I have spent some time thinking about how I can build on what I am learning here at DMAC to craft my independent study for the rest of the summer. One of my goals for this independent study is to read some of the many texts I have heard about -- with the idea that the summer might be a time when I can choose my academic reading and have the time to actually read. I may be in delusion about this, but hey, it is good to have goals. So here is my draft reading list for the summer ...
- Technologies of Wonder by Susan Delagrange: This is a groundbreaking digital text I learned first about from my spring class. Cindy Selfe has referred to it numerous times here at DMAC, so it is #1 on my list.
- The Illusion of the End by Jean Baudrillard: This is another text from my spring class, and as we worked to connect what we were reading with the presentations of the books we did not read, I found myself constantly coming back to Baudrillard's ideas. I am excited to read this book myself, particularly with the support of the great resources my classmate put on her presentation page. This is my theory book.
- Rhetorical Delivery as Technical Discourse by Ben McCorkle: I think this is my third book. My good friend Jennifer Buckner chose this as her new media text last semester and says it is a great study of the canon of delivery. I have been intrigued by the path of delivery in the history of rhet/comp, so this book might be the next I read.
- The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams: I do not know if taking on four books is too much, so this might actually be my third book. It has come highly recommended by the DMAC staff, and as I am moving into creating digital sites (and getting more and more intrigued by creating sites), this seems like the right book to read. It also would apply to my role as yearbook advisor, so a double bonus.