Here it is:
Here it is:
Hey, guys! For our final project Amaru and I decided to tackle the history, evolution, and endless possibilities of that wonderful invention we all know as The World Wide Web. As you saw in our presentation, we stroll through the history of the Web’s beginnings with Berners-Lee at CERN all the way to the present day with Long Tail marketing strategies and social networking sites. We ended with the rather open-ended topic of the possible future of the Web, and where we imagine it might go in the future based off of Vannevar Bush’s idea of the memex from As We May Think.
We apologize for the lateness, but Amaru’s computer decided to completely eat the content he’d worked so hard on writing for one of his pages, and he had to start over from scratch. Technology can be evil sometimes, can’t it? Nonetheless, feel free to poke around our site, and we hope you enjoy!
— Annie & Amaru
Well, here we are. I’m sad to be writing my last post, but it’s been an absolute joy this entire semester. Our Introduction to Digital Media Studies class has been interesting, funny, and informative in so many different ways. I loved all of our intense discussions, especially towards the end of the semester, when we were all comfortable sharing our opinions and thoughts with the group as a whole. I learned a lot of things just by listening to you guys – so many of you follow a lot of blogs I don’t, so we were our own little hub of information regarding the news, debates, and funny happenings of the Web. It was great.
Regarding the projects, I share a lot of the same sentiments as you guys. I really enjoyed the website project, as it forced me to polish up on my HTML and CSS knowledge – never a bad thing. The podcast project was fun in the sense that it made me step out of my comfort zone and work with audio, which proved to be easier (at least recording speech and adding in music…nothing too fancy!) than I thought it would be. I was a little more familiar with video projects since I’ve done them before for other classes, but planning out a meaningful message and analytical spin of our video was a bit harder. The Sophie project was surprisingly enjoyable for me, until I packaged the darn thing, uploaded it, and posted it up here on the blog. I had pretty much zero problems with the program itself outside of general slow processing, but Sophie pretty much ate my entire book (even the saved files on a USB drive were corrupted). So sad.
Overall, this class has been fantastic, and one of the best I’ve ever taken, college or otherwise. I was always excited about coming to class (and that’s quite the rare thing, mind you) and listening to discussion that day, or learning something new and hands-on in lab. I’ll give a shout-out to Professor Fitzpatrick, too – you’re one of the best teachers I’ve had and completely made this class. Can we convince you to not go on sabbatical? At least until we leave? Please?! I definitely agree with others, in any case…we should all meet whenever Professor Fitzpatrick returns from NYC. Hopefully I’ll see you all in the future, in another media studies class or around the campuses. Keep in touch, everyone! And if I don’t talk to you soon, have a fantastic summer.
Here’s Allison and Jackie’s final project: We ♥ Video Games!
Each person drew themselves and wrote review(s) for their own games. Jackie created the site, and Allison did most of the reviews (her characters are in pink, while Jackie’s characters are in purple).
Hope you enjoy it!
Here’s our final project: The League
Youtube is still doing weird things to the movie so we’ve got a download link on the website. It’s very large but once Youtube is done processing I’ll embed it as well.
We hope you enjoy it!
– Hannah (and Brennen)
sorry it wouldn’t show up…cut and paste the link? thanks for everything everyone!
Here is our final project.
The third page (more info) is very media-heavy, and might take a little while to load completely. Be patient. Also, we looked at this in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox and all the formatting seemed to work out fine there. No guarantee on how it will look in other browsers or on very small screens though…. And yes, I know the tabs are slightly off-center. I can’t for the life of me figure out how to fix that. Anyways, hope you enjoy the mashups and the project!
~Drew and Nick
Here is the link to our final project!
Please use the navigation bar to the left of the video for clarification of our baking/new media metaphor.
First and foremost, I want to give a HUGE ‘Thank You!’ to Professor Fitzpatrick! This class has been absolutely my favorite during my (admittedly short) college career. I loved the way the class was taught with focus on discussion that was very open, but just guided enough. Some readings were better than others, and I personally enjoyed the ones during the last half of the class (dealing with more contemporary, relevant issues such as copyright and machinima) than those in the first half (dealing more with the history of how digital media came to be). On the whole though, the readings were very well chosen. The ones about Friendster might be reconsidered though…. 😛
As for the technologies, I would say pretty much the same thing: generally excellent with some frustrations. I greatly enjoyed working with CSS and HTML, and I have been inspired to possibly try to pursue these further as hobbies. Audio and video were both fun, and of course Sophie was…well it was Sophie. As has been said a million times before, perhaps don’t use Sophie until it has been improved, but other than that all the projects were great. I also like that the final project was very open ended an allowed us to pursue what we liked best from the course.
The way I see it though, those are only half of the technologies we made use of. The other half were things like the lab computers, google wave, the blog, etc. The lab computers were frustratingly slow on the few days I had to use them, but of course that’s got nothing to do with the class. I think that google wave was a great way to do note taking, and I would encourage you to keep using that in the future. It allows for everyone to be editing it, for stuff to be embedded, etc. It makes the whole class feel more interactive and connected. Same goes for the blog. While I admittedly did not sink my teeth into blogging with as much zeal as some (or maybe most) I did genuinely enjoy the blog. Being able to read other people’s thoughts on things (readings or otherwise) was great. A number of things people mentioned in random blog posts led me to things I now use regularly or enjoyed a lot, and I would have missed them without the blog.
All in all, I would certainly say that, a few minor flaws aside, this class was fantastic! I will definitely be recommending it to all my friends once you get back. Once again, Thank You Professor Fitzpatrick!
Of the four technologies that we used for our MS51 projects (web, audio, video, and Sophie), with the exception of Sophie, I thought that video is quite possibly the most difficult medium to work with. Although Allison and I did something really simple for our Wikipedia video project, I could imagine how difficult it would be to edit a more complicated video so that it was precisely the way we wanted it. To me at least, the more senses that we use when we are exposed to a medium (such as audio or video), the easier it is to notice things that are off (for example, if the sound does not match up to the visuals/movement on a video).
As for my preferred medium, I think that websites and Sophie (if it worked correctly) would be ideal for presenting content digitally, since they both allow videos to be embedded into their content, as well as allow the viewer to experience interactive, non-linear content. Instead of having to listen through an entire podcast or watch a movie from start to finish, with websites or Sophie projects, you can create content that allows users to choose what they wish to read/watch/listen to based on their interests.