New Media Unrest

The questions that I have raised over the past quarter have been majority around how these newly emerging digital media projects are effective in creating social change. My inquiry stems not from pessimism but rather my desire to understand the recipe for driving real change through project curation and communications, especially when metrics around social […]

Week 6: Adam King

I’ve been thinking a lot about this notion of keeping things grounded in the “real”, and how it relates to the manipulation of documentary film that some of us have been discussing in our MMJ Foundations class. A good degree of the controversies brought up in some doc films is how they manipulate chronological order […]

Week 6 Brett Harmon: Response to Websites

I am truly taken aback by the websites that we had to look at this week. The amount of work and dedication that must go into their creation and upkeep must be a huge undertaking. But beyond that, they truly have the ability to pull you in to look at everything that they have to […]

Week 6- Helen De Michiel – Keeping Up Your Momentum

(For the record, the Week 6 Private Post is cancelled. The points will be added into the Final Reflection piece)

I am really excited by this Week 6 web projects (see Week 6 – course assignments page). Each site is dense with meaning and new design forms. Triangle Fire: How can we design history in […]

Week 4: Emily Priebe

To me, this week’s viewings were all about challenging culturally accepted norms, reconstructing them in a way that contests how our society has traditionally represented some of those standards and practices.

Stephanie Rothenberg’s work, Invisible Threads, challenges our perceptions of labor and production by operating a sweatshop making jeans in Second Life. This work presents […]

Week 4: A Cinema of Liberation (Eckerson)

First off: I’d like to thank everyone for their comments and posts this week, as I sincerely enjoyed the deeper questions provoked by this weeks readings and viewings, namely, what is the nature and purpose of activist art, and the efficacy of it for effecting social change. Gere’s overview of the advance of digital art […]

Week 4: Lindsey Newkirk, Avant-garde for the masses?

In my continued curiosity in activism art and art for social change is its effectiveness to create social change. What I thought powerful about the digital storytelling organizations such as Scribe, Mapping Memories and Center for Digital Storytelling is that they all maintained a commonality in providing a framework that the art present an issue […]

Week 4: Scott Anderson

Participatory media — particularly in the art/social cause world — is something I’d never really delved into before this class, so it’s interesting to see not only what artists do, but how they do it.

One site that Brooke Singer was involved with that interested me was SWIPE. It interested me because, when I first […]

Week 4 – Kevin Gaboury

The examples of digital art we looked at this week range from the abstract to meaningful, socially conscious to bizarre, and just about everywhere in between. With the help of new participatory media platforms, artists Stephanie Rothenberg and Brooke Singer confront familiar issues that aren’t going away anytime soon. Globalization, corporate greed, outsourced labor, urbanization […]

Week 3 – De Lyser

With the exception of The Interview Project, I was not as engaged by the digital media I reviewed this week as I was in weeks past. In some cases it was the content. In others it was the production.

I read the mission statement and the guiding principles section of The Mapping Memories project before […]