Class Meme!

I mean, they’re important, but…

I hope everyone is doing well! Good luck on finals!

Last blog post?

I’m not going to lie, I got a little teary eyed in my group’s meeting with Dr. McClurken this morning. I hate endings, as I said in the meeting, and it made me a little sad that this class is coming to a close. I really enjoyed my time with you all, and I hope that I’ll see some of you around campus.

There are just a few things our group needs to fix from the comments Dr. McClurken left via Hypothes.is, which we will complete over the upcoming weeks. Largely, though, our project is complete. And I’m proud. My group members have done a phenomenal job all around, and I am so glad I got to work with them.

Thanks to all,

-Piper

First Submission

Last night, my group and I did a video call in which we reviewed our website. We made some last minute changes to our family tree, which was a collaborative effort. Mady remade the actual family tree image, and I helped add the interactive image link to it. It looks better than it has this entire semester, which is exciting because we’ve had so many issues with this dang family tree! Anyways, we all messaged Dr. McClurken to let him know we were done, and we are excited to see what he has to say about our project.

Final Update

Hello everyone! I waited to post the second blog post for this week until I had finished the transcriptions of the newspaper clippings for our project. I verified that I had finished them all a few minutes ago, and I’m honestly surprised. I thought it would take a while longer, but they’re all done now! It ‘s crazy to think how quickly this project has come together. While it has been months since we started, we got quite a bit done under the circumstances. I think this is true for every group. I’m excited to see everyone’s finished product!

Project Update

It is crazy that this is our last week before projects are due. I remember the first week like it was yesterday; the scrapbooks group was so excited to get started, and now we are almost to the end. It is exciting, to say the least. I’m just sorry we do not get to celebrate in person.

Over the past week or so, I have been working on wrapping up the transcriptions of the newspaper clippings on the scrapbook pages we have digitized. There are still several to be done, but I will finish those in the next few days. Additionally, we have been working on finalizing our website’s appearance. Glynnis and I wrote about the process to scan things on our Project Scanning Process page. There is more to do, but we will be going through it in group meetings.

E-Portfolio

Hello friends! I realized that I still needed a blog post for this week, and I never made a post about my e-portfolio. For reference, you can visit it here. This e-portfolio is not quite like an online resume for me because I use it as a contact point with fans of mine. I have published a few books, and I use my domain as my official author website. While that made this assignment fairly easy, I did take a look at the website from the back end before presenting, which allowed me to catch a few things I didn’t know I had missed previously.

I hope everyone has a good weekend!

Keeping up with the Scrapbooks

I’m just realizing how little time is left in this semester. The ending of this project and class are in sight, which is a bittersweet feeling. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this class, and I’m sad to see it end, especially under the circumstances. I really miss meeting in person. I miss discussing something a little off topic with my group and Dr. McClurken overhearing and laughing at us. I miss class discussions. I miss worrying I’m running late because I waited to leave my apartment until 9:15. I miss shuffling through the scrapbook contents in awe (I loved digging through all of that and learning about the people these random items represented).

So, basically, I really miss this as an in-person class and I miss you all. We’re working on planning how the rest of the project will be mapped out, so the looming end is very apparent to me. How is everyone doing with their online classes? Is anyone missing their in-person classes?

Newsletter

Hello everyone! This post is not going to focus on my progress in this class but rather on a little project I’m starting outside of it. I’ve noticed that there has been a lot of negativity going around on social media, and it made me feel really down. I talked to some of my coworkers at the Writing Center about it, and we decided that we are going to start a newsletter solely focusing on good news both within the Mary Wash community and outside. We’re still in the planning stages, but I think this will be a good way for people to have something positive to look forward to. If you have any feel good stories about Mary Wash or your experiences related to the school and would be willing to let us write about it, please reach out to my school email (pgiannin@mail.umw.edu).

Thanks!

Progress Report: Transcriptions

Although not much has changed for my group and our process since last week, we have been making progress and discussing what is left to complete our project. We are now on the stage of where we are going through all the images and scans taken from the scrapbooks need to be captioned, given alt-text, and transcribed where necessary. We have split up this job among us, and I am working on transcribing the longer texts, such as newspaper clippings. I quite enjoy this task because I enjoy typing, but it does feel tedious at times, mainly because it is so time consuming. However, it allows me to really absorb the content that we are presenting, which I think will help us when we are later deciding on how to present the information on our website. I do the transcriptions manually. I download the image and open it with Preview (I have a MacBook) so that I can zoom in a better see the text. I minimize my Chrome screen and directly type the transcription into the description box provided by the gallery we are using. I have only gotten a few done, but I am hoping to finish them by next week.

I know other groups have been doing transcriptions as well. How has that process been? What is your method of completing this?

Digital Identity

While doing the reading, I learned a lot about my digital identity. Here are the top five lessons I got from the readings:

  1. Seth’s Blog taught me what a simple google search can turn up about a person. “Google never forgets,” he says. I get from this that I need to be very careful about what I put out into the world and on the internet.
  2. I took UBC’s Digital Tattoo Privacy and Surveillance Quiz, and I learned that a lot of my practices are on the right track. However, I feel like I really need to look into a free or affordable VPN (which has been on my mind for a while). Does anyone know of good VPNs?
  3. In Digital Identities: Six Key Selves of Networked Publics, I learned about the six ways people present themselves on social media. These include the performative, public self; the quantified–or articulated–self; the participatory self; the asynchronous self; the PolySocial–or Augmented Reality–self; and the neo-liberal, branded self. All of these performances can be seen within my internet usage over the past few days. The first (performative, public) can be seen in the differences between how I use my Snapchat story versus my Instagram story, both of which have different audiences I want to appeal to. The second (quantified) is visible in how I compared the amount of followers I have with someone who followed me on Instagram. Thirdly (participatory), you might count how I did the UMW bingo my orientation roommate created because a lot of UMW students were doing it (it was fun, to be fair). The fourth (asynchronous) could be how I emailed back and forth with my counselor at the Talley Center to schedule my next appointment, as opposed to having a phone call. The fifth (PolySocial) I have a bit of a harder time understanding, but I think it has something to do with how I present myself differently on different social media websites. The final identity (neo-liberal, branded) can be seen through a simple scroll of the social justice articles I share on Facebook. I learned that I have lots of digital identities.
  4. In How to See What the Internet Knows About You (And How to Stop It), I learned about how different sites and browsers track your data. I knew about most of this already, but I’m definitely going to check out the Chrome extensions it suggests for safety measures.
  5. Danah Boyd discusses controlling your public appearance and gives some great advice: create a public internet identity, say no to Facebook’s public search option, expect unexpected audiences, write blog comments as though you’re writing your own blog, and treat audio and video just like text. I think this is some really great advice, and I’m going to investigate the Facebook bit, but the most important thing I got out of this post was this: “Don’t panic about being public – embrace it and handle it with elegance.”