Overall, this has been both a challenging and rewarding class for me. As I’ve demonstrated a couple times this semester, I tend to be pretty incompetent when it comes to technology, so there were definitely a number of frustrating moments. That said, one of my few concrete goals for this class was to become more comfortable with computers, and I definitely feel I’ve accomplished that. Beyond becoming familiar with the technologies used in this class, I believe I will be more confident when trying new programs and software in the future.
I agree with what others have said about the major strength of the class being its attention to both theoretical and hands on methods of learning about digital media. When reflecting on the technologies and projects we worked on this semester, I tend to judge them based on how well they worked alongside our readings and discussions.
Having worked for many hours now with Sophie, I will say that it has a lot of potential but is still kind of a pain to use. I feel that it is the most effective tool we used for analyzing texts—which helps its case for connecting well to our readings—but still has a lot of shortcomings. I’m actually pretty interested to see if those issues are overcome in later versions.
The thing I’m probably happiest to have learned is basic web design. This more than anything else is something I can use in the future. Though I only managed to learn the basics of html and css, having done so will give me the confidence to learn more later on.
Though I had some doubts about blogging process earlier in the semester, I’m very glad I had the experience. It’s definitely a very different type of writing that I’m not that comfortable with, but I have come to appreciate its potentials and have a lot more respect for bloggers in general.
I didn’t mention all of the technologies, but these are the ones I have the strongest feelings about. That, and I’m trying not to write yet another long and convoluted blog post. A couple more things: I’ve really enjoyed having class with you all this semester. I think it was a really great group and I enjoyed our discussions immensely. Professor Fitzpatrick, you’ve been great. It’s a shame you won’t be around next year. Good luck with the rest of your finals, everyone, and have a great summer!
You can see my final project by clicking on one of the two following links:
Direct Link to Blog
The link can also be found on the projects section of my website:
Hope you all have a great summer!
As much as I am going to miss the class, I’m also excited for the new year. It seems surreal that this is the end to my first year here at Pomona. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to move on but I realized that I’m also ready for summer.
Over the course of this class I really enjoyed the fact that the readings were available online. Not only did it save me a lot of money on textbooks but it also helped with accessibility. I was able to read for class at any point of the day on my ipod or on my laptop.
Wave came to be a really nifty tool as well, it had all of the notes and discussions so I was able to review them later.
The only technology/software I didn’t enjoy working with was Sophie. I can see however, that a lot of my peers really got familiar with Sophie and many used it for their final project. I’m a film/web guy myself so I liked the idea that Sophie had but I did not like their frustrating software.
When it comes to Audacity, I can’t really say much because I like to work in Garageband. Same with video editors. I’m mostly familiar with imovie and even though people talk smack about it and how its for novices, I have come to really like it. I’ve done most of my work on it and I can say that my work in I-movie has rivaled work done on Final Cut.
Overall, the class has been great and it helped me decide to major in Media Studies.
Professor Fitzpatrick, you are great and I hope you have a great summer and upcoming year. As for all the people in class, it was good getting to know you and hopefully see you around campus.
P.S. Since I don’t cry, I’ll have this guy show my emotions. haha
Here it is! I hope you guys enjoy it. Please let me know if it isn’t opening properly in Sophie, not that I’ll know how to fix it.
Like others have expressed, I’m extremely saddened by the fact that this class has come to an end. This class was great in every regard. The readings were informative and interesting, the class-discussions were awesome and thought-provoking, and (most of) the projects were tons of fun to produce.
I found it incredibly valuable to have both the theory and production sides of digital media covered in class. I feel that both sides complemented each other well. As we discussed the future of publishing and books, we were also able to experiment with technology, like Sophie, that might very well come to replace what we consider today to be “books.” Similarly, as we learned about Web 2.o and Youtube, we created our own contributions to Web 2.0 in the form of websites, podcasts, and Youtube videos.
I have a feeling I’ll be using more of Audacity this summer, as I find myself bored at home and wanting to have some fun making silly mashups. I’ll be interested in seeing if I feel motivated to maintain my website, and try to find new and interesting ways of getting my friends to visit it–they got a kick out of the conspiracy theories. I hope to continue to experiment with film, although I can’t imagine myself continuing to use iMovie–it’d be really nice to learn to use Final Cut Pro. I don’t know whether I’ll ever go back to Sophie, but I wouldn’t want to completely deny Sophie a second chance, once it gets some bugs fixed.
Anyway, this class has been great! You all have been great! Professor Fitzpatrick, you have been great! Thanks for a great class!
Okay, hold up, I can’t believe class is over already! This is the only class I still enjoyed and it’s just.. done… just like that! I’m so sad… I had so much fun.
Anyways, guys, you all are an awesome bunch of people (even if a lot of you use Macs, including you, Professor, but I forgive you~), I enjoyed the discussions in this class more than any other I was taking this semester — people were actually ope-minded and smart. It seems like there’s a massive lack of open-minded, smart people at the Claremont Colleges (well, or at least at Scripps, where if you’re not feminist, you’d better not take any of their classes), which is odd, because isn’t that what colleges are supposed to be famous for having? I don’t know, but you guys were great~ I hope you all have fun the rest of your college career; maybe we’ll meet again~!
I kind of wish I could just keep taking this class; most days I feel like we ended class discussions with so much more to say. The readings varied in quality for me, but when they worked they inspired me to think about technology in new ways (sometimes I felt like I was being presented with very basic ideas that, for whatever reason, I’d just never thought about before). Google Wave was a innovative technology that I’d never used before, and I remain surprised that more people don’t use it. Of course, given that it’s a service highly dependent on wide societal use for success, I’m not sure it’ll catch on.
Audio – I can’t say I totally enjoyed this. I guess that, with the inclusion of the video lab, audio just seemed inferior.
Video – I am never using iMovie again. In some ways it was more frustrating than Sophie (I think I had higher expectations). Using Final Cut Pro for the final was a very different experience (in a good way) and made iMovie look, as illustrated in Blake and Kyle’s project, far inferior. I enjoyed the actual filming process, however, despite actors being really difficult.
Sophie – I’m maybe a little masochistic because I loved Sophie. This from the girl who had to deal with 1. the program refusing to save and 2. bringing her desktop to class. I think when the kinks are worked out it’ll be an incredible program. I think it spoke the most to what we were learning about in class in terms of hypertext and a new digital way of thinking.
I enjoyed class with all of you and want to thank everyone for some entertaining and provoking discussions. And, of course, thanks to Prof. Fitzpatrick for facilitating and creating an amazing class and semester.
Final Project, hope you enjoy
Before I start, I just want to say that I actually liked Sophie. Say what you will, I rarely had a problem with it because I went to ITS where the computers seem able to handle a program as demanding as Sophie. If you guys have time over reading days, I would suggest heading over there and making a digital book! Okay:
The most interesting thing I took away from this course was the way that structure is invariably tied to function. This concept exists in the real world–we expect our architecture to reflect its utility–but it seems all the more evident in the digital one. The way that a website or social network is set up determines the types of interaction that take place on it. The hyperlink allows for two-way communication between an endless number of entities. Before this class, I never realized so clearly that the uses for something are defined by the way it’s set up.
I think it’s interesting to note how much a sense of community the class developed. This wasn’t simply because the people in the class were great, which they were. I think a lot of it had to do with the way in which technology facilitated our interaction. In no other class have I ever been able to learn about so many others’ interests. Also, I believe that we were able to bond as a community over our use of new media, like Google Wave and Sophie. Our shared experiences of these technologies brought us closer, as the projects we created using these new media.
Ever since my final project, it’s occurred to me how much digitial media incorporates the characteristics of autopoiesis: self-creation. Our discussions in class revolve around the technological works that others have created, which then leads to our own creations based off of them, and discussions based off these creations, and more creations as a result of these discussions. There really is something to be said for the way that technology can facilitate an incredible amount of, what is all at its very core, communication–whether it’s through writing, art, music or video.