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.
From Teaching as a Subversive Activity, quoting John gardner.. I feel like the context is important so bear with me:
"To accomplish renewal, we need to understand what prevents it. When we talk about revitalizing a society we tend to put exclusive emphasis on finding new ideas. But there is usually no shortage of new ideas; the problem is to get a hearing for them. And that means breaking through the crusty rigidity and stubborn complacency of the status quo. [emphasis added] The aging society develops elaborate defenses against new ideas-- "mind-forged manacles," in William Blake's vivid phrase... As a society becomes more concerned with precedent and custom, it comes to care more about how things are done and less about whether they are done. The man who wins acclaim is not the one who "gets things done" but the one who has an ingrained knowledge of the rules and accepted practices. Whether he accomplishes anything is less important than whether he conducts himself in an "appropriate" manner.
The body of custom, convention, and "reputable" standards exercises such an oppressive effect on creative minds that new developments in a field often originate outside the area of respectable practice. [emphasis added]"
I feel like this hits a load of thoughts for the idea of the college ritual. The fact that we are to "learn" and get an "education." Yet we are bound, oppressed, to do it inside the walls of a college setting. We get acclaim because we "go to college" because that is the "appropriate manner" in which learning and education is gained. And that is exactly what I am against! I feel like there is so much more outside the walls! Outside the ritual, the way things are, and "should" be.
Hopefully this is not read the wrong way. I appreciate being in college and wouldn't have found what I am passionate about without the experience of being here. I'm just sick of the pressure that we've put on the "college-bound" age group. The fact that we label them "college-bound" or stereotype them to be on the path to failure, or a low-end, bellow middle class, lifestyle. The pressure was put on me, and I'm dying to get out. It brings my mind to something Kevin brought up in our interview. Being stuck in this phase where we always see "what's real," what we're working towards, lingering in the future. The past and future always being ominous and unsure of interpretation. Yet I want it NOW. I want to be living my future now. Not waiting for it. Is that even possible!?!?
And. thats what's flooding my brain. Whew. Only 200 pages to go...
I had an awesome interview today! Kevin Coleman, a grad student ELP teacher. Sat down with some tea in his office and talked it out. Point after point, almost unguided, he hit multiple topics completely relevant to our projects. school being more than about learning. how teachers today are not even the "experts" any more, but more like passive facilitators of the textbooks (who are the real experts). how media literacy is important. how students today are unhappy in the moment... I am super excited to transcribe it and break it down for you guys!
Classes have been full of breaking down the research. We've got the line up of our projects, how they fit together, and a general sense of where we're going, but it comes down to each of us becoming experts in our own topic. Mine? You guessed it: Generation Me. Individualistic. Narcissistic. Assertive. Entitled. And more unhappy than ever.
The next five weeks will be full of hitting the books and playing the field.
Week One: Reading Teaching as a Subvertive with an interview with Kevin Coleman (check)
Week Two: Reading Saturated self. Probably interview Kelsey about how Generation Me is affecting the other generations as well, whether they think so or not...
Week Three: Reading Generation Me.
Week Four: Reading Mediated.
Week Five: Open for right now/catch up...
Somewhere in there I'd like to set up an interview with Professor Prins. Along with other interviews that may come up. I'll be trying to document some different things I see in the class room, around campus, and at home that point out the stereotypical generation me aspects.
I also had a vision of a good trailer for about the choices we have to make and how it affects us. Kind of abstract, but in my head it will be awesome! --- If anyone has an alternative to bubble gum, that you could step in and have the same effect, yet not be as hard to get sticky/have to chew.... let me know ^_^
Passion. Success. Recognition. Materialism. A mediated culture. Why is it that the phrase: "the meaning of life" had no meaning- significance- about 100 years ago. Was it because we got what we wanted, and realized that it wasn't valuable enough? My question becomes: do other cultures, namely, ones who aren't as well off, have the same drive that Americans do in finding such things? It was mentioned in class that there seems to be the greatest discoveries when we are at our breaking points, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, which in a sense, could essentially be one in the same. So how low do you have to go?
"Students are less likely to recognize the authority of teachers, presuming instead that their perspectives and opinions are on an equal footing with the experts (pg. 29)."
"GenMe individuals are more willing to share their experiences (positive and negative) in explicit detail with anyone who will listen (pg. 37)."
I had been thinking about this before. Why people don't tell their stories? And why they tell them to certain people and not others? Thinking that they just don't have anyone to tell... maybe this thinking is from being in this generation. Wanting people to tell people their stories... maybe this emerged even more so with things such as YouTube and other social networks as they created a blank canvas to share from.
"“GenMe is also less willing to follow the rules of organized religion” (pg. 34). She notes declining church attendance since the 1950’s, and particularly low attendance percentages for 18 to 29 year olds. Twenge references Jeffery Arnett from Emerging Adulthood, describing “the belief systems of young people as ‘highly individualized’, which he calls ‘make-yourown’religions.’ He found that only 23% of young people are ‘conservative believers’; the remaining 77% were agnostic/atheist, deist, or liberal believers (who believe in a religion but question some aspects of it)” (pg. 34). The churches that have experienced growth are those that “promote a very personalized form of religion” (pg. 35). ...These churches’ emphasis on Christ as a personal savior who has a plan for your life play into the individualized culture of GenMe."
Then what? Depression, "enormous amount of pressure on us to stand alone," lonliness and isolation, pressures on college and career choices, internality and externality. And Twenge's advice for society? "Abandon our obsession with self-esteem, and be honest with children about their success and failures. (pg. 223-227) Give better advice, including the idea that not everyone should go to college. (pg. 227-228)"
It's interesting to me how we have all been pressured so much by society to enter right into college after high school. Some people come to college having no direction at at. No true meaning to passion. Yet some go with the flow and end up at a university and find it. Others don't.
From high school you either go to college or you don't. From there you find your passion or you don't. From there, you either go to college for that passion, or follow your passions elsewhere. That passion fuels the flame of learning as the people around you share your experiences to take learning to a whole other level.
We put a lot of good thoughts together today in class. It was one of the sweetest class periods I think I've ever been a part of. No teacher. Yet we were recording the time so that he could go over what we talked about. Imagine the endless amounts of ways that this could turn out......
..... crazy right? It was actually really sweet. We had the white boards covered with spider web diagrams, lists, and connections to the ideas we were all posing. It actually flowed together quite well. At least roughly so that we have a good kick off for what we'll eventually get to.
I have a couple interviews lined up for the next week or so. Two friends of mine who have posed the idea that our majors teach us how to think. One being an English major the other an Engineer. The engineer being in his last semester and taking classes outside his major for once. I guess he's having a rough time because he's never had to "think this way" before.
We are always being shaped. Always learning. What is learning? I'm learning right now... processing. Learning how to communicate my thoughts. Typing speed increasing. Multi-tasking as I think and type my thoughts to King Tut, looking for the perfect song for my video. Ha! Its crazy how so much ties together. We are shaped by our experiences. Exactly the point of my ethnography in Religion in Culture. (If you're interested in listening to the podcast, let me know and I'll shoot you the link!) We'll never be what our experiences keep us from becoming. Experience, inside or outside of schooling, will always keep moving us forward. Everything in the past is permanent.
Professor Wesch took the first of the submissions for the Vision of Students Today 2011 and Remixed it for the first trailer.
We're still taking submissions for the final product so feel free to tag VOST2011 on videos you want to contribute. They can be as simple as writing "I love my physics lab." on a sticky note. It all helps!
Last year I took an English class that involved reading a lot of books. Novels to be specific.
In all honestly I didn't have time to read all of them (but did enjoy the ones I did..)
Besides my point. The teacher was awesome. And she wanted to make sure that everyone was being taught well. This involved taking a test at the beginning of the semester to see what kind of learner you were. So we all took the test and sent her the results so that she could run the class accordingly. She would often group us with the other students that had similar results. What made this interesting was that I was the only one of my kind. Out of about 30 students, I was the only V! The Visual learner.
I haven't thought about this much until yesterday. When my roommate told me that the tabernacle was made with 1 ton of gold (2000 pounds) and 3 tons of silver. What was the first thing I did? Looked up a picture of what a pound of gold looked like... how was I suppose to know if that was a lot of gold if I didn't see what it looked like?
The idea of how we learn. thoughts of what effects us as we do. and as we don't, have been on my mind.
One of my quirks in the classroom is that I just get bored. antsy. maybe like, twenty minutes in... I could have the best intentions: notes out, my favorite pen on hand and ready (I'm a picky pen person...), and my phone and iPod off and in my bag (how often does that happen these days?) But 20 minutes. of that same professor. talking about the same topic.. something about it just hits a switch and reminds me that I just HAVE to know wether gelatin is the same as jello. I unzip my bookbag, grab my phone and text my advisor. Cha-cha. Whew! Thanks cha-cha!
Focus! Okay, so I snap back into gear.. What's she talking about? Some kind of artifact streamlining into importance? Maybe not. I wonder if, in the last 22 minutes of my life, I got tagged in a picture! Cause that'd be cool! Zpod comes out (that's what I named my iPod? Catchy right? Lindsey. LindZ! Zpod! Ha!) I check facebook with my facebook app! Mail with my mail app! I browse KSOL, look at pictures from Aunt Marge's 60th birthday, google the circumference and thickness of a penny as the teacher decides to be creative and have us pretend that penny's are artifacts that we just found! thrilling really.
So why are we like this? Why are we so distracted? Are we still able to learn what the teacher is teaching in our multitaskness?
I found a site with some articles on Technology and College Education. Typical attribute of Generation Y = non-existent attention span. I can't help but wonder if its due to the lesson I learned in my multi-media class about producing videos... The fact that I found reiterated in Six Tips on Making a Successful Video . "The golden rule in making a successful training video is to keep changing what is shown on screen. This means that each scene needs to run for no longer than 7 seconds." I can hear my speech teachers lisp ringing in my ears now! (He taught the class for some reason?)
I was told at one time that the the cure for becoming better at focusing is reading a book. Why is it so hard to do? My roommates and neighbors joke that they don't know how to read. But when reality, its just that they don't know how to read books. Chuck Leddy, the writer of an article in the StarTribune says that "to engage with a book means inhabiting both the story and the world view of its author; it's an act of transcending." and that its "the opposite of "instant messaging."" He also explains how "ebooks", kindle comes to mind, could help the future of reading. Makes me wonder if its just the object of a book that is what turns people off when it comes to reading. Turning a page must be too slow paced compared to the ever increasing speed of the click of a mouse.
Digital Ethnography. Digital storytelling. Media. How it's used. How it effects us. Does it help us learn? What does help us learn? This blog will be filled with different tidbits that I'm learning as I research for this class, and ultimately the final product that we produce.
Our first project is to make a short video for A Vision of Students Today. Want to help colaborate? This site explains how: Mediated Cultures
So I've been brain storming. Walking around with a camera. My creative hairs on end.
One of my usual stomping grounds is Radina's. And since I drink so much coffee I decided that it probably did something to my study habits, how I learn, how effective I am at learning. I don't know? So I shot some shots. And so far I found some interesting things!
"A Pearson correlation indicated no relationship between amount of caffeine consumed while studying and the individual`s effectiveness of studying and preparation."
Cool! Interesting! Good to know!
I also found THIS article. I haven't gotten to take a real good look at it cuz I'm running late for work! But I thought it'd be an insightful read for all those coffee drinkers out there who just gotta have that study break!