final project ramblings

First of all, I wanted to say how much I've been enjoying the final presentations we've seen so far. Really interesting stuff! I also think it would be super cool if those of you whose projects are available online would post links so we can check 'em out. (Or if you already have, could you shoot me the link anyway? I might've missed it.)

I finally got my own video project online last night, and I'm looking forward to presenting it on Wednesday. It took me a whole month to complete but I'm really happy with the finished product! I'm also happy that it's already being well-received in the online world, with 115 views and 15 comments in the first 12 hours it's been up.

It is posted on both YouTube and imeem (I'll expand more on this during my presentation), but I just wanted to mention something I noticed about the two sites in the posting process. I know imeem has recently become more popular for vidders like myself, and this is definitely partly because it is much more aesthetically pleasing than YouTube. However, I also noticed that imeem has taken big steps towards ease of intermediation. When you're watching a video there is a whole row of buttons under it that allows you to easily:

a) "Add To My"
- MySpace
- Facebook
- Black Planet
- Tagged
- Hi5

b) "Blog This To"
- imeem
- Blogger
- LiveJournal
- WordPress
- Xanga

Pretty impressive, if you ask me! And definitely a step towards expanding the travels of viral videos through cyberspace... ok, must save more thoughts for my actual presentation. ;)

I remember reading something, I think it was by Henry Jenkins, (but Nelson's "Computer Lib/ Dream Machines" also kind of deals with this) in which the author talked about how disappointing a traditional classroom (and its limited feedback to student projects and papers) can be for a student who has online interactions built into their daily life.

I bet you feel really proud of your work, and it must be fun to have so much (RAPID!) response. I love when people comment on my blog posts, so I can only imagine how good it feels to have so much feedback on a project you've spent so much time working on :)

I think this fallback of traditional education is one of the ways in which new media technologies can really improve the academic experience. I love getting feedback, and I hope that education paradigms of the future can incorporate the kinds of immediate and (hugely) big response your project has generated online, SunnydaleGal!

How do you guys think this would be possible?? We talked a while ago about the tension points between new media studies and "more traditional" fields, and I think integrating online and rapid response to papers and projects in traditional classes (like econ and history) might be a bit more awkward . . . how could this be smoothed out? Or is it not totally possible?

I guess I am just really excited about your experience, because I think interactive and communal learning is one of the most exciting things around!! :)