Views Are My Own

For our final project, Jack, Emily, and I decided to make a documentary about digital identities. We decided interview UMW students and staff in order to see what people at UMW think a digital identity is and how their digital identity may differ from their “offline” identity. We conducted twelve interviews that involved about eight questions:

  1. What is a digital identity?
  2. How many different digital identities do you have?

-if more than 1 continue to question 3.

-if only 1, go to question 5.

  1. Which digital identity is your least favorite?
  2. Which digital identity is your favorite?
  3. What is your digital identity (your favorite one) like? How would you describe it/them?
  4. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the same person to your real identity(personality) how similar is your digital identity to you?
  5. Why do you make your digital identity this way?
  6. Whom do you prefer? Your digital identity or your in person identity?

Our questions turned out to just be guide lines, however, since the interviewees tended to answer more than question within their answers. Once we had conducted our interviews, we edited the documentary together using iMovie and Final Cut Pro in the Media Lab in the ITCC. Since we had twelve interviews to go through, we could not use everyone’s answer for every question, so we picked the most unique or common answers for the final version of the documentary. We took on quite an ambitious task, and after about seven to eight hours of editing, it turned out great! We are very happy with the final product, and although the video is already sixteen minutes long, it could have been much longer. 

We want to also thank Andy Rush in DTLT very much for letting us use all of the production equipment including a light kit, a lapel microphone, a camcorder, a DSLR camera, and a green screen.

Tools Used


Final Cut Pro



Google Drive-Google Doc, Google Spreadsheet

Doodle Poll

Canon (?) HD Camcorder

Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera

2 Tripods

Green Screen

3 LED Film Production Lights

Sennheiser Lapel Microphone

BenSound Royalty Free Music

Incompetech Royalty Free Music


Researching in my Pajamas

Carla, Katie, Lauren and I decided to make a documentary about the use of online databases and research for our final project. We started with the idea that the internet has increased access to information for research, and we narrowed our topic down from there. We decided to interview a professor who we know has done research for a book recently. We interviewed Dr. Poska from the History and Women and Gender Studies departments about her experience as an academic and as a professor with online databases. Dr. Poska talked a lot about how digitized primary and secondary sources has made her research easier because she no longer has to go to every little town to access their records (she can now research in her pajamas). As we have discussed in this class before, the internet has increased accessibility to a lot of information, and databases that offer primary and scholarly secondary sources are among the most best the internet has to offer to college students and scholars.


Primary Sources

Washington Dodge, Eyewitness account of sinking of the Titanic, April 15, 1912. (Gilder    Lehrman Collection).     reform/resources/eyewitness-account-sinking-titanic-1912.

United States National Archives and Records Information. A third-class ticket for a white liner.

United States National Archives and Records Information. Letter of claims from William Gwinn.

United States National Archives and Records Information. Letter of claims from Charlotte Drake Cardeza.

United States National Archives and Records Information. Partial list of names of people taken onboard the Carpathia.

United States National Archives and Records Information. Case against Oceanic Steam Navigation Company.

 Secondary Sources

 Titanic (1997). Performed by Kate Winslet, Lenoardo DiCaprio. United States: 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, 1997. Film.

Titanic (1997). Music from James Horner. United States: Sony Classics, Sony Music, 1997. Soundtrack.

 “Biblioteca Virtual Miguel De Cervantes.” Biblioteca Virtual Miguel De Cervantes.

Derose, Steven J. “Navigation, Access, and Control Using Structured         Information,” The American Archivist 60, no. 3, Special Issue on Encoded        Archival Description: Part 1-Context and Theory (1997): 298-309.

Coleman, Alison Colman. “ and Net. Pedagogy: Introducting Internet Art to          the Digital Art Cirriculum,” Studies in Art Education 46, no. 1 (2004): 61-  73.

Mcmanus, Barbara F. and Carl A. Rubino. “Classics and Internet Tehnology,” The American Journal of Philology 124, no. 4 (2003): 601-608. 

Rekrut Martha D. “Using the Internet in Classroom Instruction: A Primer for          Teachers,” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 42, no. 7 (1999): 546- 557.

Walz, Joel. “Critical Reading and the Internet,” The French Review 74, no. 6          (2001): 1193-1205.