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Assignment 7: Technology & the Body

29 Apr

The picture shown shows new technology that uses “Skinput” to change a human arm into a touch screen. It works by wearing an arm band that measures the vibrations of where a person is touched on their body. The idea of “Skinput” seems like a really good idea, the controls to whatever technology you are using is conveniently right on your arm and controlled by your fingers tips.

http://www.borelist.com/2010/11/newchanging-hands-become-touch-screen.html

Assignment 8: Narrative

28 Apr

Peter Pan

Dad Darling:

Night out with the wife! Has anyone                             has seen my shirt?

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Mom Darling:

Husbands are so needy! Going out bbl.

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Dad Darling:

Found my shirt! My kids need to grow up!

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Nana:

Just cause your children have imaginations doesn’t mean I should have to sleep outside! Dogs have feeling too 😦

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John Darling:

My dad is BRUTAL. Time for bed!

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Wendy Darling:

Parents just don’t understand.

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Peter Pan:

Anyone see my shadow? On the hunt!

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Tinkerbell:

Following Peter around again all night, when will this boy realize?

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Wendy Darling:

STOP IT! Peter Pan just flew into my room!

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Peter Pan:

Found my shadow! On the way back to Never Land with some new friends!

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John Darling:

Off to Never Land! BE JEALOUS!

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Micheal Darling:

Don’t believe your parents, I’m flying right now! Never Land here I come!

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Tinkerbell:

Dear Wendy, I don’t like you.

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Nana:

Still out in the cold. Oh and btw, your children just flew out the window.

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Captain Hook:

Anyone seen Peter Pan?

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Lost Boys:

Lost Boys Rule, Captain Hook Drools.

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John Darling:

Been here 5 minutes and already hunting Indians!

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Tiger Lily:

Just got kidnapped. Now I’m angry.

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Mr. Smee:

Part one of Captain Hook’s plan done, maybe he’ll finally be in a better mood.

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Wendy Darling:

Peter is taking me to see real live mermaids!

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Tinkerbell:

I hate Wendy. If Peter likes her so much why don’t they just… ugh WHATEVER!

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Tick Tock:

I’m hungry… craving Captain Hook’s right hand.

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Mermaids:

WE LOVE PETER PAN<3

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Chief:

Tiger Lily is missing! Red Man is officially angry!

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Wendy Darling:

Mermaids are mean.

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Micheal Darling:

Crap. Captured by the Indians.

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Captain Hook:

Interrogating Tiger Lily. You should be scared Peter Pan!

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Peter Pan:

Saving Tiger Lily, nbd. I’m awesome.

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Lost Boys:

Chief is really angry this time. Has anyone seen Tiger Lily?

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Mr. Smee:

Peter Pan just outsmarted the Captain… again. It’s gonna be a miserable night on the ship.

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Tiger Lily:

I LOVE PETER PAN<3

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Chief:

My bad Lost Boys, you guys are pretty cool.

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Captain Hook:

OMG. I HATE PETER PAN.

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Peter Pan:

Party at the tee-pees!

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Wendy Darling:

Tiger Lily needs to back off my man. So over it.

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John Darling:

Of course Wendy ruins a good time.

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Micheal Darling:

I miss my mom 😦

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Lost Boys:

So wishing we had moms right now.

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Captain Hook:

I just got an awesome idea! Tinkerbell where you at?!

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Peter Pan:

Wow, you think you know a girl and then she gets all sappy and tries to take your best friends home with her.

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Tinkerbell:

Scheming with Hook, probably not the best idea… but… I HATE WENDY.

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Wendy Darling:

Never Land and Peter Pan are overrated. Time to go home…

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Captain Hook:

Plan so far so good. Peter Pan… come at me!!

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Lost Boys:

What the hell?! Did Captain Hook really just capture us?!

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Micheal Darling:

Crap. Captured by Captain Hook.

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Wendy Darling:

Wishing Peter Pan wasn’t so pissed at me, I could really use some saving right about now…

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Mr. Smee:

Lost Boys.. it’s either join the life of a pirate or walk the plank! Such an exciting day!

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John Darling:

Hmm… maybe it’s time to become a pirate.

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Tick Tock:

Captain’s ship just put out the plank… DINNER TIME!

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Tinkerbell:

Uh-oh! I messed up, don’t worry Peter! I’m cominggggggggg

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Peter Pan:

Officially alone. All I’ve got left is a present from Wendy… wonder what’s inside?

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Captain Hook:

2 minutes away from bye-bye Peter Pan!! Party after?!

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Peter Pan:

Seriously Hook?! That’s it… get ready for the beat down.

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Wendy Darling:

PETERS HERE<3

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Mr. Smee:

Crap.

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Lost Boys:

Peter Pan is the man.

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Captain Hook:

There is no way this pre-teen is beating me one on one.

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Tinkerbell:

Peter and I are friends again<3 and i guess Wendy is okay.

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John Darling:

Place your bets! Peter Pan vs. Captain Hook!

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Micheal Darling:

A new twenty dollar bill says that Peter Pan kicks Captain Hook’s butt!

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Mr. Smee:

Hope the Captain doesn’t see this… fifty dollars on Peter Pan!

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Peter Pan:

I win again. I’m awesome.

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Tick Tock:

Fast food, aka… Captain Hook is running. bbl with a full belly.

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Captain Hook:

I’m screwed.

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Mr. Smee:

Anyone know a captain looking for a first mate?

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Wendy Darling:

I love Never Land, but it’s definitely time to go home!

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John Darling:

Peace out Never Land!

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Micheal Darling:

Bye Never Land, don’t worry… I’m the youngest, I’ll be back 😉

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Tinkerbell:

I actually think I’ll miss the little homewrecker and her two lil bros.

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Peter Pan:

Saying goodbye to Wendy 😦

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Wendy Darling:

Finally home and missing Peter already 😥 </3

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Mom Darling:

Back from a crazy night out with the husband! Kids are in bed and I’m all set for some much needed sleep!

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Dad Darling:

Why do I think I just saw Peter Pan? Either my kids aren’t crazy or I am.

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Nana:

My master is crazy. He better let me inside, it’s cold and I’m not in the mood for this chain.

Assignment 5: Remix Culture

10 Mar

RiP: A Remix Manifesto

I’ve known about Girl Talk for awhile now and have really always enjoyed what he jumbles together, it really puts a fresh spin on classic and popular songs. I never thought of what he does as breaking any copyright song because the pieces he uses are so small that sometimes they are even unrecognizable. The way he takes those tiny parts of each song and mutilates them into a completely different song is an art.

The style and genre of the music he makes is completely different from not only the rest of the new music out there, but even different from the songs his creation is made out of. The fact that copyright laws can be inflicted on him almost seems crazy to me. I could understand it if he was using the same beat or lyrics, but he changes so much about the original track and how he puts it all together.

It all comes down to the creators of those songs he uses not getting credit or compensation. Everyone is trying to accumulate as much money as they can and don’t stop to look at what they’re effecting by doing that. The people who sue artists like Girl Talk are other creative minds. I guess it is like a never ending cycle, one day even Girl Talk will be the plantiff.

I think I could understand the big copyright blunder if the actual song was being reproduced by Girl Talk. But because Girl Talk uses only parts and changes them and  mixes them it really seems as though any part of the original song is almost non-existent.

 

Assignment 6: Final Project Proposal

1 Mar

Topic

For my final project I have chosen the topic of advertising through social networking sites. Currently I am the administrator of Liquid Lightning at Ramapo College’s Facebook page (it’s an energy drink that I promote for) so I have gotten to see how these sites work, but not really if they work. So I have many questions in which I know need to be explored. For instance, does “liking” one of these product pages really influence a consumer? What are the benefits of advertising on these social networking sites? Are ad agencies taking advantage of using Facebook as a free outlet? Can’t companies (such as the one I work for) just run these pages internally? Would there be an advantage to having it controlled by an outside source? Are other social networking sites such as Myspace supporting product pages? I feel like all these questions lead me to research not only the effects of advertisement pages on social networking sites, but also how they are run and paid for.

Since I started out on Myspace in like 2008, I have always taken notice of the advertisements that surround each page, the ads have become pretty inescapable. But it is on Facebook with the creation of the “like” button that there are now pages of products, companies, and services that can be liked. Is this the new form of advertisement? Once a user “likes” the page they soon find that any updates made to that page will appear on their newsfeed, whether it’s a sale, new opening, or new product, anything and everything is now conveniently presented to them. It can almost be compared to guerrilla advertisement where the product is shoved into your face. Perhaps it helps the companies that use the service, but does Facebook itself gain any compensation? And does the creation of more and more product pages mean that the advertising is working?

 

Keywords

Social Network Sites – Facebook, Myspace

Social Network Analysis – analyzing the effects and affects of social networking sites

Social Network Advertising

Social Media Targeting – sites taking advantage of the demographics they obtain on the person’s profile

Facebook Beacon Project – notifications that a “friend” has bought a specific product

Direct Advertising – banner ads

Individual Developers – SponsorPay, Adparlor, Offerpal

Indirect Advertising – creating ‘groups’ or ‘pages’

Fan Pages – have subscribers

Facebook’s “Liking”

 

Research Plan and Production Schedule/ Timeline

By the end of next week I am hoping to have gone through each of these possible source articles:

Using Social Networking Sites

Social Network Advertising and Marketing Outlook

Social Network Ad Spending

Advertising with Social Network Marketing

Advertising on Social Networks

Facebook Passed Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft in User Engagement

I also plan on finding more articles and going to the library to use the journals before Spring Break.

During Spring Break, I am looking to organize all that information obtained from those articles to put in my paper. I want to have the outline for the paper and the visual sources filled out completely by the time we come back from vacation.

In the following weeks it will be about actually writing the paper and if so, finding those last bit of visuals (i.e. videos/charts/pictures) that complete it.

Here are just some videos I found on my topic that I might use:

Social Network Business Tutorial: Social Network Advertising, Statistics, and Analysis

How Advertising Works on Facebook

The Social Network Advertising Problem

 

Assignment 3: Performing Identity

8 Feb

1. Vampire

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Kid Rock

 

 

 

 

 

3. Shirley Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment 2: Photo Reviews

3 Feb

This first picture is of two teenage girls. They are both making ‘funny’ faces and sitting on a curb. I’m not sure which one the profile actually belonged to, which to me is sort of strange considering the profile picture is the picture that first represents who you are. That profile picture is like the first impression and everyone knows that the first impression is the lasting impression. Either way, both girls seem like they aren’t afraid to be goofy.

 

This second picture shows a girl on what looks to be her birthday, the background also suggests that she is in college. She looks very happy which is a good emotion to be displaying when showing yourself to the rest of the world. This girl looks like fun or atleast is ready to have fun, she seems like the movie cliche college girl ready to go out and get ‘wild’ for her birthday.

 

 

 

The third picture is of a girl and her dog on or around Christmas time. From this picture you can tell that she really loves her dog and is not afraid to show the rest of the world just how much she cares. She is probably the type of person that watches the dog shows on Animal Planet and one day hopes to breed hundreds of prize winning dogs. This photo was also definitely her Christmas card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fourth picture is of a boy and his guitar. His expression is goofy and so I gather that he is pretty carefree when it comes to what others think of him. His laid back outfit makes it seem as though he is just lounging around and in the mood for making music.

 

 

 

The final picture is of a woman not looking directly a the camera lens. I think she is consciously doing that to show off her wild but very professional makeup. Perhaps she is a makeup artist looking to get hired by models or photographers. She is probably one of those people who actually use Facebook to further themselves in their career. Or I could be totally wrong and she is just a woman who enjoys doing crazy makeup because everyday at her 9 to 5 job she has to keep things proper and simple.