Appreciating Past DS106 Stories

In order to fully understand what digital storytelling means, we are supposed to find a past storyteller and read his/her work. I came across an awesome story by Emily May. Her blog title for this specific story was called “3,000 Miles in 30 Seconds(ish)”.

Her short yet sweet blog post entails of her journey as she packs up and leaves her life in New Jersey, and heads to the west coast of California. Emily decided to capture the moments of her 3,000 mile long travel, and she uses them to create a motion video. I liked her blog post personally for her bravery. She moved across the country in hopes of altering the direction her life was headed before. Her 30 second video will not only be a movie to look back on, but it will be an inspiring piece that marks a major turning point in her life. Emily shared a piece of her life to the world, digitally, in a matter of 30 seconds, which makes this a true digital story. The “arc” in her story is the mark when she decided to leave her home in New Jersey in search of something fresh and new. I would hope to think that Emily is doing great things in Santa Monica, California, and she keeps adding to her digital storytelling. The story she told was only a miniscule part of her entire life story, which I bet is also brave and inspiring.


“Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able”

I watched the presentations by Michael Wesch called “Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able: New Learning Environment for New Media Environment”. At first, I assumed the talk would describe how technology generates a fresh learning environment for this generation. He explains how this web creates a new learning environment for students at universities, but also provides an environment to connect in the workplace and at home.

Wesch wonders about media: Is it using us or are we using media? I thought this was a great and broad question that many people may ask themselves as they are utilizing this media environment. As students and others browse, create, and communicate using the web, they could be operating incorrectly. This leads to frustration and further issues that cloud their mind when they think of this environment of technology we have. On the other hand, many experts use the web space in a number of eye-opening ways. Wesch then describes how the space created relief for the world, while showing how people quickly responded with the web during the Haiti earthquake. Even though I am only making my own blog and exploring little by little, I am hoping that with my experiences with the web space, that I can help others correctly use the media so we can continue to make discoveries through this media environment.

The web talk also states the big difference between being knowledgeable and having the ability of knowledge. Wesch says it’s easy to have knowledge just by learning. But, having the ability of knowledge consists of three separate parts: communication, empathy, and thoughtfulness.

These three branches match up suitably with this new environment of media we have been discussing. Wesch states that each communication interaction we encounter matters. I agree, people my age engage in interactions over the web, sometimes even more than normal face-to-face interactions. I think they are becoming more important in this environment, but Wesch describes that the connections we have face-to-face are more important. The other 2 branches are empathy and thoughtfulness; both also pertain to the web environment we are in. People within this environment should have the knowledge to be thoughtful and empathetic through every blog post or web search.

I enjoyed Wesch’s talk about this “environment” we are now in. Media has produced an enchanting dwelling that we all want to learn about, now that we have it right in front of us. The talk depicts how the Internet does so much good for the world, but we also have to know how to use the web space truthfully so we can advance this knowledge ability.



“A Personal Cyberinfrastructure”

The title, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure”, sounded like the article would contain information about how people spend too much time on the Internet; exposing too much about their personal life for others to see. I thought the lesson would tell me to make the Internet a place to learn and explore, without putting too much “out there”. Once I read the article to its entirety, Campbell accurately describes how making the web a place for students to be independent and inventive on our own.

Having a higher education creates a space to create and discover on the web. The Internet plays a big role in my life being at a university, and with all the recent developments—plays a huge role in all of the future generation’s life. Campbell says that we, as students, have to think alone and then design a cyberinfrastructure ourselves and have our own “vision”. Pertaining to this class, I am gaining knowledge everyday about the wide web. I learn just by performing blog research that may point me in the right direction, but doesn’t tell me directly “how to”. Like any other challenging project, it’s more rewarding when you complete it alone—but finalizing something on the web is 10x more rewarding.

Even though I enjoy the thought of exploring the web by myself, others may not, and may need a little motivation to explore the “digital facelift” that has already occurred. Campbell compares us humans on the web as “gold” since this cyberinfrastructure is something fresh and in demand,  like gold. Yet there is no desire to spend time on this “gold” no matter what it can do for us humans. Older generations are usually traditional and think they cannot absorb web information anymore. I believe that anyone can learn about the web, once taught, and then, as Campbell describes, begin doing it alone to broaden their knowledge. I like the thought that I created my own web space online, and I will admit that at first, it was intimidating. All I needed was a little room to discover how satisfying it is to have a broad knowledge about my own personal web space.

I enjoyed this article by Gardner Campbell, as it concluded how the web is being misused while it frankly shouldn’t be. I created my own web space, which gives me the ability to do more, communicate with others, and increase my experience level about this cyberinfrastructure. This cyberinfrastructure that we have can teach others the ways of designing and inventing something online that is your own.


Say it Like Peanut Butter: Jingle Bell Rock



Story: As you may see, my first Digital Storytelling Assignment, is a Mean Girls GIF. This is a classic movie that I probably know every word to. Anyways, Lindsay Lohan plays the main character, who moves to a new high school all the way from Africa where she was home-schooled her whole life. She plays innocent Cady, who arrives having no idea about high school, weird boys, hard teachers, and of course mean girls.

Process: After reading our first Visual Assignment, I was excited. I always see GIF’s on the internet, they are brief pictures of any video clip or picture that has subtle movement. I was thinking about what movie I wanted to use; and I thought after a long week I could use some humor, so of course I ventured to Mean Girls. This clip is of the “Plastics” (i.e. this is what the mean group of girls call themselves in the movie.) dancing rather provocatively to the famous Christmas song, Jingle Bell Rock. May I add they are at a school talent show?

Work: I did some research and found a helpful site called Make a Gif, which led me to create my masterpiece. First, you can pick which method you want to use. I picked Youtube, but you can select others including pictures, webcam, and video. I uploaded my YouTube URL, and picked which part of the clip I wanted to utilize. From here, it shows you what the GIF will look like so you have some kind of idea, which is really great in my opinion. My GIF length is 5 seconds long, which is a perfect amount of time for these clips. After I was done editing the clip, I was done and my GIF was complete! It was simple and fast and I will probably create more after this.