Week 12: Internet Art Project (Leon & Nimrah)- Kaitlin

Internet Art Project

Partner: Tiger Tian

Link: http://imanas.shanghai.nyu.edu/~jt3321/kaitlin_tiger_final/

For this project, Tiger and I decided to actually incorporate music into our project, since we were unable to do that for our first comic project. However, this project went through a lot of idea revising and discussion sessions to make it more user friendly. Right when we were introduced to the P5 system, we knew that we wanted to incorporate it somehow within our project to enhance the visual aspects of our project, but we were unsure how. In this project planning stage, we started out by discussing ideas of the music piece. Tiger really wanted to incorporate the piece he wrote and I really liked this idea, however, I’m a little sad that the class is unable to hear Tiger’s beautiful voice and the lyrics he wrote for this song. We wanted this project to show the importance of the single beats that makes up the entire piece of music. Usually, audiences are introduced to the hottest song and just listen to the song purely as a whole, but hardly anyone takes time to analyze the importance of each beat that contribute to the finished product. If one directs their attention to each beat, they’d realize that a song is made of a lot of different beats and tempos. More importantly, these organic beats when played alone also illuminate a different kind of audio beauty. This meaning is actually secretly embedded into our website name “S.O.N.G.” We decided to use periods to separate the letters into single units to visually display how individual units make up larger entities even with words, and the periods are also correlated to the separated spheres on the monitor once the music is paused.

We surfed the web for quite some time to get inspiration and we landed on the idea of a launchpad. We wanted to create a digital launchpad on a website where the user is able to put their own twists on Tiger’s song (originally, Tiger was going to incorporate his lyrics) so the user is able to create different versions of the piece. Moreover, while the user inputs beats by pressing buttons of the launchpad there would also be visual displays encoded within each button so once the “onclick function” is carried out, a “visual art” piece would be displayed. Hence, the user would be able to compose a song while digitally creating a piece of art. After deep consideration of this idea, we came up with different ideas of how to place a digital launchpad online to make it visually pleasing. At first, we wanted to just download a launchpad image and photoshop all the buttons, so when the user presses the buttons another image would be retrieved to create the illusion that the button is pressed (retrieved image of button with color). Another idea was to use the code for the digital music boxs we learned in class and display those as the launchpad buttons. However, we deeply considered the effects of incorporating P5 to this launchpad concept and realized that it wouldn’t be as aesthetically pleasing with photoshopped buttons, or colorful music boxes because these colorful elements would distract from the visual art that would be displayed.

After realizing the clash of the colors from the buttons and the art that would be displayed, we decided to seek another idea to incorporate the concepts of buttons and the concept of art. We finally settled on the idea of a simple display of a play button on a background because we thought the simplicity of the first impression of the website could create an illusion that the website is purely a play button, but when users finally start to interact with the website, they’d realize that the simplicity is quite deceiving because they would be introduced to a lot of visual displays after their interactions. In order to incorporate the buttons, we decided to divide the screen into 5 divs and assign each of the 4 corners a different beat, while in the middle it would be the control for the pause and play. These are the following positions of the 4 buttons.

Next, the screen was originally divided into two halves with the top half being blue and the bottom half being pink while the background would display the colorful tunnel effect. However, we decided that the colors clashed too much and decided to change the entire background into black. This also provided a dark contrast to make the colors appear more vibrant as the tunnel starts to appear on screen. Although this allowed the colors to look better, it created a issue-users were unable to identify the 4 different buttons on the corners of the screen because it was all black.

           

Although there was the hover option that would lighten the buttons when users were taken onto the screen, most users would just click the center play button and just listen to the song because they could not identify the other 4 corners for interaction. So we decided to frame the boxes somehow. At first we decided to use white border for each other the divs, but the white made the screen look like there were only 2 panels, even with the division line between the boxes. Next, we decided just to change the boxes to have different color borders to make it more obvious that there were borders. We searched on a color palette and started with a simple ombre from red to orange to yellow hues, but it did not look aesthetically pleasing, next we decided to revert back to the original white color but instead of framing the boxes we wanted to fill them in. However, this made them look more like 2 distinct panels. We also considered the idea of setting each box on a timer and after the user clicks the play button, the first top right button would blink, then the next button would blink, and so forth. However, we were scared that this would create the illusion that there is a specific pattern of clicking the buttons. After multiple discussions and asking for outsider’s opinions we decided to use white and grey boxes to divide the 4 corners and for them to blink and then disappear so users would acknowledge their existence.

Next, we had to decipher how we wanted the digital art part to be displayed. In the beginning, the artwork was immediately displayed in color after the user clicks the play button, however, we thought that this would eliminate the surprise factor for the user and make them stop interacting with the screen. Afterwards, we thought it would be better to display the tunnel in grey color first and after each click of the four buttons, the user would technically be “changing” the color of the tunnel as well as silencing a beat on the screen, which would stimulate the visual appearance of the website.

      

  

After deciding the display of the art, we wanted to incorporate more visual aspects to each of the beats for users to identify the different elements that contribute to the whole song. To do this we decided to designate a different wave movement to each corner that would move according to their own beats.

in the midst of trying to come up with different animations, we wanted to make one of the four corners rotate or vibrate according to the beat. It looked kind of odd since the rest of the three corners were going in a straight direction with the animations while the fourth corner would just spiral around the screen. But, it looked really cool. So instead of applying the “rotate” function to the fourth corner, we decided to use it before the ending to create a different art display for the user. With the spiral, the ending of the song would also allow the balls to be more evenly dispersed to be more visually appealing after the song ends.

  

Additionally, to make the website more user friendly, we decided to incorporate hover options for users to interact with the wave lengths of the different sectors. Instead of just changing  animations according to their own beat, once the user hovers over each of the 4 sectors, the wavelengths would also change according to the users mouse.

For this project, there were a lot of setbacks concerning design. We had a lot of different ideas to incorporate more animations such as dividing the song into 3 different sectors and designating 4 new animations for each sector, however, time did not permit these changes because it would require at least 12 separate animations. Moreover, we had multiple debates concerning the indication of the 4 buttons in the beginning of the page. From a visual aspect, we were not fond of the 4 boxes that blink before the page, but many users stumbled in the beginning because they did not realize the 4 buttons embedded at the four corners. We were left with the decision of either keeping the 4 boxes or having a screen of instructions displayed before the actual play button. However, either way the displays would interrupt the simplicity of the website which we wanted to keep. Therefore, we still ended up using the 4 different squares in the beginning. Moreover, we wanted to incorporate animations where users can interact with the balls on the screen after the song is paused, like the balls could bounce on click, or they could spiral on click, however we thought it would be unnecessary and we did not want to incorporate more interactions just for the sake of incorporating them. If we were to do this project again in the future, I would like to incorporate background music even when the music is paused so the user is not left with nothing on a blank screen. Moreover, I would like to think of a different way to indicate the 4 buttons because they are still not as visually pleasing as we wanted it. Moreover, maybe the sizes of the divs could be divided up more evenly so the center of the screen doesn’t look as narrow compared to the 2 other sides of the screen.

Week 11: Art Project Proposal (Leon & Nimrah)-Kaitlin

Partner: Tiger Tian

For our art project, we decided to base it on the concept of music again since its a passion that Tiger and I share. For Tiger, he spends a lot of time composing music and lyrics privately. Because this is the last project and one of the last opportunities to showcase his voice, I encouraged him to show case one of his written pieces for him to record. Below is the beats that Tiger created.

For now we were thinking about the concept of breaking his beats into parts and the user interaction would be multiple onclick functions. We were thinking about incorporating a launchpad for users to click on the buttons and incorporate their own beats to remix Tiger’s song along with designating animations to each button for users to create a picture as they remix the song. As the user incorporates a sound into the song a different image or shape would appear on the screen. More beats would equate to more visual aspects and he/she is able to  a piece of visual art along with beats to showcase their creativity and add their spin to Tiger’s song.

Week 11: Response to Greene (Leon & Nimrah)- Kaitlin

In Rachel Greene’s “Web Work: A History of of Internet Art,” she explores the term “net.art” and the creation of this platform. She highlights the significance of this medium as a way for individuals to artistically display and express their creativity as well as using this as a channel to “communicate on equal ground, across international boundaries, instantaneously, every day.” I found this very interesting considering the fact that many internet users these days just use the present technology, but never actually ponder at the power of the internet to allow individuals to connect with their family and friends across the world within seconds. Moreover, its fascinating to think about how this platform enabled the idea of “freedom of expression” for individuals who want their voices to be heard. Greene not only highlights the artistic elements of net.art, but also sheds light on the power of this platform to be used as a way to push for social, cultural, and political movements. In this day and age, there are many vocal individuals who want to make changes whether its through protest or through online means, so the rise of “net.art” is quite powerful as it enabled individuals the power to easily express their ideas to billions of people through the click of a button.

Increased freedom of expression gave rise to attempts to limit or silence these expressions. A quote that stood out to me in this article was “web pages, if they hoped to win any attention in this climate, came under increasing pressure that year either to contain highly volatile content.” Although we are given the freedom to expression, there are countries that place restrictions on this accessibility or prohibiting the spreading of certain content. Living in America and Shanghai has really made me question if this so called “freedom” is really “free” if certain websites are banned or essentially blocked from parts of the world where others are unable to view certain things. China’s firewall bans certain social medias like Facebook and Instagram, but this ban also  creates barricades for Chinese individuals to acknowledge whats going on around other parts of the world. However, viewing this situation from a different angel, the blockage or cyber laws could be viewed as a good thing in situations where copyright or privacy protection is involved. So the question I’m concerned with is to what extent should our freedom be limited or capped until it becomes a violation of individual freedom rather than an protection.

Week 10: Response to Graham and Rand (Leon & Nimrah)-Kaitlin

Hackers and Painters

In Paul Graham’s “Hackers and Painters,” he highlights the commonalities between hackers and painters. He sheds light on the common stereotype that “hacking was cold, precise, and methodical, and that painting was the frenzied expression of some primal urge.” I would agree, before reading this passage, I also has the same mental set that the word “hacker” embodied something negative and the term “painter” embodied something creative. However, after reading this article, it changed my mind. Similar to how the article shed light on the importance to “look at things from someone else’s point of view,” I feel like this article was written in a creative way to unintentionally push this idea throughout the passage. I am now able to see how the term “hacker” is not too far from the term “painter” in which they are both types of “makers” trying to put their own spin in different creative aspects to better the world.

A quote that caught my attention in this passage was the sentence “it should be a pencil, not a pen.” This quotes is used to describe the need for malleability in coding just like art.  “Sketching” can be defined as the primary steps taken in art where the artists is able to outline their desired ideas, however these rough outlines are subject to change. Similar to painting, hackers should take on this type of mentality when it comes to hacking and realize that software design shouldn’t be confined or designed in a permanent way. Instead, the hacker or painter should have the ability to freely change or even improvise on new ideas that they aspire to carry out for the purpose of branching out. Although there is this common sense of fear when individuals step out of confined realms due to the unknown, the first leap out of these fine lines could lead to something greater. Therefore, I strongly agree with the quote “we need a language that lets us scribble and smudge and smear.” This type of reworking creates the opportunity to fine-tune little details as well as create new and refreshing ideas.

The quote “the right way to collaborate, I think, is to divide projects into sharply defined molecules, each with a definite owner, and with interfaces between them that are carefully designed” is very applicable to communications lab class in general. Throughout this course, we have 5 projects, but all except 1 require teamwork. In this class, I feel like I gained a lot of experience in teamwork and it improved my communications skills as well as time management skills in order to clearly voice an idea to my teammate and to make time to meet with them in order to carry out each project. In the beginning of this semester,  I have always interpreted the term “collaborate” as “Kaitlin has to take the lead and get everything done” because I was never trusting of others to get their “part” done due to the many let-downs I faced in high school. I developed this sort of attitude that group work still equated to individual work. But, this kind of attitude is not suited for this classroom atmosphere. I’ve grown to learn that trying to do every section of every project can be quite stressful and dipping my hands into every part results in a lack of time to devote more time to improve my parts of the project that could be executed better if I just devoted a little more attention and became more hands-off in other people’s parts. I’ve realized that my ideas aren’t the greatest and trusting others to bring their creativity to their part can actually bring better ideas compared to my own. This class has made me learn the importance of devoting “each [part] with a definite owner” and trying my best not to interfere with the other owner’s part rather taking the time and energy to better my own sector.

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Week 9: Video Project Documentation (Leon & Nimrah)- Kaitlin

 

link: http://imanas.shanghai.nyu.edu/~kp2184/VIDEO/parents.html

Partners: Salomon, Jaime

Tasks:Website & Coding: Salomon and Jaime ;Video shooting/ editing: Kaitlin

Actors: Taylah Bland (Main girl), Bella Malixi (Best friend), Jaeven Aylor (Counselor), Joshua Jensen (Father), and Lauren Benedict (Mother).

Story: For our video project, we decided to base our story on a painter who has continuously been discouraged by her parents, best friend, and counselor as she strive to get into her dream art school. The main actors name is Taylah and throughout the video, she is trying to finish her artwork to submit to her dream art school for the application process. However, as she paints she is suddenly reminded by all the discouragements that she encountered throughout her life. Her parents are the first to discourage her dream as she drops her paintbrush, she is reminded of the time when her parents barged into her room and discovered that she has been secretly painting even though they have warned her many times that she should be focusing on school work instead. In this scene, the father takes away her paint brush while her mother takes away her other art supplies and proceeds to throw them to the ground. After this flashback, Taylah picks up her paintbrush and continues to paint. As she washes the paint off her brush, she accidentally splashes water on the picture frame of her and her best friend. As she takes time to clean the frame she is reminded of the time when her best friend also told her that her dream to get into art school isn’t realistic and that she just wanted the best for Taylah. This probably hurt Taylah the most because her best friend, Bella, has been by Taylah’s side ever since they were young and watched her develop a passion for art through all these years. Lastly, as Taylah looks at the current process of her masterpiece, a hall pass falls out of her sketchbook. As picks up this hall pass, she is reminded of the time when she tried to speak to her counselor about her major and was totally discouraged as her counselor attempted to persuade her to change her major. The different scenes that stem from the main video, are essentially flashbacks to past events.

Pre-Production:

We divided the story board so each of us would be in charge of certain scenes.

  1. Girl Painting/ Parents: Kaitlin
  2.  Best Friend: Jaime
  3. Counselor: Salomon

For the storyboard, we wanted to set the scene as Taylah painting the artwork she’s going to use to submit for her college application. Within this storyboard, it indicates the objects that need screenshots and use those screenshots as “onclicks” to link to other pop up videos. For the painting scene, we decided to shoot it in Taylah’s bedroom. Although the storyboard was closely followed, there were more shots that were integrated.

First pop up video (Parents):

For this scene, we also decided the location to be in Taylah’s bedroom, but takes place in the past. I decided to close the curtains for the lighting to be darker because this scene is essentially a secretive scene, where Taylah is trying to “sneakily” paint. So, painting in a darker setting would seem fitting. It starts with Taylah painting, then hearing the knock on the door. As she hears the knock she acknowledges its her parents and she panics to clean her art supplies. For this scene I decided to utilize the “J-cut” voice transition for mothers voice. However, her parents still discovers that she is doing artwork instead of school work and starts to lecture her about her unrealistic future. For this scene, it was hard to follow the storyboard exactly, because we realized that it was impossible for the shots to be acquired on a bed because in the dorms we mostly have lofted beds. Secondly, in order to capture the intense reaction of the parents, it just seemed more suited for the scene to be filmed in a steady wide shot of the mother and father yelling at Taylah then leaving as the video fades out into a flashback filter.

Second pop up video (Best friend):

This was Jaime’s storyboard. For the best friend shot, it was originally suppose to be filmed in the park near the dorms, however, it actually rained that day so I had to change the setting to be in the common space on my floor. For this scene, I utilized the natural light that seeped through the balcony window because this scene isn’t suppose to be secretive. Taylah’s best friend is looking out for her and essentially worried that her passion won’t take her far. She is essentially giving her advice. Although this is the most calm scene out of all the flashbacks, it essentially hurts her the most since Bella is her best friend and has watched her paint ever since they were young.

Final pop up video (Counselor):

This was Salomon’s storyboard, however, I had to redraw them since the original counselor left for the break and we had to change to a boy counselor. It was also hard to find a setting that closely matched the one pictured above.

This was the new storyboard that I put together. In this storyboard the setting is set to be in the art therapy room on the 5th floor near health and wellness. In this scene, I also decided to make the scene a little darker since the counselor is essentially bringing Taylah down and convincing her to change her major. This is probably one of my most favorite scenes as it was the most fun to film.

This is the hall pass I created as a prop for the video.

Production:

During the actual production, there were multiple shots that utilized different angles that weren’t able to be integrated into the actual video. For the painting scene, we had to re-film a couple of times because it took a lot of trial and error in order to make the paint brush roll naturally off the sketchpad.

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For the best friend scene, I attempted to utilize multiple angles, but none of them seemed fitting. Since this is a serious setting, the other angles become a distraction from the actual meaningful conversation.

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Lastly, in the counselor scene, there were a lot of different angles that were also unable to be integrated because they become an distraction after all the angles that have already been incorporated.

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Post-production:

For post production, I utilized Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the shots. It was fun getting to putting together all the different shots and making our vision of the video come to life. During the editing process, my most utilized transitions were probably the “cross-fades,” “fade-in,” “fade-outs,” and “flashback.” For the tools, I used the razor tool the most to cut the clips.

Coding:

For our visual assets, we decided to go with the “less is more” theme and add subtle touches to the paint board. We decided to download a unique “paint” font in order for the header and the footer to look like words that were painted onto the board as it would be visually pleasing since the video is in relation to artwork.

For this process, I decided to utilize “DaFont.com” to download a paint font and with he aid of w3school.com I was able to learn how to integrate the downloaded font with @font-face. However, this was through many trial and errors. The first time trying to use the font, it wouldn’t work and I realized it was because I needed the “..” to retrace out of the folder and into the new font folder. The second attempt also failed because I neglected the second “/” to retrieve from the source. After multiple attempts, the font was finally able to work.

During this project, it was really fun because most of the actors are some of my closest friends and filming them was so natural and there were no tensions. Since most of them are close friends as well, it was really easy for them to talk naturally to each other while acting their part. It was also very cool trying to integrate the different angles to give the video more dimension and perspective.

Some of the challenges I faced in this project was the unpredictable weather and the lighting. Due to the weather, a lot of the original settings had to be changed for video and it was hard to match the lighting of each scene since the videos were acquired through the course of 2 days. It was also hard trying to reset the settings to match the day before in order for the shots to look sequential. If I were to redo this project again, I would probably try to check the weather the day before and set aside time to film when the weather was nicer. Also probably trying to develop the main character a little more since most of the video she is just painting and the tension only arises through the different pop ups. Furthermore, I would like to give the main character more depth or background for users to be able to relate more.

Week 8: Storyboard documentation (Leon & Nimrah)-Kaitlin

For the storyboard we divided into 3 parts:

1.) Kaitlin did the main scene of girl and parents.

2.) Salomon did counselor

3.) Jaime did best friend

Kaitlin’s Section:

For our video project we decided to change the idea to make it adhere to the general concept better. We decided to outline a story of a teenage artist who is working on a piece of artwork for submission to the art school of her dreams, but as she is painting she drops her paint brush, knocks the photo of her and her best friend over, and a tardy slip falls out of her painting book. Each object is displayed as a still moment throughout the video where the user is able to click on the objects to view the struggles that the young artists has encountered during her journey to pursue her dream. After acknowledging all of the discouragement, she still decides to pursue her dreams and ends up getting accepted to the art school of her dreams.

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Week 8: Response to Walter Benjamin (Leon & Nimrah) -Kaitlin

In Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduct,” he introduces the concept mechanical reproduction of artworks based on the “aura” of the piece of artwork. Relating to our upcoming project, “video project,” his aspects concerning art, the way it is perceived, and its value provides a deeper insight to the power of film. In this generation, there are many book-lovers as well as movie-lovers, however, it feels like there is almost a “new” movie that is being released every day. The rapid pace at how these movies are released evokes the feeling that filmmakers are only trying to outcompete one another for pride reasons or economic reasons by recreating generic scenes to target particular consumers in order to raise income. In this case, the film makers are simply reproducing art in a way to generate income while dis-aknowledging its is original value. According to Benjamin, “even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.” In this quote he exemplifies the fact that a replica will always be a replica no matter how similar it appears to the original art piece. Furthermore, this replica might appear similar and maybe even better than the original at some point, but it looses its original meaning because it is reproduced by a cold-blooded machine in mass quantities. In a sense, the reproduction de-values the artwork because it washes the artwork from its original roots and ignores the reason for that particular piece of art being produced in the first place.

Moreover, Benjamin claims that “the camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.” This quote indicates that filmmakers have the power to delete scenes that they do not wish to show the audience and show the scenes that could generate a certain affect amongst the audience. But, the deleted scenes ultimately erases the “originality” of the film. The audience is restricted to personal interpretation because they are only shown what the filmmakers want to show and they are unable to view the un-cut versions of the original film. However, what they are shown evokes the feelings that the director intends to evoke rather than individuals having unfiltered emotions if they were to view the un-cut version of the film.

Benjamin also states that “a man who concentrates before a work of art is absorbed by it. He enters into this work of art the way legend tells of the Chinese painter when he viewed his finished painting.” While individuals are consuming these reproduced art forms, it becomes as a common norm and they tend to forget that the work of art in front of them could’ve an “origin” that had other meanings attached to it. Because this generation is so concerned with catching up with the new trends and the most popular things on the market, individuals are “absorbed” into these norms of mass consumption and neglecting the origin of art or the “aura” of originality. Therefore, I agree with Benjamin’s perspective involving the loss of the respect for the origin of art pieces. Too many people are too caught up in following trends and consumption that they neglect the originality of art. In a sense, it gives rise to the notion that society would prefer to turn a blind eye towards the origins of art and continue to be living in a unconscious world where trends dominate their daily life.

Week 8: Video Project Proposal (Leon & Nimrah)-Kaitlin

Partners: Salomon, Jaime

Work division:

1.) Salomon & Jaime work on coding

2.) Kaitlin does video and editing on final cut pro.

3.) All three divide the story boards.

Vide concept:

For our video project, we drew inspiration from our readings from this week and decided to base our concept on stereotypes. Stereotyping is a act that is constantly carried out on a daily basis and some individuals have to go through everyday consumed by the pressure through these labels that have been placed on them. However, is it really ok when you place a label on someone and essentially perceive them as a type of object that can be simply labeled. When individuals are labeled, they are mentally confined to this label that society has placed on them and this shouldn’t be the way society is heading. People need to learn to look at others from other perspectives and acknowledge that there are more that makes up a person than “one story.”

Visual display:

For our visual aspects we decided to use 4 squares with polaroid displayed in the middle. We chose a race to be “labeled”. for the first display, we want to use a picture of a person in the middle and have 4 other actors verbalize a “stereotypical” line that is said towards that race. After they are done “labeling”, the polaroid/ album can be clicked for the top half of the squares to be flipped down to transition to a whole new cork board with 2 more polaroids displayed where the use is able to choose whose perspective they wanted to see first, either the labelers or the person in the middle. Whether the use clicks on the first polaroid or the second polaroid after the clip they will be directed back to watch the other perspective. Next there would be another cork board with two more polaroids where the user gets to choose which ending they would like to see. They have the option to choose the ending where the labelers continue to think its ok, or the ending where they apologize to the person in the middle.

For the final scene of the video, we want the video to fade out to black with a quote appearing that says something along the lines “these labels are constantly being placed on others, but how would you feel if you were in their place?” to close off the scene. In this

Goal:

For the goal of this project, we really want to emphasize the negative role stereotyping plays in our society today. Not only do these seemingly little “labels” confine a individual to certain parameters, but they also place pressure on the individual to convince themselves that these labels are “ok” when they really aren’t. Therefore, next time you decide to “jokingly” label someone, think before you speak because what appears as a joke to you could be something that hurts someone else deep down.

Week 8: Audio Project (Leon & Nimrah) -Kaitlin

This is the link to Jaime and I’s audio project: http://imanas.shanghai.nyu.edu/~kp2184/audioproject/

In a world filled with so much technology, devices have become a must in daily life. Ranging from laptops to tablets to phones, individuals are always on one or the other. Especially, phones. No matter if its going to class, during class, during family reunion, or eating dinner, you are bound to see someone on their phone either texting, talking, snap chatting or using some other social media platform. So, in this project, Jaime and I decided to base our project on the concept of “disconnect to connect.” This concept means to disconnect from the digital world and connect to the others around you to highlight the decrease in human interaction in this generation.

Technology is very useful and very crucial in this generation, but individuals should also learn how to use it minimally during times that should be utilized for building human connections. If someone is constantly on their phones or laptops, it gives no room for talking and thus human connection is eliminated. Therefore, our project tries to highlight the negative aspects of technology through a very common conversation in the kitchen that is usually neglected on a daily basis. Therefore, I decided to write our script based on Jaime’s lack of engagement with me while I cook and she is constantly being distracted by her phone.

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Week 7: Response to The Dangers of a Single Story (Leon & Nimrah)-Kaitlin

This video was actually shown to me for the first time during freshmen orientation last semester. Coming to a school with so much diversity and continuous opportunity to exchange culture and stories with study away students from other campuses, it gives rise to the possibility of creating many “single stories.”I’m not going to lie, this is a mistake that I make a lot along with the whole “first impression” mistake. However, through my journey in NYUSH I’ve come to learn how dangerous this mentality could be.

For starters, when one starts to view or listen to one side of another individual or group it “becomes impossible for [us] to see them as anything else.” In this case, the “other” starts to be viewed “as one things, and only one things, and that is what they become.” Personally, this has happened to me quite some times. When I went back to America for school when I was 4, I went to a private school with little diversity. My brother and I made up 2/6 of the Asians of the school. At eight years old, I was receiving comments as “Oh, you’re Asian so you must be good at math.” At that time, I could not understand any English, so when people said things like that to me, I just smiled and nodded. After a while, I eventually grew accustomed to this type of view towards me which caused me to place pressure on myself to excel in math because I thought that’s what I needed to do, but in reality it shouldn’t be this way. As I grew older and my English began to improve, I slowly started to understand this type of “stereotype.” Although this isn’t a negative type of stereotype, this “single story created a stereotype that was incomplete.” The others around me failed to see the other aspects that I was not good at because most just assumed “Asians are good at everything” and neglected to see the pressure that this type of stereotype placed on me academically.

When individuals have perimeters set around them, they tend to be confined to single stories and slowly start to morph into these images of what people portray them to be. This gives “no possibility of human connection as equals.” If we continue down this path of only listening to one sided stories, we tend to neglect all other aspects of a individual and group. It’s hard to correct this habit of creating single stories, but people should take some time to listen to the other side of the story before they confine others to a single story.