Make Cycle #2: Re(MEDIA)te With Me

[youtube ]

If you’d rather experience this invitation through video, don’t worry.  Katrina remediated it for you!

Welcome to Make Cycle # 2!

Hats off to the Tar River and UNC-Charlotte Writing Projects for getting us all to think about how we represent ourselves in different contexts. We think it’s safe to say that we all benefitted from taking time to think about our personas and various ways that we can un-introduce ourselves.

For this Make Cycle, we invite you to consider how the media we compose within (like print, sound, still and moving image, or objects) influence how we communicate and interpret.  In this Make Cycle, we will mediate and re-mediate and reflect on how the affordances of different media impact our choices, processes, and meanings.

Ryan moved from image to words in this remediation:

Remediation – as we’ll be thinking about it here – is unrelated to another use of the term in education: we are not talking about “remediating kids” as in “remedy”-ing them.  Here, the focus is on media, and ways in which moving from one medium to another changes what we are able to communicate and how we are able to do so.

The processes of mediation and remediation are occurring all around us.  When we add content to a Facebook page, personal journal, or scrapbook, we are mediating ourselves and experiences. In doing so, we work within (and sometimes push back against) the constraints of the medium. Every medium we compose within offers affordances that we can take advantage of: a photograph captures color in a way that text cannot, but text can convey conversation that happened at the moment of the photograph. Similarly, music offers the tools of pitch, rhythm, and tone color; so while a sculpture may be inspired by a song, it has to communicate differently because it works with line, texture, and dimension. When we move from one medium to another, we can notice the affordances and constraints that each medium offers (for and against) our purposes.

Make with Me!

For this Make Cycle, we would love for you to choose something (an artifact, a story, a picture, a video clip, an anything) and over the course of the week remediate it through one or more different media. A remediation cycle might start as a drawing, move to a video, then to a cross stitched text, then to a webpage. Another cycle might begin with a blog post, move to a garden sculpture, become a gif, and result in a speech. You might even may choose to browse the Makes from the first week’s cycle and remediate an introduction someone posted, with proper attribution of course!

The media you choose to work with are up to you. We hope that you will be inspired to explore at least one unfamiliar medium to prompt new understanding about what it means to translate a message from one medium to another. If you’re looking for a place to start, consider remediating your introductory artifact from the first Make Cycle. Over the course of the Make Cycle, we’ll consider how remediation draws attention to our composing processes and our identities as composers.

The medium is the message.—Marshall McLuhan, (1964).

**The newsletter incorrectly presents this quote as from James McLuhan, whom may have existed in 1964 and said something similar. James is a really popular name and we may only imagine how many McLuhan’s there are in the world! However, James is not the person we were attempting to accredit.**

Check out these resources, How can we mediate and remediate?

Not sure where to start?  During last week’s Make, Karla found inspiration for remediation by taking an everyday image in the medium of digital photography (which strives to make the medium immediate, or invisible) and using some of the photo editing tools below to hypermediate, or make the presence of a mediation extremely visible. The proliferation of rainbow-enhanced profile pictures on social media sites last week speaks to the same idea, and particularly reminds us how we use the affordances of a digital medium to convey aspects of our identities.



Word Clouds


Comic Strip Creators

Sound Resources

Here, a group photo of the 2015 UIWP Summer Institute participants was remediated with hyperlinks in Thinglink, connecting to each person’s work in the Institute. A remediation only made possible by the affordance of digital connectivity in HTML.


Places to Share

Live Events

  • Join our Make With Me live broadcast with chat on Tuesday, June 30 at 7p ET/4p PT/11pm UTC live streamed with a synchronous chat here at CLMOOC. This session will also be recorded so you can watch the archive later.
  • We will be hosting a Twitter Chat for Make Cycle #1 on Thursday, July 2 at 7p ET/4p PT/11pm UTC with the #clmooc hashtag

Need More Information?

Finally …

We are looking forward to a fantastic week of remediation – see (and re-see) you out there!

Scott Filkins, Katrina Kennett, Ryan Kerr, and Karla Schroeder
University of Illinois Writing Project

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...


  1. Creative Grace | Reflections on the Teche
  2. Interactive online lesson with OfficeMix |
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: #Make Art | Thinking Through My Lens
  4. Going on a Blog Hunt. #clmooc Marks the Spot. | developing writers

Leave a Reply