Creativity & Copyright – Week 2

Because we were sidetracked last week with recording the history of businesses in Clyde, KS, we will continue our Bootcamp activities this week. Anything assigned last week that you weren’t able to complete is due this week. I am setting a bad precedent here by extending the due date; this normally won’t be the case and things from here on are due when they are due.

Also, we will be moving forward with our discussion of all things Internet. This week we will focus on:

Creativity & Copyright

All work is due by midnight on Monday, 9/4/2016

Below is a list of what’s to be completed this week.

  1. How has the Internet affected society’s views on Copyright? In class we will watch Rip! A ReMix Manifesto. Also, on your own, watch the short film, Everything is a Remix. Write a reflective blog post on what you learned from the films. What is the basic point of view of the creators of these films regarding copyright? Who might hold the opposite point of view? In what ways does copyright impact creativity? What questions did the films raise as you were watching? What ideas in the films contradict what you may have previously known?This class encourages a remix approach to digital storytelling. What considerations should be made when repurposing the work of others? What are some foolproof/safe ways of doing this? What are some more risky approaches? How do you expect to proceed this semester?
  2. Read 1-2 of these articles on Copyright. Discuss on your blog.drevil
    1. Photographer sues Getty Images for 1 Billion Dollars!
    2. NFL Fumbles in Copyright Takedown
    3. Katy Perry’s Shark
    4. Mickey Mouse & Deadmau5
    5. 2016 Led Zepplin Suit
    6. Video Streaming depresses ownership
  3. Read Austin Kleon’s post “10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered: Lessons from my book ‘Show Your Work!’” (I have the print copy of the book if you are interested in looking at it.) Also have a quick look at his previous “Steal Like an Artist” book. In a nutshell, these books describe the both the way this course works and a value system that can benefit you throughout your professional career. After looking over these materials, pick one idea that resonated with you and write a blog post in response to that idea. Tell us about the idea and
  4. Complete three Daily Create activities.
  5. Begin commenting and interacting with classmates and other online participants of DS106.
  6. Summarize the week with links to all of the blog posts and a discussion of what was accomplished. Submit the link to this single summary post to KSOL.

Bootcamp – Week 1


Yes, this is a lot to do. That’s why it is called bootcamp! Without these essential ingredients, we can’t get on with the business of telling digital stories. So for the first week’s assignment complete the following activities then write and submit a weekly summary by the due date.

  1. Create a personal website equipped with WordPress for this class using either free hosting on (less desirable, but acceptable) or 3rd party web hosting (having your own domain name is best) that supports WordPress. (*Note – If you already own your own website, fantastic! You may use that for this class if it supports WordPress.) If you would like to create your own website but not sure where to begin, let’s discuss it in class. It really isn’t that difficult. I have used, and there is a website for schools & students called These offer good support and inexpensive plans. *Note – You may choose to use an anonymous internet handle or you can use your real name, whatever you feel comfortable with. If you use a handle, tell the instructor so he knows who you are for grading purposes.
  2. Register Your Blog at the Main ds106 Web Site Once your blog is available on the web (it should be almost immediate) register yourself and your new blog on the DS106 site. You MUST do this in order for everyone to see the posts you’ll be writing for the class. NOTE: In order to register your site, you will need to give us a Twitter userid. You may want to skip ahead to the Twitter portion below in #4 if you don’t already have a Twitter account.
  3. Get an Avatar You will need to select an “avatar” for yourself. This is an icon or image that can represent you online (it need not be your face). This should preferably be a square image. Create a “gravatar” for yourself at using the email address you most likely will use for course work (and keep in mind you can associate your gravatar with several email accounts). Many sites  will automatically use this image as your avatar.
  4. Set up Your Social Media
    Create accounts and fill out profiles for yourself (if any of these let you set an avatar, use the same icon as you set up on Gravatar) on:

    • Flickr (photo sharing)
      If you are new to Flickr or have no images in your account, you MUST post at least 5 images to your flickr account right away (they can be whatever you want); Flickr may not verify and make your account public until there are 5 images there. When you upload your photos, tag them with ds106. Get in the habit of doing this!
    • Soundcloud (audio publishing)
      Set up an account if you don’t already have one.
    • Google / Youtube (video sharing)
      If you have a Gmail account, you are already set with this. If not create a Google account. This is what will allow you to join any synchronous video discussions we have (in Google Hangout) and gives you access to YouTube.
    • Vimeo (video sharing)
      Alternatively, if you don’t want to (or can’t) get a YouTube account (like some of us), feel free to use Vimeo for your videos.
    • Twitter
      Twitter will be one of the main channels for communication in ds106. If you already have an account for personal purposes, you are welcome to use it or create a new account for communication related to this class. Make sure you customize your profile! Send your first message of greeting and be sure to use #ds106 hashtag in your tweets. Learn how to search on the #ds106 hashtag.
    • Instagram (optional) A good way to easily communicate visually through still photos and video. Requires a free mobile device app for publishing.
  5. Make some Multimodal Introductions
    Now that you have all your accounts, it’s time to use them to introduce yourself to the class. Use Twitter, SoundCloud, YouTube, and Flickr (also Instagram if you desire) to introduce yourself to the community, be creative. Once you’ve done that you need to embed them all into a WordPress blog post. Here are some tips for embedding media in WordPress. Be sure to use the #ds106 hashtag to connect with others studying digital media this semester in other locations.
    Are you exhausted yet? There a lot more still. If you wait until the weekend to do your all work you will be crushed!
  6. Learn about The Internet (do any or all of these…)
    1. Watch The Internet Utters Its First Word. 
    2. Watch Commodore 64
    3. Read 40 People Who Changed the Internet
    4. Read Internet History is Vanishing
    5. View Geocities Under Construction signs
  7. Suggest Some Readings
    After completing the readings/viewings, we’re interested in you suggesting media that you think would be good for us to know about the history and origins of Computer Technology and The Internet. Tell us why you think it is a good example of digital storytelling. We hope to build some of your suggestions into the course experience. We encourage you to think broadly about the topic. All technology builds upon what came previously, so your suggestions needn’t even be digital in nature if you can see a connection to the Internet we have today.
    Tell us your Internet story. What are your first recollections of going online? Do you remember those first online interactions with others? Are certain games or websites memorable? What caused a sense of wonder in you as you became a digital citizen of the ‘Net? We encourage you to experiment with media in the telling of the story.
  8. Write your Weekly Summary
    You’ll be completing these summary posts on your blog every week. This week, write a post that shares your reflections on the first week and the genre we’re using. These posts are REALLY important. We use them to grade you every week, so you need to link to other posts you’ve written, embed media you’ve created, and narrate the process of learning that you went through this week. What did you learn? What was harder than you thought it would be? What was easier? What drove you crazy? Why? What did you really enjoy? Why? When your summary is completed, submit a link to it for this assignment on K-State Online. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED.

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Please be sure to include your handle(s) in your weekly summary blog post for the various websites & social media that you’ll be using this semester.

We’ve Got Your Six!

Six ball

Welcome to the KSU Digital Media website. Thanks for dropping by. So why KSUDig.Me? Well, we have been using the #KSUDigMe hashtag to help find our work online, so why not have a website that reflects the hashtag?

This, the Fall 2016 semester, is going to be great. Our second year students at Kansas State University Polytechnic will be studying digital storytelling in partnership with the fine folks at DS106 isn’t just a class, it is a community, it is a way of life.

You may have noticed the odd title for this post – “We’ve Got Your 6.” For now, we’ll leave it as a little mystery, but a hint we’ll give is this: Everything we work on this semester will be connected to the number six.