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Coming into this class, I wasn’t exactly sure what I would get out of it (other than fulfilling a “W” requirement). I chose to enroll in this specific composition course because I thought that learning about digital media would give me an interesting insight into something I interact with daily. I was pleasantly surprised when I ended up not just learning more about concepts related to this ever-changing platform, but also becoming more proficient in a various related tools and applications. Having a level of proficiency in these tools is becoming an essential part in understanding how we represent media, and by practicing with such programs throughout this course, I think I have gained greater insight into digital media and composition. read more

After reading about fair use, I realized that the copyrighting of media was never something I have taken too much consideration into. While we start learning in high school that it’s important to cite our sources, plagiarism is bad, etc., we mainly regard that in terms of academic integrity. I just assumed that anything on the web is up for grabs (as long as you cite it). I never considered getting permission, since everything I used was for school purposes. I find it interesting that there is such a fine line when it comes to fair use, and it has me thinking of how vast these issues must be on the web since there seems to be infinite access to other creators’ works. It really begs the question that even if you aren't following these guidelines/using someone else’s work without permission, how likely is it that you will face consequences? What are the chances that the original creator will come across your work? And if they do, how likely is it that they will do something about it?

After reading Stolley’s manifesto, I wasn’t entirely convinced of his argument. As someone who has taken a handful of coding classes, I know that it helps to familiarize yourself with the process and software that creates the content you intend to put out there. Keeping that in mind, I didn’t think having a deep understanding of the software is essential as he makes it seem. For instance, we use various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., that are user-friendly enough to allow people to post written content with ease. I think this all works similarly to driving a car- you don’t need to need the intricacies of the vehicle itself to understand how to operate it. However, after watching the GitHub tutorials, I think have a better understanding of what he means. Having a level of proficiency in these tools is becoming an essential part of how we represent media, and the nature of version control/revision makes it an ever-changing platform that requires a base understanding of how it works. Logic, structure, and revision are as essential to coding as they are to writing.

Hello everyone! My name is Johanna (pronounced like the Hawaiian word “ohana” but with a J), but I actually go by Jojo. As a junior industrial engineering major, it’s been a while since I’ve taken a composition course. I’m excited to explore my creative side this semester, and I’m hoping this class will give me a new kind of experience for my undergraduate career. I look forward to getting to know you all!