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Recently Noticed in Digital Culture

Here is where you will post the short description of something interesting you have recently noticed in Digital Culture. On Monday in class we will post to the blog. Please include the complete URL (http...) and tell us what you have noticed and credit your source. Thanks!

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Being anonymous in the digital world is the new "fad".
I love this whole idea it really makes the things people say mysterious.
Its kind of like if you didn't see my face behind it, would you have liked it on Facebook or are you just doing it to be my friend.
Its a very new and interesting way for me to look at it as a art student.

http://www.postsecret.com
http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2012/10/18/Whisper_app_allows_students_to_share_secrets.aspx

In today's Photography we have noticed a change in the way photos are taken. People have come up with ideas to animate exactly what they want to tell the environment that surrounds the subject or inventions like cinemagram where people do such creative photography by capturing special animated sections of a photo while the the other part of the photo remains still. The point here is to tell that photos are changing in this digital era from still to more featureless animated.

One thing I noticed about Digital Culture was that the cell phone has become almost attached to people because of their need for the device in their life. Even I have found that I rarely am apart from my cell phone. I feel this might become a problem for people in the future. It could be unhealthy to continue to use phones as much as we already do.

I have recently noticed a change in digital culture via website design/appeal. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is a great example of how web design has changed fluidly as well as more interactively. Motion graphics and a less strict side bar/header panel create a more pro-interactive experience. Moving backgrounds help the viewer maintain attention to the site, while the header provides a pull-down menu that’s much more static for the traditional minds. While keeping all of these attributes in play, the website also folds down with a fluid grid layout to match all screen sizes (such as an I-phone, I-mac, I-pad etc.). These are things that I have noticed that are changing regularly to most successful websites, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is just an example of such changes.

I've noticed that commercials, TV shows, etc. have been using "Dubstep" music a lot lately. "Dubstep" is a branch of techno music that has grown in popularity over the last couple years. So in my opinion, I believe that corporations think that it is cool and indie so they use it in their products that they want to appear that way.

I have noticed that in today’s society everyone has a digital camera. With this observation I have seen that more people claim to be photographers. As a photographer I have noticed that these people that claim to be photographers don’t know their camera or the settings. I have encountered this many of times now.


In the article I found, I think it kind of talked about how more people just have nice cameras even though they don’t know the settings too well.

I have noticed that in today’s society everyone has a digital camera. With this observation I have seen that more people claim to be photographers. As a photographer I have noticed that these people that claim to be photographers don’t know their camera or the settings. I have encountered this many of times now.

http://rising.blackstar.com/its-time-for-pro-photographers-and-hobbyists-to-call-a-truce.html


In this article I think it kind of talked about how more people just have nice cameras even though they don’t know the settings too well.

The thing that I have noticed recently in digital culture is the arguable proceedings of death of human-to-human, face-to-face, social interaction. I say this because of new-aged technology like ordering food and clothes right from your phone and computer. It completely takes away the interaction between persons during a transaction of goods.

http://www.pizzahut.com/

I have recently noticed a change in digital culture via website design/appeal. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is a great example of how web design has changed fluidly as well as more interactively. Motion graphics and a less strict side bar/header panel create a more pro-interactive experience. Moving backgrounds help the viewer maintain attention to the site, while the header provides a pull-down menu that’s much more static for the traditional minds. While keeping all of these attributes in play, the website also folds down with a fluid grid layout to match all screen sizes (such as an I-phone, I-mac, I-pad etc.). Many successful websites are now adapting to these changes, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts was a great example.

http://www.mfa.org/

There were a couple things I found interesting about the Digital Nation documentary. First of all what surprised me most was the people who multitask at high levels constantly were actually really bad at multitasking in general. I thought that in some way multitasking constantly would have had a positive effect on someone’s productivity but they proved that when we are multitasking were actually doing a bunch of segmented work. Another thing I found interesting is how technology is becoming something people can be addicted to and the negative health effects it can have. I never really wanted to admit to being addicted to technology myself, but the more I think about it the more it seems likely that I am.

One thing that I have really noticed in digital culture is how the design of technological devices has gotten simpler and simpler as they have gotten more complicated over time. Take for example, cell phones. My first cellphone was two different colors and had too many buttons to count. The only cool function it had besides calling and texting was its ability to take pictures. Now I have an Iphone and that is only one color, has one button and has too many functions to list off. It was mentioned in class that Steve Jobs was one of the forerunners who wanted to push the idea of simplistic design. I found this interesting article about Jobs and his background and his reasoning for simplicity when it comes to technological devices and his work with Apple.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/How-Steve-Jobs-Love-of-Simplicity-Fueled-A-Design-Revolution-166251016.html?c=y&page=1

What I’ve been noticing lately with technology is how Bluetooth devices when paired with a smartphone are able to do things that would previously take a profession or other expensive equipment. One prime example of this is the OBD II diagnostic Bluetooth connectors for cars. Instead of having a mechanic take a look at your car when you think something might be running odd you now just simply turn on this device and you can get a full diagnostics of your vehicle streamed straight to your smart phone. So with being able to do this for far cheaper than actually seeing a mechanic you save money while at the same time removing a job from the market.

http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-ELM-327-Diagnostics-Cable/dp/B004VXSH48/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

One thing that I noticed today in digital culture, more specifically in snowboard videography is the reintroduction of older style cameras like VHS, and Hi-8 video formats. These older cameras provide a unique look that can only truly be achieved using these cameras themselves as opposed to just adding a filter or overlay to HD footage.

Link: https://vimeo.com/57770953

http://www.pbs.org/arts/gallery/idea-channel-s1e4-instagram-photography/idea-channel-s1e4-instagram-photography/

A major trend in the digital world these days is Instagram. Go on Facebook, and you’ll see pictures of peoples’ food, faces, dogs, flowers – you name it – made to look vintage with cool, instant filters provided by the app. A lot of my friends think this is incredibly irritating, but, as a future art educator, I see this as a fun hook for my students when learning about digital photography. For example, I would encourage my students to use the filters, not just as a tool to make mediocre shots look pretty, but also as a tool to transform the mood of a certain place. I think Instagram is making more people think about and get excited about photography, and that makes my inner art teacher giddy.
Of course using Instagram would only be a precursor to using more professional digital cameras and editing software. On the website for which I provided a URL, the first comment beneath the video “Is Instagram Revolutionizing Photography?” reads, “Instagram is just another way to make crap look OK and take more away from the professional photographer who spent time working at his craft. [It’s] just a toy and another thing to waste time.” I strongly disagree. First of all, the professional photographer spent time working at his/her craft, and that is what gives him/her an advantage over a teenager snapping a picture of a cupcake. There is much to learn about digital photography, and going pro takes a lot of practice. Instagram is not taking away from pro photographers, but it is sparking interest in more and more amateurs. Anything that gets anyone excited about art excites me – I think that’s the main reason I’m going to be an art teacher.

Something that I have noticed in the use of media is the use of media in schools. At least at my old high school was the entire freshman at are school where giving Ipads to do homework and other school activities in class. I also noticed that that when I was a senior I got to use my phone more and more in class to find an answer to a question that my teacher had asked. This link show pro to an iPad in schools http://ipad4schools.org/

Something I’ve recently noticed in Digital Culture is the ability to visually express yourself through profiles and images instead of text. Meaning, instead of just reading about someone, their different styles can be seen and explored. Pinterest is a popular website where users can make different boards to pin images to. These can be split up into categories such as clothing, interior design, crafts, or tips to get in shape depending on personal interests. The picture above is a snapshot of the typical profile layout. By having the option of which category to explore and what images to click on, the overall experience suddenly becomes both interactive and personal. Websites, such as Pinterest, have become increasingly popular in today’s culture.

A further explanation about user experience is described below.

If a viewer clicks on a board, they can scroll through the images posted. If an image is selected, the viewer is then navigated to the source where it was found on the internet. Let’s say I clicked on the board “Thinspiration” listed above. Once in the selected category, I find an image of a runner (far left). I want to find out more about this image, so I select it. I am then brought the source, which in this case, is a “Fitspo Blog.”


Source: http://pinterest.com/tkranick/
Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/a/d.umn.edu/document/d/1l9v4eHQYqdotRpKBN5E9U44h0RSphGFPLNugtauH-qI/edit

Observation within Digital Culture

Kyle James
January 27, 2013

In todays culture everything is all about vintage and getting back to the classics. As far as image style goes, images are much less contrasted than in previous years. This is basically a throwback to the fifties and sixties. This low contrast, low saturation image style is a style very common with younger folks today. Another common newer style that mimics the old style Holga cameras is the double exposure that can be so expressive. One can use either the highlights or the shadows and replace them with a similar style image to create an image within an image.
One more new style I’ve noticed in today’s culture is vector images within photographs. These photographs still generally have the low contrast, low to no saturation and are very simple images. The vectors are generally straight lines that create an inorganic shape. These lines are usually in color if the image is in black and white, but still have a low saturation. I think these photographs are a result of people wanting more artistic input into their photos post camera.

Examples:
http://api.ning.com/files/wN2l1*maNzvfPBanv*q23Lq-aHDhPnOBG8tYQpaDy*f1Sg0m1VJKAGYsOQDbqFDcG-QFbGOKHZugy-670S5R*1x0iSkzHO68/OliverMorris16.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YF3UjEr2n1Q/T5cqQ4sr7vI/AAAAAAAAGc8/S8Sq4TXsPT0/s1600/jon-duenas-photography-double-exposure3.jpg
http://duckflash.vectroave.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Double-Exposure-photography-by-Taylor-Allen-10.jpg


One thing I noticed in culture now days is what is defined as cool and modern, many people want to see the next big thing and there is a lot of money to be made from that. That’s the interesting thing I noticed from youtube, there are many who have put up popular/viral videos and end up partnering with youtube and they began getting money for it, for instance, a video about “The annoying orange” made about 288,000 dollars in one year.

http://www.businessinsider.com/meet-the-richest-independent-youtube-stars-2010-8?op=1

What I mainly got out of the video was that this world seems to be getting sucked into the world of technology that is advancing day by day, possibly in a negative way. It kind of shocked me to find that this enhanced connectivity was actually causing us to worse in class because it wasn't that we are able to multi-task by checking our e-mail/ Facebook/ Twitter and listen to the professor at the same time like we think we can, it's that we're just plain being distracted for the little time and are not able to absorb the information being told at that time. I believe with the increased amount of negative effects that this enhanced connectivity should somehow be able to be used in a positive way, I think technology can be used well in schooling but in a different way to allow more learning and fewer distractions.

I have noticed so much change in culture due to our advancements in technology, especially since it’s happening so quickly. The article I found ‘The Apple iPhone at Age 6: My, How Things Have Changed’ explains how even the younger generations are depending on technology these days. Younger kids are growing up with technology like its second nature to them, and this is something that our society isn’t exactly used to. It’s crazy to see kids at such young ages knowing how to use technology like the iPhone, iPad, computers, etc. Even young toddlers are getting iPads for Christmas just to play games on. I also noticed that technology is becoming more and more instant and easier to access right away. Pictures, twitter feed, videos – basically anything – can be sent and received instantly, and people are always caught up in what is happening with their friends, celebrities, etc, all day every day.

Digital Nation

Kyle James
January 27, 2013

What I found most interesting in this video is how vastly different huge cultures can be based on where they are on the planet. Korea for example has a far more popular gaming nation than that of the United States. Gaming in Korea also has far more adverse problems than in the US. These problems are counteracted in Korea by very low-tech physical stimulation such as jump roping or playing tag. They researched that the older you get with the technology you grow up with, the lower your cognitive abilities become.
This low physical activity with low brain activity causes this cognitive ability to be reconstructed and to be once again more prominent within the brain of these young Korean children. They found that most of these kids processed all of their problems based on short-term responses rather than looking at the big picture. This led to worse writing skills in connecting paragraphs, which, while these paragraphs may be well written, they lack transition sentences.

Digital Culture Recent Notices
I've noticed websites, which were built on the foundation of helping small businesses and individuals' projects such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, are attracting more and more attention from big time corporations and conglomerates. A great example of this is a game which passed its Kickstarter with record breaking numbers, Project Eternity. Project Eternity is a game being developed by Obsidian Entertainment. This company has released huge titles in the past and continues to do so. This game has one of the highest Kickstarter values ever recorded at just under 4 million with a 1 million dollar goal. The companies that have attached themselves to this band wagon really focus on the stretch goals. Stretch goals are additional features promised to the community and backers for reaching excessive goals.

HYPERLINK "http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity"http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity

Obsidian Entertainment. "Obsidian Entertainment." Kickstarter. 18 Oct. 2012. Web. 27 Jan. 2013.

Recently Noticed

A trend I’ve noticed in the past few years is that, with the rise of smart phones, people are spending less time talking to each other in real life. It seems that for some people, texting and using facebook via smartphone is something they spend more time doing than actually interacting with people in real life. As a bartender I’ve seen many people, sitting next to each other while drinking a beer. Typically this involves a conversation, being that they met up to have a beer together in a social environment. More and more I see two people sitting next to each other completely glued to their phones. I notice people who are on phones, half-listening while another person is talking to them. I think this is incredibly rude. Being that this is a new social development, we should probably develop some new social etiquette for this trend. I found an article online related to this issue as it happens in the UK, however I believe it’s happening to the same if not greater extent in the U.S. Sometimes change is good, but I think real human interaction is important for our well-being, so this trend might be a little damaging to relationships.

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2045110/One-people-spend-time-mobile-phone-talking-partner.html

Recently Noticed in Digital Culture
One thing I’ve noticed in digital culture is how rampant ebooks seem to be running. Ebooks and ereaders are everywhere. I am a fan of the Nook, and I actually have 2 of them right now. One is just black and white (Nook Simple Touch), and the other is color (Nook Color). What I found truly interesting is that with how popular ebooks are, there aren’t more textbooks, though there are some. Of the 5 textbooks I needed for this semester, only one was available for me to get as an ebook, which is the textbook for this class. (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/digital-art-revolution-scott-ligon/1111350419?ean=9780823008339) I wasn’t really sure how to find a website example of this, so I figured the Nook version of out textbook on the Barnes & Noble website would work.
~Liz Allen

Hannah Murzyn
Recently noticed in digital Culture:


People in todays culture have a need to be connected 24/7. Texting used to be a way people would communicate the most because it is easily done as you are working on other tasks throughout the day. What I notice is that words do not seem to be enough anymore. Images are the new fad. The ability to Facetime along with using aps such as Instagram and Snapchat seem to be taking over the way people are communicating. Not only that, I notice that the more cameras and images are common place, people seem to document the more common areas of their life such as what they eat or what they wear.


http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/snapchats-vanishing-photos-latest-photo-sharing-app/story?id=18120112

Recently Noticed in Digital Culture/ your observation

My 86-year-old grandmother recently become a part of the Facebook world. She told us that she wanted to be a part of Facebook so she could stay connected with her children and grandchildren. I think it’s kind of cool that she wants to be on Facebook, but in all honesty I miss getting hand written notes from my grandma. She often times accidently posts on my cousin’s wall thinking she is writing to me, it’s rather funny.
https://www.facebook.com/mary.cady.7?fref=ts

Recently Noticed
Laugh and Learn Baby Iphone Case By Fisher Price

This product has a durable case that lets your baby play with your iPhone or Ipod safely. The device locks securely inside the case, it protects from water or drool and teething so the baby will not destroy your iPhone or Ipod. There are two different ways to lock your product in the case, one blocks the use of the home button so the baby can’t exit the application or game that is open, and if your child is older and they know how to use the phone you can flip the phone around to make the home button useable. With purchase of this product you have access to Fisher Price learning apps for free from the App Store. The nice thing is its compatible with most apple iPhones and Ipod Touch.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e8ef/?rkgid=275668648&cpg=ogpla&source=google_pla&gclid=CI2r0O3gi7UCFe5FMgodFFwAuQ#tabs

Recently Noticed in Digital Culture
It has not been completely recent, but I have noticed the amount of children who own cell phones. I did not purchase my first cell phone until I had almost graduated high school and now I see kids as young as the age of 5 texting their friends. What really made the subject of technology actually affecting the new generations development was a story my dad told me one day. A coworker of his had a daughter who spent the night at a friend’s house. The next day, when the parent’s of friends asked the daughter for her address to bring her home, she couldn’t recall it. Even driving through their city, the daughter couldn’t recognize any familiar neighborhoods. I remember from early elementary school being drilled on remembering our home addresses and our home phone. Car rides didn’t involve cell phones, television, and even videogames. I could pick out my neighborhood and my street from an early age because I would ride my bike and explore or I’d look out the window as my parents drove places. It was an astounding story to hear about because I never realized how intertwined younger generations must be with their technology.
My link is a CNN story about how Internet could be hurting children. I thought this quote was particularly interesting:
“While the research is still in its early stages, it suggests that the Internet may actually be changing how our brains work. Too much hypertext and multimedia content has been linked in some kids to limited attention span, lower comprehension, poor focus, greater risk for depression and diminished long-term memory.”


http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/21/opinion/clinton-steyer-internet-kids/index.html

Recently noticed:
I have noticed so much change in culture due to our advancements in technology, especially since it’s happening so quickly. The article I found ‘The Apple iPhone at Age 6: My, How Things Have Changed’ explains how even the younger generations are depending on technology these days. Younger kids are growing up with technology like its second nature to them, and this is something that our society isn’t exactly used to. It’s crazy to see kids at such young ages knowing how to use technology like the iPhone, iPad, computers, etc. Even young toddlers are getting iPads for Christmas just to play games on. I also noticed that technology is becoming more and more instant and easier to access right away. Pictures, twitter feed, videos – basically anything – can be sent and received instantly, and people are always caught up in what is happening with their friends, celebrities, etc, all day every day.

Here's the site: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gyro/2013/01/23/the-apple-iphone-at-age-6-my-how-things-have-changed/

Recently Noticed

Effects of technology on classrooms and students
What I have read in this article is that apparently having such technology (digital media) in the classrooms can be a positive thing! The students can actively think about the information. It increases their motivation because they receive quick feedback. And also improved design skills . Students want to experience their peers reactions to their presentations that gives them more of an awareness of the audiences look on their presentation visually.
http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/EdReformStudies/EdTech/effectsstudents.html

In today's Photography we have noticed a change in the way photos are taken. People have come up with ideas to animate exactly what they want to tell the environment that surrounds the subject or inventions like cinemagram where people do such creative photography by capturing special animated sections of a photo while the the other part of the photo remains still. The point here is to tell that photos are changing in this digital era from still to more featureless animated.

http://blog.insicdesigns.com/2011/05/cinemagraph-jaw-dropping-sample-of-animated-photographs/

The celebration featured the Governor General laying the cornerstone of the Confederation Building, and the inauguration of
the Carillon in the Peace Tower. After the original declaration, there is no record of organized ceremonies until 1917.
There are companies that will simply provide these items and you can do it yourself.

The celebration featured the Governor General laying the cornerstone
of the Confederation Building, and the inauguration of
the Carillon in the Peace Tower. After the original declaration, there is no record of organized ceremonies until 1917.

There are companies that will simply provide these items and you can do it yourself.

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