Digital Polarization [Reflection]

Like most things we’ve done in DGST 101, I’ve loved working on DigiPo. The hypthes.is extension is super useful, and I’m glad DigiPo showed me what it was all about.

I worked on the article claiming Hillary Clinton had been officially indicted for treason. This subject was interesting to me because the whole 2016 election seemed like a comedy show that just kept giving (and unfortunately the show has continued).

The original article listing the claim was very biased, and a clickbait article. Upon research the claim was stated as an opinion, and Hillary-haters just ran with the headline.

The page originally had just a claim on it, so my group added all of the information there now. I enjoyed the process, gathering data is always fun, and the claim was so wild that some of the articles were actually pretty interesting.

DigiPo was a project that didn’t take too long to complete and I really enjoyed it. The more we do in this class the more I wish I could be a Comm and DGST major. Maybe I’ll try to pursue the field even with my measley English degree, but digital studies will always be one of my passions after this class.

Digital Archaeology [Reflection]

Digital Archaeology sure is a tough topic, but I’ve honestly really enjoyed the process!

After many long nights spent with countless tabs open, and even more pinned tabs, I feel that this project is finally coming to an end. While the work my group and I conducted wasn’t easy and challenged my faith in universal search engines, I feel as though I’ve learned a lot from this process.

Not only do I now have way more information about the processor inside of a Nintendo Game Boy Advance than I ever thought I would, but the concept that some of this information was so hard to find, or turned up absolutely nothing really left me wondering. Why? Why is it so hard to find this information?

We live in an era where hackers can easily access entire population’s social security numbers, where people list their home addresses online. One glance at someone’s Facebook profile could tell you where they were born, where they went to high school, where they graduated college, where they work, who they know, etc. I could probably find out the address of my kindergarten teacher in mere minutes if I really wanted, but somehow hours upon hours of research on where the plastic case of the Game Boy Advance turns up nothing.

It wasn’t hard to find out who designed the case, but my guess is that’s because it was designed under better conditions than it was manufactured..

Overall, I feel as though my group has made great strides in our work. I was able to find out a lot of information about the ARM Processor, and I’ve found mild amounts of information about many of the other chip components. One of my other group members is conducting research about the plastic buttons and triggers, but when I complete my research I’ll jump over there and help them out.

I’ve also been working on our group’s Neatline and trying to pinpoint the actual locations of factories based on the surrounding information. This part of the project is kind of fun for me, and I set up our Neatline during the class demonstration, so I don’t mind working on it.

I feel like we could have had a bit more coordination on who was doing what at this point, but honestly maybe I’m just assigning too much to myself. I can’t help but look at everyone’s items and think “I could probably find some more citations for that..” I haven’t looked at other group’s Neatline maps or item databases, so maybe I’m overkilling it on the citations, but I just prefer to have more than less. Additionally, as I’ve said, I have really enjoyed this project, and while it is a bit stressful, I actually enjoy trying to find articles from around 2000 about the system. I’m learning a lot about what a lot of terms I’ve heard before mean, like LCD means a Liquid Crystal Display.

After taking this class I really wish I could take more DGST courses. I wish I could’ve declared a second major in Communications and Digital Studies (or even go back to my freshman/sophomore year when they were separate and declare.) I’m an English major, but this is just so interesting to me. Next Fall will be my last semester as I’m graduating early, but I hope I’ll be able to register for a DGST class.

Digital Archaeology [Progression Report]

For our Digital Archaeology project my group is deconstructing a Nintendo Gameboy Advance from the year 2000. Disassembling the system wasn’t too hard, but finding our where each individual component comes from has served as quite the task.

Although Nintendo is a fairly well-known company across the globe, not all of their work is carefully detailed online. I’ve been able to find quite a bit of information about certain components, likes the AGB ARM Processor, but when it comes to little chips that regulate the LCD screen and such, google searches turn up absolutely nothing or very little information.

I’ve heard a lot of discussion about how this is a very hard project, but researching where everything comes from and placing it on a map is actually a really cool concept to me, and I’m enjoying it.

So while the process of finding information is a bit hard, the work in the end is pretty cool. I’ll be sure to post some images of the final map to my blog, so stay tuned for that. (:

Second Module: Blogging [Report]

I believe that our project was an overall success.

Obviously, we’ve all maintained blogs on WordPress, but everyone in our group also remembered having blogs on websites like LiveJournal, BlogSpot, and Tumblr. It was interesting for us to all be able to compare what blogging used to be like and what it’s like now.

I learned a more detailed process of how blogging has grown over the years and was able to observe many websites and their transformations over the years. I also delved deeper into how and why blogging has grown so popular recently, and looked deeply into the monetary aspect of the growing trend. It’s also interesting to note that some huge websites technically function as blogs. Some notable examples include The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed.

This project has been a very interesting insight to a subject I already had some familiarity with.

Second Module: Blogging [Progression Report]

After conducting some research on blogging, I think it’s amazing to reflect on how much the platform has grown over the past few years. I remember making a blog a long time ago and only being able to change the background image, and now you can customize almost every aspect of a blog.

Growing up, I remember blogging platforms like LiveJournal, Blogger, and Tumblr getting huge. I remember it was a big thing in middle school and high school for students to make blogs and have other students ask them questions and read about their daily activities.

Blogging in the modern era has definitely spread its scope. There are teens who blog, young adults, adults, and the elderly. Whether it’s blogging about local coupons, their kid’s grades, hipster photos, or travel experiences, blogging has taken over as a form of communication.

Nowadays people even monetize their blogs and make money off of them. Blogs are sources where anyone of the web can see what you’ve written, and everywhere is a public forum.

It will be interesting to see where blogging goes next.