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Permission for Photography

For my final project on digital storytelling, I am hoping to take a few pictures during our New Media Studies class today. Dr. Campbell has given his permission, but said that we’ll need to see how the rest of the class feels.  If the class agrees, I will have permission forms to pass around. Here […]

I added a few lines to the article on New Media Studies.  Learning how to add/edit content was not difficult, it just took time to become familiar with the mechanics. Now I have a much better understanding of the scope of Wikipedia, and find the amount of time people all over the world contribute extremely […]

Response to Turkel

Turkel argues that many people compare video games to television, categorizing both as “mindless addictions.” She differentiates between the two, highlighting the fact that television is something you watch, whereas video games are something you do. The article points out the complex skills and strategies that video games require, and addresses the ways in which […]

Response to “Immigrant”

Many parts of this story reminded me of the book Feed by M.T. Anderson, which I read in my Culture, Context, and Composition class last semester. Feed is a young-adult dystopian novel, and everyone has a “feed” implanted in their brains connecting to a computer network. One of the characters, named Violet, got her feed […]

Final Project Update

I have decided to switch my final project topic. My initial plan was to do the project on Skype and conference calling, and although the idea never really excited me, I couldn’t seem to come up with anything else. I have what I think is a better idea, and would like to do my final […]

Art Transforming & Manipulating Human Life

We talked about how computerized video technology can transform and manipulate human life in class today. There are a number of videos posted on YouTube of prisoners from the biggest prison in the Philippines doing dance routines — these videos seem to demonstrate this concept. It is really wild to watch but also to think […]

Prior to class, I wasn’t confident enough in my understanding of Viola to formulate a response. When I read over the article, I thought that there must be a higher level of understanding that I wasn’t getting. Our class discussion today made me realize that while my initial understanding of Viola wasn’t too bad, there […]

A Google web search on “Laptops in the Classroom” turned up 388,000 pages. I read a couple of articles and some teacher perspectives on the issue, and while some people feel very strongly that laptops are either only beneficial or only detrimental, there is definitely no clear consensus on the issue. Proponents cite many positives, […]

More Reaction to McLuhan’s “The Medium is the Message”

    Over the weekend, I was talking to my family about this semester at UMW, and mentioned learning about Marshall McLuhan in New Media Studies. It came as quite a surprise when both of my parents practically jumped out of their chairs at the kitchen table upon hearing McLuhan’s name. Come to find out, McLuhan […]

Response to “The Medium is the Message” by Marshall McLuhan

“The Medium is the Message” by Marshall McLuhan is deep reading material. I had to re-read parts of this piece several times to comprehend the points made by McLuhan, and am still not comfortable with my grasp on his ideas.  McLuhan states that the medium is the message because “it is the medium that shapes […]