Mutation 5: Deviant and deviating communities through diablogs

Deviant: differing from a norm or from the accepted standards.

Deviant Approach: Experimented with alternative ways to cultivate community by constructing group assignments that combined online and in-class collaborations and that valued the process of that collaboration (planning, working through ideas together) as much, or more, than its product.

Courses Used: Queering Desire, Fall 2010;

Diablog (noun): A collaborative blog involving two (or more) people who exchange ideas with each other via posts and comments on their shared blog. In contrast to many other group or collaborative blogs, a diablog (well, at least, our diablog) involves more than just a group of people posting different entries on the same blog. Our diablog is specifically about engaging in direct conversations with each other, both online (via our blog) and offline (via our weekly meetings). Our entries and comments reflect our very deliberate efforts to write and think in relation to each other and to build off of each others’ ideas as we work on our specific writing project. A diablog requires a explicit commitment to engaging with a blog-writing partner through reading and commenting on their posts, referring to/incorporating ideas into your posts.

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