This semester my students are undertaking an Ulmer-inspired assignment in which they will produce an enhanced podcast that captures "the mood of the flat world." They’ve read Friedman, so they have an idea of what the flat world might be; their job is to capture a mood they associate with it. The enhanced podcast is an excellent genre for exploring Ulmer’s "image reason" in its conductive linking of image and sound. For this assignment, students will use their own photos, other images they can access, music, and other sounds. We’ve discussed copyright, but since the pieces won’t be distributed beyond the classroom, they can use whatever material they want. They are required to produce some original text that they will record as audio.
Here is my version of my own assignment.