Options for Obtaining Video Footage

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  • Use Screencast-O-Matic to record a Skype or other video interview on your screen
  • Ask your subject to record video footage for you
  • Record yourselves speaking to your subject
  • Obtain audio recordings of your subject answering questions and juxtapose for static images or stock video footage
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Options for Recording Interview

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  • Recording Skype Calls with Audacity Tutorial
  • If doing a phone interview, test putting the subject on “speaker” and holding the phone up to the computer’s microphone
  • If your subject has a microphone, he or she can record the answers during the live interview and send you the audio file for you to edit into your podcast
  • For Skype: Windows Moviemaker – narration tool – stereo mix for internal mix – click start narration, and it records the entire thing

Crowdsourcing

The “crowdsourcing” article kind of goes against what we have read so far. In this case, one artist was benefiting from the use of the new social media, but on the other hand, the internet was causing a loss in profit and clients for an artist whom had already made it big in the real world. So many new artists are benefiting from social media and the rise of the internet there are the artist that are struggling since the internet’s fame those who have been doing things a certain way for years but now all of a sudden its considered outdated.
Crowdsourcing provides an inexpensive and simple way to find exactly the type of media you need. It is organized in a way that both the seller and the buyer are benefiting from it. Through these cheaper businesses the bigger corporations struggle. For example, Harmel, a typically well-off photographer lost business and profit due to the stock photography website. Lower status artists were selling there work and making a profit, while buyers were getting high quality photos for an extremely lower price. In this case, there is really only one way for the larger companies to benefit from this so called “crowdsourcing”… they must by out the company or website. An example of this is theVH1 television show titled Junk 20which was able to use cheep video clips from a website that their parent company purchased. They no longer had difficulty licensing clips thanks to the large amount of clips they received form their crowd. I feel that this is the only way in which all people will benefit. The audience see’s what they want, smaller artist’s work is being used, and the big company benefits from the cheaper purchases. Thus, I see “crowdsourcing” becoming more and more useful as time goes on.

Crowdsourcing is I believe just showing us another venue that social media and technology has opened up for us. Crowdsourcing is extremely helpful college students who are doing class project i.e us with the ebook project. By far the most important benefits is cost wise, opportunity wise for small business and the fact that it is doing something original.

The New Age Outlaw – The ‘Stoopid’ Syllabus

I see that there is a lot of sarcasm thrown around in this syllabus. Actually, probably the whole article contains sarcasm. Still Timothy McSweeney, makes some solid points here.

First of the prerequisites are awesome:

Prerequisites

Students must have completed at least two of the following.

ENG: 232WR—Advanced Tweeting: The Elements of Droll
LIT: 223—Early-21st-Century Literature: 140 Characters or Less
ENG: 102—Staring Blankly at Handheld Devices While Others Are Talking
ENG: 30—Advanced Blog and Book Skimming
ENG: 231WR—Facebook Wall Alliteration and Assonance
LIT: 202—The Literary Merits of Lolcats
LIT: 209—Internet-Age Surrealistic Narcissism and Self-Absorption

All these prerequisites are true in the sense that they may not be actual classes but they represent the “normativity” of society’s social context. I have to agree that through his sarcasm, he manages to get his point across. I believe that message is that the digital context we’ve grown to be accustomed to has dumbed us down. “Stoopid,” is just an example the stupidity that has become the norm. It’s almost like the dumber you are the cooler you. In reality, this presumption that our generation of youth is learning and has access to the latest technology in the palm of their hands being a great asset, while it can be, it just isn’t. I think it has made us lazier.

Well the technology for kids can be a good thing, but it’s not being used correctly. I’m basing this opinion on what I’ve personally seen and heard. I understand the concept or message that McSweeney is trying to get out. I was one of these “internet slang people.” I was just lazy to type the correct word and spelling. However going to college I think opened my eyes to the world that could be instead of the world of what it is.

Ultimately I admire the try for McSweeney to get message across. After all, there’d probably be a whole of people “trolling” him over standing for print copy meaning. It has come to a digital versus print media content scenario. However, why does it have to be that way? It’s a little ironic to be saying that just now, seeing that I’m typing this digitally. I didn’t find anything particular to disagree with. I felt that if you didn’t or couldn’t pick up on McSweeney’s sarcasm then you probably are asking is this course is being taught next semester? Ouch. Just saying.

You get point.

 

 

Amazon Kindle - The obvious digital

Amazon Kindle – The obvious youth

The Newspaper - The obvious old

The Newspaper – The obvious old

Dumb and Google go hand in hand

It’s rare that we find ours actually and going to the library and actually research something, that doesn’t happen in today’s world instead we pullout our phones and google something. Google probably our generation favorite invention but one has to question is it making us stupid? With technology constantly improving people are finding themselves to be relying on their devices more for what they are able to do. Cell phones from a few years ago., “as technology advances, is it slowing us down and making us stupid?” In some cases technology is stopping or slowing our ability to learn. For example, when we were younger we all had to make index cards of the times table and the teacher always told we to write it out rather than buying the ones with the information already because the process is what made us learn and the same thing with google at our fingertips we aren’t going through any process.
With the internet having an extensive amount of resource, we find it easier to search for information rather than channeling our memories for the information that we have retained before. We have become lazy and would rather take the easy route to finding information instead using our brain. It may not affect our generation buut future generations that wwill be born into this kind of lifestyle may not be as productive especially when it comes to research.
When the internet was first introduced and most computers were connect to dialup, people had more of patience to wait for the computer to load each page. But as the internet advances and it’s speed has become so faster, people cannot be patient because they have become so accustomed to everything being extremely fast. I am also guilty of this because I get very impatient when I used the internet on my phone and the wireless connection is weak and the things that I am searching takes longer to upload. Technology has made it easier to do things like network and opening many more opportunities. Technology has been used to advance the medical field which has made medicine more efficient and has also made easier and fast for people to communicate with each other. Use of the Internet has made jobs easier and oversimplified tasks that would take an enormous amount of time before. The Internet has become a great tool for avoiding the hassles of the bank, offering the chance to make the transactions quickly and safely. It also offers a powerful source for shopping and the easiness of having your products delivered straight to your house, should you decide you do not want to go out. Using the internet/ Google the proper way can be very convenient to all.

All Electronic Everything – The Takeover

“It was more about different understandings of the physicality of the act of writing and the act of reading,” says Don DeLillo.

This particular quote stuck with me. Growing up I didn’t like to read much. I guess I just never found the class readings so interesting. Don’t get me wrong, I did read. However, I was extremely picky with what I chose to read.

I still remember when there weren’t any eBooks around. I had to carry around textbooks and any other books for class which made my book bag huge. People still do that but there’s an option now. That option has become a digital form.

There is a different meaning and interest to digital copy and printed copy respectively. Personally, I have to agree with DeLillo in that it’s “a slap in the face” to the writers and printed media the way that companies are choosing to distribute digital content. While it does present a cheap, efficient, carry-free option for readers, I’m glad that printed copies are still existent. It further proves that perhaps our generation isn’t fully ready to go digital, at least with books.

Think about it for a second, why would printed books, magazines, newspapers still be around despite the technological advances? This question warrants further research but for now, it says that printed material is separating itself as its own medium. I admire that but it also shouldn’t have come to that.

Currently a journalism and media studies intended major here at Rutgers, I didn’t like that there’s a considerable separation from printed and digital media content, especially when it comes to writing.

Granted, digital media has fought its way to be involved in our daily lives. Obviously, printed media has been around for centuries. However, why should the two be consider different mediums? Just because I’m choosing to write digitally today doesn’t mean that tomorrow I wont want to write for printed material. And vice versa.

Style Wars

It is a common that when you are driving past a billboard or bridge to see graffiti. More often than not we think why would someone deface the bridge or billboard but we don’t think what the people that put it there purpose we even in some cases say why would they ruin that and call them thugs or vandalism. My personal experience coming from an urban neighborhood I know there are positive graffiti and negative graffiti. In fact, there is much more behind graffiti artists and their work. It shows that these graffiti’s are a form of artwork and a way for people to express it socially. Take the idea of “bombing” the trains and subways, where the purpose is to simply leave a mark by creating graffiti art that will travel throughout the entire city. What is worth pointing out .This really expressed to me just how much people misunderstand the intentions of these artists and the impact of their work. I also thought it was intriguing that graffiti was referred to as a written art form; I wouldn’t have been surprised by the assertion that graffiti is a visual art form whatsoever, but it was a little strange to realize that it could also be considered a form of written expression. It definitely makes complete sense to me now, though! These artists aren’t just creating images and pictures- they’re also writing down and recording messages and ideas in an entirely unique visual way to share with others! They’re even just leaving behind their own names to “leave a mark” in a system that often ignores or overlooks them. To me, that idea seems especially understandable; who doesn’t want to be considered or recognized or remembered – especially for one’s artistic creations?
Social networks like Instagram and Facebook are actually seem like the perfect medium for graffiti artists and street artists to use if they want to share all their work and all their ideas. They can share their graffiti which is the artwork to their friends, family and the general public. It seems like a great way to exchange ideas with the community as well, and it also can be a great way to explain the art style and writing form to people outside of the community who would normally only be exposed to a narrative that paints these artists in a negative light. Like I said, before watching the documentary, Style Wars, I only heard negative things about graffiti and the artists that create it – they were called vandals, criminals, public threats, etc. The film addresses this depiction; however the film gave me an inside look at what these artists are really thinking and why they express themselves in specific manner. This film was informative to other people who don’t know all that much about street artistry and what’s behind it all. Because I believe plenty uninformed just like we all were

Digital Literature

The topic over whether e-books, and tablets are good for you, or if they better then books seems to be a never ending debate that will probably go on for awhile. Unless something like getting books beamed into our heads comes along. But once again I would have to say that e-books and tablets are not that bad for you. I do prefer to read a paperback book for many reasons, the biggest reason probably being able to smell the book, don’t judge me. But for other people it could be different, like for instance in the first article we had to read, it was said that a people need the soundsmelling-bookss of the keys. Saying that their are some nuances in using technology to create and read stories.

Like I said before I enjoy reading a paperback, but its not like I do not use tablets, but I do not use them to read. I use them to watch Netflix, to watch countless youtube videos, or to play games on it.To me these are the real problems about using technology to read is that there are so many distractions. The urge to check Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube tend to be to strong for me, but that being said it does not mean that other people have stronger wills then I do.

Online articles, and magazines definitely have benefits to them as well. People get the ability to belong to a community of people that are interested in the same type of books, and topics as them. They can comment on the article, magazine, and book anonymously and have people comment back. Instead of being in a book club, which could be hard to organize, you can just sit at home and interact with other people, and not have to worry about being criticized because it is likely that these people do not know who you really are. This opens up critiques on the articles and could possible make the level of writing go up since people know that more people can view their work, and they will comment what ever they feel like commenting on the piece not feeling any remorse about what they say.

Tablets and e-books also make it possible for people who would not be able to afford a ton of books able to get hundreds or more books for a much cheaper price. Reading used to be a luxury for only people who had a lot of money could afford. Technology makes it a lot easier for under privileged people to get a chance at reading. As well as not weighing anyone down, literally.

Kindle Or Magazine

Again, I think that reading from a paperback traditional book or magazine is more fulling than reading from a kindle or an electronic device. Although things have changed and I don’t think that things will ever be the same for traditional books or magazines. Ebooks have a chance at taking over traditional magazines because online e-books can also be printed if you prefer reading it in the traditional way. They take up less space and allow for easier access. The creation of E-books and online magazines also allows for people without the access to printing resources for things like authentic magazines, to create them online without it. With just a template on the pages application on a Mac book, or in Microsoft word, any one can create their own magazine electronically by themselves.

I think that It would be way more difficult in order to profit from E-books because when its on the internet, its easy to gain access to things even if the process is illegal. Rather than traditional magazines sold in store, which paying for is mandatory or you go to jail for shoplifting. I think that it is way less likely to get into trouble for illegally downloading an E-book that someone is trying to sell for profit. I think it would be similar to music. E-books also allow for different access to certain topics, that you may not see in magazines in the stores. You can find E-books about underground poetry artists (like the one me and partner are making in class), that people would have never even known about. It allows for the exposure for many underground creative writers.

One opinion about the benefits of using E-books is that, people are already spending time on their computers, why not read a book while you’re on it? Well, attempting to read on an electronic device can cause distractions and take you away from what you’re trying to read. The extra apps on your device can cause you to wonder off and not focus on the reading. Also its gets annoying staring at a screen for too long because after awhile my eyes start and get irritated and burn. Also some things that I don’t like about reading on an electronic device is that the font is difficult to see and can be very small. And then having to zoom in and zoom back out gets annoying after a while, maybe I just need glasses.

By goXunuReviews (flickr)

By goXunuReviews (flickr)

Popular Literature

Literary works were originally invented for opulent, upper class aristocrats. While illiterate, lower class people were busy farming and selling stuffs on streets, they had nothing particular to do and decided to come up with a brilliant idea of entertaining themselves. Written pieces elaborated with advanced wordings and elegant styles; that is the original form of literary works we find these days. Thankful to technologies, more and more people started to gain access to this type of human culture, and nowadays, pretty much everyone attains some sort of literary life, which deals with something like printed novels, E-books, and online magazines. This widespread of literary works turned out to have brought significant changes in the world of literature, in both positive and negative ways.

As indicated from the previous paragraph, most of us got cheap, each access to a wide pool of literary works. In his article, Tim Adams mentions a Nintendo DS software that provides texts and other miscellaneous features for 100 famous literary masterpieces. By giving an odd case of accessing literary works, Adams is reminding us how many different and easy ways we got for entering the world of literature. This phenomenon leads to inflow of patron and writers, thus expanding this huge pool of literary works. Methods of enjoying and sharing literary works are still getting better every other moment.

On the other hand, we should admit that overall quality of literary works is getting lowered over time. Back in time when only selected personnel had access to literature, most of the works were done by highly educated writers, who majorly followed specific writing styles and fixed grammar rules. Everyone should have noticed that there is nothing unimportant in classic literature; every single plot, phrase, and wording is connected to each other, and that huge web of literary components makes that literary work possible to be called as a masterpiece. Unfortunately most of the literary works we see these days are not so strong in their structure and we have to admit that it counts as a negative trend in quality. Even meaningless scribbles on one’s twitter page are considered as literary artworks, so what else would you expect?

Online magazines are clearly a great medium for people who have strong interest in reading and writing. It covers a wide range of topics and thus it is cheap and convenient enough for everyone. It is somewhat comparable to a Toyota Camry, which is renowned for its amazing cost-effectiveness. And obviously enough, we should not be expecting Maserati-class quality from that. I said it is the best car you can get for a reasonable price, not the best car you can ever get.

 

Digital vs. Paper: A Battle of the 21st Century

In the articles we read for this past week, we again revisited the seemingly endless debate over printed writings versus digital writings. To be honest, as I began to read I sort of rolled my eyes and thought, “Are we seriously having this conversation still?” However, there were some points in the articles that bring up and shed some light on new discussions and elaborations. In fact, something I found particularly interesting in the first article was the point that digital writings are more about being simply consumable “content” while printed writings are described as physical creations of art. As author Don DeLillo is cited as saying, “I need the sound of the keys, the keys of a manual typewriter. The hammers striking the page. I like to see the words, the sentences, as they take shape. It’s an aesthetic issue: when I work I have a sculptor’s sense of the shape of the words I’m making.” To DeLillo, writing in itself is a personal process of artistic creation and not just a production of content for others to consume and then forget. I really appreciated the nuanced way in which the article approached this idea of writing and reading taking on new meanings and values in technology. While I get annoyed by arguments that are super anti-technology, I think this article remained unbiased to either physical writings or digital writings. It looked solely at the ways we use these different mediums for writing and reading for digital works  and begs the question of whether we can change the way we use these kinds of works for the better. It has always been my own argument, as well, that we need to approach digital writings differently in order to take more away from them once we have finished reading the text.

The second article was similar in that it also argued that internet journalism has taken on a very different form than traditional journalism used to have. It also argued against the way “thinkpieces” became a cultural phenomenon of the digital age but became detrimental to journalism overall. Instead, the article pointed towards online magazines as the next wave of positive effect to cyber journalism. I think it was very interesting the way the author argued that such a publication only takes a relatively small group effort to be successful and efficient in its journalism. I also really, really appreciated the questions the author sought to answer, such as, “Should small magazines embrace digital, and hope the painstaking pieces they seek to publish can survive in the cacophony of tweets and blog posts? Should they embrace print and relegate themselves to the world of fetish objects and coffee table books? How are these tiny publications, which usually employ no more than three people, able to maintain their outsized reputations and reach?” I think these questions in particular were definitely worth exploring because they demand an answer that relates to the context in which these sorts of publications are actually made and read.

Traditional Books and MAgazine Rock!!!

Society as a whole is moving toward a more technological era where we use technology to do everything. But I the question that need to be asked is whether technology is advancing us or making us stupid. Just because it is easy doesn’t mean it good for us. With everything being consumed digital, it only makes it easier for people to steal information. While traditional book can be copied with machines ebooks, however, it is 10 times easier to share documents. While some may like the Kindle and iPad as source of reading, I on the other hand still prefer being able to hold a traditional book in my hands. For those of us who enjoy reading a book in bed before signing off for the night, a cold hard digital device just won’t be the same. Also the screens for these devices provide a 2014_1409214776glare that not only make reading inconvenient if the lighting isn’t just right, the glare may actually cause eye strain and make it more difficult to focus while reading. Another reason why I dislike reading books, and even now magazine, electronically is the fact that you have to make sure that you devices is always charged. How disappointing would it be to find yourself right in the middle of a steamy scene while traveling only to have the batteries in your reading device die, with no way to charge them? That just sounds terrible.
Back to the subject of this article, I did agree with many of the views of the many of the artist that Tim Adams spoke about. I one part of the article Don DeLillo was quoted saying “I need the sound of the keys, the keys of a manual typewriter. The hammers striking the page. I like to see the words, the sentences, as they take shape. It’s an aesthetic issue: when I work I have a sculptor’s sense of the shape of the words I’m making.” Don DeLillo made a great point about how writing and reading is an experience that requires many different elements. eBooks and electronic magazines take around from the different that DeLillo described. For example, in my opinion seeing a photograph in person and seeing it on a computer screen are two different things. In one aspect, I am able to feel the photo and its texture while on a computer the photo is tangible, it isn’t real. Let’s face it; you’re never going to get that comforting smell of paper or the weight of a good book in your hands when you read an eBook. And while you can flip ahead in an eBook, you can’t do so in a matter of seconds and flip right back to your page. Both types of books have many advantages. While some people find technology more convenient, others,like myself, find the weight and smell of books to be comforting.