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

iMovie

Final Cut Pro

QuickTime

YouTube

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

 

Lights, Camera, Action!

The week before Thanksgiving break, we interviewed roughly 10 people about digital identities in general and about their own digital identities. Our line up included students and staff, particularly staff members on DTLT since education technology is what they do. We even got Audrey Waters (the wrtoer who visited our class) to sit down with us for an interview. Our  set up was much more elaborate than anything I had used for a project before. Andy Rush let us use the green screen in the incubator classroom, light kit, lapel microphone, tripods, a camcorder, and a DSLR camera for our documentary. It was fantastic seeing him get excited about students using all of the equipment he makes available for students to use.

We filmed for 4 days and then began to edit the documentary using iMovie. In order to share all of the video files with Jack and Emily, I had to take all of the files we transferred from the memory cards on to my back up drive and upload them to Mega. I could not use Dropbox since it would not accept more than 1 file. As I discovered, Mega gives users with their free account 50GB, which was awesome since our video files were all over 500MB.

 

We aren’t  finished editing yet but I’m very excited to show the class what we have done for this final project.

 

Propaganda Campaign

Our propaganda campaign is based on the government from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In Fahrenheit 451 the government does not want people to read because it would lead people to think for themselves. The people who are living under this government get their information from radio like ear buds, or flat screen television like technology that only shows soap operas.

My group made posters, and a radio advert as propaganda trying to convince people to turn in their books for burning. We decided that posters would be a way in which this government spread their propaganda because they are a simple and constant way of remind people of what you want them to do. I did three posters that focused on burning books in general, using quotes from Fahrenheit 451. Katie, Carla, and Lauren made posters for individual books we thought would be particularly dangerous. We also decided that the radio advert would be good because it could be streamed into the earbuds, as a reminder.

Here is the radio advert that Carla created for us:

Here are the general posters that I created reminding people to turn in their books for burning:

Book Burning Poster_4 Book Burning Poster_2 Book Burning Poster_1

Here is Katie’s poster warning against Slaughterhouse-Five:

Propaganda Poster 2

Here is Carla’s poster warning against Mein Kampf:

Propaganda Poster 1

And here is Lauren’s poster warning against The Jungle:

Propaganda Poster 3

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967.

Domenach, Jean Marie. “Leninist Propaganda” The Public Opinion Quarterly, no. 2 (1951): 265-273. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2746168.

Fraser, John, Anthony Dorrell and Sarah Wilson. “Propaganda.” Oxford Art Journal 4, no. 1(1981): 65-69. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1360130

Mahaney, Darlene C. “Propaganda Posters.”OAH Magazine of History 16, no. 3 (2002): 41-46. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25163525.

Smolla, Rodney A., written by Ray BradburyThe Life of the Mind and a Life of Meaning: Reflections on “Fahrenheit 451″Michigan Law Review, no. 6, (2009): 895-912. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40379842.

Titanic Live Tweeting

The Titanic was an extremely important event that took place in the 21st century. However, our live tweeting brought a lot of awareness about the times and the technology being used. Though it was the early 21th century, the amount of communication going on between the various boats where Titanic was located was fascinating to read about in various secondary sources. Equally interesting was how accurate all the newspaper reports were the day after it sank even before any of the survivors actually gotten on shore in New York. This shows just how in tune people were with the events of the time though they lacked the personal affect of Twitter.

Our Twitter social experiment was quite the event because we used various primary sources to make sure we had all the times accurate before we sent out a tweet. Though it is October 8 & 9, the times are all in correlation to the historical times of what was happening as the Titanic was sinking. When actually doing the tweets we all felt it was a joke towards the beginning, imagining ourselves being pulled out on deck basically in our pajamas. However, when we started tweeting about the lifeboats and the darkness it all became far more real and less material. Only bringing us all to the conclusion on how much more personal tweeting can be if something as tragic as the Titanic occurs.

From this we learned that tweeting is not just an accessory to our everyday lives, for it also impacts people and invites them into each person’s social world. Thus, through this particular social experiment the whole tragedy became more personal and far more real than a newspaper article. It is like how the early radio emotionally touched people and allowed them to partake in a radio broadcast due to the feelings invoked by a sound or voice emulating from the radio in a living room, bedroom, or kitchen. Ironically, tweeting is the same thing, for it forces someone to see the good or bad in a situation, and not just address it as an event, but an actual real thing that is occurring and needs serious or light hearted attention.

In conclusion, the importance of this social experiment is how much more personal Tweeting makes certain social or political situations. The idea that Twitter did not exist in during the sinking of the Titanic is in some ways relieving due to the feelings it might have created and the fear that it could have invoked with the relative audiences that might have tuned into the tweeting of the sinking. Thus, this social experiment shows that the advancement of social circles and its enhancing through the Twitter sphere is an important reminder on how much it plays in social and political situations.

 

Primary Sources:

“Latest news from Titanic,” The New York Times April 15, 1912.               http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archifree/pdf?res=9E05E2DA1F31E233A25756C  1A9629C946396D6CF

“Biggest Liner Plunges to the Bottom at 2:20am,” The New York Times, April 16, 1912. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archivefree/pdf?res=9506E5DF153CE633A25755C1A9629C946396D6CF

“Allan Liner Virginian Now Speeding Toward the Big ship,” The New York Times, April   15, 1912.  http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archivefree/pdf?res=9B05E2DA1F31E233A2576C1A9629C946396D6CF.

“Titanic Interactive,” The History Channel website, http://www.history.com/interactives/titanic-interactive.

“Titanic Sinks Four Hours After Hitting Iceberg; 866 Rescued By Carpathia, Probably 1,250 Perish; Ismay Safe, Mrs. Astor Maybe, Noted Names Missing,” The New York Times April 15, 1912. http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0415.html.

Madeleine Force Astor. (2014). The Biography.com website.          http://www.biography.com/people/madeleine-force-astor-283808.

Molony, Selena. “Rostron’s Last Report,” Encyclopedia Titanica, June 13, 2010.  http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/rostrons-lost-report.html.

Secondary Sources:

Frey, Bruce S. “Behavior under Extreme Conditions: The “Titanic” Disaster” The Journal of Economic Perspectives 25, no. 1 (2011): 209-221.             http://www.jstor.org/stable/23049445.

Khanna, Arun. “The ‘Titanic’: The Untold Economic Story” Financial Analysts Journal   54, no. 5 (1998):16-17. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4480105.

Kuhn, Arthur K. “International Aspects of the Titanic Case” The American Journal of      International Law 9, No. 2 (1915): 336-351. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2187162.

Mount St. Helens, the Fire Mountain Queen

Reflection:

I picked the 1980 eruptions of Mount St. Helens because I am writing about the volcano for my History 485 senior thesis. One of the sources I found during my research is a book by Bruce L. Foxworthy and Mary Hill entitled Volcanic Eruptions of 1980 at Mount St. Helens: The First 100 Days. The book was published by the United States Government Printing Office in 1982 and tells the story of the 1980 eruptions through the days leading up to, during, and following the eruptions. The entire book spans from March 20, 1980 to June 27, 1980, I however, I paraphrased from pages 37-86 for May 5, 1980 to  May 31, 1980. I tried to imagine myself as one of the USGS researchers there to study the mountain, so most of my tweets are just updates on the status of the mountain since during events today, people use Twitter as a kind of instant news source. This assignment also gave me the opportunity to learn more of the details about the 1980 eruptions of Mount St. Helens which will definitely benefit me as I write my History 485 thesis about Mount St. Helens.

Bibliography:

Dickerson-Murray, Roberta. “My Mt. St. Helens Nightmare.” n.d.Where Were You When Mt St Helens Blew?. Personal Collection of Roberta Roberta.

Foxworthy, Bruce L. and Mary Hill. Volcanic Eruptions of 1980 at Mount St. Helens: The First 100 Days. Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1982.

Reingold, Jessica. “Mount St. Helens Crater.” August 8, 2014. Personal Collection of Jessica Reingold.

Reingold, Jessica. “Mount St. Helens Scars.” August 8, 2014. Personal Collection of Jessica Reingold.

 

Alien Invasion

Here is our completed radio show! :)

All sound effects are from FreeSound.

Sound citations (in alphabetical order)

Afleetingspeck. “Sample Request: Fear.wav.” January 7th, 2012. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/afleetingspeck/sounds/140850/  (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Corinator. “Censor Bleep.” June 7th, 2013. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/Corinator/sounds/191019/ (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Cydon. “Spacebattle with laserwaepons001.wav.” September 9th, 2011. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/cydon/sounds/127706/ (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Harpoyume. “Explosion 3.aif.” December 19th, 2009. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/harpoyume/sounds/86026/ (Accessed September 29, 2014).

NoiseCollector. “sendtube.wav.”November 14th, 2008. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/NoiseCollector/sounds/63135/ (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Sironboy. “Woman Scream.”October 23rd, 2011. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/sironboy/sounds/132106/  (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Titanic Radio Broadcast

For our radio broadcast project, my group decided to do a radio interview with two survivors from the Titanic. We decided to use the Titanic, because radio and newspapers would have been the main way that people got information about the tragedy.

Katie is the radio interviewer, Carla is Madeleine Astor who was an upper class passenger, and Lauren is Violet Jessop who was part of the crew of the Titanic. We used Audacity to record the audio and edited it so it sounded more like a radio broadcast.

“Madeleine Astor.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, September 13, 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Madeleine_Astor&oldid=606905916.
“Madeleine Force Astor – Biography – – Biography.com.” Biography. Accessed September 27, 2014. http://www.biography.com/people/madeleine-force-astor-283808.
“Miss Violet Constance Jessop (Titanic Crew: Stewardess) – Titanic Survivor.” Encyclopedia Titanica. Accessed September 27, 2014. http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/violet-constance-jessop.html.
Winston, Brian. Media, Technology, and Society: A History from the Telegraph to the Internet. London: Routledge, 1998.

 

It’s hard not to laugh while writing a radio show

Tuesday night, our group met up in the ITCC and looked for a spot in the building that was first free, and second, had nice acoustics. We first tried the Green Room since we knew nobody would be there, but we found out that it is very echoey in that space, so we ended up moving out to the corner of the Mezzanine. In the following two and half hours we not only wrote the script but we also recorded all of the voice parts to the show. Our theme for the radio show is definitely fiction, and so without giving it away, all I can say is that coming up with the details in the storyline was a lot of funny and hilarious. I actually had to go to the other side of the mezzanine during certain parts of the recording because I couldn’t contain my giggling.

As for the process, we borrowed a microphone from DTLT, Bruce, Emily and I wrote out the script in a Google Doc, Jack recorded and edited the radio show, using FreeSound to get sound effects, and then he uploaded our finished project to SoundCloud.

All we have left to do is cite the sound effects and put them with our embedded radio show in a blog post, and then we’re done!

Cave Painting Map

This is the cave painting that my group came up with. We each picked a cave painting that we liked from a different continent, and then recreated them. In our map we have information about cave paintings, the original cave paintings with information about them, and then our version of the cave painting.

I recreated the cave painting from Bhimbetka, India using paint on computer paper