Selfie Challenge

─ Faith, Small but Mighty ?

 

Selfie Introduction

When choosing this module, I thought about the different aspects and setting of taking a selfie. From experience, I love taking friend selfies! ? It is amazing to think about the crazy amount of different applications that allow you to take and filter selfies. I hope to earn a better understanding of the adaptation of the Selfie throughout the years. In all technical terms, a selfie is “a photo of yourself that you take, typically with a smartphone or a webcam, and usually put on a social networking site” (Oxford Dictionary).

The first selfie ever “taken” was by Robert Cornelius in 1839. He set up his camera in the back of his family store in Philadelphia. Cornelius the removed the lens cap from his camera and ran into the frame and sat for a minute before covering the lens again. On the back of the picture, he wrote “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”

I am challenging myself to an Six Day Selfie Challenge. Every day, from February 21-26, 2016, I will take a selfie in different settings using different app and filter every time I post a selfie. Enjoy the week!  ?

─ Faith, Small but Mighty ?

 

Neuromancer: Team Survival

We chose to tell the story of Neuromancer through gifs that represent the important themes of the book. With each gif and theme embodies what William Gibson is portraying throughout the progression of his story.

For me, when reading this book it was so confusing. I had trouble following the main points that Gibson was trying to show. Once I discovered a theme of Identity, I was able to follow the journey of Case better. When put into my group for this class and we talked about the themes each of us saw, it helped me put together everything in this book. They found that Moving on, Blueprints and Technology were very important themes. If I had the knowledge of these themes before I ventured to read Neuromancer, I would have better understood the book as I read through it. If you ever choose to read this complex book, keep these main themes in mind so that as the story unfolds, you will be able to better appreciate the writing of Gibson.

This is a guide to the story of Neuromancer by Rose, Gabby, Melissa and me telling of four different themes/ideas from the novel.

The first theme is:

Moving On

The theme that stuck out most to me was that of moving on (and OF COURSE I would find one of the most human elements possible and only connect with the book after doing so). The GIFs above are basically a recountance of Case’s journey: he’s stuck in a pit because he can’t move on and his life seems pointless. It is only because he has those feelings that the events of the book take place. As the story continues, we see Case realizing that the life he had been forced from, the one he had missed so dearly, was not actually the life that he wanted to live. With each obstacle he overcomes, he is closer to moving into a new point in his life, somewhere better than where he had begun.

Next we have:

Identity

No matter what world you live in, identity is a problem. Finding who you truly are is a journey everyone must travel. Individuals express themselves through their identity.
In Neuromancer, Case is on adventure to find the person he is. First he identifies himself as a cowboy hacker and dedicates himself to his job.
But as the story progresses, Case starts to discover who he is as a person. He is then able to make his decisions based on his personality as he helps ‘save the world’
Case rediscovers who he is in many different way of success. Every individual must take the journey of self-seeking, and through the story told by William Gibson, you see the struggle that each character goes through to find themselves.
The third theme is:
Blueprints
This gif represents how it starts our with one location in this situation the novel itself and uses it as a way to spark ideas and creativity that have now revolutionized our way of thinking.
This gif represents not only a map of the novel as it has done for many in their discoveries of technological advances but the story line itself is a journey. A journey not only in the sense of adventure but figuring out who he really is. This ties in with the gifs of identity.
This gif represents the blueprint of creativity. That with Gibson’s novel the reader will discover that the world that was created was one that anyone could revel in and find a way to discover something even greater.
The globe represents how this novel connects all of the dreamers and inventors together with the way that world is smaller than you think. That the possibilities are endless and that Case had discovered much along his way that made his life turn out for the better. This mentality is what makes up the blueprint of the foundation that all readers can relate to in one way or another.
This last one represents that within the blueprint there is so much more to discover which is like the galaxy. When you look at it at first it seems so big but then you realize there is more ahead and its just the beginning. I chose to create the theme blueprint for neuromancer because I believed it spoke on many levels of this novel. It represents the characters and how not one blueprint is the same and over time it can change but in the end become something extraordinary. It also represents the novel as a basis for many parts of the technological world that we see today that would have never been dreamed of it weren’t for Gibson.
Finally we have:
Technology
The book portrays intellectual computers of the future; though the ideas of technology for this book don’t truly exist as of now, it holds the interesting take of adventure human’s interaction with the technology it creates.
There is so much to technology that has yet to be possible from just standing still. In the book’s version of hacking and being in cyberspace, it is always fascinating to see another world inside of the real world which makes an individual want to explore the the almost limitless possibilities of technology.
Humans are mesmerized by technology. We seem to be drawn towards it more and more, no matter the good or bad intentions, to the point where characters feel that their own bodies are only sacks of meat.
AI’s and the impact they have with the advancement of technology to become a synthetic person in mind to almost pass as more human than machine.
THE END

 

─ Faith, Small but Mighty ?

Neuromancer – William Gibson

The story that William Gibson tells through Neuromancer is complex and deals with future computer technology and the impact that it makes on the lives of individuals. There are many themes, including those of love, identity, and forbidden knowledge etc. in this unraveling story. The story lines attributes a human quality to a world that is described as being controlled by computers andtechnology. The main character is named Case, who is a computer hacker that owes a drug lord money. The setting is located in Japan. When it seems like he has no hope, a mysterious man named Armitage offers him a job as a hacker again where he is paired with another hacker named Molly. Other characters such as Wintermute and Neuromancer are presented as well. Throughout the novel there is an under tone of fear of who to trust and thoughts of who will be the next betrayer. Many crazy things happen over the course of the book; in the end Case succeeds his mission but is not sure what the future holds for himself. You’ll just have to read to find out everything.

What I believe to be the most important theme is identity. This theme is a tricky issue in the futuristic world that Gibson created. Every character expresses his/her identity in many ways. For Case and Molly, it is their jobs. For others, it is the groups they hang out with and their physical appearance. As for Armitage, it is reprogrammed memories of being betrayed. In chapter 4, “What did [Case] know about [Molly]? That she was another professional; that she said her being, like his, was the thing she did to make a living.” These two subscribe to the you-are-what-you-do rule of life. Case and Molly find their initial connection in the fact that their identities are entirely wrapped up in what they do for a living. Molly is a razorgirl, Case a console cowboy. You could say that Neuromancer is a novel about the search for identity and how we manifest it once we find it. Wintermute is seeking his other half in Neuromancer, and Case and Armitage both rediscover who they are, each with, shall we say, varying degrees of success.

─ Faith, Small but Mighty ?

Blogging Reflection

During this module of studying blogging, I was able to look into the history of blogging and how it has evolved. Throughout the years, blogging has created a new world of communication. Blogging is a form of “open market”, which can create problems with the information you will read. Therefore, when reading a blog you must be careful of the information presented and be able to recognize the fiction and facts. And when writing a blog you must be able to do the research to provide the correct information on your blog. I learned a great deal about blogging by reading other people’s blogs.

What I am most proud of in this module is the blogging website I created for this Digital Studies class. Using WordPress, I was able to create a site where I can keep every project from this class in one database. It was fun designing my website with the Twenty-Fourteen and learning to format the blog posts. I am very excited to be able expand my horizon in web-blogging. My greatest success in this module was learning how blogging has progressed and created a world of communication and connection.

─ Faith, Small but Mighty?

p.s. check out the “first” blogger, Justin Hall http://www.links.net/

p.s.s 10 Things We Learned About Blogging

 

The History of Blogging

Once upon a computer in a time long long ago, a young college student named… Sir Justin Hall created what is known as the first blog. But this site was not known as a blog, in fact not until 1997 was the term weblog invented, later to be known as blog. ➡ Fast forward twenty-two years ? Did you know that about 6.7 million people blog on actual blogging sites and even more on social networks? That number is massive! The globalization of blogging has grown to businesses that use blogs to market their companies. And now there are so many different forms of blogging, whether it be vlogs, picture blogs, or just regular blogs everything is possible now with access to the internet. With these advances in technology, blogging is a way for people to share and stay connected like never before.

─ Faith, Small but Mighty ?

Blogging

Over the next few months I will be blogging about this class and the different forms of media I am learning about. In fact, the first module I am studying is blogging. I have blogged once before and I am unsure how this will work out. My goal of this learning module is to better understand the process of blogging and how to keep the ongoing blog interesting. By the end of the semester I hope to be able to produce compelling blog where other students can go and see what and how I have learned from forms of media. Please stay tune for my next entry about the history of blogging.. I know it sounds so interesting!

─ Faith, Small but Mighty ?

 

 

 

Hello World

The digital world has changed so much throughout the years. Different trends have happened throughout the decades in media. From the start of the World Wide Web to blogging, then to social media site such as My Space to Facebook, Vine and much more. I chose to use WordPress for this website because it is a well-organized space where I can keep all topics from my Digital Studies class. The theme that fit best for me was Twenty Four, because it is an innovated and great look for my website. When I was first started to set up my site, I made the mistake of posting on the wrong site. I was able to delete the post and create this site. I am excited to share many topics on this site.

─ Faith, Small but Mighty ?

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