Archive for October, 2011

Advertising Group Project

Friday, October 28th, 2011

It was interesting this week not only being a presenter but also doing the advertisement project.  I know I  was terrified to be presenting or leading the discussion this week.  However I thought this was an interesting topic of Hackers and Hacking culture.  I was really fortunate to have such great group members as I did.  However with the advertisement project I was surprised to find that while it was hard it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was.  Anthony deserves a big round of applause for his work.  Me and him spent many nights up trading back and forth ideas for the poster.  Ken also did amazing work with the pictures and the slogan.  And Claire was awesome in the research.  I did research and helped out on the research and slogan.  It was interesting looking through the pages of Life Magazine.  There were a lot of odd slogans and advertisements.  There were more half naked women in those ads than I thought.  However looking through the ads helped me and Anthony to design the one that we came up with.  It was something we all in the group noticed in the ads being more of a either  a slogan or a paragraph of text.  We figured that we should go with a paragraph of text at the bottom for sure.

Discussion Week

Friday, October 21st, 2011

After all this talk of the Internet and various other things to do with the internet.  I found myself wondering what would the average college student do without the internet?  (The tragedy right?  We might actually have to enter the library once during our careers as undergrads)  Then it really hit home this week about the second Internet that was brought up last week (I believe).  The more secure internet driven for those in command who needed secrecy like that.  With the whole Gaddafi incident I wondered what would be the ramifications of a second Internet?  Would the common Americans feel as though this was another way for the government to hide things from them. I am an American who believes discloser to be a one sided affair with a semblance to a magic act.  Its all about how good the con artist truly is.  However with the video surfacing of Gaddafi being murdered by what looks to be a mob, I wondered how essential is our cell phones and their connection to the internet (and how brutal as a society that we can watch a video of Gaddafi sobbing for his life while he is beaten and then killed without blinking). Which then lead me to wondering in amazement at how far we have come since the advent of cells phone into the smartphone power houses we have now.

Also our print ad seems to be going really well.  There was a sense of community as we came together to do it.  Everyone got a say and a voice and we tried many different things.  I have to thank Anthony for his amazing work on our project.  It really came together well.  Now what we have to do is our sources and citations and we are good.  I really thought our group did well on this stressful project hahaha.

Codetalking and the Engima Machine

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

This week was interesting.  I like how we discussed the realities of the Native peoples and their call to service.  It was an interesting development between that and culture.  When you think back on American history you would rightly consider the hard feelings and the massive distrust between those of the native peoples and the government.   How hard must it have been to serve the government that had lied and taken everything from your peoples?  I certainly couldn’t have done it.

The Enigma exercise was certainly interesting.  It gave a true sense to what these people, code crackers, certainly faced.  Even if it was on a small scale it was truely hard.  I can only imagine with the system and machine they had how long and painstaking the process was.  All in all, great week. And to learn that they are thinking of creating another version of the internet.  Man.  That’s really cool.

Also my group met in class and we discussed kind of what we wanted to do during our meeting coming up soon.  Since I will  be unable to meet with them this time, we were able to throw out ideas and things that we wanted to highlight in this session.  A lot of good ideas were being thrown around and I look forward to hearing what they group has discussed.


Sunday, October 9th, 2011

This week has certainly been something else.  My parents went out of town and I thought my house was being broken into.  Turns out it was an animal outside.  Gah stopped my heart for a minute.  Of course the only thing I had to help in my defense was a book.  Lame.  Anyways, I was thinking about the advertisement conversation we had this week.  The cultural ramifications of advertisement are amazing.  If you look into Japanese anime, you distinctly see a vast majority of individuals that don’t look Japanese but if you ask any Japanese person they will claim that it is, just an over fabricated individual.  However advertisements on a smaller scale could be classified as anything.  In our relationships, especially more with parent to child you can see subtle advertisements that not only link our relationships, but our emotions as well.  This can be why advertisements have stories.  It is a way that we can recognize with not only a company but also subtly link this to our daily lives.  In that way advertisement could be considered subtle brainwashing.