Welcome to Oddity’s New Media Writing!
This is a final portfolio of all of Daniel Park’s work in ENG221: Understanding New Media. What follows is a table of contents of all the work completed thus far and a final portfolio outcomes essay.
Table of Contents
- Sketch: A New Avatar
- Sketch: Liveblogging Pullman (ported from Ublend)
- Sketch: Crude Attempt at a Podcast Logo
- Reflection: Technology Literacy Narrative – The Past (page is linked in post)
- Visual Notes: Creeber and Jenkins
- The Web We Weave: Every Frame a Painting Podcast Reflection
- The Web We Weave: 350.org Podcast Reflection
- Reflection: Listening Project (page is linked in post)
- Reflection: Technology Literacy Narrative – The Present (page is linked in post)
- EOOP Subdomain
If this class has taught me one thing, it is that I should not be afraid of the unfamiliar. That while perfection is desirable, it won’t always be attainable when your skills are undeveloped, and that the best way to start moving in that direction is to just start creating.
Before this semester, my writing process could only be described as single-minded and intensive. I would sit for hours at a time cranking out one perfect draft. I would obsess over wording, organization of the argument, maintenance of a formal style and using only the perfect, succinct evidence to provide a masterful analysis and to get things done on the first try.
This class has definitely changed that. While my creative process is still just as intensive, it’s not as unforgiving. While I am working towards the best final product I can produce, I’m not agonizing for hours on end to get it done in one go. The beauty of new media is the ability to retrospectively edit or to change things endlessly again and again in multiple drafts and sessions and sittings.
Take, for example, the Avatar and the Podcast logo I was tasked with at the beginning of the semester. I agonized trying to get these right, fiddling around with Photoshop for ages because I was determined to learn it and get it right. Ultimately, however, I did not produce something incredible or perfect, because I did not have the photo editing prowess that my process required.
When I was creating something like the graphics for the Equality of Opportunity Project admissions subdomain, to contrast, my new writing process allowed me to be forgiving of my first crude attempts. Trial and error became a blessing as I created and searched for graphics across multiple applications and platforms, and I tried my best to create the best graphics that I could, playing around with different percentages, different types of graphs, trying again and again and sending them all to my other group members for feedback and to give them choices on what they wanted to use. At times, my final attempts were not what were used- this speaks to the possibilities and the mutability of the drafting process with writing and editing in this new age.
The flexibility of the work that we’ve done in this class is also reflected in the writing I’ve done for this class. With the Literacy Narratives, and even with previous blog posts like the podcast reflections, I have gone back and edited drafts again and again before I finally posted the result that one saw on the blog. I didn’t focus on perfection, but each iteration of a piece of work saw a small change that made it better.
One of my other new innovations to the writing process was just being unafraid to write out of order. Writing has become far more multi-natured and flexible for me, and it’s become easier for me to quickly jot down notes and fragments of what I want to say and rearrange them in a different order or to build on them further and run with the idea as a result of this class.
While one change in my writing process was to not obsess with perfection on the first try but to go back and edit again and again to make my work better, another one involved learning to collaborate with others. Sitting down with Kevin and Shemmi for the Every Frame a Painting and 350.org episodes of The Web We Weave allowed me to go further in depth with my analysis of the video essays and the environmental website, as they both came up with ideas that I never would have thought of, and injected fresh new perspectives into the outline and the discussions for the episodes.
Looking back, I not only learned how to better synthesize analytical creative content, but I also learned how to better reflect on myself and to think about my own work critically. While this was something I’d had experience with in the past with journaling, blogging and writing letters to other people about my life and how I was developing, I feel as though I’d matured further in this class as I told full-blown narratives of my experience with technology in the Literacy Narratives. Moving from the old style of the past where I merely told the narrative and the events which made me the person from the past, I realized I needed to do more, look closer and reveal my own strengths and weaknesses, and how they were based in the story I was telling and how they manifested in my work for this class. While this is similar to the analyses I’d done, I see the difference in how intimate this work was, in the increased difficulty that came with looking so deeply into oneself, and how to present it in a proper manner that allowed both the narrative and the insight to shine. These narratives needed a more personal touch than the detached impartial dissections of The Web We Weave or the Pullman liveblogs.
Although I definitely went out of order in looking at my work for this, my final reflection in this class, I kept it in chronological order because this evolution happened gradually across each and every assignment that I completed, slowly branching out like tree roots. And I would like this archive to reflect the story that is told in these assignments, the gradual, out-of-order growth that has made me the creator that I am today.