Introducing our Spring 2016 Research Priorities: Augmented Reality

DWRL Staff

Locative Media

Google cardboard headset on a table

Like last semester, our Spring 2016 Priority in Locative Media is Augmented Reality. Mobile interfaces—including but not limited to smartphones and wearable devices—allow information and sensory experience to be layered over the physical-geographic world, mediating and supplementing users’ perceptions of ‘reality’, space, and place. Given the increased prevalence of such technologies and intense recent interest in rhetorics of space and place, such additions to the lived environment afford rich possibilities for rhetorical scholarship and instruction.

Introducing Our Spring 2016 Research Priorities: Twine Games

DWRL Staff


A simple twine configuration

In August 2014, a culture war was touched off by the success of the text-based browser game Depression Quest, which was built with an open-source text-based tool called Twine. Depression Quest, like many Twine games, contests the highly policed definition of a “videogame”; indeed, Twine has empowered a cohort of game designers—many of whom are underrepresented in mainstream gaming culture—to design and disseminate games that critique or altogether abandon the violent, corporate, masculinist, and even humanist values of predominant gamer culture.

Using Twitter as a Writing + Research Tool

Rhiannon Goad

Social Media

tweet by tweet

As I mentioned in my last post, Twitter provides students and teachers alike the ability to locate voices that would otherwise go unheard. As promised, this lesson plan helps use Twitter to (1) help students develop a writing practice, (2) refine their arguments, and (3) use hashtags to research a topic. Here’s that lesson plan:

tweet by tweet Tweet by Tweet Objective: begin thinking about final paper, find resources via Twitter Tools: Computer with internet, Twitter account, and Word Assessment: Credit/No Credit based on completion 1) log on, if you don't have a Twitter account, make one and open word doc 2) make a list of hashtags related to your topic in your word doc 3) use a hashtag to write out your thesis statement, save all drafts to the work doc 4) tweet your thesis 5) click through the hashtag you used to find a news story for your upcoming paper, link story in doc 6) return to feed, click through hashtag to find a tweet w/a logical fallacy & add it to word doc 7) identify the logical fallacy by name in your word doc 8) back to the feed and through the hashtag and find tweets at odds with your thesis, add to word doc 9) save word doc and send to your professor



Finally Augmenting the UT South Lawn Statues

Keith Leisner

Locative Media

Image shows a crowd watching the Confederate Flag be lowered outside a building with columns.

At the start of the 2015 fall semester, we (the Augmented Reality Research Group) sat down to decide on our project. Several recent events in the news over the past year had influenced our decision. On June 17th, Dylann Roof, a white twenty-one-year-old male, had just shot and killed nine African Americans, including a state senator, during an evening prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Church, one of the oldest African-American churches in the South.

Typographic Topography

Jake Cowan

Multimodal Writing

Before getting to where the Typography Team’s™ cartography project has ended up, it might be a good idea to put these maps in context and point out how we got started down this particular(ly strange) path in the first place. It begins, as so many things do, with a slip.

A text exchange reading: Person A: Welp, looks like I'll be studying topography Person B: You mean typography? Person A: ...actuallyIt was the week before the semester began, and I was on a beach working on a tan instead of working on a dissertation. Having just received word from the DWRL’s indefatigable leaders on my specific research group, I excitedly texted a friend and had the conversation on the right ———> ———> ———>

In the beginning, there was a typo. And so I went about creating a map of the earth according to different types of type, separating the serifs from the sans-serifs. And I saw that it was good—but you should really make that judgment for yourself.

Crowd Sourcing Augmented Reality

Felipe Cruz

Locative Media, Pedagogy

Recently a new augmented reality app called Capsule came to my attention. It is intended to be an augmented reality social network based on location. Having an unique moment while walking somewhere in the city? Take a photo or video, put it into a capsule and drop at the location where it happened. Other users of the app will be able to see the moment you recorded as they walk by the same location, hours or years later.