Open Space for Open Minds

The approach the group wanted with was taking the vital information of the Open Space event and converting it to easily digestible and shareable media. We have a goal in mind to bring it into the younger generations scope as they have some of the most important voices by being able to pass information on. We want to focus on social media and create a consistent and shareable experience to raise awareness. The first task we had to tackle is what platform did we want to appeal to the most. We had the idea to create an entirely separate website for the event in order to give it more shine and footprint. As we started to see the vast amount of related content was, we decided that we would rather keep things on a smaller scale and focus on what the organization already had. One main focus would be promoting the event and keeping the viewers up to date and want to mark it on the calendar. The most important part is uniting their Facebook and Instagram media by creating consistent posts that would engage the audience. An aspect of that would come from utilizing memes are they are some of the most viewed and shared pieces of media in our generation. We are still in the works for creating different types of media to keep it fresh and not only have pictures with text. The next step we are probably going to take is in thinking how we can have more interactive media that informs them as well.

Meme me

Everyday we experience a huge influx of media to the point where we’ve become desensitized to a lot of it. With the emergence of media and the closing digital divide, we’ve come to the point we need things that are easy to digest. Memes are a perfect gateway for people to express their feelings and thoughts in a format that suits our generation’s fast paced lifestyle. They provide cultural values, reinvigorate old cliches, and they often do it in a funny manner. Memes have become such a staple in our generation that it’s being used by companies. I remember driving and seeing a billboard with a meme advertising for a product. It actually turned me away from it because I see memes as the people’s voice. It’s our way to be satirical of the norms of society and to scrutinize it’s issues. Another reason why it turned me away is that meme’s are kind of spontaneous and aren’t started in terms to get a message. We make them to connect to others with the same ideas, not to sell them something.

This is meme I made last month and it got to the front page with almost 30,000 loops, “When you’re waiting for your 4th DPS to switch”. A “DPS” character is the one that usually gets all the shine and everyone wants to play that role. There are many moments when people prefer to play for themselves and refuse to choose “support” characters to help the team win. It was an extremely short clip, but I was glad to see that others felt the same pet peave as me.

 

I think everyone can relate to this meme a few times a week or maybe everyday of every minute. Sometimes I wish I could get it printed on a sweater or print it and hang it on my face.

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There are only a few things I like more than video games and wishing that I slept more so I didn’t look like a crumpled paper bag. I love dancing and it makes me feel like a fat little asian child again.

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“If we’re going to be bozos, then let’s go with it”

                In chapter two of “Our Band Could Be Your Life”, Michael Azerrad describes the Minutemen’s journey in finding themselves. Azerrad paints a perfect picture of how nothing is more valuable in art, than yourself. Although they were often confrontational and sometimes violent, the minutemen spent the rest of their time and energy into unlearning any previous archetypes that were forced onto them. All of their songs had unusual structures and were less than a minute long, but it was a small step in truly finding their sound. They were risk takers in their musical additives, incorporating other styles of music like jazz, acid rock, and even R&B. Their authenticity didn’t come from how good they sounded or how well their tracks came out of recording. What made them unique was their choice in standing up for what they believed in and fought for what they deemed valuable. I think this type of authenticity is important because it’s timeless. If a band were to follow the trend of others, they would always be a step behind with what’s “hip”. Instead of creating their own driving force of creation, they are only going to be shadows of the last big thing.

Image Editing

I used Gimp in order to create my layered image for my websites header. Thanks to the tutorials on lyndacampus.com, the entire process was relatively easy. The easiest part was finding the images I wanted to use because I already knew what I had in mind. The most difficult part was figuring out the GUI in Gimp. At first, I tried to poke around myself and find out where all the tools I needed to add and manipulate layers. After clicking through mainly everything, I knew I was missing a lot of information from not having the pictures and icons labeled. I realized there’s a few methods in creating a layer, one way is to open both images first and copying the gray scale image to the clipboard. After that it’s easy to add a layer mask and make it into an actual alpha channel. The second method, which is the one I used, was opening the images as layers themselves. Then from there I inverted it and continued with the alpha channel again. What I was grateful for was learning the shortcut keys after failing to get gimp to do what I wanted over and over.  Having this knowledge would be useful for making quick and easy thumbnails for youtube videos I create from time to time.

Zines and Emerging Media

As per Stephen Duncombe, Zines are small circulation magazines that are managed entirely by their creators. In terms of their cultural significance, I think this form of self publishing is an integral part of emerging media. Zines are part of the transition of consumers to creators and being able to voice a level of self-consciousness. Those who made zines were free from any critique prior to releasing their work , they were able to speak their own opinions regarding politics, sports, and religion.

Typically, when you pick up any two magazines you can find similar viewpoints and voices. Articles and stories within magazines had to pass through a filter to make it “safe” and typically made them funnel into a generic subject. The focus of zines were about very small subcultures and touch upon subjects that fall outside of anything “mainstream”.

Although they are part of emerging media, they are also contradictory in emerging media’s nature . Zines were usually of the opposition and in their appeal to a small subculture they were actively isolating their readers. Usually with emerging media, you are experiencing different forms of media, but at the same time it’s to connect you with those of different ideas and ideologies.