Create a story out of media only – video production:
Create a story out of media only – video production:
Create a story out of media only – video production:
Create a story out of media only – video production:
Process Post 5- Mini Assignments, Peer Review and Accessibility I particularly enjoyed this week’s reading, named “Digital Gardens” as it…
I particularly enjoyed this week’s reading, named “Digital Gardens” as it relates to what we are doing as a class. This blog talks about how people are making their own, personalized websites to post their content and all of it is under the same Internet. Even though it is gaining popularity now, it dates back to 1998 Mark Bernstein introduced the idea of the “hypertext garden,” arguing for spaces on the internet that let a person wade into the unknown. “Gardens … lie between farmland and wilderness,” he wrote.
Philosophical readings aside, I added yet another accessibility tool to my website, A TRANSLATOR! This is pretty cool. This idea came to me during tutorial when I overheard students talking in different mother tongues, and I thought to myself, “it would be sweet if they went to my website and could read posts in their own language.” This would promote inclusivity and add a personal touch to the website. This feature makes my website accessible to more people from different parts of the world.
This tool is on the upper right portion of my website so it does not feel cluttered, nor does it block any content.
We have been working on our mini-assignments and the third one is due soon. I have a few ideas for it, so stay tuned! Our first peer review was due this week, so you can check it out here. I reviewed The Weekly Grain of Malt by Stephanie Malt.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – A Technological Marvel The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a tour de force in the…
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a tour de force in the smartphone world, a harmonious blend of Samsung’s technological prowess, design acumen, and commitment to delivering the ultimate user experience. This detailed review delves into why the Galaxy S23 Ultra stands out as a remarkable choice for an Android phone and is also a phone I wanted to buy.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra boasts a design that seamlessly blends form and function. The device’s glass and metal construction exudes an aura of sophistication and feels incredibly premium in hand. The slim profile and ergonomically curved edges make it comfortable to hold and operate. It’s a device that turns heads with its timeless elegance.
The S23 Ultra features a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with Quad HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. This results in a visual spectacle characterized by vibrant colors, inky blacks, and ultra-smooth animations. HDR10+ certification ensures the device is ideal for consuming high-quality multimedia content, be it streaming movies, browsing the web, or playing games.
Equipped with the latest Snapdragon or Exynos chipset (depending on the region), and paired with 12 gb RAM, the Galaxy S23 Ultra offers unrivaled performance. It handles multitasking, gaming, and resource-intensive applications with effortless ease. Samsung’s One UI, which sits atop Android, ensures a seamless and highly customizable user experience.
4. Camera System:
The camera system is where the S23 Ultra truly shines. It is internationally known to take ultra zoomed in images and had gone viral for taking super close ups of the moon as well. A versatile quad-camera setup, including a remarkable 108-megapixel main sensor, a periscope telephoto lens for jaw-dropping optical zoom capabilities, and ultra-wide and macro lenses, redefines mobile photography. The camera performance is nothing short of spectacular, delivering shots replete with intricate details, vibrant colors, and outstanding low-light capabilities. Innovative features like 100x Space Zoom provide creative possibilities, while the laser autofocus guarantees swift and precise focusing.
5. Battery Life:
The Galaxy S23 Ultra packs a robust battery that comfortably powers through a full day of heavy usage. Efficient power management, wireless charging, and fast charging capabilities ensure you spend more time enjoying your device and less time tethered to an outlet.
6. 5G Connectivity:
The device is primed for the future with 5G connectivity. This ensures that you’re ready to embrace the latest network speeds and capabilities, guaranteeing a fast and immersive online experience.
7. S Pen Integration:
For users who appreciate the convenience of a stylus, the S Pen integration is a game-changer. It offers a fluid and natural writing and drawing experience on the device’s expansive screen, making it an indispensable tool for productivity, creativity, and precise note-taking.
Samsung’s One UI is a user-centric and feature-rich Android interface that promises a seamless and delightful software experience. Regular updates and security patches underscore Samsung’s commitment to keeping your device up-to-date and secure.
9. Build and Durability:
The Galaxy S23 Ultra is no slouch in terms of durability, boasting an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. It’s built to withstand the rigors of daily use and provide an extra layer of protection to your investment.
In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is not just another smartphone; it is the epitome of what a high-end mobile device should be. It excels in design, performance, camera capabilities, battery life, and software experience. If you’re searching for the absolute best that Android has to offer and refuse to compromise on any aspect of your smartphone experience, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is the unrivaled champion. Its innovative features, cutting-edge technology, and luxurious design make it a true flagship device that deserves a place in the pocket of discerning tech enthusiasts.
I found this week’s reading, “Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet,” quite interesting. The author explained that the nature of the internet has changed over time, allowing people more creative freedom over their online real estate. The author uses the term “digital gardens” to…
I found this week’s reading, “Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet,” quite interesting. The author explained that the nature of the internet has changed over time, allowing people more creative freedom over their online real estate. The author uses the term “digital gardens” to explain that blogs and personal sites can really be whatever we want them to be. They don’t have to be these formal pages that follow the same template week after week.
I felt quite inspired by this article. Since starting this blog, I have struggled to find my voice. I have so many ideas, but this blog is the first time I have had this much creative control over anything, and stringing all my ideas together has been difficult. This article helped me realize that I shouldn’t be afraid to take more risks with my content and try out new types of posts. The written posts are still going to be the bulk of the blog, but I am going to experiment with video posts and photos to share with my audience.
I want to create a blog that is useful for others, but I also want to use this space to express myself and share my passion creatively.
When I decided to make my blog about fitness, I knew I wanted it to cater to an audience I have been a part of. More specifically, I wanted to create a space for people just getting started in the fitness world, because it can be so intimidating. When I…
When I decided to make my blog about fitness, I knew I wanted it to cater to an audience I have been a part of. More specifically, I wanted to create a space for people just getting started in the fitness world, because it can be so intimidating. When I was first learning about fitness, I found the most valuable information came from fitness professionals and influencers who made their content accessible for all skill levels, so that is what I have tried to do with this blog so far.
There is almost too much information available on the internet about fitness, so to separate myself from the masses, I blog about the absolute basics. I want Fueling Your Twenties to act as a blueprint that anyone can access and apply to their own journey. I focus on using simple language and keep my posts as short as they can be to make them more accessible and easy to digest.
Truthfully, I picture my audience being largely female. This influenced my choice of theme because I wanted to ensure that it looked feminine. Additionally, I made the whole site pink, because as a female myself, everything looks better in pink.
Review of ‘Little Horrors Reviews‘ This week, I have been reviewing a blog called “Little Horror Reviews”. The blog’s purpose is to review all forms of entertainment within the genre of horror, especially content related to the modern social media world. The author of the blog refers to themselves as ‘little horrors’ and, therefore, appears […]
Review of ‘Little Horrors Reviews‘
This week, I have been reviewing a blog called “Little Horror Reviews”. The blog’s purpose is to review all forms of entertainment within the genre of horror, especially content related to the modern social media world. The author of the blog refers to themselves as ‘little horrors’ and, therefore, appears anonymous. Since this is a blog that makes reviews and is related to horror, I think the author’s choice of anonymity is fitting and aligns with the theme, which creates some kind of mystery.
Looking at a blog’s cyber infrastructure, it is the technical foundation that allows it to exist online. It is particularly important in this case because it ensures the author’s anonymity while allowing communication with the audience. This infrastructure also keeps user data secure, fitting the blog’s theme of mystery and privacy.
In my opinion, the blog’s appearance and theme fits very good with the content. The colors that are chosen are primarily purple and black, with some text in white and orange too. The pictures on the homepage of the blog are related to horror and gives me a vibe of Halloween. On the homepage, I really like the ‘trending today’ with links, giving a comprehensive view of the blog’s content, which makes it more clear and organized for the user when entering.
Clicking into the different categories of the blog there is a common thread, as they all feature the same dynamic image, which I like. The different categories in the menu has a drop down feature, which I like as well. However, when clicking on both blog post and process post, there it not any content in there, which may be a thing that is under construction? Nevertheless, I think it would be nice to have something in those categories. Furthermore, I considered the option of placing the categories ‘peer review‘ and ‘mini assignment‘ below the ‘process post’ category, which could be renamed to ‘pub 101’ or something similar. Having fewer categories, could make the website more appealing, by having categories, now that the dropdown feature is used anyway.
The blog is a domain that is created thus a public opinion can be formed. According to Warner (2002), ‘public’ is self-organized, characterized by a mode of speech and a relation between strangers. Looking at Little Horror Reviews, it is possible to be invited into the horror universe as a reader and to leave a comment in the end of a post, which I think is a very nice engagement feature. Based on the website, I would say that the blog adheres to Warner’s definition of ‘public.’ In continuation of public, I think it is relevant to mention that the blog is a counter public to for example genres.
Overall, I find the blog very interesting. Both the themes and look aligns with the content, and I think that it is true to one self. It is a blog I will definitely return to and read more – especially as Halloween is getting closer, this place is the perfect for getting into the horror mood!
Peer Review 1 Name- Stephanie Malt URL- https://maltigrains.com/ For this peer review, I will be reviewing Stephanie’s website. I have…
Name- Stephanie Malt
As the requirements wanted, the website has easy-to-navigate POSIEL/PUB 101 menus in the header. There are proper subheadings for all assignments and all links work as illustrated. I found her website very easy to use and all the posts and assignments were easy to navigate.
Posts on this website were informally written, which makes it engaging and easy to follow. Stephanie used a combination of written posts, images and podcasts as her weekly content posts, which I found to be very cool. There were times I found that there could be a better use of grammar, but this could also be a personal choice in order to make the posts set their informal tone. I listened to her 35-minute podcast and I found it to be very well done. The teacher had told us that podcasts/video making as content posts should be done only if we have a history of making them, and I feel Stephanie has successfully proven to deliver a well-finished product.
The dates on the process and content posts show that they were worked upon and published in groups on the same day. Even though this is not a problem, WordPress offers an option to change the date of publishing, so my suggestion would be that Stephanie changes the dates in order to show these posts were published on different weekly dates.
The content posts are well-written and engaging, and the only suggestion I have is to probably tag them as “content” posts rather than blogs.
(PS- This is a personal suggestion and I would check with the TA or teacher if tagging “content posts” as “blogs” is also acceptable)
I like the overall design of the page and there is a simplistic yet consistent theme throughout. The landing page of the website shows all the posts with their respective featured images and a little excerpt of the post. This layout increases the accessibility of the website and gives the user a snippet of each post which they can continue reading upon clicking on the post. The website is also very accessible on phone and no feature is left behind even when viewing on a smaller screen.
Overall, I find the blog very interesting and interactive. Both the theme and content with the course, and adding the Spotify widgets add look as well as interactivity. I will definitely return to this website and am looking forward to seeing what Stephanie does with it. Good luck.
What audience have you been imagining so far? How has that imagined audience informed your design and editorial decisions? Defining Your Imagined Audience When I first started this blog, I had a vision of my audience: passionate aquascaping hobbyists and beginners eager to explore the beauty of underwater landscapes. These are individuals who appreciate the …
Defining Your Imagined Audience
When I first started this blog, I had a vision of my audience: passionate aquascaping hobbyists and beginners eager to explore the beauty of underwater landscapes. These are individuals who appreciate the intricacies of aquascaping, from selecting aquatic plants to creating harmonious underwater ecosystems.
Audience-Centric Design Decisions
My aquascaping audience values aesthetics and tranquility. This influenced the soothing color palette and layout of my blog. I’ve chosen visuals that highlight the natural beauty of underwater gardens and a user-friendly design that allows them to immerse themselves in the art of aquascaping.
Editorial Decisions Guided by Audience
Understanding my readers has led me to tailor my content. I write about topics like plant species, maintenance tips, and aquascaping design ideas. The language I use is approachable for beginners while still providing depth for the seasoned hobbyists. This balance ensures that all my readers can enjoy and learn from my content.
Feedback and Adaptation
Waiting for Peer Review.
Balancing Authenticity and Audience Expectations
While I stay true to my own passion for aquascaping, I’ve learned to balance it with my readers’ expectations. This means keeping a finger on the pulse of the latest trends in aquascaping and addressing the needs of my community.
My journey in catering to my imagined audience has revealed the art of adaptation. Aquascaping is a dynamic and evolving field, and understanding my readers’ evolving needs is a continual process. It’s about cultivating a community where both my voice and my readers’ voices are heard.
Cultivating an aquascaping blog that thrives isn’t just about personal expression; it’s about serving the community I’ve imagined. Understanding my readers and adapting to their preferences ensures that my blog is a valuable resource for aquascaping enthusiasts.
My classmate Karamveer’s site “Blockchain: The New Internet” is a blog dedicated to discussing the evolution of blockchain technology. Immediately, I was impressed by the design of the site. The site is sleek, organized, and easy to navigate. I tend to associate darker colours with topics like business and finance,…
My classmate Karamveer’s site “Blockchain: The New Internet” is a blog dedicated to discussing the evolution of blockchain technology. Immediately, I was impressed by the design of the site. The site is sleek, organized, and easy to navigate. I tend to associate darker colours with topics like business and finance, so I found the black and blue tones used across the site to be quite aesthetically pleasing.
Before starting this review, I read all the content on the website. The process post from week 2 stood out to me because I saw some clear connections to Gardner Campbell’s work. Campbell (2009) explains that by giving students a digital space in which they can create freely, they would learn and practice a wide range of skills that can be applied to other avenues of life. In addition, having a digital space, or personal cyberinfrastructure, allows students to express their passions and interests in diverse ways (Campbell, 2009). In his week 2 process post, Karamveer shared that he works as a software engineer outside of school, so he was able to use his skills from that field to develop his website. He also mentioned that blockchain technology is something he is passionate about, so blogging about it was an easy choice. I found it really cool that in just a few weeks of class, there are already such clear links between how we run our sites and the material we are learning about in class.
I spent some time trying to figure out who the intended audience is. There is some background information about blockchain technology in the “about us” section, but I found that the actual blog content went a bit over my head, as someone who has no background knowledge on the topic. As mentioned by Hollenbaugh, (2021), content creators tend to imagine an audience, and create their content with that audience in mind. From my perspective, it seems as though Karamveer has imagined an audience that is equally as passionate and knowledgeable about blockchain technology as he is. If he wanted to widen his audience a bit, Karamveer could make a “blockchain technology basics” post, or something of that nature, for people with little to no knowledge of the topic.
Overall, Karamveer has created an online self that demonstrates a passion for blockchain technology, as well as educating others about the topic. Karamveer’s interest in web design is also made clear through the sleek and simple layout of the site.
Campbell, G. (2009). A Personal Cyberinfrastructure. EDUCAUSE Review, 44(5), 58.
Hollenbaugh, E. E. (2021). Self-Presentation in Social Media: Review and Research Opportunities. Review of Communication Research, 9, 80–98.
Google Pixel 7 Pro Review – A Pixel of Perfection Out of all the phones I have reviewed so far,…
Out of all the phones I have reviewed so far, the Google Pixel 7 Pro is the epitome of a pure Android experience. It has arrived, and it continues to exemplify Google’s commitment to providing a pure Android experience with an exceptional camera, all wrapped in a sleek, premium design. As a proud Pixel user, I was eagerly awaiting the next installment, and the Pixel 7 Pro did not disappoint.
Design-wise, the Pixel 7 Pro features a refined design that strikes a balance between simplicity and sophistication. The sleek aluminum frame, combined with the textured glass back, not only looks premium but also feels great in hand! I feel that Google has paid extra attention to detail with a subtly raised camera bump and added a well-placed fingerprint sensor on the back. It’s a design that’s both timeless and functional!
Starting off with the display, the 6.7-inch AMOLED display is a visual delight. The Quad HD+ resolution, along with a 120Hz refresh rate, ensures crisp and smooth visuals. HDR content shines on this screen, with deep blacks and vibrant colours. It’s equally suited for scrolling through social media, streaming your favourite shows, or gaming. I have played a few games on this phone and it was one of the best gaming experiences I’ve had on a phone.
The performance of this phone is unmatched. The Pixel 7 Pro comes equipped with the latest Snapdragon chipset and plenty of RAM, which delivers a blazing-fast performance. Apps open instantly, multitasking is a breeze, and it handles demanding games with ease. The stock Android experience is buttery smooth and free from bloatware. As always, Google’s commitment to timely updates ensures you’re never left behind. The materials this phone is made of are also sustainably sourced and Google has concentrated on using aluminum which can be fully recycled after its useful life (compared to plastic which is put to waste).
The camera system on the Pixel 7 Pro is where it truly shines. The primary sensor, complemented by an ultra-wide lens, captures photos with astonishing detail, accurate colours, and fantastic dynamic range. Google’s image processing software continues to set the bar for smartphone photography. New Night Sight and Astrophotography modes excel in low-light conditions. The front camera is equally impressive, delivering stunning selfies.
You might think that all these features have a heavy toll on the battery life. But in reality, the Pixel 7 Pro’s battery life is reliable, and easily gets through a full day with moderate usage. Google’s Adaptive Battery AI feature ensures that power-hungry apps are efficiently managed. Fast charging and wireless charging capabilities mean you’re never far from a quick top-up!
Lastly, with 5G support, the Pixel 7 Pro takes advantage of lightning-fast data speeds, making it future-proof and ready for the next generation of mobile connectivity. Google’s software experience remains unparalleled. The Pixel 7 Pro runs on stock Android, ensuring a clean, uncluttered interface with a focus on user experience. The phone ships with the latest Android version, and you can expect prompt updates and security patches for years to come.
In conclusion, the Google Pixel 7 Pro is a testament to Google’s vision of what a smartphone should be. It marries top-tier hardware with a pure Android experience and a camera system that continues to set the standard for mobile photography. While the competition is fierce, the Pixel 7 Pro’s unique blend of design, performance, and software makes it a standout choice for Android enthusiasts and photography lovers. If you value a clean, well-supported Android experience and are passionate about capturing moments with your smartphone, the Pixel 7 Pro is a pixel-perfect choice.
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Process Post 4- Audience, Accessibility and Adventure What audience have you been imagining thus far? How has that imagined audience…
What audience have you been imagining thus far? How has that imagined audience informed your design and editorial decisions?
The first reading this week from Michael Warner, titled. “Publics and Counterpublics”, talked about what the word “public” means, how it has different meanings and how it can be further interpreted by different people. The idea of a public is a cultural form, a kind of practical fiction, present in the modern world in a way that is very different from other or earlier societies. Like the idea of rights, or nations, or markets, it can now seem universal.
The next reading from Forbes was about how our undigitized past may be getting lost as people are always just online and think all their answers can be found just from a click of a button. It talks about museums, and written books that have not yet been digitalized due to copyrights or some reason. The writer says that a lot of information is being lost, especially from the 20th century as people don’t go out and seek information.
Moving on to my journey with website building, we talked about the target audience in class and who my posts are solely meant for/ who they indirectly target. With the world being exposed to new technology and devices every day, I would say that my phone blogs are meant for people who are looking to buy a new phone, who are keen on knowing the new devices in the market and people who share the same passion as me.
Continuing with my exploration of website building, our discussions in class extended to the crucial aspect of accessibility. It became apparent that ensuring that my website is user-friendly and accessible to all individuals, regardless of their abilities, is paramount. This involves implementing features like alt text for images and providing text-to-speech options for those with visual impairments.
For accessibility reasons, I have added quick links to the sidebar of my website and also an accessibility widget (shown in the screenshot below).
Now, diving into the world of adventure in website design, I realized that creating an engaging and visually stimulating platform can be just as important as the content itself. This adventure involves experimenting with various design elements, colour schemes, and interactive features to captivate and retain the attention of my target audience.
In my journey of website building, I aim to strike a balance between catering to the specific needs and interests of my target audience, ensuring accessibility for all, and embarking on the adventure of design creativity to make my website stand out in the ever-evolving digital landscape.
Mini Assignment #2 My personal hero right now- Miles Morales I have watched two of the Spiderverse movies this month…
My personal hero right now- Miles Morales
I have watched two of the Spiderverse movies this month and I have been a fan of them since. I spent hours on websites that talked in-depth about the movie and watched videos that dissect each important part and go further than what is shown in the movies. I have always been a Spiderman fan and Miles is currently my personal hero from the Marvel Universe. This is because he is around my age, attending university while also being a superhero and someone who has everyday struggles as well. I look up to him as university for me is challenging enough that I have reduced my co-curricular, but he is out there (fictionally) being a superhero full-time as well. This gives me the motivation to manage my time better and spend time building a skill, volunteering and being active.
As Miles said, “Everyone keeps telling me how my story is supposed to go. Sorry, I’m doing my own thing.” That’s what I’m doing for the rest of the year!