Final Project: Final Post

 

Early Forms of Communication

The first assignment we received this semester was to convey some sort of message through an early form of communication.  My group chose to use Native American symbols, from the Sioux tribe, to tell the story of our class. Each table in the classroom was assigned an animal to represent them in our project.  We decided to present the message on our version of an animal skin.  We glued many sheets of construction paper together and cut it into a shape similar to an animal hide. Each color we used has meaning. The background color of our ‘animal hide’ is yellow, which represents new beginnings. The outer symbols are painted in white to represent wisdom, as they represent the characteristics of the Thunderbird Nation and need to be exercised with wisdom. The inner symbols are painted in red because it represents summer and a time with no shadows, or that has clarity, as we are growing in our learning in this class together. All 5 tribes (there were 6, but one was killed) are united under the Thunderbird (McClurken). Our tribes are united in friendship as we work to weave the fabric of life together (which is knowledge). We must be wise as we do so, and that will give us bright prospects for the future.  We felt it was important to convey a message that had meaning similar to how the Native Americans would have used the symbols as everything had meaning. In the end, our class did not understand the entire meaning of the symbols, which shows that communicating with early forms of communication is difficult if you do not have background information to help.  You could end up coming up with a completely different understanding than what the original author intended.

Info Age Animal Skin

 

Radio Broadcast

The second project we were tasked with completing was Creating a radio broadcast of an event.  My group chose to do a radio broadcast themed after the “War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles.  Our broadcast begins with the song “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Suede playing. It then moves into me and Jess talking about how a city has disappeared.  We end up taking phone calls into our ‘studio’.  We eye witness accounts and the opinions that the other characters express get more and more ridiculous as time goes on. Our group used the program Audacity to create the recording and edit the music and the sound effects into the clip.  Our project showed, one of the strengths of radio, access.  In today’s world, almost anyone can have access to the radio. Radio can help spread information and it can be used to entertain.  Also the use of the internet and phones allow people to spread both their thoughts and opinions, because many radio stations now have websites that they allow people to post on, as well as allowing listeners to call the station and speak on the air (the callers in our recording).

 

Live Tweeting a Historical Event

The third project our class completed this semester was to live tweet a historical event as if you were there. I chose to live tweet the assassination of Julius Caesar. I chose to do the assassination of Julius Caesar.  I chose this event because I really wanted to use #weshouldtotallyjuststabcaesar. I did so successfully.  I also thought this event would be a good idea to do, because I wouldn’t feel bad about making it funny. A lot of planning went into this project as I really had to think about what people could have said during this event.  I made the event seem sort of silly, if the event had truly been live tweeted, it would not have been silly.  In fact it may not have been tweeted about until after and those who participated in the actual assassination certainly would not have tweeted during the event like I did. Twitter and other social media is very important today.  We have seen the use of twitter become so important in the last few months in relation to everything that has happened in Ferguson. Much of the information that we received about the situation, especially after the first few days was posted to twitter and other social media sites.

My Timeline of Tweets

 

Propaganda Campaign

The propaganda project was probably the biggest project we did this semester.  For this project we supposed to create propaganda campaign.  My group chose to base our campaign on the regime in control in the movie “Equilibrium”.  The movie is set in a futuristic society (it takes place in 2072) named Libria, where citizens take a drug called Prozium to suppress their emotions and foster obedience to the totalitarian regime. The regime incinerates contraband items that have the potential to stimulate emotion such as music, art, and literature. Citizens who possess contraband and do not take Prozium are known as Sense Offenders. The law enforcement, called the Grammaton Clerics, destroy contraband and execute Sense Offenders. We included a video in our project as well as posters that express the views of the regime.  We had make a lot of decisions when putting together the video and the posters.  The video is silent because in the world of “Equilibrium” art is banned, music falls into this category.  The use of dark images helps to convey the dangers of emotions to the people who would watch this.  We used quotes and screen caps from the movie to make the video with the regime that was in place. The posters center around making sure that each person is a good citizen and does not become influenced by art, whether that be music or books.  There are also posters directed more towards children telling them that they should make sure to say something to someone if they see a person displaying emotions.

 

Info Age Week 13 Post

This week in class, we were visited by Audrey Watters, an educational writer. We talked to her about her book and her experiences with writing and technology.  For the activity for Tuesday we were each assigned a search engine to use.  Then every group was given questions to answer about women who disguised themselves as men during the civil war,  My group was assigned the journal archive JSTOR.  One thing I learned about this, was that in order to really find something useful in JSTOR, you need specifics to search for.  It took us a while to find information that answered out questions.

On Thursday we talked about the problems and advantages of crowdsourcing.  To begin this day, we went to OpenIDEO.com and looked into one of the projects that they have running currently.  The project we focused on was the Five to Zero Challenge.  This project’s focus was to try to help parents in low-income areas around the world, ensure the survival of their children through the first five years of their lives. We were then tasked with coming up with ideas to add to the project. My group did not come up with anything significant as we wanted to focus on the education of the parents.  The ideas that we came up with had been done in multiple different forms previously. In relation to crowdsourcing, we discussed the good thinsg about crowdsourcing. One of these is the fact that you can get a lot of different perspectives on a subject. One of the bad things that we discussed, over and over again, was that even though helpful responses are given, you also often times will receive deliberately unhelpful or even hurtful responses.

History of the Information Age – Live Tweeting History: The Assassination of Julius Caesar

 

This project, tasked us to choose an event in history and live tweet it, like we were present.  I chose to do the assassination of Julius Caesar.  I chose this event because I really wanted to use #weshouldtotallyjuststabcaesar. I did so successfully.  I also thought this event would be a good idea to do, because I wouldn’t feel bad about making it funny.

On March 15th, 44 B.C.E. Julius Caesar joined senators in a meeting connected to the Theater of Pompey in Rome. The plan that the group of conspirators laid at was as follows:Tillius Cimber would go to Caesar to petition for his brother’s return from exile; Tillius would then give the signal for the others to rush Caesar and attack.  The plan was successful in that they not only accomplished their goal of getting rid of Caesar, but they did so without resistance from other senators present at that moment. After the deed was done, the senator who were not involved in the conspiracy fled from the hall.  The conspirators followed leisurely after them celebrating with pride over what they had done. Eventually, the conspirators along with others gathered in the forum so that the conspirators could explain their reasons for their actions.  After speaking in the forum, the conspirators, their supporters, and armed guards all went to the Capitoline to make sacrifices and celebrate until the next day, where they would be met with many unhappy people.

My ‘live tweeting’ of this event probably would not have happened this way if Caesar and the others had had access to this technology.  Brutus and the other conspirators more than likely would not have started tweeting about the event, like I did, until it was over.  They would have more than likely tweeted after the assassination because they were in fact proud of what they had done.  Most historians write that they assassinated Cesar because they wanted to save Rome by restoring republican liberties. This is also the explanations that the conspirators give for their actions.

 

If there is one thing I learned from this project, it is that no matter how many times I read over something that I have written, I will ALWAYS miss at least one mistake that I made. Sigh, I’m pretty sure that this is the reason that I don’t tweet very often.

Sources for the project:

Parenti, Michael. The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome. New York: The New Press, 2003.

Freeman, Philip. Julius Caesar. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2008.

Woolf, Greg. ET TU BRUTE?: The Murder of Caesar and Political Assassination. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Info Age Blog Post – Week 7

This past week in class we talked about the first computers.  This led to a conversation about the role of women in using the technology of these computers.  We discussed why women were left about of the history of the technology that went into use.  On Thursday we discussed the future of technology. Each group came up with a couple of new things that they thought would be cool or helpful to have.  We concluded how most of the ideas each group came up with seemed to have been influenced by sci-fi movies or books.

I have begun my research for our ‘Live Tweeting a Historical Event’ project.  I have chosen to do the assassination of Julius Caesar.  There is not really a specific reason for choosing this topic, besides the fact that I could not really thing of anything that I wouldn’t feel bad about making funny.  I also just really wanted use #weshouldtotallyjuststabcaesar. Mean Girls is very influential.

Info Age: As We may Think

For class today, we were supposed to read “As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush. In this article Bush talks about the future of technology and where he thinks that it will go from, 1945 when he wrote the article. We were tasked with coming up with some future forms of technology.  Here are some of the things that we came up with:

Auto-piloted cars

A laptop with a built in projector

Particle transporter – the machine from Willy Wonka – Which could be a precursor to teleportation

Note: We were having a lot of trouble with this assignment.

 

 

History of the Information Age Project # 2

This time around, we were asked to create a radio broadcast of some sort. It could be about a historical event, or a made up event.  My group chose to do a radio broadcast about a made up event.  It took us a few hours to write up a script.  We went sort in the direction of the famous War of the Worlds broadcast, using it as a reference.  We talk about the destruction of multiple cities along the east coast of the U.S.  As well as have “callers” talking about the things they saw and/or theories they have about what happened.  This project was very interesting as I can only imagine what other people thought as they heard us discussing it and recording it.  Our broadcast incorporates different voices, along with short music clips and sound effects to tell the story.  We ended up using the audio editor Audacity in order to record and edit.

We used sound clips from youtube, as well as other sources of information.

Audio Productions. “White Noise Sound Effect.” YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3FtM9M94SI (accessed September 26, 2014).

 

Blue Swede. “Hooked on a  Feeling.” YouTube. 1974.         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m86nMHfvl7s (accessed September 26, 2014).

 

Cavendish, Richard. “Oct 30, 1938: Martians Invade New Jersey.” History Today, 58 (October 2008): 13. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=14&sid=558735b3-c34a-4bd7-874e-25fde5ea4c38%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=ofm&AN=504198075 (accessed September 29, 2014).

 

Chiaroscuro, Aural. “The Emergency Radio Broadcast in Orson Welles’s ‘The War of the Worlds.’” English Language Notes, 46 (2008): 193-197. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=4&sid=558735b3-c34a-4bd7-874e-25fde5ea4c38%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=34045597 (accessed September 29, 2014).

 

Hayes, Joy Elizabeth and Kathleen Battles. “Exchange and Interconnection in US Network Radio: A Reinterpretation of the 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast.” Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 9 (2011): 51-62. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=558735b3-c34a-4bd7-874e-25fde5ea4c38%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=ofm&AN=82571430 (accessed September 29, 2014).

 

“O Canada.”YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwDvF0NtgdU (accessed September 26, 2014).

 

“The Purge Emergency Broadcasting System.” YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7GMcgL2nro (accessed September 26, 2014).
R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine).” YouTube. 1987. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIdPPVkkHYs (accessed September 26, 2014).

Information Age Project #1

For our first project in this class we were tasked to convey some sort of message using an early form of communication. My group chose to use Native American symbols to tell a story about our class. Here is a brief explanation of our project:

The background color of our ‘animal hide’ is yellow, which represents new beginnings. The outer symbols are painted in white to represent wisdom, as they represent the characteristics of the Thunderbird Nation and need to be exercised with wisdom. The inner symbols are painted in red because it represents summer and a time with no shadows, or that has clarity, as we are growing in our learning in this class together. All 5 tribes (there were 6, but one was killed) are united under the Thunderbird (McClurken). Our tribes are united in friendship as we work to weave the fabric of life together (which is knowledge). We must be wise as we do so, and that will give us bright prospects for the future. Our symbols were taken from the Sioux tribe.

Here is a link to a picture of our ‘animal skin’.

Information Age Blog Post # 2

On Tuesday in class we learned about a few more resources we would could use during this semester to help with the projects that we could do.  As for the assignments that I want to do over the course of this semester, three things come to mind. The first is the ‘cave paintings’.  this project in my mind does not really involve the use of the technologies, but i think it would be a lot of fun. The second assignment I think would be interesting to do would be to live tweet a historical event.  We could use either the knight lab timeline program we were shown or the Knight lab map program to plot out the tweets as both would help to show how an event happened in a way that the original people involved would not have been able to show. The last project we could do would be to make some sort of documentary or propaganda film and then use Known so to post them to the web in order to put our work out into the community.

History of the Information Age Intro Blog Post

I decided to take the History of the Information Age class as it seemed to be one of the more interesting classes offered this semester.  I was not entirely sure what to expect before I looked at the syllabus because I know very few details about the technology of the past. I thought it would be interesting to gain a better understanding of the technologies that I have only a vague notion of.

Social Media is probably one the topics that I most want to explore in this class.  I know of many different social media sites in use now.  I think it would be interesting to take a closer look about how social media has changed the way that we interact was people. Another topic I think would be interesting is early computers.  My dad used to tell me about working on computers while he was in the Navy. The fact that computers used to ridiculously large is interesting to me as the only computers I have seen in person have been much smaller. I think it would be fun to do some sort of video project no matter what the topic is. I don’t really know what i want to learn about past this, anything would be interesting.

 

Motives of Spanish Inquisition Inquisitors: Religious or Political?

During my time in the class History 298 I did research on the Spanish Inquisition. Below, I have a picture relating to this topic, an abstract that is a review of my paper, and a copy of my final paper.

One of the names that many people know in relation to the Spanish Inquisition is Tomás de Torquemada. He is important as he was one of the first Inquisitors that presided over the Spanish Inquisition. He is also one of the religious leaders to thought that the threat of the Conversos was real.

Torquemada

This photo is courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Abstract

The Spanish Inquisition at its start fulfilled a more politically based agenda as they targeted Conversos for the crown, but after the first forty years the Inquisitors moved on to other groups of people, as well as employed tactics that would have been helpful to Christians who wanted to stay within the church which shows a move to a more religiously motivated inquisition. Primary sources that are helpful with this topic include trial records, chronicles of happenings, and parts of instruction manuals. Deciding whether or not the Inquisition was politically or religiously motivated is important because historians have yet to decide for sure one way or the other.

Here is a copy of my final paper.

298 Final Paper

 

Gwendolynn Buyze

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