In the writing for emergent media class I feel that I learned a lot. Reading the book Wasting Time on the Internet by Kenneth Goldsmith, opened my eyes and gave me a new perspective on what wasting time on the internet is. Even if you are just scrolling through Instagram, you are still absorbing information. Now I won’t feel so bad when I do it myself. Goldsmith also talks about how doing things on the internet whether it’s reading an article or posting something, it really is not that much different than reading an article on the newspaper or posting a flyer. We are doing the same things, just in a different way.
Coming into the class, I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought the class was going to be mostly just creating things for the internet. I learned so much about the other factors one needs to know when creating content, and what medias should be used for what you are creating. For example, for the digital journal, we had multiple options on what kind of medias we could use such as podcasts, photo journals, video, a titter three, etc.
Being a graphic design major, emergent media plays a big role. As a designers, we need to take everything into consideration when it comes to creating for the media, such as what type of audience are you targeting, what message are you trying to send, does your design represent what you are trying to say? Emergent media also plays a role in my personal life because everything is now broadcasted on the internet. I think the internet is probably the best way of communicating because it’s efficient, and you can save, share and send pretty much anything you want.
Our first assignment was a technological literacy collage. For this assignment, we made a photo collage about our technological journey. My understanding of the project is that it was in a way a history or timeline of experiences you’ve had with technology throughout the years. Doing the research for this project really reminded me about how fast time goes by, and how far technology has come.
Here is a link to my literacy collage
Our second project was a digital journal. For this assignment we were asked to cover an event which we thought that needed to be more present and known. For my journal, I wrote about the Alfred State Pot Luck that the International Club hosts. The type of journal I did was a photo journal. My understanding of digital journals are that they are to promote what is currently happening.
Here is a link to my digital journal
The their project was a social media analysis. In class, we talked about pyramid schemes and how the worked. For this assignment we chose an ad and went in depth to talk about what makes the ad a MLM. Breaking down and going through each aspect of the ad, we explained what things were off about it. From what I’ve learned about MLMs, is that they are mostly targeted towards women. Specifically women who stay at home and want to make a bit of money.
Here is a link to my analysis
The fourth project was a Twine Narrative. Using a twine program, we made a virtual create you own adventure story. In media, this concept of choosing your path, reminds me of searching something on the internet, and then researching the links that are in those articles. Falling into this sort of rabbit hole of information getting deeper into the subject. Maybe even ending up with something totally different in the end.
Here is a link to my twine