that is not your own


  • A reflective personal essay about how the web has changed you
  • Pick a social network and “probe” how the medium shapes social interaction and personal identities
  • Expand a blog post or connect ideas from two blog posts
  • Reflect on the consequences or implications of the reproduction, storage and distribution of digital media
  • Speculate about the future of digital media 10, 50, 100 years from now

Final Project:

Compose a 1500-3000 word multimodal essay on any subject that relates to digital media. The essay may be presented as a text document with images, a website, a video, a work of audio, or as a work on any multimedia publishing platform. The essay, however, must meet the following criteria:

  • unlike the “mosaic probe” the writing must make a specific argument about digital media and relate the ideas/works we have discussed in class
  • the text must integrate at least two main topics from the class modules (reproduction/remediation, for example)
  • reference at least 3 of the class readings/viewings
  • meaningfully quote from at least 2 of the class readings
  • spelling and grammar checked
  • 1500-3000 words
  • include a notes section where you properly source any text, image, video, or sound file that is not your own


  • an analysis of a work of digital art or electronic literature
  • an analysis of an app or genre of app
  • an analysis of social media platform
  • an analysis of digital media used in political or ad campaigns
  • a comparison of two works in which one remediates another
  • make a digital work with an accompanying text

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