As we continue to think about audiences and other human groups, read Matt Rendell’s account of the strategy and physics of bike racing — like many sports, cycling involves both teams and individuals, but because a race might have 20 teams, the group dynamics can be complex and fascinating.
The first section of Nancy Duarte’s HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations focuses on audience.
The HBR Guide is focused on the needs of presenters in the business world, but Duarte’s ideas may apply to other situations.
You can read Duarte’s first section on Canvas: https://usfca.instructure.com/courses/1568307/pages/duarte-on-audience
Duarte has also given a TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/nancy_duarte_the_secret_structure_of_great_talks
and has an extensive website on presentation strategies: http://www.duarte.com
Zach Furness has written a lot about bicycles and politics. In this article, published in the journal Social Epistemology, he discusses a couple of historical examples of bicycle-related activism.
A key idea is that a common technology (the bicycle) can be used for multiple purposes. For example, it can be used for transportation, for fitness, for fun — and it can be used to critique our society, and perhaps as a way of imagining a better world.
For Furness, a key part of using technology in activism is communication. This kind of communication has at least two key parts:
- communication with “outside” audiences– the people the activists seek to influence
- communication among activists or within groups — participation in movements can create social bonds and “conviviality”
Read Furness’s article on Canvas: https://usfca.instructure.com/courses/1568307/pages/furness-on-biketivism
The monthly SF Bike Party ride is tonight — apparently they are adopting a “tweed” theme, after the tweed-cycling subculture. In the US, tweed cycling is kind of a vestigal offshoot of steampunk. In the UK, “Tweed Runs” are attire-themed rides, where people dress in moderately old-fashioned clothes (according to Wikipedia).
So, the Bike Party is tonight, and the SF Tweed group is riding on November 6th (see Facebook for details but don’t ask me any questions because this is the first I’ve heard of it).
Cartoonist Nina Paley just posted an image that illustrates a word you invented in class: “brage.”
Paley also posted a video of her making this drawing (as part of #inktober):
You may need to log in to FB to see the video.
In class, I mentioned an option for S3 or S4, which is…
S5: Digital Speech!
This means making a YouTube video instead of performing your speech live in class.
But seriously, don’t just phone it in — if you choose this option, really make an effort to produce something people would want to watch.
Whether you give a traditional, in-person S3 or you choose the S5 option, same grading structure applies (write-out, rehearsals, self-assessment, and so on).
See linked file for more details and parameters:
Let me know if you plan to use this option!
Naomi Baron, the linguist interviewed in “The Linguistics of YouTube Voice.”