Weekly Summary: Week One

The first week of classes is always an interesting one, filled with more chaos then expected while adjusting to new classes and routine. I learned that I’ll really need to focus on time-management this semester, especially to keep up with the fast-moving nature of a course like this!

Most of my time for the class was spent creating social media accounts, and introducing myself on each of the platforms, including this blog, YouTube, Soundcloud, Instagram, and Twitter. Luckily, step one of creating this blog was easier for me, since I’d already registered this domain for a previous class, the FSEM History of Genocides. It was really easier than I thought it would be to add a subdomain for this class with the tutorial given. The social media accounts proved more time-consuming and difficult than expected, however, since I’m not used to the idea of using them (nor of hearing my own voice in a YouTube video). Instagram in particular proved difficult for me because it initially thought the account I created was a spam account, and blocked me from posting, which wasn’t the greatest confidence boost in my social media abilities. I did manage to finally fix the issue and have Instagram believe I’m a real person, though. Phew. You can see these social media introductions below:

Social Media Extravaganza

The next assignment was to comment on our theme this semester in our first real reflective blog post. I really enjoyed writing this one and I think that leads me to believe I’ll really enjoy writing more for this blog in the future! I have little experience in blogging, so it’s nice to learn that it might be something I do enjoy. To see my thoughts on our theme this semester, which this blog will heavily feature, check out the post below:

A Semester of Legends

 

A Semester of Legends

Personally, I’m very excited for the theme of ds106 to be focused on myths, legends, and folklore this semester. I’ve always enjoyed stories that involve some sort of fantasy or suspension of belief over ones that are more realistic. I think there is a certain joy to be found in being taken out of reality, and these stories can often reflect a lot of the real world in fantastical ways, especially in the case of legends that are be believed to be true.

I can understand the idea that all stories could be thought of as the same, as the structure of them is often similar. This isn’t necessarily a negative in my opinion, since the plot structure of adapting to change is something people can resonate with, and often aspire to do in life. So, stories like these are inspiring and reflect people’s lives, and just because they are similar doesn’t make them stories that aren’t worthwhile. On the flip side, I believe that thinking all stories are the same is definitely an over-generalization because so many stories break from this formula in small ways that make them more interesting, and other stories break from a typical plot structure entirely to create something new and original.

Most of my experience with this theme are through TV shows and movies, such as Supernatural and Once Upon a Time. Additionally, I’ve always particularly enjoyed the Grimm Fairy Tales, ever since I read some of those stories in a German class in their original form. For this class, I hope we get to interact with these various types of media, and I’m excited to learn about new myths and legends. I think I’d particularly enjoy getting to read or watch some of these complex stories, and discovering ways to comment on them through various media. As for ideas on what we could include in the class, I’m a huge fan of writing stories; something I’d love is the chance for us to write a story of our own, whether that be a continuation of some existing story, something inspired by an existing story, or something original.

I can’t wait to see what legends await us!

Social Media Extravaganza

Hello fellow Digital Storytelling students and welcome to my various social media accounts! I’m Jessica, a senior with a double major in Math and Computer Science. And while I have experience in coding, it was more difficult than I imagined getting all of these set up, as I don’t have much experience with social media. I hope the quality of these posts will improve throughout the semester and I’m excited to see what we’ll all be coming up with as the weeks progress.