For better or for worse I have completed my final project for module 1. I have put more hours in on this project in 5 weeks than I probably have on work I have done throughout an entire semester in other classes. I have lived on very little sleep and have been difficult to live with, but I can finally put this to bed and say that I am done and I am proud of what I have created. I hope that it accurately portrays my evolutionary process as a writer over my lifetime as well as the extensive creative progress that I have made as a result of this module. I invite you to watch my screencast and welcome any comments you may have.
I was just reading through the requirements for the final project and I realized that you wanted us to write a blog post about the rough draft of the Prezi. I created a widget in the sidebar of our blog with links for the reflections and the Prezis. So this is the rough draft of my Prezi http://prezi.com/5swpxurhjuhs/edit/. It is definitely rough. I have put alot of thoughts and ideas together that I will begin stringing into a coherent, reflective explanation of my use of writing spaces. Hopefully it will make a lot more sense when it’s all finished.
When I first heard of our assignment of going a full week without Facebook, I didn’t really have that strong of a reaction. I don’t have a laptop so I rarely ever even go on Facebook on an actual computer. (Also not in the computer labs because you get yelled at by the Librarians, and I also feel like everyone can see me!) I did have the app on my phone but for some reason it stopped working so I deleted it. I would go on quite frequently on my phone through the internet. I wouldn’t really go on for any specific reason; I didn’t update my statuses or comment on anything, it was more of a habit. Before doing something, or a way to procrastinate or occupy my time, I would go on real quick and see what was new. I wasn’t that much of an addict, so I thought this assignment would be a piece of cake me.
I cheated on the very first day, not intentionally, but I was on for a good twenty minutes before I realized I wasn’t supposed to be. I got caught up at looking at someone’s pictures and got a notification on my status, the one that said how I wasn’t going to be on Face Book for a week. Shit. I got off after that and had to make a conscious effort not to go on again.
I actually enjoyed this assignment in a way. Yes, I did miss Facebook and I missed staying “up to date” with things that were going on around me, but it was nice. I use Facebook as a way to stay connected with certain people, but the people that I’m closest with and the ones I most enjoy, are the ones who I text. Yeah there are people who are my Facebook friends that I don’t text but still like to hear from, but this almost made me focus on the most important people in my life and the ones that matter the most to me. I wasn’t bombarded with all the useless information that people post, I wasn’t consumed with stalking people that I don’t like or who I’m secretly in love with. I wasn’t worried when looking at other peoples pictures that they were having more fun than I was. I wasn’t consumed with finding out who was hanging out with whom and who was doing what. Although I’m not consumed as much with these worries as I once was, there is always a twinge of slight jealously, or a twinge of regret when I see things that people posted. Maybe that’s just me and how I am and how I chose to use Facebook. Maybe if I used it more like own personal outlet, like the way I use texting, I would feel the same way, I would feel so disconnected and separated. I think it’s the way we use the medium that shapes the way we feel about it.
The only other time that this became a pain was when I knew my friends went to a concert and I wanted to see the pictures or when I found out something about someone I knew and I wanted to check it out. It was certain things I heard about that made me want to use it. But for the most part I actually really enjoyed it. I don’t really want to go back on! It’s nice not feeling obligated to comment on things or communicating with certain people.
In Dick Hardts video he discusses the idea of identity. What is identity? I, like he stated in the beginning of his presentation, always viewed identity as being who you are. Your identity is who you are, but what does that all really mean? There are different categories that your identity can fall into almost, the one you create, and the one others create for you. Your identity consists of what your name is, how old you are, where you live, where you went to school, where you were born, etc. But what about the identity you shape for yourself? Your interests, your opinions, even the choices you make, isn’t that all a part of identity? Can’t you identify with certain groups and organizations, doesn’t that equal your identity?
Identity online is different though, you can make all that up if you wanted to. You can create your own version of yourself, the one you want others to see, you can change the things about yourself that you can’t change in real life. When you’re born into this world you are given a name, a sex, and a number, which can’t be changed. Well I suppose technically you can, you can change your name and your gender, but you were still created by your parents and given a number that is the foundation of your identity. You can only change so much about your appearance in real life, but this new form of technology and “space” allows you to create yourself in entirely different light. You can choose what you want to expose and what you don’t. You can decide who you want to be and where you live and what you “look like”. And you can do this over and over again and have tons of new “identities” on different sites and different spaces.
This new opportunity creates an identity crisis. When in these virtual spaces you don’t know who, or what you’re talking to. You have no proof, no reassurance that the person you’re speaking with is actually who they say they are. There’s no way to verify, no way to identify the person behind the screen. Which can be scary, but some people need that escape and this is a way for them to do so. Your identity shapes you but you also shape your identity.
Deb Roys video The birth of a word was completely mind boggling. It is absolutely insane but absolutely unbelievable. The transformation from gaga to water was incredible; I can’t believe someone had this idea to track the progress of the spoken word. You see videos where they speed up time with pictures but to do this with sound takes this idea to a whole new level. This opens up a whole new window on how people are able to study speech and the evolution of language. The concept in general is such a unique idea and to actually go through with it is something entirely different. To begin on this journey of tracking all of your activity and language comes a great deal of invasion and exposure but what you get out of it is more than worth it. I think it is amazing how he we are able to witness how the context of language connects to events and how it relates to public media. Mass media obviously has an enormous impact on the world around you but knowing how it impacts your speech is something that I never had even thought of. The conversations that come off of what you see and how you incorporate them into your conversations creates a whole different area for language to emerge. I was completely lost as to how he was able to get all of this data and what it all really meant, but he does, and it’s incredible research and information. Without the advancement of technology this study would not have been possible at all. Voice recordings are a new space of writing that you don’t really think about. Ah it’s crazy!