Irving and Darina's Project

Audio/Podcasting Project

Here is our project:

http://www.pages.pomona.edu/~irt02009/grownup.mp3

What do you want to be when you grow up? Usually you will answer with a single word—a doctor, an engineer, a teacher. However, in the new age of cyber culture, we are no longer limited to only one choice. In virtual reality, we can be multiple things at the same time, thus forming a multi-layer identity. Based on the chapters from the Turkle book, we take a semi-comical stand by defending the endless possibilities one has in cyberspace and overemphasize the wide range of choices one has in terms of finding the right identity. By exaggerating the excitement of putting a “virtual mask” on, we hope to bring awareness to the extremes that can follow from it. It is a nearly-cynical stand of how one can become a star and undermines talents and hard work, substituting them for technological enhancements. By bringing in the children’s dreams, we want to further question the formation of identity—who are we, what are we and how did we come about to be that? The world of “endless possibilities”: is it freeing or enslaving us?

Enjoy!

Sources used:

apnatvHD. Surrogates Movie Trailer #1 HD. Youtube. Web. May 21, 2009. March 7, 2010. < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyg4GEjKkM4&feature=player_embedded>

PHUMCdigital. What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?. Youtube. Web. September 30, 2007. March 7, 2010. < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2JGMGut08U&feature=related>.

Pinto, Jim. The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence. April 1999. March 7, 2010. < http://www.jimpinto.com/writings/syntheticintelligence.html >.

Turkle, Sherry. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet: Chapter 7. November 1995. March 7, 2010. < https://sakai.claremont.edu:8443/access/content/group/CX_mtg_44970/turkle-ch7.pdf>.

Turkle, Sherry. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet: Introduction . November 1995. March 7, 2010. < https://sakai.claremont.edu:8443/access/content/group/CX_mtg_44970/turkle-intro.pdf>.

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