We will read and respond to this book much like we did Virtual Communities.
Since Straight Talk is not as theoretically dense as Virtual Communities, and since it is printed in larger type with more white space and graphics, and because some of the information is redundant of some of the ideas that appeared in Virtual Communities, we will read more pages per night, but I suspect it won't take much more time to read than Virtual Communities.
For each CHAPTER (as opposed to each combination of chapters assigned for each reading day), write a 300-400 reaction to the chapter in which you summarize the major ideas AND respond to the end of chapter interview by either agreeing, disagreeing , or somehow critiquing the point of view or ideas of the commentator. Be sure to offer reasons why you agree or disagree. Mail your response to email@example.com.
Also, it is to your benefit to read all the responses to all the chapters offered your classmates. If you find a response that brings up ideas you hadn't thought of or with which you disagree, send the person an e-mail message stating your opposition. Also, I would hope that by sharing these on-line, we will rise to the highest quality. So, when you read your peers' responses, compare yours to the longest, most detailed ones, think of how yours compares, and if your responses don't appear to be of equal quality, strive to deepen your responses.
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