Month: February 2014

Digital Storytelling

Last week I had no idea where to start with my digital storytelling. After class discussion last week, I decided to do my digital story on the people who inspire me the most- my parents. The thing I find most interesting about my parents is the difference between their upbringings, and how they met. My mother in particular has a very interesting story, since she is a first generation immigrant from Puerto Rico to New York, and the first of her family to go to college. While my father (who is Puerto Rican as well) was born in New York, but raised in an mostly-White neighborhood.

I ran a test on iMovie since I have previously worked with that platform. As I plan on using interview clips of my parents in my digital story I worked with a couple of pictures just to test transitions and how I would like using iMovie for this particular project. I’ve always found iMovie to be organized and easy to use for people with little experience in film editing and digital presentations. I’m excited to work on a project this close to my heart.  

Mind Map

Photo on 2014-02-19 at 16.35 #2The challenge I chose to complete was the mind map. The images are tacked to a board I have in my room, and they represent my different thoughts. The watch shows my constant worrying over time. The women represent my friends. The tiny images of the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Big Ben are meant to demonstrate my longing to travel and my future plans. The bubbles show the things that I worry about concerning my future, particularly my living situations and jobs. The sandwiches represent my inner foodie. I took all the images from my favorite magazine Cosmopolitan, which is where I aspire to work one day.

Dawn Maestas’ Digital Story

Dawn Maestas’ Digital Story

The interviews on StoryCorps really caught my attention. The layout of the site and the striking portraits are just a couple of reasons I ended up clicking through over 40 interviews, and wondering where the time went. Of all the stories I heard, Dawn Maestas’ was one that I remembered so vividly. Dawn is in charge of a tattoo-removal site, and using her business she helps victims of domestic abuse. She offers to remove tattoos that women have received while in their abusive relationships. She herself is a victim of domestic violence, having been tattooed by her ex. Having gone through so much, I found her story inspiring. Not only did she escape her own relationship (which included having a gun held to her head while her ex was high), but she uses her success to help others who were in a position similar to hers. 

The power of the story was personally what I found most compelling about the interview. I am usually someone who relies on imagery, but the way they spoke and the emotion in their voice drew me in almost immediately. It was moving to hear the raw emotion with which she speaks. I personally would’ve liked to learn a little more about Dawn’s business as the link provided was invalid, and I want to know if it is primarily used to help victims of abuse, or if she had only helped this one woman. Other than that, I found the digital story to be much more entertaining than I expected. 

My Internet Routine

8 a.m.- Wake up and alternate between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.- Decide between whether to tweet or not, ultimately end up tweeting.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.- Vow to do homework, instead distract yourself with Buzzfeed articles.

5 p.m.- 7 p.m.- Work on homework, end up on a Wikipedia article completely unrelated to the assignment.

9 p.m. – 12 a.m.- Binge watch Netflix before bed.

Actually writing down the amount of time I spend using the Internet, whether it’s on my computer or my phone, is a scary thing because it makes me come face to face with the terrifying realization that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I didn’t have access to it. Largely, it all seems like a way to distract myself from actually getting anything done. All the time spent on the computer, could be time spent doing my assignments or building relationships. As cliche as that all sounds, it’s very true. People say that technology links us together, but in actuality it isolates us from inter-personal communication.

Although, I say interaction’s overrated. If I don’t get my daily Netflix fix I will probably be very upset. So maybe the internet seems like a large waste of time for people my age, but the appeal of it is the unlimited opportunities. You can watch television, write blogs, read books, etc. all at the click of a button. Without my daily internet routine my life would be very dull.