Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Goals for Video Section

My specific goals that I hope to meet by the end of this video section include:

  • Learn how to make the viral video of 2013.
  • Create an interesting, informative, and eye-opening video for my student group, Students for Choice, to help either one of our campaigns or our overall message.
  • Feel more comfortable, in general, with my movie editing tools.
  • Have fun.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekly Summary Post

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This week, I've completed:
  • Response to "What's Your Personal Social Media Strategy?"
  • Response to michiganradio.org
  • Registration with ds106.us
  • Two daily creates: here and here
  • Slept
  • Took an interesting photo (go to: this daily create, previously introduced) 
 I think that I did well with completing the requirements of this week's assignments. I had the most trouble responding to michiganradio.org, because I didn't have anything profound to say about the way the website function. I think that I was able to get my point across though. I enjoyed the daily creates most, because those don't even feel like homework. I learned a lot about social media strategy this week, and the way marketers should be approaching consumers. The one question I have right now is how are we able to view everyone's blog updates on one website? It's on ds106.us, correct? Also, should we have a target range of how many comments we should be posting per week?

Some of the larger issues surrounding my work, or the work I've read, are related to using social media in strategic ways. Social media has an array of uses, and we (I) need to start taking more advantage of it!

Michigan Radio Website Response

The website for Michigan Radio is great! It is very easy to navigate, and is also aesthetically pleasing. I even find it much easier to use than the New York Times website! When I go to the NY Times website, I am overwhlemed with multiple blocks of small texts. The Michigan Radio website, on the other hand, is far less intimidating. Rather than cramming all the news stories on the main page, I appreciate Michigan Radio set-up of allowing the reader to scroll down for more news stories. It is easier on the eyes (especially for those of us with poor sight), and is less "in your face," like NY Times.

Regarding non-aesthetic parts of the website, everything is really easy to use. There is nothing confusing nor unclear-- it is all very straightforward! I also appreciate the "Most Active Stories" column on the side, because now I don't have to search for the most active stories on my own.

Overall, great website. A+. So easy, kids could use it!

CC Kathy Cassidy

Response to "What's Your Personal Social Media Strategy?"

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For the past two months or so, my mom has been urging me to create a LinkedIn profile. As a young person, I thought it was a somewhat weird site because there was never really any social pressure to use it. I've grown up using social media for personal use-- keeping up with friends and family. Using social media for professional reasons, or building "my brand," is something I've never had to do. As I began to create my LinkedIn profile, making the switch from personal to professional was a somewhat difficult process, especially after using social media my entire life for fun, and nothing more. What I think is even more interesting is that my mom already has her social media strategy down-- informing me that her company and many others recruit potential employees from LinkedIn. I think my mom also navigates it so well because social media arose at a time when she was already a working professional. Therefore, she never fully appreciated social media for its personal benefits- it was all primarily professional. It is funny that my mom, a lady in her mid-fifties, is the one helping ME use social media to my benefit. But hey, my LinkedIn profile is now live, and I'm ready for the recruitment message asking me to be the next Executive Director of a major women's health organization.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Daily Create

Directions: Describe the sky in a single sentence without using any color words.

The sky is home to frightening winged creatures who frequently fly at high altitudes whilst plotting attacks on their next unsuspecting victims.

CC Anurag Agnihotri

Daily Create: Silhouette

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Weekly Summary Post

These are the assignments that I have completed this week:
  • Three daily creates: one here and two here.
  • A response to RIP: A Remix Manifesto, found here
  • A response to M. Wesch's videos right here
  • This brief video introducing myself
I think that I completed the requirements of the week's assignments very well, but I'm still somewhat sure about what is expected out of a response blog post, or even this weekly summary post. I had trouble thinking of a creative way to respond to one of our homework assignments, because I wanted to try something different. I'm afraid that blog posts with personal reactions may be getting boring, so I'm trying to respond to the assignments in unconventional ways to make my blog more interesting. I also had problems uploading my video to youtube, and ended up having to use my friends computer. From this, I learned that general safari does not suffice for uploading videos, and my laptop doesn't support any other browser.

What I would do differently with this week's assignments is perhaps script my introduction video, because I wasn't really sure what to talk about, or for how long I should speak. The only questions I have at this point are those regarding requirements for blog posts and examples of a good assignment response.

Some of the larger issues surrounding my work are all related to reevaluating our current copyright laws, and why they truly remain (the answer to this is profit, and not progress). It is interesting living in a generation that is actively redefining the way we communicate on both a small scale and large scale.

Response to M. Wesch’s Videos

In Response to M. Wesch's videos, one which is titled "The Machine is Us/ing Us," I am reinterpreting Rage Against the Machine's song "Killing in the Name of" to relate to the videos. Before I begin, my new interpretation of the song is not by any means devaluing the real, or true meaning of the song. The song is meant to be about white, racist cops who abuse their power, and kill for no reason other than racial beliefs.

In the new interpretation I am presenting, "And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control" is referring to the copyright laws that hold back and prevent society from progressing. Additionally, it represents the tight grip of control that the government and laws has over our actions, even when these laws have no substantial base anymore.

"F*** you, I won't do what you tell me," represents the voice of my generation and how we approach the government's arbitrary copyright laws. Many of us ignore these laws and continue downloading music, videos, and books because we believe in freely sharing information.

Introduction Video

Two Daily Creates

Love to me, as a college student, is a full fridge of food:


In wake of almost impulsively buying two degus (a type of rodent in the chinchilla and guinea pig family), here is a pun to make you groan:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Response to RiP!: A Remix Manifesto

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The documentary RiP!: A Remix Manifesto was informative, eye-opening and enjoyable. I always recognized the problem of copyrighting ideas, but I never gave it much thought until this film. A lot of it has to do with the fact that using other people's intellectual property is somewhat of a second nature to me. It is so common with our generation that I don't view mixing other peoples music or video as illegal at all. I'm somewhat surprised that I actually haven't gotten in trouble yet, especially since I'm so careless about it. That's not to say I download music and mix videos regularly, but I've had my fair share of creativity and creation with other peoples' work.

Despite this film and theme being relatively new to me, I find that a lot of my beliefs already align with that of the documentary. I am critical of personal property in many facets of life, but copyrighting personal ideas does not make sense to me. As the video states, it is just another way for large corporate businesses to take our money, while disregarding what is best for societal advancement. The comparison between audio-visual copyrights and that of medical ideas and innovations is a great point, because an older audiences may not understand our need to remix and create music, but they must understand the need to advance medical technologies and improve health.

Along with the film, I also view Brazil as a great, progressing country. I am somewhat bias because I studied there and plan to return after I graduate college. When I was in Brazil, though, I do remember all of the mash-ups of popular American and Brazilian music. At the time, I never thought of it as a grand, global statement- it was just something that Brazilians loved to do and dance to. Now I see Brazil as an even more amazing place than I already have, which I didn't think was possible.

There is a lot more to be said about this documentary, especially regarding how most new ideas are recycled from the past. It is impossible to grow as a society if we are not allowed to build upon other ideas to make them stronger. Many fundamental concepts have already been created, intellectually. These are the building blocks of culture, science, or whatever else it may be. Now it is the greedy government's job to put profit aside and let culture advancement flourish.

The Daily Create: My Favorite Place to Work

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Response to "The Storytelling Animal"

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Throughout my reading of "The Storytelling Animal," by Jonathan Gottschall,  I could not help but think of religion the entire time. I grew up in a secular household, and am not afraid to identify as an atheist. In large part because of my familial background, and a few classes I have taken here at Michigan, I understand the bible as a book with some of the greatest stories ever written. In a course I took titled "Sociology of Religion," I read different theories to explain why certain groups of people are more religious than others, and why religion exists in itself, despite the lack of evidence. Some of the arguments are similar to those brought up by Gottschall in "Storytelling." The argument I primarily speak of is that which explains storytelling as a distraction from the hardships of real life. While I do believe this is the function of religion (as Karl Marx would also agree), I don't necessarily think that is the only function of storytelling outside of the religious context.

Next, the idea of storytelling as a form of either natural selection or sex selection is completely new to me, and I think both are interesting and compelling theories. Storytelling is so embedded in human culture that I never once thought to think that there is a reason why it both began, and remains in daily life. I admittingly took storytelling fore-granted, and I am happy to have read this article because it gave me the opportunity to stop and try to understand why it is hard-wired in the human psyche at all.