These last few weeks we’ve had multiple days where we discuss readings in class. These reading’s and in-class discussions have played a good sized role in picking my topic and fully understanding project 2. The topic that I chose for my project, is the iPhone X, and how its sales are going to compare to the iPhone’s that have been released in the past. Many people are predicting that with the increased price and lack of home button, that it’s going to end up being a failure. I’m predicting that while sales may be low at first, in the end they’re going to end up catching up to the rest of the iPhone’s released, simply because it’s the “new iPhone.” In class last week, we read an article titled “Digital Outragicity” by Jeff Rice, which talked about how the internet can take a piece of media and completely turn it into something that sparks outrage. After discussing this article in class, I was able to get a better understanding of how some people view and receive media online. While this doesn’t necessarily directly relate to my topic that I chose for project 2, I will still keep it in mind for when I’m completing assignments for this class. Overall, these in-class discussions that we have had in the past have been beneficial to me, and I hope that we continue having them.
Coming into DTC this year, I already knew that technology has started to play a really big role in how we receive and process our literacy, but I didn’t know just how big it has started to become. My first year of high school I went to a public school, where the school curriculum was just like any other public school. Once I moved to Yakima and started attending private school however, all the students in this school were assigned their own personal iPad to use on a daily basis for classes. This completely changed the way I learned and processed literacy simply because of the way I was able to read it. Relating this back to “Composition in a New Key” by Kathleen Yancey, Yancey writes about how our interpretation of literacy is changing/has changed because of digital media. “Writing IS words on paper, composed on the page with a pen or pencil by students who write words on paper, yes – but who also compose words and images and create audio files on blogs in word processors.” Yancey has good points here when she discuses this, because this is what literacy is becoming. No longer is it just considered words on a paper, but it also applies to other forms of multimedia literacy such as videos, pictures, gifs, etc. Considering this article was written in 2004, it has served it’s purpose because it has shown how literacy has even changed since then. While both good and bad things have come out of this new style of literacy, an example of something good is content curation. In that past, content curation has always been present, it just hasn’t been as easily accomplished as it can be now. According to Margot Bloomstein in “Breaking Down the Steps to Content Curation,” gathering multiple opinions from many people on a topic has never been easier. As a content curator, their job is to organize information and combine it in a way that is easier for the reader to process. This shift in literacy to me is a good thing. I’ve never been a big fan of reading physical text, and while sometimes it’s a good way to gather information, 95% of the time that same source is somewhere online, most likely in an easier format to process than just straight text. Whether its a video, picture, text, or a combination of all three, there’s many new ways to process literacy.
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The platform that I have chosen for my project is Adobe Spark. Having used some of the Adobe Suite programs in the past, I’m already confident using Spark because of how intuitive it’s been in the past to learn an Adobe product. Adobe Spark most closely resembles Microsoft PowerPoint, but takes a new approach by providing more presets, rather than starting from scratch with PowerPoint. Because of this, Adobe Spark makes it significantly easier to create a “good” looking presentation with a lot less effort. After playing around with Spark for only a handful of minutes, I was already able to create a presentation that made it look like I was already proficient with the platform. Since all of my five literacy moments fall around the idea of learning and using new technology, I wanted to stick to something that would allow me to create a presentation, but add in my own pictures and videos when I deemed necessary. To create a presentation with Adobe Spark, you simply start by creating a blank presentation, and fill in from there. The user is given a presentation template to start and work with, and depending what pictures, videos, and other multimedia components they decide to add is up to them. The only cons to this approach is that I could see Spark being somewhat restricting when it comes to really getting creative. I don’t see this as a problem for me, simply because currently I don’t see myself as the kind of person who would be restricted with Adobe Spark. Overall, I’m really excited with choosing Adobe Spark as my platform. I have confidence that my work will be received well by my peers because of the information I will able to incorporate into my presentation, and the platform that I will be using to present all of my information.
Citation: Cattell, Aubrey. “Spark Post.” Abobe Spark, 19, May, 2016.