Exercise 1: Which is the new media solution?
For each of the following capstone ideas, identify which solution embodies the “many-to-many” principle, and explain why in one or more paragraphs. Be prepared to read your answer aloud in the next class.
Problem: A disappearing language
Ian Larson wanted to help preserve the Passamaquoddy language from extinction.
Create a taskforce from a select group of Native American language experts, and ask them to write down a dictionary of words and their definitions. Enter these definitions into a database and build a Web site that allows anyone to search for terms and hear their pronunciation. Hire a high-profile Web designer and marketing firm to ensure that as many people as possible learn about this resource.
Distribute laptops with video cameras to schoolkids in the Passamaquoddy community, and ask them to record their grandparents telling stories in Passamaquoddy. Upload these to a Web site along with the grandparents’ definitions of particular words used in the story, and make these words searchable via a tag cloud.
Answer: B — 1. Problem: A disappearing language I feel like with this one that Solution B would follow “many-to-many” principles. For my own reasons, I believe that since that you are getting a records of multiple individuals talking and saying stories that you are having many people on one side. Then many will be able to watch these videos on the internet and that it will be a good experience with learning the language from. On the other hand with solution A I think it would be a good idea but I feel like with B it would have more principals of “many-to-many”.
Problem: Neglected ruins
Assemble a film crew and visit abandoned homes, factories, and other buildings. Bring lights to illuminate these spaces dramatically, and record ambient sounds like dripping water. Edit the footage onto a DVD to create a compelling account that documents these relics for posterity, and distribute copies to historical societies across the state for their collections.
Build a Web site that allows adventurers to print stickers they can leave behind in abandoned buildings they explore. Create the stickers so they can be scanned by a mobile phone to reveal a Web site built to feature photographs taken by those explorers.
Answer: B — 2. Problem: Neglected Ruins I also think Solution B would be better for the principal of “many-to-many” with people able to go the building and interact and be able to explore and see and also go on an website to see what others did creates a medium where you can. I don’t think Solution A would be able to do that with a DVD and get the same outcome that B would with the concept of the principles that we are looking for.
Problem: Misunderstanding computer animation
Ryan Schaller and Jason Walker wanted to help people understand the many layers required to create a computer-animated film, including wireframe, textures, and light effects. As a case study, they created an animation depicting a cartoon archeologist digging for ancient artifacts.
Design and build a touch-screen interface that allows viewers to “rub” away layers of the film with their hands to reveal previous stages of the animation as it plays.
Create an iPad application that documents each stage of the animation process, using stills from the archeologist film as illustrations. Explain techniques such as ray tracing, motion capture, and morphing. Include links to companies that create animation software such as Autodesk.
Answer: B — 3. Problem: Misunderstanding Computer Animations In my opinion I believe Solution B that an app that lets people interact with what and how everything works. People will be able to look and understand in their own way being able to get the information to many people to understand. Therefore there will be less of a miscommunication of the topic and be the solution of the problem of the question.
Problem: A broken fountain
Danielle Gagner wanted to renovate the waterfall fountain under the skylight in the middle of the University Union, which had fallen into disrepair.
Repurpose the existing plumbing to irrigate a garden planted in the former fountain. Research the types of plants that would grow well together at different levels of the fountain, and meet with dining hall staff to find out what herbs or vegetables they might add to salads and other offerings. Then plant these in collaboration with the sustainable agriculture club on campus, and invite students to pick the resulting parsley, strawberries, and other fare from the garden for their lunch.
Use Google Image Search to download photographs of natural bodies of water such as streams, rivers, and the ocean. Combine these with nature footage from sources like National Geographic and the Discovery Channel to create a multichannel video installation that projects images of flowing water and rippling waves onto the fountain, which has been covered with theatrical screening. Supplement the moving images with the sound of a babbling brook emanating from surround-sound speakers mounted on the ceiling.
Answer: A — 4. Problem: A Broken Fountain I believe Solution A would be the best for the principal for many to many. The fountain would be the medium and being able to use the plants for the union for ingredients to be able to give to many people. I don’t think Solution B would be that great.