Syllabus Potentials (Sarah Bartling)

Since our society has become more and more immersed in technology and fast paced learning, I’ve found these three forms of media to be relevant to our generation’s day-to-day interests in digital storytelling.

At Google Talks

Google provides “@GoogleTalks” for viewers to experience talks given by different authors, educators, musicians, actors, photographers, olympians, comedians, leaders, and so forth. With the increasing amount of reading that’s demanded every year (which I’m not totally complaining about), I’ve found that webisodes with educational value like these give a more relaxing way of learning information on topics you find intriguing. @GoogleTalks is also a fantastic way to quickly discover new books, movies, ideas, and events. You can also follow them on twitter!

Thought Catalog

Whether you’re sitting through a slow shift at work or you have a few minutes between classes, Thought Catalog is a great means of spending that time by reading or participating in this form of digital storytelling. The archive dates back to 2009 with 1,720+ pages of the thoughts, stories, and social interests of young adults. There are a great deal of posts dedicated to concepts and ideas that are relatable and range from pressing, serious issues to comical, embarrassing tales. It’s interesting to go back and note how the posts by all of the different authors have changed in the past 4 years, and how they’ve also ultimately remained very similar. (They also have a twitter!)


I’m all for anything that involves charities and celebrities, and I’ve been a big Parks and Recreation fan, so when Aubrey Plaza, an actress on the show, mentioned these web segments, I had to check it out. Malarious, hosted by CollegeHumor, holds a small but awesome archive of videos in which comedians are being absolutely wacky and hilarious. It collects money for Malaria No More and requires $1 to buy access to watch the videos. It’s outstanding that forms of social media like these videos (as well as the videos performed by musical artists for causes like RED and ONE) can promote good causes. Plus, who doesn’t want to watch “Weird Al” Yankovic get dunked?

~ by sabartie on January 12, 2013.

2 Responses to “Syllabus Potentials (Sarah Bartling)”

  1. Sarah,

    Thanks for bringing to my attention Thought Catalog! I think it’s similar to those sites that have featured… What I think is most intriguing and most applicable to our course (how we could center a class discussion around this site) would be all the questions that arrive about its form/purpose.

    Here are some of mine:
    -Can anyone post onto here? If so, how do the creators/providers choose what is shown/featured? How do they limit inappropriate/un-useful material? Also, who gets to decide what is inappropriate/un-useful?
    -How would we categorize this site? How is it different than or similar to an online magazine?
    -Does quantity affect quality?
    -How are we supposed to navigate the site? Simply by random clicking, proceeding, and clicking more?
    -How is this a forum for young people as opposed to old? How does age materialize on the page?
    -Does the site tailor to your past interests? If so, how does it do this? Does it have a coding system?

    The list could go on….which is a good thing. Also, a lot of these questions apply to a bigger theme in modern technology with a lot of different sites like YouTube, Twitter, blogs,, etc.

    Thanks again for sharing!


  2. I agree with Kelsey! I am really intrigued by the Thought Catalog and I think it would be a great tool for our class if we were able to brainstorm how to structure it for our needs. There is a lot to figure out and experiment with on the Thought Catalog site and I think that conversations on it could spawn into a host of other topics. This would be one of my choices for syllabus material because of the potential it has to instigate a lot of interesting conversations.

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