Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Media Class So Far

This class is like none i've ever taken before and I must say that when i signed up for it i didn't know what to expect.The moment i looked at the blackboard page the first day i knew it was going to be either one of three things..1) it was going to be complicated and i would have a tough time keeping up because i'm no computer wiz..2) it would be boring because it would lose interest in all the computer talk OR 3) it wasn't going to be either of the first two things i mentioned and that it would be interesting.
Well so far it has been more of the number three experience. There have been moments where i spaced out on a topic here or there but i really like this class. It sheds light on things in new media that people take for granted, things that are right in front of us that we don't usually realize and things that we just didn't know or didn't think were possible. For instance the very social networking sites that a lot of us use only recreationally can be used to find us jobs.
If someone asked me about this class, I would say if you are not that interested in new media and is not a big fan of the social networking sites then you may find this class to be a drag. However if there is one spark of interest in you about new media then take the class it would definitely open up your eyes to a whole new world. (a bit of pun intended in reference to second life...sry if its not all that funny to you the reader it seemed so funny in my head haha)

Our Class Wiki So Far

I have a new found respect for wikipedia because now i have a bit of an idea as to how a wiki works.It is an overall nice experience to have but it is very difficult maintaining the class wiki. Often i get lost clicking through the different sections, sometimes im on the page and i read other peoples contributions then after a couple failed attempts to add to it i remember that i have to log in first (haha feel like a dork for that one). I've added aritcles and descriptions of the articles to the music section in the task assignment area and i've also added a paragraph or two to other people's section. Working in the task assignment area of the wiki actually helped me with my presentation because i saw a few articles that make me think about different aspect of my presentation on new media and its affect on music. I sometimes feel like i don't know what i should be doing when the funny thing is prof. friedman always says there is a lot to do on the wiki, i just never know where to begin then i start clicking a bunch of links then guess what...i'm lost again (haha). It's kind of too late in the game now for could've would've should'ves but when it comes to working on the class wiki throughout the semester BUT i think since i figured out how to operate in a couple areas of the wiki i'll just stick to those areas until assigned other wise.