I hope you enjoy looking at/listening to my project! I decided to dial back and not use video for this project, as my scavenger hunt idea didn’t really work out so I decided to just basically reflect on my life during this semester taking DS106 and the impact this class had on my life. I put a lot of painstaking time into designing the welcome image and I decided I didn’t care about the grade anymore and basically that’s the centerpiece for my project 😂. That alone in my eyes was equal to like 10-15 stars so I made a little mashup of the work I have done over the semester and reflected on this class as a whole with some audio. In summary, I was not going to spend 8 hours of my life making a project that made no sense to make because I would never look back on it again and think it was my best work because I am already on semester burnout, so I made something I will look back on fondly and with pride. Either way, I heavily enjoyed this class, it was a blast and it taught me things I would have never learned in any other class.
I think this final project for this class should be something that I really enjoy making and or the subject of the project is something I would enjoy learning about, and that’s why I like the idea Marche had with cryptocurrency. Not much is known about cryptocurrency and how such a intangible item became so valuable over the internet, and I think the very existence of an idea like that for the final project really adds to the “what I want to learn about” side of my story. It might not be about cryptocurrency, but I would very much like to explore some random topic or subject that I know barely anything about and explore it. It may be why coding actually operates, how hardware works for computers, how people might convey or capture an audience through body language or otherwise, etc. (I mention things like this because I am a double major in Computer Science and Communication and Digital Studies so this would go towards understanding the things I am getting a degree in). Ideas like this are things that I would like to explore in my project, and I think if these things are something I can explore I would look forward to this project 100% more.
I think it’s an interesting idea to try and make a 30 minute radio talk show. I would be interested to tell a story about anything really, my story is your story. I do think, however, it will be hard for me to stretch out just me and few other people talking on a radio show out to 20-30 minutes. Maybe we could talk about school life on campus or life as a lifetime student so far? It might be interesting to detail what it was like making the transition from high school to college, or differentiating between school and the workplace. Or maybe if my group member live in different areas like how on Wednesday’s DS106 radio show, there was a person listening from Washington state, we could provide different perspectives on the landscape we live in or talk about different laws in our states that makes our lifestyles much different. Either way I don’t know what else we could talk about keeping in mind our theme, but I’m excited to see what other people come up with!
You guys like that alliteration? I know I’m proud of my self.
Even if you aren’t as proud as I am, we should all be proud of how many different interpretations and perspectives we took in thinking about this all-encompassing overarching theme of “What is your story?” In reading through so many thoughts on just that singular question, there were so many directions it went that were completely unrelated to the thoughts that went through my mind when thinking about such a question. I think one of the only ways our ideas merge together is how well they do not merge together and how unique each of our interpretations are, and I think thats what makes our theme beautiful.
What’s our/my story? We can go virtually anywhere we want with a theme like this, and that is exactly what makes the theme work. We are the creators of our own story, digital storytelling is just a method in which we express that story. The methods in which we express our story, whether it be video, audio, images, etc. doesn’t matter… as long as our story is put out into the world. We as a class could take this wherever we wanted to go! The sky’s the limit for how we express ourselves online, and it doesn’t have to be nonfiction. It could be an entertaining alternate reality sown together through our media presences to create plot points or exhilarating readings, or a nonfiction account of some event like news reporters. As long as its our story, nothing can stop us.