As I said this afternoon, I wasn’t expecting Writing for the Web to be like this. I really thought it was going to involve a lot of essays and a bit of computer stuff. I’m happy I took this class though, especially since this is the last time it’ll be in this format, and especially since Prof Campbell was the one teaching it. She really tries to make her classes interesting and fun, and she genuinely cares about the course and her students.
I really didn’t love this class, but I didn’t hate it either. It’s one of those classes that you know what you learned will actually be useful later in life. I’m not really tech savvy, and as Prof. Campbell said, I’m really more of a consumerist when it comes to technology and the Internet. I’m more appreciative of both of them now though, because I now know how difficult it is for the people who actually work on both for a living.
I know I’m not going to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or work in Silicon Valley, but at least I know where to start with video production, editing audio pieces, making a website, or Photoshopping a celebrity’s mouth’s shut with a zipper. I’m not sure how those things factor into studying Creative Writing, but who knows, they may come in handy one day.
If I were telling myself things that would help me had I told myself at the beginning of this course I would tell myself to make sure I go to office hours because Dr. Campbell is there to help and definitely ask as many questions as possible while in office hours because it will help at the end of the day. I would tell myself to make sure I get as many classmates numbers as possible because when you are unable to meet with Dr. Campbell these classmates will be the ones to help the most. I would think about my topics more clearly because a lot of the time there were broad topics that could have been made more specific and vice versus.
I definitely enjoyed the Video Portrait of a Citizen, but I still wish my group and I would have been able to work with the professor of the university simply because I think it would have made for a better video. For the Recovery Story, I would have completely done a different person rather than my grandfather simply because it was difficult for me to find the so what! Of that project and if I was unable to find it I know my audience was unable to find it. As for the Performative Project, I enjoyed that project although it gave me the most trouble. I think this project is the one that came out the best and the one I’m the most proud of. I would have gotten a little bit of help when doing this project simply working with the voices but I think I did a good job.
Overall, I would recommend this class to anyone who wants a challenge and is somewhat good with a computer. This course is based on what you do an time management because the projects can all come at once but you will also learn a lot about missing info and how ideas and concepts are or are not archived on the World Wide Web.
Ah yes. The semester is finally almost over and I’ll finally be done with this class. Just joking.
So this class is definitely not what I thought it would be. When selecting an english course all I was looking for was a class that fulfilled my last gen ed english requirement and didn’t deal with old literature. Well, I at least got half of that. While requirement wise, I did not get anything out of this class, I thoroughly enjoyed all the work we did. Coming into the semester I thought “Writing for the Web? Like writing for websites or online newspapers? I guess they’re different?”. So I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.
What the class ended up being though is completely different. Website building, video, photo, and audio editing, while completely opposite from what I thought I would be doing, I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Especially the video editing, so I’d have to say that was my favorite project from the class. This has definitely been the class I enjoyed the most this semester because I enjoyed being able to sit down for a couple hours at a time, listen to some music, and create something that is my own. And that feeling of creating something original, that you came up with, and then knowing enough to actually make it, is a fantastic feeling.
I definitely recommend this course to another student because I see the benefits from it, even if you aren’t going into a career in media production. I’m not. As long as the course description is a little longer than “writing for the web”.
I’ll be honest, the only reason I stayed in this class after finding out what it actually is was that it was the only class that fulfilled the last class I needed for my Minor that didn’t conflict with my other classes. I would certainly recommend the class for someone in the media production track, but I am still somewhat disappointed I did not get the practice in writing that I wanted.
I am glad that they changed the title for future students so they aren’t blatantly lied to like I was.
While I don’t necessarily plan on using most of things I learned in this class for the type of career I’m looking for, it was pretty fun. I think learning the basics of these programs allowed me to get a much deeper sense of appreciation for high quality audio, videos, and pictures that I took for granted before. This stuff is not as easy as the professional make it out to be.
I also found it pretty entertaining to find out just how powerful the Disney corporation is in The Remix Manifesto.
From my work this past semester I’d have to say the idea of copyright halts creativity. People who copyright are selfish and only want their work linked to their name; when in reality allowing their work to be remixed into something new would allow that work to be constantly repurposed. Who wouldn’t want to see their work become something new? Having work that has the potential to be repurposed and reused over and over can only be taken as a huge compliment, right? Every project I created this semester has incorporated something that had already existed. Even in the short film “A Brief History of John Baledessari” there were brief images and maps that’s obviously didn’t belong to him, but were still included because it is a part of his story. A huge majority of images, audio, and film will not belong to us, but are apart of us, and could help tell our story. Nothing should belong solely to one person, one group of people, or one corporation. This kind of ownership creates limitations in how we can express ourselves.
Another part of the semester that really sticks out to me is Ira Glass’s words on the power of the anecdote. “There’s a guy and he wakes up, and he’s lying in bed and the house is very, very quiet, unearthly quiet. He put his feet on the floor and walks to the door of the bedroom, and again very, very quiet. Walks downstairs and looks around, its just unusually quiet.” Ira Glass is trying to make the point that you could take something like this, a very simple, boring story and create suspense and momentum that makes it that the listener or reader wants to hear more. Being a good writer is having that skill to make the most boring story something that people still feel intrigued by.