our interactive website which will include all of the Digital Ethnography in an interactive HTML5 format will launch on June 1st! make sure to check back and see what we've all been working towards this semester!
its been great to have you all along on this journey!
Been fighting sickness all week and weekend. And the library is beckoning my name! Hello dead week. Kill me now ^_^
Here's some stuff I'm adding to the script to fill in the gaps of the previous draft.
"We have had no world wars, no drafts, better health care, more kids live longer and better lives, theres less crime, more education, more communication with TV, phones, computers, and technology, less physical labor, freedom to choose, and ability to move.
The baby boomers had a dream of freedom. And that’s what they gave us. What they didn’t give us, was what to do with that freedom. They didn’t tell us where to go. Who to be.
And “…when we are fiercely independent and self-sufficient, our disappointments loom large because we have nothing else to focus on.”
There’s confidence, there’s assertiveness, there’s entitlement. Yet even before 9/11 depression was up 10x higher than in the previous generations. we are also dealing wth the most anxiety and depression than any other generation before us. ."
I tried switching some stuff around at the beginning, but am not sure if it felt right.. but I'm adding a lot more found footage and trying to get it contextualized a bit more. Hopefully it won't seem to forced. Thus far I'm liking it, so we'll see how it goes!
Its been a long evening in the MDC cutting and pasting files and footage together for the first draft! It's a lot of Generation Me statistics, where we've come from, and what the outcome has become. I got some sweet shots that depict how the generation views itself. Always shaped by how we're perceived. Less than a week before the draft is due! Can't wait for you all to see it and hear some feedback!
Annd! Haha! I guess I have gone through a lot of transformation as this class continues to open my eyes to how we're shaped by media, and how we shape media to shape ourselves. I got rid of facebook for this reason. Tired of the false sense of connectivity and authenticity when all we do is make ourselves who we want to be. Untagging bad pictures. Not only that but ruining the idea of living in the moment. Always thinking about our thoughts and how we can cleverly deliver them once we get back to our computer screens. Always worried about how you look when a cameras around in case they tag you before you get to see it. Its an interesting journey without it.. Rediscovering a more pure identity with out the medium. Along with this, I stopped carrying my phone around. Not having to worry about checking it. Always wondering if they responded *yet. They can wait. Or leave a message. I'm tired of always being available and for fleeting things eating away my time and energy...
Our final projects are underway. Everyone is narrowed down and put in order so that we can put this baby together. As you may have picked up, my section of the documentary is on the generation within the walls of education. Our documentary in whole is focusing on the "Walls" that education gives us to work with. What happens inside them, what happens outside them, what happens when they're taken down. Should we take them down? What do we do with them since they ARE there! After our class KYHOI (knock your head off idea) conference, we got a really great look at how everyones projects were pulling together. And let me be one to say... it's going to be awesome =)
Heres a little snippet of my piece. It is an abstract of what the generation before Gen Me has given us to work with. Choice. Freedom. Ability. to. create.
I've been reading a lot about you. And I can sympathize with you because I'm right along with you. People call you names, Generation Me, Generation Whatever, the Why-Worry Generation. Don't let it get to you. You're great and you'll do great things! You're known to be "optimistic, idealistic and [are] destined to do good." And... its because of words like these that you've turned out the way you have. Remember Mr. Rogers? You're special.
You'll do great things alright. Because the kids behind you. They're going to have a harder time finding reality as they're born in to a virtual world. You're it. The last of its kind to remember the glimpse of a day with no computers. The road trips with paper maps. The generation ahead of you will get over the fact that you're becoming their bosses with your degrees and high expectations of success.
So why are you known to be "more confident, assertive, entitled-and more miserable than ever before?" Thats just it. You have high expectations. You've been told you can do whatever you want, be whoever you want, as long as you put your mind to it and work hard. And what happens? Well, you either thrive off of your self centered mode of self fulfillment, or you negate all horizons of significance because you have been told to make your own identity, a name for yourself. And they expect you to do a good job at it, to be what you're parents never got the chance to be. The first leads to disengagement in the wold revolving around yourself. The later, which seems to occur more often than not, leads to fragmentation, the disintegration, collapse, or breakdown of norms of thought, behavior, or social relationships.
Check out Nirvana. Kicking of the true feelings of the generation. Fragmented life. Unfulfilled even in his fame: "I found it hard, it's hard to find. Oh well, whatever, nevermind..." Lincoln Park? "I'm tired of being what you want me to be... I don't know what you're expecting of me. Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes."
This brings up even more thoughts of what we expect: everything to be catered to our needs. "Here we are now, entertain us," Nirvana screams. Entertained with the most advancement of technology in all of time. Yet we're still not satisfied with the lag of a touch screen. If we can imagine it, someone is going to make it. We're multi-taskers because of it. We can't help but sit in class on our computers, taking notes, browse facebook, and text our roommates the whole time. We're no longer satisfied by sitting down with a good book unless its on a screen, hopefully with pictures! Here's Arcade Fire with the Grammy:
"A suburban war your part of town against mine I saw you standing on the opposite shore
But by the time the first bombs fell We were already bored..
We were already...
What can I tell you but not to give up? I know that the lack of direction, over lavished encouragement seem, and constant entertainment has been deeply embedded into your system. But what else can you do but embrace it and move on? This is who you are. You've seen it all. The good, the bad, the corrupt. And you've got to make the most out of what you're given. You're flexible. You can multi-task. You care about the cause and want a life outside of work. It might take some adjustments, but the world is going to be a better place because of you. I believe in you.