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    Reflection on HIST 427

    I originally signed up for this class because I needed another 400-level history course and it fit my schedule. The Information Age topic seemed a little interesting, but I did not get too excited because the topic was unlike the other history classes I’d taken before. I thought that the Information Age would be too modern and not historical enough for it to be interesting. However, in this class I learned that the Information Age has many different interpretations. It did not begin with the invention of the computer, but with the invention of things such as the printing press or the establishment of the first postal service. It can…

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    From Selfies to Social Justice: Kim Kardashian’s Social Media Evolution

    Kim Kardashian is known internationally as an American media personality. Her fame can be attributed to her late father, Robert Kardashian’s role as an attorney for O.J. Simpson, her friendship with socialite Paris Hilton, and her leaked sex tape with former boyfriend Ray J. Following the leaking of her sex tape in 2007, Kim Kardashian and her family were offered a reality TV show for E! network. The first episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (KUWTK) aired on October 14, 2007 and since then has produced 16 seasons with 8 spin-off shows. Despite mixed public opinions on the Kim Kardashian, she has been extremely successful at utilizing mass media…

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    Week 13

    The resources that were chosen for this week were really interesting to me. We selected Safiya Noble’s video, Erigha’s article, and Bain’s article to facilitate our discussion on gender and race in the production and consumption of digital information. In Tuesday’s discussion, the class discussed how search engines can reinforce racial and sexist stereotypes, how the film industry is working towards creating a more diverse representation in front of and behind the camera, and how corporations can use political ads to promote bigger messages and profit from sales. We also had the class do a activity where they analyzed different ads to identify the product, representation, message, and public reaction.…

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    Timeline

    My timeline entries included Dorothea Lange’s photojournalism during the Great Depression and WWII Navajo “Code Talkers”. For my entry on Lange, I focused one of her most iconic photos, Migrant Mother. This photograph was commonly used to represent the hardship of the Great Depression. Lange’s photojournalism for the FSA raised awareness of the severity of the Depression and how it was affecting rural farmers. Due to her photo Migrant Mother, the federal government sent aid to the campsite that the subject, Florence Owens Thompson, was residing. However, Thompson and her family had left the campsite before the food arrived. For my entry on Navajo “Code Talkers”, I focused on the…

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    Week 11 Readings

    Cyberbullying has been an increasing issue over the past decade due to the emergence of social networking sites and wider access to children, teenagers, and young adults. While this issue is mostly prevalent among teenagers, Maria Konnikova mentioned in her article that adults can also face cyberbullying. Konnikova stated that many adults experience humiliated, ignored, or being the subject of gossip. For adults, this can cause increased stress or burnout. Before reading Konnikova’s article, I didn’t know that adult cyberbullying was widespread. I think one of the most efficient ways to combat cyberbullying is through increase youth awareness and intervention programs like Konnikova listed. Besides these examples, there have been…

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    Readings Week 10

    Andy Schmitz’s article was fascinating to me because it gave me a perspective of how popular culture and American media have evolved over time. I liked how they compared Jenny Lind, the Beatles, and American Idol to each other. One line from their article that stuck out to me was, “Pop culture and American media are inextricably linked—it’s no coincidence that Jenny Lind, the Beatles, and American Idol were each promoted using a then-new technology—photography for Lind; television for the Beatles; the Internet and text messaging for American Idol.”1 They mentioned the use of then-new technology and how it created turning points in the way pop culture and American media…

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    Week 9 Readings

    I really enjoyed reading Elaine Hom’s article on Alan Turing. The majority of what I knew about Turing was based off of The Imitation Game so it was great to learn about him minus the Hollywood portrayal. Turing’s contributions to modern computing and breaking the ENIGMA code made a tremendous impact that is still felt today. What I found to be the most interesting about him was his openness about his sexuality during the 1950s. In our class discussion we talked about if his sexuality impacted his remembrance in history. Despite the fact that a lot of this information was classified for decades following the end of the war, I…

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    Week 8 Readings

    On Tuesday we focused on early computers. I was really surprised to learn such an extensive history on the computer. Prior to this class, I’d never learned about Charles Babbage. When I thought about the history of computers, I never thought they would date back into the 19th century. I always assume they developed from post-WWII into the 1980s/1990s. It blew my mind to see how Babbage’s machine worked. In class we touched on this, and I agree that it was a machine ahead of its time. I also enjoyed reading Bush’s article because it was written in 1945. I loved how he spoke about the future potential of technology,…

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    Silent Film

    My group created our silent film based off of Mary Washington yearbooks from 1916-1998. We were inspired by the idea of recreating different scenes in the book. There were particular photos we chose to include such as typewriters, video games, and old cameras that relate to the change of technology we study in this course. We thought including these elements in the video would be a nice ode to the information age. My group and I had a lot of fun filming the video and we were efficient in filming and editing the majority of it in one day.