Ever since I picked up my first camera, I’ve wanted to use all of my knowledge about the craft to do something that makes a difference. By nature, I am a humanist. I believe that regardless of gender, social status, culture, class level, race, sexuality and religion, people are every bit equal and should be treated as such. In my opinion, humanity has been severely mislead by many huge influences in our lives to believe that life is something that it is not. We accept what these huge influencers (like the media, politicians, pastors, local leaders) communicate into our lives, rarely questioning their positions. We act accordingly to what we are taught, even if it isn’t the fairest, most truthful and transparent way of going about things. I truly believe that we have been shown an severely flawed curriculum to how life is “supposed” to be, but not many seek their own way. I have a strong desire to make a film that shines light on the status of humanity, how people DO view each other versus how people COULD view others, how governments and religions play the biggest roles in shaping our life views and the process of breaking from these systems to form your own opinion. As a society, I believe that we have stopped putting a focus on the self-responsibility to determine for our own lives what is right and wrong, and get honest with ourselves about how we think about our own lives, and how we treat other people. What if there is a better way of going about processing and living life than our current standard? I want to present these ideas in a way that gets people thinking. I believe the rest would unfold.
This sort of short film would be intended for the general public, reaching through many cultures. Making this film interesting enough with visuals, featuring creditable people, and an intriguing dialog that perks peoples’ interest, I believe something like this could get picked up by activist groups and go viral on social media sites.
The longer I sit on this system of thinking, the more important it becomes to me to walk people through the thought processes. Who knows, maybe one day, right?
I always look forward to learning extremely relevant topics, so it’s no surprise that I am enjoying the digital literacy curriculum! I think this type of subject is important to understand thoroughly since it’s in our faces every single day. The breakdown of digital literacy is allowing me to comprehend the entire digital picture. It is also working to my advantage outside of the classroom, allowing both my personal and professional lives to benefit from it. Dr. Anderson has made this curriculum easy to comprehend and a breeze to integrate into our lives. I have gained a better understanding of my place within the digital world around me and how I can be a better, responsible digital citizen. I like the conversational teaching style as well since I have always learned best from just having a classroom discussion about topics.
I am looking forward to this second half.
Texting and digital communication through messaging apps have created an entirely new system of communication. This route of connection sets comfortable boundaries between people. Yes, technically we can have an entire conversation of words on a screen, but the human connection is every bit lost. It is so easy to have sticky conversations over text due to confrontational issues, just as much as having loving conversations through text doesn’t give the full effect. When we stop conversing face to face, when we stop looking into people’s eyes when they speak to us, we lose the largest part of our humanity. The connection, the spark, the chemistry between two people… all of this is lost within a worded message on a digital device. Humans have intricate details to their existence that other species do not have. By shielding ourselves from people in this way, we miss out on the magic of real conversation, causing social underdevelopments, conversational deficiencies and overall creating a completely disconnected society. The reference to the modern day Goldilocks is spot on, however, we have the ability, control and right to make intentional decisions about how we communicate. We should use that knowledge.
Do’s and Don’t’s of the internet: For the younger sibling I never had.
The Do’s of the internet-
1. The internet is a huge, vast world of helpful information, distracting entertainment and access to anything, basically ever. Use that wisely, spend your time researching, staying up-to-date with current information. It’s the sharpest tool in your shed, use it constructively.
2. Speak out of love to everyone. To get love, you have to give love. This applies to everything you do and everyone you encounter in your life. Use your digital citizenship powers for the good and stay out of the negative. Internet arguments are not in the slightest way progressive towards positivity, so have face to face interactions with people when the conversation deserves that respect. People are aren’t always going to be right, but neither are you. Live humbly, speak peacefully and be fair to others.
3. Keep it positive. I mean, keep it positive and professional on EVERYTHING. Like I said earlier, the internet is a HUGE world, accessed by anyone and anytime. What you post online, what you participate in, who you talk to, how you speak about people, the content you share – every bit of it is traceable. Employers, professors, mentors and leaders will look at this one day. Be you, but filter everything wisely, making sure your facts are correct.
4. Grammar and punctuation are unbelievably important and appreciated when used correctly online. Do that. Proofread, proofread, proofread. You’re lucky enough to have an education, use it. (Side Note: it’s actually quite sexy and attractive to converse with someone who has mastered this step. Get on that.)
5. Be smart with who you allow in your personal online circles. Haters are gonna hate. Creeps are gonna creep. Make sure you’re monitoring what information you put out there. By all means, live your life, but be intentional with your actions, knowing where they lead and how to avoid the icky negative side of things.
Here’s a few “Don’ts” for you as well.
1. Don’t ever allow the ease of connection with the internet to take place of real human interaction. People are magical in real life and worth your time. You’ll grow, expand and progress as a human if you have meaningful relationships and conversations with people. Have in-person talks, create memories, have real experiences and DREAM with others. Live in the present. Personal development is hindered in situations when the internet is your main way of participating in relationships. My goodness. This might be the most important.
2. Don’t waste your life on the shallow entertainment portion of the internet. Find and follow people who positively inspire you to dig deeper into life and unfollow those who do not. You have less than a century to do something with yourself. That doesn’t seem like a long time, but it’s a mere blink of an eye in the grand scheme. Keep your priorities straight by not giving your attention to the things that distract you from your goals.
3. Don’t post a streak of selfies. Every once in a while is fine, but a streak is uncalled for. You have better things to do with your time than dressing up for one picture, but taking 60. Get it together. Humanity needs you elsewhere.
4. Don’t give up the moment you are experiencing to post about it. Be in the moment. LIVE in the moment. Share later.
5. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries within your life with how and when you use the internet. There’s still a physical world out there to be explored and it’s an injustice if you do not take advantage of that. We are lucky to live in this time of history. Balance it well.
Many of the points I made are reflective of the personal lessons I have learned over the years. Educating people on the positives and negatives of the internet sets them up for future successes. Knowing the do’s and don’ts are the first step in teaching digital etiquette.
Sometimes diamonds hide in the rough, other times the most magical article of life stares you straight in the face through a computer screen. I knew when I saw this shirt years ago, my life had shifted. Suddenly, I was aware of all its meaning. Three howling wolves claiming their territory by having a conversation with a glowing full moon laced in the starry galaxy printed on a tie-dye of my choosing. I’ve never seen anything that lead directly to independence, strength, power and intellect like this particular shirt. What a claim, that a mere shirt has the ability to alter the future, but behold in its glory, the dangerous, magnificent beauty and epitome of what I believe it means to be human through this article of clothing’s influence. This shirt withholds information in its design that will be sought after for really the rest of time. It’s in its intricate detailing that humanity’s future can be seen. Tapping deep within our history into a time when the wolves ran wild with our ancestors, an undeniable connection between nature and humans is strong. So, if you dare to wear this shirt, be prepared to have a pipeline of information routed to you and your mind to be blown at all you, as a mere tiny human, can behold.
And I mean, it’s just sexy, right Dwight?
There once was a time in another life, another decade
When humans of all kinds would cram into a place called an arcade.
From all sizes and shapes, ages and interests,
People from all walks of life would make a physical entrance.
The reason for coming was pretty simple and neat,
To challenge the highest score, play and defeat.
Games and prizes, blinking lights and concessions
Arcades seemed to be a day of vacation.
Analog, digital, physical and mental,
There were games for anyone of any level.
Cruis’n USA, Street Fighter and NBA Jam,
To name a few making winners feel like “the man”.
Moving past all the digital systems to play,
Comes a personal favorite that could take up the day.
Hockey tables, pool tables and foosball alike,
These were some games with a physical strike.
Several systems were single players, but most preferred more
Like the skee ball machines lined to the door.
Shoulder to shoulder with new friends or old,
Coordination is key to the 50,000 point hole.
Let’s not forget the pinnacle for the wise,
Trading tickets collected for a really cheap prize.
Tickets were currency good for candy and toys,
Never lasting as long as the smiles or joy.
There was a good thing going between the 90’s and arcades,
It’s a shame personal gaming systems made that go away.
Arcades promoted community and social interaction,
Until gaming at home became such an attraction.
90’s kids will always look back, mourn and smile,
Sad arcades are gone, but glad to have enjoyed them a while.
So RIP Arcades, It sure was a blast,
Giving kids memories that forever will last.
The only question that still remains will unfortunately end this without rhyme,
But where are we supposed to get Chinese finger traps now?