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SMPA 112: Indtroduction to Digital Media is the class I teach at GW.

The Great White Mark

A student project by Thomas Wall and Michael Riccio.

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Last Day!

SMPA 112

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Is This Class a Good Idea?

I’ve gotten that question pretty often this semester.

It is not typical to teach digital vidography, Final Cut Pro, and HTML in one class, and thus this is a relevant question to ask.

After one semester, and with some caveats, I think we can say it is a good idea.

I asked the class this, and they affirmed.

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Digg the Chaos

For me, a great moment is Shawn’s talk was when he pulled up the Digg swarm representation.

First of all, this is very cool, and just the kind of thing I like. I mean, it’s abstract art derived from user ratings of websites.

But moreover, it is a visual representation of the very same chaos that Frank Sesno spoke about the other night at the major’s meeting (and Shawn pointed this out: “you’re screwed”).

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Guest Speaker: Shawn Rider

We had Shawn Rider in class yesterday, and I thought that it went very very well.

The title of Shawn’s talk was:

“Open, Mashed, Remixed, Rated: Toward a User-Generated, Content-Heavy, Standards-Based, Dynamic, Socially Networked, Semantic World Wide Web of Wonder

I thought he had a great structure for talking about the progression of the web, and things that tied into Frank’s talk on the previous night in some surprising and interesting ways. (Although only myself and about 4 of my students were at the talk.)

Here are few things that Shawn showed that were new to me:

http://labs.digg.com/swarm/

http://www.ning.com/

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/

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