Matt Gilbert 2013-12-15 11:14:46

For our last unit project, we are asked to complete a “scholarly web text.” I was eager to complete mine through a compilation of Vine videos. After experimenting with this process, I quickly realized that the project was not going to turn out like I had expected it. As a result, I had to quickly devise a new plan. I had seen a few presentations through Prezi, and I became very interested in that concept (as I had never worked with Prezi before). Since my topic centers around the power of the Internet and the invasion of privacy of its users, I feel as though this will fall into place nicely. It is currently underway, and I am excited to see the end result.

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Matt Gilbert 2013-12-09 21:37:11

I remember a time where I was completely “lame”, for lack of a better term, and felt like I could not go more than an hour without Facebook; now I can’t wait to delete it after graduation. Will Facebook suffer the same fate as MySpace? I would say it’s very likely. Even Twitter is showing some early signs of dying sometime in the future. The problem with our society is that we tend to become obsessed with the new popular fad. But we then become bored and lose interest, that once “new fad” becomes old, unpopular and eventually extinct. So before we believe that it is here to stay, we must take social media one day at a time.

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Matt Gilbert 2013-12-09 21:35:30

Is the act of handwriting becoming extinct? If so, we should not let that happenIn my personal experiences, I have found that I receive a better grade on a paper or written project if I handwrite my drafts. Of course, sometimes I get lazy, and I know that I can type faster than I can write. As a result, my grade is usually not as strong. I was a bit shocked and worried that there is even a possibility of handwriting becoming extinct. By not allowing this tool to go to waste, society can continue to thrive. As technology continues to advance, humans will be forced to think more creatively and intuitively than ever before. Wouldn’t the extinction of handwriting be a disservice to the human brain and our future generations? The fact that this is even a relevant topic, shows the progression of technology. That alone should grab the interest of the reader and be included in the manifesto itself.

 

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Matt Gilbert 2013-12-09 21:33:11

Everyone ought to limit his/her dependency on cellular devices. This statement is rather self-explanatory, but people are becoming so dependent of mobile devices, that it is becoming nothing more than an extended body part really. At all times of the day now, we see individuals using cell phones for various “dumb” reasons. Texting and driving is on the rise despite new laws; yet we still continue to do it. Avoiding awkward situations has now become rather simple; pull out the cell phone and act like you’re checking your email, texting someone, browsing social media, etc. etc. Unfortunately, society as a whole will be unable to fully limit the dependency on cellular devices; it is virtually impossible as it is too late for most of us. But the few individuals who decide to make a change, may bring this topic to light; it could make for one less texting-while-driving fatality or even make a person stronger.

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Matt Gilbert 2013-12-09 21:30:03

I am currently working on my last unit project for writing and digital media. Originally, my topic and argument was that we ought to begin respecting the power of the Internet. After realizing the topic was much too broad, I have decided to dig deeper. Thus, I will outline how the Internet has become so powerful that it is beginning to invade our privacy. Because the evolution of technology is inevitable, we must come up with strategies to protect ourselves, regarding our privacy. If we have strong concerns now, what will it be like in 10, 20, 30 years from now? We must act today.

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Matt Gilbert 2013-10-01 23:43:50

After watching my video on the class YouTube page, I am pleased with the way it turned out. I didn’t include music, because I feel like it was inappropriate for what I was trying to do. My video was on the shorter side (2:15), but I believed it conveyed the message that I had intended. My audio synched up with my pictures nicely, and everything turned out as planned. I was also very impressed with all of my classmates’ videos as well. I believe we did very well as a class.

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Matt Gilbert 2013-10-01 23:36:25

I had a few technical difficulties on finishing the digital narrative video. At first, I recorded the audio using a the simple microphone on my computer. I thought everything in the room was quiet, but it turned out that there was still some background noise. I realized I needed to go to innovation space and make a recording. The sound turned out great finally, and I was able to put the finishing touches on the project. However, the internet was very slow and as a result, took me a few hours to have everything uploaded online.

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Matt Gilbert 2013-09-18 00:38:27

I have a rough draft of my PowerPoint for my digital narrative. I have never made a PowerPoint of this level, and I have hit a few technical roadblocks. Hopefully, everything will be figured out soon, and I can put the finishing touches on it next week.

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Matt Gilbert 2013-09-18 00:27:38

I am currently taking a class called “Living Through Technology.” Most of our classes are discussion-based, and recently we have been talking about whether technology is beneficial or detrimental to the human race. I think this is interesting, because it ties in with Writing and Digital Media. What we often forget is that technology does not always mean a laptop or an iPhone. Technology can be as simple as fire or a wheel. So, certain technologies are necessary for our growth as humanity. Some technologies can be argued that it is both detrimental AND beneficial to the human race depending on alternating opinions. Whatever we may believe, one thing for sure, is that technology is constantly evolving. Our classroom technologies today may be outdated in only a few years. Time will tell all.

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Matt Gilbert 2013-09-04 15:54:56

After reading pages 1-38 of Jody Shipka’s “Toward a Composition Made Whole”, I stumbled upon a portion of the text in which the headline read “On the Problem of Freshman English.” While I agree with much of what the text said, I believe I had the privilege of getting much more out of my Freshman english class here at Virginia Tech. Many of our paper topics were on whatever we wished to write about, something I was not used to after graduated high school. This allowed my mind to be as creative as possible. It was an easy A for me, because I was passionate about my composition topics. If more universities (and professors) would adopt this style, students would become more passionate about their writing assignments. As a result, we would move farther away from this apparent “problem” that exists in Freshman English, and it will carry on throughout our college careers.

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