I am currently a second year Critical Media Practices student, enrolled in the College of Communication, Media and Information at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Below is a collection of my work.

Homework #1: Ideas

An idea is a thought or collection of thoughts generated by the mind. An idea can be a plan of action for a task, an opinion, a belief, a mental image, or really any mental understanding of a topic. In “How to Make Our Ideas Clear”, C.S. Peirce explains that an idea can either be clear or distinct. An idea is clear if it is so easily understandable that we cannot help but take notice of it. An idea is distinct if it cannot be confused with anything else. C.S. Pierce explained in his writing how an idea can be so clear that everyone understands it, but that does not necessarily make that idea true. Because the broad term “idea” can refer to almost every thought, the word idea can be linked to many different kinds of thoughts. An idea can be the thought of a new invention or a new product, feelings of love towards a significant other, a plan for how to build a house, or even feelings of pain. An idea, in its simplest form, is any product of brain activity.

Homework #2: Collaboration

Collaboration simply means to work with other people, and as a media production student it is extremely important to understand that collaboration is key to making successful projects. Collaboration is so important to making media, and I am experiencing that just by working on our production in this class. Everyone was assigned roles, so everybody knew exactly what their job was when going into the project. We are all aware of the individual responsibilities each group member has and work hard to get that done individiually. That is considered collaboration because all members of the group put their work together to create a bigger piece of work. Being a small production project in comparison to major projects like Hollywood films, there are only four group members, which allows for an even greater level of collaboration. We still complete our individual tasks, but because we are working in such small groups we are able to brainstorm the actual concept, and really focus on every aspect of the production. Collaboration on that level wouldn’t be possible if there were hundreds of people working on the production. Collaboration is a really broad term, and as you can tell, the definition can vary depending on what exactly it is that is being collaborated upon.

I started to make YouTube videos when I was in sixth grade. My first videos were tech reviews that I recorded with my best friend at the time, Josh. Josh and I made plenty of videos together, but after a certain point I got tired of working with him, and actually bought him out of our YouTube channel so that I could work on all of the videos myself. I loved the idea that every single task that needed to be completed to produce a video was done by me, and me only. I worked that way for years, and made over 300 YouTube videos, doing the pre-production, production, and post-production, all alone. As I got into high school and started taking TV production courses, I realized that doesn’t always work best. I was heavily involved with the TV production club and morning announcement crew in high school, which required tons of collaboration. Homeroom was 7 minutes long in high school, and we ran a live show through the school, every day durning this 7 minute period. Everyone had to come into the studio very quickly and everyone knew the job they performed every single day, so it worked fine. I ran the switcher every day my senior year, so I got really fast at it, but if I had to switch jobs regularly, along with the rest of the crew, things wouldn’t have gone so smoothly. Now that I’m in college, I realize that collaboration is even more present than ever. Almost every project I have done in CMDP in my first 3 semesters in the program has been group based, which makes sense. Working together is the only realistic way to complete a media project of any kind.

Homework #3: Semiotic Square

Seniotic Square

Above is what I created to represent my own version of the semiotic square, which I learned about in CMDP 2600 Creative Media Making. By using a semiotic square you are able to visually represent a matrix of possible relationships generated by a given opposition. I started my square by placing social media at the top left. I use social media every single day, and so does everyone around me so that was an easy first entry. I used social media to create a business for myself on YouTube and I would like to continue using social media for business practices, so Business goes on the right side of the square. I placed University on the opposite end of business, because it represents where I am now versus where I want to be in the future. Not Social Media is an obvious opposite for Social Media.

In my experience, when you connect Social Media and University, the result is a bad platform for the classroom. I’ve had professors in the past who have required the use of Twitter and Instagram for assignments and attendance. The problem is, that when professors require social media platforms to be used, students make new junk accounts. This way, they don’t have to flood their feed with schoolwork. Social media only works when it is constantly being updated, and I know for a fact that I don’t want to Tweet every day from my CU Twitter account. On the other hand, when University and Not Social Media are connected, it makes for a better learning experience, because students are using hands-on learning techniques, and human to human interaction. Connecting the two right sides results in an old and ineffective business plan. The use of social media is necessary in this day and age to run a successful business due to the ability to reach the consumer first hand, and learn about customers through online profiles. If I had to place myself on this square, I would want to be at the top right with a strong business sense, but still aware that social media is necessary to running a modern, profitable business.

Reinvent Beauty

This media project was created in collaboration by myself and three other students at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The advertising industry usually only represents a body type that five percent of women actually fit. Our goal is to show that diversity is beautiful in itself. I crafted a separate page dedicated to this project. Click below to see it.

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Folkedelic Video

This video was created for a class (CMDP 2500) documentary project. I recorded video and audio, as well as edited this short documentary about a local band.