Exploring Internet Interfaces (EBIGFY)

Long Writing

Everything Bad is Good for You

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  • Intended for: Individuals
  • Formality: Graded
  • Completes in: 7 steps
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  • Materials: 1
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Michelle is a writing instructor at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park where she teaches developmental writing and composition classes. She received her PhD in rhetoric…

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Assignment Overview

In the chapter on internet interfaces in Everything Bad is Good for You, Johnson posits that we learn how to navigate web applications through trial and error and are undergoing complex cognitive functions to do so.

This paper starts with that assumption and asks students to explore the complexity of a web application in depth. They can choose an app on their phone or a user-based web application. Many students choose popular social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, etc. I have also had very successful papers written about seemingly simple applications like the flashlight or clock feature on a phone. If a student is not particularly familiar with web applications in their own daily use, they can explore the interface of one of their school applications like Blackboard or their student email account.

Assignment Sheet

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Required Materials
  • Everything Bad is Good for You
Skills developed
  • Observation
  • Description
  • Organization
  • Audience Awareness
7 Steps to complete

1. Read Internet Chapter

2. Discuss Reading

3. Introduce Assignment

4. Brainstorm

5. Revision

6. Outlining (Optional)

7. Final Draft

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