Week 10 has been tough. Have not had enough time to stay on track with much of ds106 with the Divest Sit-in taking up so much time. Here’s my week summmary.
I have decided to work by myself and not pursue group work.
This daily create inspired me to write about a friend that i’ve known since freshmen. I wanted to use a personal story that shows how far a conversation with a stranger could. That it could blossom into a friendship that could last a long time.
Talk With a Stranger
I’ve always been able to handle conversations with strangers. I never really practiced it by regularly striking up conversations with people. It usually happened arbitrarily. But every time i never felt like the conversation was strained, it always felt natural. I remember the day i met one of my closest friends throughout college. We were both freshmen at the time, right after a glow party they threw for us during orientation week. I saw her and her friends sitting by the benches on my way back to my dorm. I walked up to them and striked up conversation about the party we came from. We all stayed up until 4 am laughing and playing games. Since then I’ve been pretty good friends with her. We see each other every day, go to the same class, and hang out pretty much every week. It goes to show you how a conversation with a stranger could turn into a friendship that lasts years.
This week has quite a challenge for me learning how to deal with the assignments of DS106. Let me tell you about it.
Radio show Reflection
I had the pleasure of listening in on some great radio shows from my fellow students. “Dinner Party at 6” was probably one of the more engrossing radio shows of all the groups. They did a spectacular job of using soundeffects to create a brooding, ominous atmosphere for their listeners. Their soundeffects were scary and stimulated tension and suspense.
“Silk Road” Radio Show Reflection
For the final reflection on my group radio show, I was thrilled to listen to my radio show on live radio for the first time. I felt my group did an amazing job at combing our ideas and creating our own version of film noir. The comments were positive and showed great room for constructive criticism.
For the daily create this week, I chose to create a video for myself in the future, 15 years from now! In the video, I spoke to my future self as someone who has already lived through all my life experiences even ones I haven’t lived yet. I wanted to thank my future self for being strong and enduring past the hardships of this period of life. And that even though my life might have seemed hard at some points, Daniel from 2030 kept on perservering.
For the video assignment, this assignment was worth 4 points and I incorporated my own character in this video. I had to display my character’s personality through video clips. I couldn’t get video clips so I just found photos of certain anti-hero characters that inspired me to create my own character. They all reflect characteristics that are ubiquitous with Carter Smith.
This week has been quite a challenge, but I enjoyed all the learning experiences from getting used to new technology and learning how to read movies better.
Here is my video to my future self in the year 2030. I reflect on how my future self would reminisce on my life my to this point in 2015. My future self would be more mature, more responsible, and look back on this difficult period in my life as a time of growth.
Silk Road Reflection
I was nervous listening to my radio show live for the first time. But i was confident that my group put a lot of effort into making this project. I was excited to read the comments to see what other students had to say about it. I felt like the comments reflected positive comments and great constructive criticism. There were obviously aspects we could’ve improved on such as being more “selective” with soundeffects but if I had a chance to do it over I don’t think I would change much. I was thrilled with how my group came together and assimilated our ideas and characters into a story. Most importantly my group took certain key elements of noir and created our own unique genre of noir. We wanted noir to be modern and subvert the dogmatic, offensive characteristics of noir fiction. The hardest part of this endevour was creating our own concept of noir. Once we brainstormed our own version of a noir story, we could adjust our characters to fit the standards of our story. The advice I would give to future ds106 students about this assignment would be to not be afraid to be bold or controversial when it comes to subverting elements of noir fiction. The basis of this assignment is to explore your own creativity with noir fiction, therefore being bold to take risks is essential.
Dinner party at 6
“Dinner Party at 6” is the talkshow that had the best use of soundeffects out of the talkshows I’ve listened to. Cleverly inspired by the classic board game, “Clue”, their characters were memorable and each had a distinct voice. The soundeffects used created an ominous, brooding atmosphere. A daunting introduction to the plot grips the audiences’ attention and carries throughout the story. Some soundeffects sounded computer generated, others could’ve been physically improvised, either way there was a balance between the two. Some soundeffects were sudden and shock the audience, immersing them into the frightening experience. But perhaps the most clever soundeffect used was silence- the long pause in between scares fill the audience with tension and suspense. The plot to discover the identity of the killer is reminiscent of a classic “whodunnit” detective story with its own unique twists and plot developping moments. Private information about character’s pastlives is are revealed as the plot continues to search for the killer. Tempers flare, personalities clash, and secrets are kept as the group splits up to find the killer. The plot also kept the identity of the killer some what a mystery with a few controversial details along with it. In conclusion, “Dinner Party at 6” had the best soundeffects because their radioshow had the best sounding atmosphere for creating ominous tension for a noir story.
This week has been chock full of activities. Where to start? I guess I should go in order.
My first post i had to listen to other students’ radio shows and reflect on what I had heard. I was very impressed with how NOIRtalks took advantage of creating their own sound effects and really using their voices to carry the tension, plot, and suspense.
My second assignment, I went to the inspire website to explore the artwork and creativity of other students and nonetheless I was blown away. I was amazed by the artistry of the students and i could sense the dedication and passion they had for certain things, by how they expressed them through their own art. They expressed their passion for tv shows, global preservation, movies, even their own pets! I wrote about how each piece inspired me in a certain way by forcing me to think about certain issues.
The next post focused on the ds106 assignment bank. This time we could any type of assignment, but it had to be designed specifically to our own character. Here we were given more freedom to choose assignments and have fun with how we integrated out characters into the assignment. The first assignment i chose to write a diary from the mind of my character. Here I was given the freedom to create whatever stories i wanted about my character. I decided to display the fact that my character was filled with regret and guilt for the murder of a young girl. The second assignment i used as a poster board for my character. If Carter Smith was to star in his own movie, this is the poster that they would use for it. I used “Outlaw Star” as a backdrop because that show, even though it’s anime, does have a lot of elements that are shared with my character.
My daily create consisted of a poem that i wrote about how music has impacted my life. I chose to write about how music a struggle between the artist and himself or herself. At first it feels like the music is going against you. But that’s only your own fear and insecurities that are holding you back from becoming a real artist. A real artist is one who speaks his life and lets the beat serve as a vessel for carrying that message to the world.
My final post is about commenting. I chose pieces of work to comment on that i felt i had a connection to. If it was about a movies series i watched or had something personal in it that i connected with, i commented on it. I was surprised to see how students were taking so much of their personal lives and integrating that into their art and blogs. That takes courage but also not caring about what others think. Some posts were funny, some others were creative but I enjoyed the experience of exploring other people’s work.
This has been week 8 with Daniel McLeod, signing off.