Memes scheme.

Memes are definitely part of fan-culture in the society that we live in today. As mentioned in class, culture comes from the word “cultivate.” And the apparent behavior that is shown through social media, society is cultivating a group of its own through memes. It starts with one idea and blows up as others utilize that idea to spread over the web. Ang’s paradigms of “media in everyday life” relates to memes in such a way how “the media are an integral part of the routines and rituals of every life… it is constantly interrelated with other activities, such as talking or doing housework” (Ang, p. 217). Once you are introduced to memes and get the concept of each one, you’ll realize that they can be incorporated with any situation in our lives. Everyone responds differently to certain memes; depending on what goes on in each individual’s life, they will react accordingly.

The memes I chose were “Forever Alone”; “Oh Stop it, You”; and “…Said No One Ever.” These three memes are the ones my friends and I use the most so I thought it was interesting to choose from the vast pile. As we grow older and become busier with our lives, we don’t have much time to spend together; so if there’s an event that one of us wants to attend but no one else can make it, the “Forever Alone” meme would come up. When we compliment each other for doing something good, the “Oh Stop It, You” meme will be brought up. Lastly, sarcasm has always been a big part of my circle of friends. If someone says or does something that everyone thinks is lame, we’ll bring up the “…Said No One Ever” meme and start trolling them.

I believe that memes serve to re-instantiate and re-brand products as the general population of consumers can all apply these memes to their everyday lives and products. Memes could be incorporated to our final project by showing snapshots of them in between scenes, relating to the scenarios of each person geeking out on their hobbies.

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Geek It Out.

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song: http://ccmixter.org/files/beatgorilla/1099

movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZbEjjz4GL0

After a heavy discussion with my group (Super Nerds) on what a “geek” really is and what is means to be  “geek,” we came to a conclusion that it does not necessarily have to be the typical geek that the majority of society imagines in their heads – plaid shirt, pants with suspenders, big glasses, etc. Anyone with a strong passion for something could be considered a geek.

Because our class is all about things related to using the computer and things on the media, I chose an image of three pillows with references to the computer keyboard buttons (ctrl, alt, del) as my picture media. I thought it was pretty clever and if anyone is somewhat of a computer geek, which many of us are in this generation, those pillows (keys) put together shuts a program down or reboots a computer. It relates to our group because we are trying to shed another light on the term “geek” and avoiding the stereotypical idea of what society visions of a geek.

As for the song portion of the media, I chose ExtraVaGanzik (Hot Sax on The Beach Remix). The beginning of the song really reminded me of the Super Mario theme song and it brought back childhood memories where so many children were obsessed with their video games. The obsession with these games took our generation to a whole new level on creating more advanced game systems, creating a new society of video game geeks.

Lastly, the video I chose was a short YouTube video entitled “Geek Anthem.” In all honesty, I just searched the term “geek” into the YouTube section under Creative Commons Search Engine in hope of coming across something geek related. This video was the first thing listed so I checked it out and was pleasantly surprised. It was a perfect combination with the lyrics and incorporation of all the memes in the video, since our project has to do with memes as well.

All in all, the three pieces of media seem to be useful to my group’s project and I hope that by sharing these we could all get an even better idea for the final piece.

Following Society.

Harry Potter is and always will be a huge part of our generation. It was released during the epitome of our childhood (those in their early 20s right now) and whether you liked it or not, it was everywhere. In bookstores, libraries, movies, shopping malls, and grocery stores. Over the years, Internet has changed the way we consume media. These days, there are a lot more forums and blogs being made by students and young adults than there were a few years ago. Through these personally created sites, people share their thoughts, ideas, and opinions towards things, such as Harry Potter, creating an influence on others’ perceptions.

The balance of power between the fans and Warner Brothers is that one cannot exist without the other. Although Warner Brothers has an extremely strict policy when it comes to copyright, trademarks, and proprietary related issues, they need to loosen up a bit when people are just using Harry Potter’s name in the form on discussions. When the boycott of fans spread after Warner Brothers attempted to sue, they realized how important the fans were. That being said, fans are the ones who are the strong followers and the source of income for the company. Without the fans, Warner Brothers would not be able to make any profit.

I was never a die-hard fan for anything big so I’m not too familiar with how fan culture has evolved over the last three of four years. However, from an outsider’s point of view and from what I just see on the surface, fans seem to be more involved in whatever is in. For example, a few years ago, fans became fans because they, as individuals, found enjoyment and interest in something. However, nowadays, media plays a huge role in society where people are influenced and become interested in something because of what seems to be popular. Fashion also is a “scene” of this sort. A few years ago, people dressed the way they wanted to, and they still do today. But because media is a big part of society, being exposed to more fashion trends online creates an influence on society especially trendsetters and trend followers.

“We are Wizards” being all-relevant to Harry Potter was important to me. Although I wasn’t an extreme fan, I still enjoyed watching the movies and reading the books. Most importantly, as I mentioned earlier, it was a huge part of my childhood where our world was infested with Harry Potter, whether it was HP toys, food in the shape of HP characters, as well as HP clothes.

Google saves.

I was never a huge fan of group projects. In fact, I actually hated them and still do.  I never liked them because of all the complicated aspects that came with it: scheduling a time and place to meet, dealing with other people’s busy lives, and adjusting to everyone’s personal needs. Surprisingly, this time was a bit different, all thanks to Google.

I’ll admit prior to starting our group project, I was a bit iffy on working with others in general – mostly because I’m such an independent worker and like to get things done on my own. However, tables have definitely turned through this experience with Google. My two other group members were awesome in collaborating their thoughts and ideas as we each performed a different task to get things done.  It was quite a simple process with Google as it let us share documents and PowerPoints via Internet with other Gmail users, allowing others to edit and add onto them at any time of their convenience. This was probably my first time working in a group without having to get team members’ phone numbers. It was that simple. All we had to do was talk through the Google doc or on the side where there is a live chat box. That being said, there really wasn’t anything too complicated and inconvenient that happened during the process of working together.

Technology has made so many improvements over the past few years and helped us save so much time and money since we’re all summer commuters. Collaborating was made easy with Google and I was surprised as to how fast we got everything done. Although only the first task in completing our final project was completed, I’m not too worried about the next step. Everything else seems like it’ll only go uphill from where we are now and I’m looking forward to the final product in making our video for Rutgers Geek Week.

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Storyboard Collaborations.

Creating a Storyboard wasn’t half as bad as I thought it would be. When we were first shown the video on how to do it in class, I thought it was going to be one of the biggest and most frustrating challenges in this class, yet. However, after getting started with my group, it seemed pretty doable. I always psych myself out before starting projects and for some odd reason, put myself down into thinking that I’ll never be able to succeed in it. After a few seconds of loathing and worrying by myself, I got cracking and started brainstorming with my group. It was relieving to see that the other two had some awesome ideas and made me feel a lot better within minutes.

At first, we created a vision of focusing on different demographics within Rutgers University to spread the word of Geek Week. In this approach, we had a typical girly girl unaware that all of the gadgets she used were designed and created by geeks (i.e. iPhones, laptop, car). After realizing that that was not the approach our assignment was aiming for, we shifted over to a new idea: there is a geek within each one of us. Each one of us will play a character in his/her own geeky element at home to showcase our inner geek.

One element that I believe our group should eventually include is background music for our video from one of the geeky movies that will be mentioned in our Storyboard. It will complement the clip and make it more entertaining to watch as we are trying to grab people’s attention to come and join Geek Week. Our group’s ultimate vision of this project is to reach out and create a video that will appeal to all demographics in the university to make Geek Week a huge success.

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GarageBand x Podcast.

DIY mashup (Lights x Andy Grammer)

During these past few weeks, I’ve been trying a lot of different programs and platforms and I’m actually enjoying it more than I thought I would. To be honest, I thought I would struggle and lot and end up being extremely frustrated with my work, but it surprisingly turned out to be the complete opposite. Although I do still have trouble with some things here and there, I end up feeling content with what I made and only strive to do better in the future.

This was my first time using GarageBand and never in a million years did I think I would use this program – but I’m glad I learned how to use it. Like all new things, no one reaches perfection on the first try. And that certainly was not the case for me either. An obstacle I came across was making splits in the songs. After making my first split in song #1 and adjusting volumes using the crossfade technique into song #2, I realized I didn’t like the original split I made. I wanted to undo the split and create it elsewhere but I didn’t know how to undo the split. So I had to delete and redo it all over again as I recreated the split as well as redoing the crossfade. It was really tedious and frustrating at first, but I got over the annoyed stage as I got really into the program. I was being overly picky with the volume and where I wanted to split, along with recording my own voice.

The final piece of my podcast isn’t the best but I think it’s pretty good for my first one. I’m not fully satisfied with the splits I made but I had trouble getting the timing perfect. I could see myself or others using GarageBand and podcasting as voiceovers for videos. Maybe if someone were to create a how-to video, they could import the video recording onto iMovie and put the podcast as the background music – kind of like the DIY vlogs you see on YouTube where people incorporate videos of themselves along with music. Overall, I enjoyed using GarageBand and hope everyone enjoys my first ever podcast!

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Screencast struggles.

I always watch videos on YouTube of solo artists creating and publishing their own YouTube videos, but I never took into account of how difficult it would be. When I first started making my Screencast video, I thought I’d breeze through it with ample time at night to just relax and edit at my own free will. Boy, was I wrong. I struggled a lot with the frame of the video, first. I thought I had to keep the same size frame all throughout. I started recording and a few seconds into the recording, I saw that I could change the frame’s size. So I had to start all over again, which was a big pain. Another thing I had trouble with was matching the exact times so that I could truncate certain recordings to edit. It was definitely not easy. To me, it was one of those projects that I hate that I love to do. It’s annoying and tedious but at the same time, because your own ideas go into it, it’s bearable to get through.

This skill in using Screencast could be very using in the professional world. Once we start our careers whether it’s with business, education, etc. showing a video would be good to show to co-workers or students as you pitch certain ideas or lessons. Now that our society relies heavily on digital media, it is great to know how to make videos online. It could be easily shown to a huge audience so that you don’t have to repeat presentations multiple times.

Those who are trying to go into media production can value from this skill. Because its features are very basic, they will be easy to learn at a fast pace and a good place to start.