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My Hometown

13 Jan

My hometown, this phrase carriers a lot of complexity when it comes to my life and what I call home. My hometown is a place that I have never been to yet know all too well. My hometown is very culturally yet lacks diversity. My hometown rests on two different continents yet are as close as two rooms in the same house. My hometown is very complex because it encompasses a complex childhood and  an identity crisis. I was born in Takoma Park which is a city right next to the city of Silver spring in Montgomery county, Maryland. I moved to Atlanta, Georgia around the age of four and grew up in Dekalb County until high school, when we moved to Lilburn. My hometown from my view growing up was never fully American because my parents are immigrants from the Ivory Coast, which is a country located in west Africa. Growing up in a household like that if I didn’t look out of he window you would swear your in Africa. All these factors lead me to confusion when asked “so tell me about your hometown?” I can’t describe too much about Maryland besides what it looks like during school holidays and to some I can’t talk about Atlanta because I was not born here. To sum this all up my hometown is no one location it encompasses pieces of all of those locations. The food and music of the ivory coast, The chilhood memories growing up in Dekalb, and the Holidays with family in Maryland.

http://www.takomaparkmd.gov/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory_Coast

 

http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/

 

parting is such sweet sorrow….

29 Apr

In five years I will remember the word semiotics because I haven’t heard that word said so much in any other time I’ve been in class. The blog posts were one of my favorite parts of the class, the reflection of our lectures and readings through the explanation of these various blog posts really reinforced the lessons. The in class discussions always were enjoyable and informative, especially the unorthodox way the notes were presented on the board and helped me visualize the connections between different topics. What I’ll take away from this class is a better understanding of the digital world we live in today and how it affects our lives. Also in taking this class I’m to understand that some of the theories discussed may be proven or dis-proven in the near future. Five years from now depending on how advanced or how society changes I may look at this class as an antique a library of antiquated ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and I learned a lot about the theory behind this mass media world we live in.

The customizable society

29 Apr

The customizable society and its effect on people’s views of themselves and their environment in this digital age. To truly understand the overall message I need to simplify these ideals, starting with that of the customizable society. What is the “customizable society”? In previous posts I’ve used the phrase, but I have never really ventured down the path of what it is, well today is your lucky day. Never before in history have we been able to tailor almost every aspect of our lives to suite our own personal Ideals, wants, and needs. For example, in this digital age when you log on to any mass online shopping site, we’ll say amazon (The Walmart of online shopping) the more you purchase the more the advertisements change to suite your personality depending on what you bought. If you were to listen to Pandora internet radio the types of stations you choose to listen to determine not only the products but in what language they are advertised to you. The unique and interesting fact is that because the digital world has intertwined so much in our day to day lives this sense of customization this sense of individuality is augmented and the catalyst for our societies excessive need to self-express. These avenues of expression lead to the creative process being mistaken for simple rearrangement. This misconception that everyone is some sort of artist in this new media society is a fallacy. The customizable society allows us to live in a world that is more connected than ever and have so much disconnection. This rift causes the people to believe that their worlds revolve around them, well in fact they do. The customizable society is in fact made up of everyone’s life and amalgamation of tailored made digital lives that allow every person “creative expression to be heard. The question is, is the rearranging of a kit of parts true creativity and in a world where creative expression is literally at ones finger tips is everyone an artist? The answer to this is “ no,” because the expression of individuality fostered in this society is not the bases for true artistic freedom.  

video game culture

20 Apr

Since the beginning of man games have had a very important role in our culture whether training nomadic children how to hunt, or teaching further generations teamwork, games have left an indelible mark on who we are as a people. In civilizations centuries apart and continents away games have shown themselves to be one of the cornerstones of a civilization. As the years pass and civilizations progress games are in a status of evolution and progression almost mirroring the society that created them. The idea of “video game culture” became popularized in recent history because before then being a “gamer” wasn’t a tag you could put on someone. In order for there to be a “culture” there has to be a group of people who embody similar characteristics. The gamer as we know him/her today can be anyone, this label has transcended sex, race, or any other superficial classification. To makes this easier to understand let me explain it like this; In the past the “gamer” was incorporated in the overall term “geek” or “nerd” the pocket protector wearing, no date having, and socially awkward individuals popularized through characters such as, Screech or Steve Urkel. Exactly when this shift in perception happened is unknown but it occurred with the popularity and accessibility of gaming. The act changed from something “weird” kids do to something “cool kids do” video games became attractive, and with this came a need for consumers to have them anywhere they wanted to.  The increased accessibility of gaming has turned video game culture into another part of the American experience, this is increasingly evident with the variety of video games we now have. From the super educational to the training of the senses video games have found their place in our culture because they have devolved in their evolution to the basics of what traditional games do for the human being. They have surpassed the idea of a plumber trying to save a princess to creating a way for one games to be more interactive and two to actually help developmental skills. Because gaming is no longer “simple”, because video games in some respects require as much mental effort than some sports, and the fact that a primal training is going on contributes to not only its growing fan base but its every increasing reach. The fact that no one has to go to an arcade anymore to play video games is because as a society we as consumers have grown to see games and gaming as part of our daily routines.