New Media Strategies // Caitlyn Sharples

Exercise One

Problem: A Disappearing Language

In this scenario, the second solution to saving the disappearing language of the Passamaquody embodies more New Media principles such as the “many-to-many” principle, crowdsourcing, and helping automate and visualize the data. Whereas the dictionary and working with experts and high profile designers is less personal and more standard. It is not the voice or language of the people making it very impersonal.

Problem: Neglected Ruins

The more fitting New Media answer that also portrays the “many-to-many” principle is Solution B. The reason for this answer is because by designing the stickers and making them available to everyone to place in the abandoned buildings, it allows them to also connect and reach out to other people who go there. The stickers will also enable other people to access photos others have taken allowing the users to have control of what they want to see. It also mobilizes people and creates networks amongst groups of people.

Problem: Misunderstanding Computer Animation

Personally, I find the second solution to this problem a more accurate portrayal of the principles of New Media. By creating that application and including all of the information and details in how the animations are made, it distributes and connects information. It also creates a visualization of the work that is being done instead of just directions. The “many-to-many” principle is also embodied because it is shared by the creators to the people and includes resources and softwares.

Problem: A Broken Fountain

I found that the first solution seemed more probable in embodying New Media principles. This solution would allow one to branch out and network on campus with fellow departments and students to create a new fountain and garden that can be accessed by everyone, tapping into networks and crowd sourcing. It also will give students and those on campus, accessibility to their project.

Exercise Two:

How can you stimulate students to learn more about the oceans?

One solution that would solve this problem would be creating an app alongside students who are knowledgable of Marine Studies and others knowledgable of programming on campus. The application created would allow users to be able to use their phone cameras like a scanner in the Bar Harbor Area where, when certain scenic areas of the ocean and the eco-life around it are recognized, animations, graphs, and facts about it will pop up and can be saved to be viewed later even. This project could also expand so far as to go to other beaches and oceans across New England.