What Color is the Twitter Bird?

Axel Bohmann

Social Media

Graffiti of a black Twitter bird outlined in white on a black background.

Do a Google image search for terms like ‘tweeting’ or ‘people using Twitter’ and look through the results. Notice anything? Unless Google personalizes your search way differently from mine (and anyone I’ve asked), you’ll see a lot of images of the following type: a phone or tablet displaying some form of Twitter client, held by a hand or pair of hands. Very often, the perspective of the image asks us to imagine that hand as our own.

Cultural + Digital Literacies

Rhiannon Goad

Social Media

Black and white photo with a teacher standing behind four children and typrewriter like computer terminals.

Over the course of this semester, I’m working with DWRL instructors to develop a series of lesson plans to help students explore the intersection of race and activism on Twitter. As these lesson plans take shape, I began to think of ways learning about Twitter could help our students develop their communication skills. In other words, I’ve been thinking of the ways in which cultural literacy overlaps with digital literacy.


#AllLivesMatter: The Lives of a Hashtag

Pete Kunze

Social Media

Two features appear to characterize Tweets: the 140-character composition and the use of hashtags. Hashtags allow users a range of possibilities: expressing tone and emotion, connecting to like-minded individuals, participating in larger conversations. Their popularity has transcended Twitter, and we now see them employed on other social media platforms, in advertisements, and even in everyday parlance.


Recap: hypothes.is Workshop

Beck Wise


A sticker showing the hypothes.is logo--a black lower-case 'h' in a square speech bubble--on a Macbook keyboard

On Friday, September 18, DWRL alum Dr. Jeremy Dean returned to the FAC basement to introduce instructors from around the university to online annotation tool hypothes.is. Tweets from the event are collected below and include tips for using hypothes.is in different disciplines, sample assignments and previews of coming attractions–as well as a magic trick!


The World, But Better

Keith Leisner

Locative Media

A composite image showing the statue of George Washington at the top of UT's south mall on an iPhone screen. The Main Tower is in the backgound.

The Augmented Reality Research Group is excited to introduce our project for the fall 2015 semester. But first of all, what is augmented reality? Commonly abbreviated AR, it is indeed just what it sounds like: taking the real world around you and enhancing it with the digital world. One of the more common applications of augmented reality is to simply overlay information from the web onto a screen through which you are looking at the real world.


A Long Goodbye to Currents

Will Burdette


We’ve been saying goodbye to Currents in Electronic Literacy for a while now. In 2014, the journal published its retrospective issue. In the Spring of 2015, we made the official announcement that Currents would cease publication. In the announcement, we wrote, “After a great deal of soul searching and discussion, we have decided to retire Currents this year. It was a difficult decision—and an emotional one for us, since John Slatin, the Lab’s first director, was its inventor and first