Monday, June 16, 2008


Here is the final version, complete with fitting in the frame. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Some thoughts on the final project

Well, DMAC is over and this is the part where I reflect I suppose. Right now I don’t think I am in a good place to talk about what I have learned. I wanted to write some quick notes about “An ‘A’ Word Production” since people already seem to be responding to it. I’m exhausted a) from being away from home for so long (3 weeks) and b) from Jack Keuroac-like multimodal composing in the last three days the DRAFT you see down there is not finished as I didn’t have time to compile it properly in iMovie, thus the edges of the screen being cut off. All total, I produced for that one script a five page single space texty-text, an excel storyboard/shooting script/organization document, over 90 sound clips that got cut down to one long one, then edited countless times, many of those had multiple “takes” on them so I would conservatively put the number of takes over 200, fiver different versions of the animations in keynote that end up with 58 images taken by me or on the internets on 135 slides worked on in five different programs, six if you count the flash debacle, all in the last three days (maybe four? I can’t remember when I started on the essay bit but I wrote most of it Friday night). Honestly, I was rather pissed at the lack of polish the piece had but it was very well received DMAC crowd and honestly that really surprised me.
I’ll write more about this later, but I was shooting for a sort of transparent starkness and simplicity with the visuals that would allow for overlaps and deviations with the audio track. I followed the design of a demi-popular game reviewer’s style which I have always found hysterical so fans of The Escapist’s Zero Production will see that workand form here but I the rhetorical work I was trying to do was much more focused by watching George Wolfe’s The Colored Museum the weekend before last. That production was able to tackle identity and racism with both gravitas and humor at the same time so that uncomfortableness, seriousness, and laughter happen at the same time in the piece and try and make that happen for the audience. I think the work might pull that off, for which I am very . . . still really surprised and pleasantly so.
I’ve really enjoyed OSU’s faculty, gradstudents, and staff and many of the people I met here at DMAC. Again, I’ll have some stuff on the whole two weeks but right now I’m going to log and do a shout out to folks that are being kind enough to respond here.

Digital Media And Composition First Draft

I had a terrible time trying to make this work. I gave up around one this morning. This morning at six I woke up a new desperate attempt to try and make it work. Here is that draft. About four more hours and I think I can make this a final. It cut off the sides so not everything makes it.

Monday, June 9, 2008

I forgot how had multimodal composing is . ..

Or just never noticed. Every multimodal thing I have done has always been over the span of a few weeks. Here I really didn't have a project till Friday. I worked on it all weekend. I mean ALL weekend. I pried myself away from my computer and went to bed last night at 1:00am and got up this morning at 5:45 and started working on it.

I started story boarding and writing on Thursday. I finished drafting on Friday. I kept revising through Saturday but started recording the audio. It took me all day Saturday to get the audio in and read right (UGH, there is a reason I didn't go into radio. I can't believe I used to be an actor) then spent all of Sunday and half of today illustrating the whole thing. Around 3:00 I tried to compile the project into flash but I a) couldn't get the sound to look right and b) once with some help, I figured out what was going on I was already too tired and frustrated to proceed. It could get finished tonight but Adobe has suspended its trials till July 1st apparently in an effort to screw me. Right now, I have an audiotrack and some slides that I am going to try and make work in iMovie.
Doing all this in this short a time really points out how much work all of this is. I have written papers in less time.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Who knew

the heat. Yesterday it cracked 93. I used to laugh at 93, but 93 and humid is different especially when you have been sleeping in huka smoked rooms. Just for documentation I switched it up to the Holiday Inn. One of my fellow DMACers was kind enough to let me borrow their room for the weekend while they go back home, though they got a hold of me after I had already payed for the room for one night. AC makes thinking possible in this mess. I think my allergies/asthma has been killing me in the BroDome as Phill likes to call it. Sleeping in a clean place sure makes the rest of DMAC do-able. I apologize if I have seemed grumpy to anyone but for those who know me know, no sleep plus heat makes me a little loco and a cranky monster.

race/ethnicity and technology/new media studies: personal perspective

So yesterday we talked about race and technology and someone asked why we were focusing on that for a specific session and not any number of other issues. I like to consider these two issues as my proverbial “wheelhouse” as an academic so I thought I should probably speak up to this community about the issue. Here is a short list of reasons and part of a larger post I just can't seem to get published. Stupid series of tubes.

1) The stakes are higher for people of color dealing with technology in front of other people.
2) New media, like literacy, can be used as a form of violence.
3) Scholars can learn from semiotic systems other than print based that are closer to the rhetoric structure of new media.
4) Identity is information and behaves like information in digital systems.
5) New Media doesn’t do us any good if it just replicates unjust power structures and is continued to be used to dehumanize folks.