Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review of goals

Here are your responses to these questions at the start of the term:

Besides a good grade, what do you really hope to gain from this class?

A great experience / A greater understanding of language within technology and its overall application. some insight as to how communication has and is evolving. / I learned a lot of things I didn't know I was going to learn from your previously taken courses. So I guess those are the things I am looking forward to most. / I hope to gain a greater understanding of language and its role within society, and how it is incorporated into technology and culture. / I just hope to use what I know and expand. / I like being a Swiss Army knife, the ability to do anything. / A new outlook on language and technology."

Complete this sentence: "At the end of the semester, I will think this class was worth my time and effort and tuition if ..."

"I have learned a lot and enjoyed it I am more informed, and have more applicable skills. / I understand what communication skills are needed in real world jobs today and in the near future. / I learn at least 4 or 5 new things. / I feel like I have a greater understanding of the topic presented, and also have applicable skills and knowledge that I did not have before. / I have gained skills I can utilize to construct a portfolio. / I have a project that I can put into my portfolio. / i learn what is efficient in language with text. / I am able to adequately use technology I never knew I could, and if I had a fun."

Audio projects

Here are the final versions of the class audio projects (radio-edited versions):

"iPod of Discord," by Todd Hartsfield, Alyssa Blanton, Erin Kelley, Sarah Robison-Mathes, and Laura Velarde

Hansel and Gretel, by Dom Ramunno-Johnson, Joshua Lovejoy, Anaya Martella, Joshua Roberts and Lindsey Esch

Lisa Strata, by Jennifer Wheeler, Heather Martin, Chad McClure and Alan Olson.

"Three Pigs," by Mary Liu, Jacob Burton, Sandi Oja, Zak Steltz and Cassie Watson.

Students helping students. ... What can you do?

Video produced by Michael Wesch, a national professor of the year, and students of Kansas State:

"Created by the Spring 2010 Class of Digital Ethnography to get the word out about K-State Proud, an organization that helps students help students."

Futuristic technologies destined to change our communication

Our classroom survey of communication technologies to watch in the near future:

A digital palette, from Laura Velarde:

Virtuo, Future Digital Art Device! I think this technology will open up another media for art and artists alike.

3D screens:

From Jennifer Wheeler:

Realistic visualization revolutionizes how we see the world. 3D without glasses by 2012.

And <b>from Mary Lui:</b>

Think holograms are just found in Star Trek?Not anymore. Sony's 3D 360 degree hologram may one day bring them into our living room! #wsuvltt

Sony 3D 360 degree holograms:

From Heather Martin:

I think this is really interesting since Lady Gaga is a bit of a controversial figure when it comes to the intersection of fashion, art and technology. She is hyper aware of media and producing a product for her consumers. These glasses are a new level of what technology can be. It seems like something the retro-futurism also promised coming to life (I still want my hoverboard). People may scoff at the idea but it is a really cool concept. Plus, she is reinterpreting the classic Americana of Polaroid into something cutting edge. It reminds of images I've seen of Tokyo with digital displays creating ever-changing environments. Which is also essentially what her concerts (and other artists like Muse) do, creating stories with visuals.!5727236/how-lady-gaga-just-reinvented-eye-contact

Look past the thin surface of this video promo piece for mixed reality, and what do you see?

Or this version:

Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.

And this sort of research is being done at the University of Washington, by Babak Parviz, with computer-enhanced contact lenses:

An invisibility cloak, from Sandi Oja:

This is an invisible cloak constructed of man made materials.
How does communication change if the person talking is "invisible"?
How does it change if you are talking to or about a person that is "invisible"?

<b>From Anaya Martella:</b>

I’m not sure if this constitutes as something people will eventually like to “watch”
but I have heard graphic novels are starting to go digital. I’d expect if there were no
words it could be understood in different cultures who speak different languages. They
sort of remind me of the project we did on comics in class that had no text. Graphic
novels can have text or not.

From Todd Hartsfield:

It’s cool to think that forty years ago the first ATMs were used. Today banks rely heavily on these machines to manage their large customer transaction needs. Today they are branching out the capabilities by even depositing checks by taking a picture of it with a smartphone! Will these machines have all these fancy gadgets to them or will cell phones dominate the need for ATMs. This brings another question to mind, will printed money go away?

From Sarah Robison-Mathes

It'll be interesting to see what new technologies develop for using renewable resources like wind and sun.

From Jacob Burton:

One of the most important pieces of new technology has been the invention of a wireless USB Drive.  Many of us use USBs, but this is a great product because of the fact that it is nearly universal, and will allow for more information to be shared.  This invention, which for now doesn't allow networking, could allow it in the near future.

From Alan Olson:

For future technologies I found an article about Datoos, it is a future technology in which tattoos will be used as mobile communication devices that run directly from your body. The Datoos will be removable and customizable and will run off of body heat and possibly blood sugar. The tattoos will be connected directly to your nervous system and will be instantly accesible with your thoughts. I am sure this technology is a long way off in the future but it reminded me of the MOvie predator and how the alien had equipment connected directly to his body.

Here is the link

From: Dom Ramunno-Johnson robotic retina restores vision to the blind! robotic retina restores vision to the blind!

Free hugs!

The web site

From the creator, Juan Mann:

"I'd been living in London when my world turned upside down and I'd had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words "Free Hugs" on both sides.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.

Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven't compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time."

And the video (nearly 70 million views):

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Digital justice?

A local man, who broke the law by illegally taking his truck onto public land, sentenced to ... create a YouTube video:

The Eyeborg Project

Here's the blurb from the Eyeborg web site:

"Take a one eyed film maker, an unemployed engineer, and a vision for something that’s never been done before and you have yourself the EyeBorg Project. Rob Spence and Kosta Grammatis are trying to make history by embedding a video camera and a transmitter in a prosthetic eye. That eye is going in Robs eye socket, and will record the world from a perspective that’s never been seen before."

Several links on the site to media coverage of the project.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

FCC content compliance

For the public presentations of our audio pieces, including posting on the class blog and playing these during class, please follow FCC guidelines for appropriate public content. For a humorous look at this issue, here is a clip of George Carlin talking about the seven words you can't say on the public airwaves (warning, this video is flagged for "obscene" language):

The unedited versions of your audio pieces can be submitted for assessment, and, of course, used any other way you want. Yet this public portion of the exercise is an opportunity to work within the national rules of content distribution.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Remediation samples from the group work

Lysistrata script by, WM Leslie Howard

Three Little Pigs by Jon Fawkes

Hansel and Gretel by

Hansel & Gretel by metro-boulot-dodo

The Apple of Discord

Another extra credit option: Balsamo lecture

For 10 points extra credit: Attend the following event; participate in the event (ask a question; respond to a question, whatever is appropriate) and then write a 500-word essay about a point raised in this lecture and your thorough response to it (then email it to by 6 p.m. April 20).

"Highlighting faculty and student research, scholarship and artistic expression

The Creative Media and Digital Culture in Liberal Arts invited speaker will be Dr. Anne Balsamo, Professor in the University of California School Of Cinematic Arts.

Dr. Balsamo's work focuses on the relationship between the culture and technology. This focus informs her practice as a scholar, researcher, new media designer and entrepreneur. She is currently a Professor of Interactive Media in the School of Cinematic Arts, and of Communications in the Annenberg School of Communications. From 2004-2007, she served as the Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. In 2002, she co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc. a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies. Previously she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research group at Xerox PARC who created experimental reading devices and new media genres. She served as project manager and new media designer for the development of RED's interactive museum exhibit, XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading.

Dr. Balsamo will be delivering a presentation titled, “Designing Culture: The technological Imagination at Work”."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rapunzel remediated

Tangled (Disney's latest fairy tale remediation)

The Blonde Years (low budget)

Barbie as Rapunzel (Light)

Brothers Grimm (Dark)

And so on. ...

Another extra credit option - audio editing demo

If you know the base-level audio editing programs well (Audacity / Garage Band), here is a chance to earn a few points of extra credit. A peppy, thorough and engaging 5 minute demo on either program is worth 5 extra credit points. First email I get on either claims the opportunity. I would like these to be done by two different people, unless there is only one person interested (and that person wants to do both). These demos will be part of the April 20th class. Any takers?

Atomic Tom: "Take Me Out"


John Oswald's The Pretender

Hear it for yourself:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Another extra credit option

Wired for Change ...

"Kansas State's Digital Ethnography Project & the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University invites you to create a short remix video with material from the Wired for Change event that shows what you think about digital culture & Internet rights. Enter your video & get a chance to win a free trip to next year's conference!"

If you are interested in giving this a try, let me know, and we can talk about extra credit points.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pocahontas / Avatar

A mashup video by Randy Szuch:

Electronic Behavior Control System

Electronic Behavior Control System (clip mentioned in the Remediation article):

And the Slap Chop

T-Pain and the news ...


Hindenburg coverage with/out sound

Without sound:

With sound:

Audio remediation examples

Crazy Dog Audio Theater
(Including this helpful piece on the basics of writing for audio theater)


Radio Drama Revival

The largest broadcasting company in the world, The BBC, still invests heavily in audio theater. Some of the best modern pieces are coming from here. There are three channels producing this kind of work:

BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 generally offer drama and more serious fare.

While BBC Radio 7 offers sci-fi and comedy as well as other miscellaneous programs.

The Wireless Theatre Company

Example 1 from WTC (banter, character development and sound effects, including silence): The Importance of Shoes

Example 2 from WTC (language and communication): Laying Ghosts

Example 3 from WTC (framing): The Fun Tom Menace

L.A. Theatre Works (We heard a clip from its version of "Pygmalion")

Many samples of L.A. Theatre Works plays on this site, including the Tony Award-winning play "Art" by Yasmina Reza.

The Mercury Theatre (Orson Welles's troupe, which created the infamous "War of the Worlds" broadcast

From the Rick Emerson side project, "A.Z.," an action piece about when zombies take over the world,

Episode 6: "No Mercy"

And a big list of all sorts of radio theater on the Web