Gameplay clips for Test 2

For your reference for Test 2, pull specific examples to consider how these gameplay clips from L.A. Noire and Bioshock:

  • Exemplify Galloway’s 4 categories (nondiagetic and diagetic machine acts, and nondiagetic and diagetic operator acts), or embody multiple quadrants simultaneously
  • Embody Jenkins’ 4 qualities of environmental storytelling/immersive narrative
  • Construct space and/or attempt to maintain the magic circle
  • Would be valued by ludologist vs. narratologist game scholars

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By suzannescott

Group 11 Surveillance Proposal

For our group’s topic, we will be talking about surveillance in new media: how it is portrayed in Pretty Little Liars (PLL) and how that portrayal represents the literal surveillance of the US Government. In the era of new media, information is something that goes hand in hand with technology. Data can now be stored easily and accessed through a variety of ways because of advances in computer technology. In his article “Surveillance in the Digital Enclosure,” Mark Andrejevic talks about how “clouds” and other forms of “always-on connectivity,” may hinder technology users in certain ways, he believes “The implication of course [of Cloud technology], is that resource ownership no longer matters” (Andrejevic 6). This not only implicates a large network of easily accessible data, but also a massive amount of data collecting, which can be very harmful to digital culture adherents. Who owns certain types of media in PLL is a major factor in who is able to gain the upper hand. The surveilling character of “A” always has the upper hand because he/she has more “dirt”, for lack of a better word, on the main characters that he/she has obtained digitally.

Andrejevic writes about this in his article, speaking about those in control of cloud networks, stating: “If proposed enclosures like Google’s Wifi network facilitate information gathering, they also enable unprecedented levels of data control”(Andrejevic 4). PLL effectively encompasses this concept throughout the series, portraying the harsh reality of data gathering and control by characterizing “A” as someone who has access to extremely secretive information and uses it as a fear tactic. This information gathering is done through a myriad of outlets (social media, computer files, documents, etc.). The character “A” represents an idea that every digital culture participant should be aware of: surveillance is something that becomes increasingly more abundant as technology and new media progress.

We will be making a remix video containing different clips from PLL that help to reveal the clandestine and oftenness of surveillance. The thesis of the video post will be focused on how underestimated surveillance can be. Surveillance is much more dangerous now, in the age of new media, because of its easy accessibility due to large networks like social media, cloud networks, and computer hacking.

 

This looks good,maybe add something about how surveillance in the real world has been culturally accepted as being a necessary component in our everyday life and the idea that you are always being surveillanced by someone or something. The connection that the show makes of the surveillance and culture is also that it is everyone and can’t be stopped. It also represents the idea of surveillance being anonymous, so the girls never know who’s watching them either.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcYF_OTbBOI

The above clip recaps every episode of season 1. In season 1 the girls think Tobi is A. The following time slots show clips of him possibly being A: 5:26-5:35, 6:30-6:35 and 6:40-6:43

The ending of this video shows an example of how surveillance is used during the show through threatening text messages. The clip for that is in time slot 9:49-9:50

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7kAhveMA8o

The above clip shows a variety of scenes where the show uses surveillance and easily compares to how it’s used in todays culture

  • 00:01-00:26 shows A (surveillance) having access to personal computer files
  • 1:00-1:07 shows A paying for a ring at a pawn shop in order to blackmail the girls and gain more leverage over them. This can symbolize the power that A (surveillance) has and that it’s all centered around money

Archives

Social media is a form of personal archiving, which can create a false identity that the user has control over. According to our reading on Archives, “We do not live in a society that uses digital archives, we live in an information society that is a digital archive” (New Media: The Key Concepts). Its users can manipulate how they want other users to see them. Today, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and YouTube are digital archives where people are creating their own identities based off of what they post. This type of archiving self brands the users whether they want it to or not. It can be a place where companies and professionals brand themselves and can affect more aspects of your life than you would think. Your personal social media sites translate not only to your friends who follow you, but future and current employers. For example, if a user only posts about going to the movies, then their followers or friends on that site will only see that segment of their life and therefore deduce that they only go to the movies in their free time.

In today’s world, we use social media to judge and be judged. Self-branding has become a huge aspect of our lives and we do it through our personal archives-Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Our friends, families, current & future employers view this as a platform to judge each other off of. Often times you can create this persona that is a more perfect version of you, but it can negatively affect you as well. Another example is how people relationships between each other are extremely affected by our social media sites. Followers can view every move you make—whether it be the people you communicate to the most, what you like, what you favorite, what you re-tweet or re-vine, etc. This can cause people to form opinions of them by their actions on their social media sites.

With this remixed video, we plan to argue that our personal digital archives (social media sites) are places where you are judged within society. We will do this by showing examples of different social media users’ sites and how the sites affect their personal images. Screenshots and videos of social media posts will be used and played over music and voice-overs depending on the need of the segment. This will illustrate how these sites affect our lives and create these identities. Excerpts of other remixed videos from YouTube and examples used in class based off this same topic will be used as well.

For the first 50 seconds, this movie trailer expresses the same ideologies that we plan on expressing through our remixed video. It is effective by showing the processes we go through to archive our lives through social media.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RB3edZyeYw

 

 

Works Cited

Gane, Nicholas, and David F. Beer. New Media: The Key Concepts. Oxford: Berg, 2008. Print.

“The Social Network Official Trailer #1 – (2010) HD.” YouTube. YouTube, 16 June 2011. Web. 02 Apr. 2014.

By asupiphi

Group 10 – Copyright Proposal

Our groups chosen topic is copyright. As we learned in class, the primary function of copyright law is to credit those who have created something i.e. attributing credit where credit it due. The “Four Factors” that determine fair use of a work are the purpose and character of the use (commercial, nonprofit, educational), the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the work as a whole, and the effect of the use upon the potential value of the copyrighted work.

Specifically, we will be arguing that “culture always builds on the past”. Because we have so much access to media, we tend to forget the rules/significance of copyright and whether we are or are not violating policies. But we need to make use of these older, copyrighted works in order to progress and create better things in the future. An example of a point we will be arguing is that settlement money does not go to artists. We also plan on showing clips from “RIP: A Manifesto” such as the scene where there were (copyright) complaints about having the character Mickey Mouse painted on a school playground. Similarly, Disney is trying to sue Deadmau5 (an EDM artist whose logo is comparable to Mickey, and we will use part of this story in our presentation. We will also include clips from the Disney-themed video on copyright. Here is the video/an example of what ours will resemble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo

The form of our presentation will be a video essay. As a group, we decided it would be most useful (considering our topic) to take clips from other videos and reorganize/remix them into our own. Essentially, we will be taking bits from other videos in order to create a “new” video describing copyright and its laws.

Textually, we will be focusing primarily on the readings from Week 11 as well as pulling bits from Week 2 (on consumers and producers). A quote that summarizes our viewpoint on copyright comes from William Patry’s “How the Copyright Wars Are Being Fought and Why”: “…You have no right to make money from every development in media, and the humility that comes from approaching the market that way matters. It’s not “how can the market make me money” it’s “how can I do things for the market”. To make money, you have to serve customers, not sue them or control them” (Patry). This touches on the idea that we as consumers are not always fully aware of whether or not our actions are completely legal and the market should take that into consideration.

Group 10: Pat Goulding, John Henno, Diva Stevens, Xukang Yin, Christopher Young

 

Group 7 – Cyborgs Proposal

We will be focusing our video essay around week four’s lesson on Cyborgs.

The argument we want to make with this video essay is that the cyborg is a figure that reflects human ideals and as humans increasingly use technology to enhance life and reach these ideals, we are becoming increasingly and inevitably posthuman. We want to explore Haraway’s idea that “We can be responsible for machines; they do not dominate or threaten us” because they represent these ideals and that machines are ultimately “an aspect of our embodiment” through our use of technology (Haraway, 222). Furthermore, through the dissolution of boundaries between humans and the cyborg ideal, we want to demonstrate Hayles’ idea that “In the posthuman, there are no essential differences or absolute demarcations between bodily existence and computer simulation, cybernetic mechanism and biological organism, robot teleology and human goals” (Hayles, 3). To illustrate this point, we will use contemporary examples of how humans strive towards the ideal that cyborg fiction establishes, and how we are therefore becoming posthuman.

We believe a narrated video essay is the most effective way to present our thesis. The video essay will integrate quotes from both Hayles and Haraway in narration, with clips edited to demonstrate the main points of our argument. We will use scenes from various films featuring cyborgs such as Terminator: Salvation, Iron Man, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Wars to at first illustrate how cyborgs are a reflection of the perfection humans strive for. We will then draw on real life examples with clips and pictures of pacemakers, artificial limbs, and current technological advances that are furthering our integration with machines to illustrate how we are moving towards the cyborg ideal and that the boundaries between fiction and reality are being broken down.

The video below is a good model for our visual essay because of its effective use of commentary with visual quotes and clips from media that exemplify the points of the narration.

Group 5 – Cyborg Proposal

As a group we will be focusing our project on the topic of Cyborgs from our Week 4 discussions.

 “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the 1980s” by Donna Haraway is going to be a main muse as we explain our views of how cyborgs are becoming even more a reality than she explains in her text.

We are going to create a video that shows our ideas that over the past decades we have seen technology become a greater part of our lives with each new day. With this video we plan on incorporating key quotes from Haraway’s message in a way the exudes scholarly reflection on this complex  idea.

In our video for this project you will see clips from very famous Hollywood films both from the past and present to represent our ideas. There will also clips from old television series clips that help to bring our vision to life. Lastly we hope to incorporate real life news stories into the video.  Once again this is to make anyone who watches this video realize that technology and cyborgs have become an increasingly integrated part of our society.

As we look for some form of inspiration for this video we hope to modle it similarly to this link http://vimeo.com/42493941. As a group we believe this type of video will give us a chance to convince the audience of our key points through the examples in our video.

FMS Group #2 Transmedia

Harry Potter has long been considered a classic novel because of its unique blend of mystery, action, and its dramatic storyline. Along with its success as a novel, Harry Potter also presents its audience with different types of media stretching across digital cinema, video games, action figures, and all sorts of merchandise making it a perfect example to the concept known as transmedia storytelling. Transmedia storytelling is “the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms using current digital technologies while also expanding on the overall understanding of the content of the story.” -Jenkins, Henry

In Henry Jenkins’ article transmedia storytelling 101 he states that, “Transmedia storytelling represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systemically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience.” When it came to the attention of J.K. Rowling the author of the Harry Potter series that her novel series was beginning to gain popularity she began to release more than just continuations of the novel she was writing. When Harry Potter was released as a film, the already successful series gained mass worldwide popularity and created a fan base that is still alive and thriving today. However, many fans make the claim that reading the novels and watching the movies are two totally different experiences.

Some may argue that the different forms of media in the Harry Potter series does not add to the storyline in anyway because the forms of media including the movies and video games are just adaptations. But this is not the case. Since Harry Potter began as a novel, most of its in-depth content lies within the novels that J.K. Rowling wrote. If you were to read the novels before viewing other media (ie. the cinema movies or video games), you would have the notation that they contribute little to none when it comes to storytelling. Although this is true it is also important to take into account that many people choose to watch the movies and then read the novels. This is very interesting because for these viewers, the book would add a lot of new points of view, as the films do not articulate all of what the novel originally portrays in the series.

Our group plans to research and articulate how even after all these years Harry Potter is still using aspects of transmedia storytelling through the new media adaptations that JK Rowling still continues to create. Such as the new extension trilogy entitled Fantastic Beasts, her adaption of pottermore which allows fans to integrate themselves into the world of harry potter, and the fan base that still continues to grow through aspects such as social media almost daily. We plan to carry out our research by creating a mash up video highlighting all the different media aspects of harry potter ranging from reaction videos, movies, and social media interpretations.

Here is an example is what our final project might look like but with a mix of social media,pottermore videos,movie and video game clips.

 

Copyright and Piracy Group 1

The focus of our video is going to be on the week 11 topic, copyright and piracy. We will use ideas from William Patry’s “How the Copyright Wars Are Being Fought and Why” and Lawrence Lessig’s “Pirates” and “Piracy.” We also intend on using miscellaneous clips from Youtube regarding copyright infringement to further our argument. Some of these videos include news stories comparing the theft of physical objects to those of which can be obtained virtually, as well as fan-made music videos and game reviews that have been taken down for breaking copyright laws.

Our video, as you can probably tell, will be a mashup. The mashup will be formed in a linear way to convey our message as clear and precise as possible. The message being where the line of piracy and fair use is drawn. Ironically our video will include “copyrighted” works within it, seeing as some of the clips we will use within our video were taken down for copyright infringement. The clips used can exercise fair use of copyright because this is for an educational purpose.

In “How the Copyright Wars Are Being Fought and Why” by William Patry, and analysis and investigation of why the music business has been receding in recent years. While most record companies blame piracy and uncooperative consumers, musicians and former executives blame rising retail prices and bad music, both reasons why no one would buy it. Bono of U2 was quoted as saying, “Don’t believe (the people who claim piracy is killing the music business).Crap music is hurting music. Give people what they want when they want it”. The quote later explains that the industry is not ready to evolve and other parts of the reading emphasize that the industry does not want to cannibalize the ways of old.It seems as if the industry is just afraid to do anything about the decline in sales and is blaming all they can but themselves. The profits go down so the prices go up. It shouldn’t be surprising that consumers do not want to buy a record for 23 dollars when it should be 10.

Our video will be similar to this one below, a mashup that gives its message through taken audio and images.

By asu130670

Group 8 – Surveillance Arguement

Our group presentation is centered around surveillance, but more specifically how people in our current day and age can mindlessly provide information and spew out their thoughts and ideas without thinking about the consequences of it. Our argument is centered mainly on the amount of information that people provide on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, so effortlessly with full consent without thinking about the repercussion. We plan on projecting our views through a fake movie/TV show trailer, in conjunction with movie clips and music to create a thriller that expresses the dangers and possible threats that can arise by sharing too much information. Our vision of the project encompasses the idea that the digital enclosure social media sites provide are similar to Benthams idea of a panopticon. People are aware that their information is being presented on the internet and is being watched and observed at all times, but what they don’t realize is who exactly has access to this information. This is where the dangers of consenting our information so willingly is derived from, and plan to demonstrate this by showing the threats that a serial killer, rapist, pedophile, or even a stalker can pose on unsuspecting victims that present too much of their personal information on social sites.

 

The video that our group drew its inspiration comes from is, Group 3’s video remix on Romantic Disturbance, which show cases Disturbia as a love story.

After watching the video our group took a dark and morbid reception to it, seeing the possible horrors that could arise from surveillance. From there we plan to play off the theme of stalking that the video shows, and add a suspenseful and hazardous atmosphere to our remix video to aid us in presenting our ideas. Not only does our inspiration stem from this video but from our reading by Andrejovic on the Digital Enclosure and this quote in particular, “It is, however, critically important to consider precisely what the cost of these conveniences might end up being, not just in economic terms, but in terms of control over information”. This quote encompasses our whole idea of surveillance, although it might be convenient to give Facebook your email, phone number, and any other personal information of yours you sacrifice through their messaging system or through public sharing, there is no control over this information and it can be compromised and taken at any moment. As long as the threat persists of who can access this information remains, people should be more wary and cautious with the information they decide to share through social media.

By zansrule

Group 6 – Surveillance Proposal

Our team has decided to centralize our argument around surveillance and to put into focus the idea that surveillance is no longer left to an authoritative power, rather, it has been democratized and put into the hands of the public. We will focus on explaining how this either benefits or damages us as a society. Sarah Banet-Weiser in “Branding the Post-Feminist Self: Girls’ Video Production and Youtube” explores both negative and positive vantage points of this “democratizing potential” explaining that this is only made possible because of “it’s flexible architecture, the relative accessibility of the technology, the capacities for users to become producers, and the construction of the Internet as a participatory culture.” (pg. 279) Thanks to an almost unlimited amount of information that the Internet brings in Web 2.0 it seems as if our society cannot escape this “digital enclosure” we have created. This digital enclosure can be compared to the likings of Bentham’s panopticon, however, we in our project would like to deconstruct his model and explain that in this new digital enclosure we are no longer the prisoners in cells and the “powers at be” in the watchtower, we are both the prisoner and the watchtower. Our group has chosen to formulate our video essay and pose it as a fan vid. Our main argument for the “good” of democratic surveillance poses around the events of the Boston Bombings and the airplane of Flight 370 and how the public has been asked to take an authoritative stance and come together with collective intelligence to help solve these cases for the greater good. We will interlace images of both events to help demonstrate the positive side of surveillance and internet democratization. To show the “creepy” or negative side of surveillance, we will include posts and tweets of our classmates either on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the intent and hope to shock our peers while explaining the idea that we are being surveilled at all times and this comes at a cost of living in a digital enclosure. The imagery will switch from heroic and lighthearted to emphasize the positive aspects while then changing to more ominous and dark themes to highlight a “scary” aspect of surveillance.

The video “Surveillance” (see above) is not only aptly titled, it has a certain tone and gravity that we hope our video portrays. The information at the beginning is enlightening and educational, both aspects we hope to touch on in our video. The quick montage of videos of the actress shared an aspect of the willingness to put ourselves in the digital enclosure to which I think will also be very appropriate in our video.

-Andy Ward, Aldo Mucino, Carter Olson, Silver Madala

Other videos will we consider modeling our project after:

http://vimeo.com/65218300

This advertisement is great because it shows of all the ways that we “should” be wary of surveillance, my hope using this video would be to spoof it or emphasize why we might “need” these securities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlQLeiZbTfE

The Onion explains it best and exemplifies how we as a society willfully give out personal information without exploring the ramifications of this.

 

By awardjose