DJ Spooky Knows How to Party

“It’s the twenty-first century.  Things should be really wild.  Anything else is boring.”  Well this explains a hell of a lot.  According to the Changing Same it’s basically wrong/should be illegal to stop creating, changing, and making new out of old.  When grandpa says,  “Back in my day we never did things like that!” it means that his grandpa probably didn’t do the same thing he did either and we should expect our grandkids to do even more unbelievable stuff than we do.  Wow that was a mouthful.  (This may come off negative but if you look at it from a standpoint of say, iPhones or the Polio Vaccine, it sounds a heck of a lot better).  And what if we did the same exact “stuff” that our grandparents did.  How boring would that be?  “ Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  This sounded like some sort of horrible prison sentence when I first read it.  Life would become one sorry cycle of boredom, birth, life, death, birth, life, death.  You get the point.

The reason it is so important that we keep “offering iterations of versions and versions of everything, all changing all the time” is so that we can keep our future fresh and exciting, give people something to live for.  And lately it seems to be moving faster than ever.  When I was reading DJ Spooky’s part about “every story leading to another story to another story to another story” reminded me of a class I took last semester—Indo European Folktales.  In a nutshell, hundreds of years ago the Grimm Brothers wrote horror stories for parents to tell their kids so they wouldn’t disobey them.  Through out the centuries those stories have evolved.  Now these stories go something like, “pretty, pretty princes, trouble, prince, happily ever after.”  No wonder kids don’t obey their parents anymore!  Anyway, after learning about archives through this semester and then reading DJ Spooky, the meaning of Folktales kind of changed to me.  The way DJ Spooky talks about archiving and changing the current to make something new and actually newsworthy makes me realize how important it is, not just on a digital media level but on an EVERYTHING level.  But, class: unless I took this class and watched all the puzzle pieces fall into place I don’t neccessarilty know if I would agree that archiving and creation is really that important.  How can we show our peers and the youngins’ following in our footsteps that it’s uber-important to keep creating and keep this future new and exciting??

-ADW

What does it mean that I’m me? Should we charge monkeys with murder?

I enjoy listening to radio shows like NPR because they do a good job of telling amazing stories and taking you away for the length of the segment.  I like “Who Am I?” because it didn’t make me feel anxious like the other two podcasts (although it did have some eerie/creepy music).  The other pod casts made me feel like I needed to be on extra alert just so I didn’t’ miss something, where in turn this pod cast made it feel easy to follow along and almost like you were sitting in the room with the individuals talking.  I also noticed that abrupt halts in sound were used in order to dramatize parts of the segment.  I think this works since you do feel at ease while listening to the audio; you need something to keep you on track when there is a transition.  It’s almost like a replacement for body language!

The quick back and forth conversational commentary might create anxiety for some listeners but I found it very helpful for staying engaged.  I imagine that this technique probably takes some experience in order to create something that is easy to follow along with/makes sense.  The “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” morph with bill Clinton and the other guys was a great way to translate a visual idea into audio—how clever!  This brings me back to the intro of the segment when there was a mix of all different voices and languages to create a single sentence, which gave the program a worldly and sophisticated feeling.  I think I’d like to use that technique in my audio project.  Class: I am always so impressed with the musical choices that these audio segments match up with the conversations.  I feel like I struggle with finding the right music that will match the tone of my story.  Can someone share with me pointers on how to choose the right music and where you get it?  Or do you just need to have a knack for it?

ADW

Slap a poll on your page! (survey that is)

Who doesn’t enjoy filling our a quick one question survey that asks you a random question about, say, your favorite celeb?  Keep reading and you’ll quickly learn how to add some interaction to your page.

1.  You have to create your survey by registering for an account at http://www.rationalsurvey.com/register/free, it’s super easy.

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2.  Once you get into your account you’ll see that they give you sample questions.  You need to delete those by clicking the trashcan that appears on the question when you hover your mouse over them.  Then just click the “+” sign to create your question.

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3.  Type up your question and answers.   Then choose the setting you want for your survey.  Then click save!

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4.  Now find the tool box on the right hand of the page and click the button that says “get survey embed script” when you hover it.

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5. Finally, copy and paste the script into the respective area in your webpage’s HTML.

WHAM, BAM, THANK YA MAA’M.  Ask away at your audience!

ADW

Getting Personal, Virtually.

http://alyssabnoel.com/

The site I’m analyzing belongs to Alyssa Noel, a woman who assists small businesses virtually.  Her audience consists of any small business seeking quick and effective assistance with running their company.  The site is extremely easy to use and has great visuals and icons that seem to all be created on Photoshop or InDesign because they each have the same visual undertone and theme.  There are only a few different colors used on the site that work very well together and give an upbeat and cozy feel; these colors include: shades of blues, apricots, greys, and white.  The homepage of the site show the visitor that Alyssa works from an at home office and, literally, the page sets the scene of her work environment (a steamy cup of tea next to a geared up lap top and a single rose in a modest vase)—it really shows the personal style of Alyssa and the quality of work she believes in.  Alyssa’s site is uber user-friendly with a simplistic layout having just the right amount of white space and text that compliments the easy to follow theme of the overall site.  Something I thought of before looing at different sites was including my signature on the page to give off a personal feel—I think it compliments a personal site very well.  By looking at the first screenshot you can see the various links Alyssa provides for the visitor.  She provides the links that stay the same at the top of the page, but as you move from one page to the next you might find that the link buttons are repeated at the bottom of the page in order to help with the “next step” of the process, whether it’s to learn more or to actually start using Alyssa’s VA services.

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Another feature that stuck out to me on Alyssa’s site was her blog reel.  I think this personalized touch is critical for the line of business Alyssa is in.  She is working with clients from all around the world without ever getting the chance to meet them.  This blog reel gives the client a chance to learn about Alyssa as a person instead of just some correspondent on the Internet.  This helps the visitor or client’s trust to grow for Alyssa and also helps her seem more likeable.  This feature also gives visitors or clients the chance to interact with Alyssa on other topics.

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When does creating a site that speaks to the personality of the site-owner cross the line of being too unprofessional?

ADW