Hello World!

Welcome classmates, from DGST101, my name is Mark Madison and I am very excited to be apart of this class spring semester! I attend UMW as a Senior this year and you can find me on campus in affiliation to either sports or working in the UC 2nd floor, as a student assistant for the James Farmer Multicultural Center. I play Varsity Men’s Basketball, I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and traveling. This domain is called embracethegift.com because I believe it is relatively easy for you to contact me and find my website. The reason I named my domain embracethegift is because it describes what value a person holds and can be thought as motivation to continue on with your day and seize the moment (Carpe diem). My goals and ideas for utilizing this website will get me to get know to more about my classmates ideas and feedback about how we interact with each other to create a effective learning environment. My plan this semester is to be as open and creative with working with this domain and invite you to the funny, charismatic, personality that I bring to the web. I hope you find my blogs, pictures, GIFs, and posts to be intriguing. I am ready to have a lot of fun this semester in DGST 101, are you?

As my domain goes, you will start to see my site architecture to be founded by the artsy side of me. I enjoy art and learning about the different elements of design. Most of my site architecture will be visualized as flamboyant, unique, and colorful. My site theme of the universe is what I want you guys to think about perpetual ideas and infinite thoughts. The universe theme depicts how much space and creativeness there is to explore.  This is not my first time using wordpress.com and I chose to make this domain because I like being simple. I don’t have a subdomain because I just do not want one and rather like my domain itself. I decided to use WordPress.com as the creation for my domain because of the class I previously took called Ds106. I am already familiar to how everything works on WordPress.com and its quick and easy site for me to use. I am not connecting this domain to other digital identities for reasons because I don’t have much social media accounts. I will link it up to Facebook later on so you can get to know me a little more. Well that pretty much wraps it up, I hope you find my website keen.

Digital Scholarship

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Fun fact: Cyber criminals have developed 20% of viruses

Digital technology is evolving. The increasing ease of use, availability, and sophistication of software used for evaluating and analyzing texts has also changed the way some scholars approach and communicate their findings within many different areas. While working on this module, I used Kuma to analyze, discover, or explain something about my human experience with college.

I used HTML to code a web-based essay that communicates the findings of that analysis.

I used W3schools.com as one of my HTML resource tools and it led me to discover how to incorporate text paragraphs, different CSS font, and how to do shorthand margin property for my website. The three images I used was from my freshman year, sophomore, and junior years.

Overall, this is what I completed with CSS.

“Methodology” Module

Working on this project primarily, this project was doubting at first but I managed and learned what to do. I talked to Professor Whalen and he explained to me how to use the Kuma resource tool which I used for this module. Choosing to join the networks module, I explored what the network is the key to technology and how it is going, So I decided to do visualizing intertextuality with Kuma io.

The purpose of me building these networks using Kuma establishes clarity on how the association of society works in a business mindset. I chose to show how the connections, links, and groups at a collegiate level starting from the athletic department to how necessary an university needs at different levels of social status to have a successful flow of profit. I used an visualization example of Mary Washington.

My idea was to create a legend of how each character to each other. As I was doing it, I decide to write a description of each character so anyone with access to my web can get an idea of who that character is and what role they play. I use Kumu to create my networks and it was pretty easy to use. I had fun checking what everything in Kumu does and how each element type or degree can connect to each other. With all this research, I was happy with my final product and how it came out to be. My most proud moment was when i figure how the degree thing in Kumu works and how it makes the web look nice.

Third Module “Methodology”…Networking is essential in life

For this module, I wanted to understand how networks and relationships within a text work and the subsequent impact that comes from linking networks. My goal for this module is to create and analyze a network visualization method. So in order to apply what my knowledge of what I know about networks, my method will bee learning more about how sports became an social phenomenon and how it has evolved today as a way of shaping culture and society. The famous Jim Rohn suggests that
at we are the average of five people we spend the most time with. Building are network skills makes us a community gain different perspectives and outlooks alike our own which generates innovation. My goal for this module is to link how athletic sports is connected to a university and show how contributions from sports link to producing profit using an visual method.

Wrap Up “Culture” Module..

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Fun Fact:
In 1980, the first hard disk was made to cover only 1GB of data and it was priced/rated of $40,000 means forty thousand dollars and its weighed was 550 pounds.

Hello everyone, I am apart of group 12 and we have completed our culture module on the “Internet of things” Mentioned in my previous post, our group chose different things about the qualities of the Internet of Things to explore. The options we came up with were privacy, security, social effects, and accessibility. We decided to create a shared Google Drive folder here in which we posted our research. I did my half of research on the security, of IoT and it was very interesting. My role that I primarily focused on the security part of the group task assignment. It was a bit difficult to research because the companies themselves were not easily accessible to announce there security concerns about the internet and reflect on the issues of how much privacy users have. As I researched, I began to form the opinion that Amazon and Google companies have some of the best security privacy settings, especially, Apple Inc. I believe that IoT will continue to push the boundaries of what is considered to be acceptable when it comes to the invasion of privacy as much as is allowed. The main sources I used was Forbes and Industry40Today. Overall, I think our final project could have been a little more interactive. We wanted to have separate encyclopedia-like entries, but looking at the final result, I would’ve liked it all put together with pictures and perhaps an another element of technology.

This week of DGST 101 was a good wrap of this second module, I look forward to what other interesting digital studies we can learn about.

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It’s somewhat unrelated, but I feel like the video below is a good wrap-up.

Here is an article, I thought would be interesting for a good read for everyone, wrapping up this week about Iot.


Hmm…Internet of Things?

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My group and I had a task in hand of learning about the culture module in DGST 101, We decided as a group to look at the “Internet of Things” and explore the various amount of differential devices that are linked to the data explorer. IOT expresses basically, the importance of the conception of how does the internet benefits or hinder the way people live their lives currently. The internet of things looks at topics such as daily living, security, and work to name a few. As the internet grows, it has begun to encompass many more aspects of our lives. Which, offers the idea of what could this do for our lives in the future, will it be beneficial or detrimental. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the increasing number of devices that can connect to the Internet and communicate with each other. While the Internet began as a series of computers connecting to other computers, it has expanded to connect smartphones and has continued to connect increasing numbers of devices beyond dedicated computing machinery. The IoT encompasses such connected devices as smart refrigerators, thermostats, lights, interactive speakers, and security systems in our homes, as well as manufacturing robots, automated inventory trackers, and remote sensors, to personal wearables and vehicles
For the culture project, we decided it was best to divide up the work between our group members to let for more accurate research and allow for an ample amount of time to be given to each section.

Does Soy Feminize Males?

For my Digital polarization project, my fellow group members had a question proposed to us, “Does soy make men more feminine?”

I came up with how the prevalence and origin of this topic was discovered and our group came up with what the term “Soy Boy,” is defined as. We learned that it is often used in this discourse, has a negative connotation, and is used for insulting males who have a non-athletic physique and consume soy and its meaning comes from the pseudo-scientific claim that soy contains estrogens. The term originates from far-leftists media and has gained popularity on social media platforms. My group, consisting of four other people, decided to focus on the question, “Does soy make men more feminine?” for our Digital Polarization project. My group explored that soy does not particularly make men more feminine. Web Literacy assisted our understanding what it means of going “upstream” towards the sources that we analyzed. We started with a video on YouTube called, “The Truth About Soy Boys,” which helped to create the original term “soy boy. My group then watched a video called, “SOY BOYS: A MEASURED RESPONSE,” which discussed all of the inaccuracies of the previous video, being stocked full of conspiracy and fabricated content. This response video was well researched and contained factual information that helped us to move “upstream” as well as to check our work in terms of research. We were able to go through several other videos and online information that aided us in our learning journey. Even by searching the simple phrase, “Does soy make men more feminine?” we were able to discover necessary sources for our Digital Polarization project. My focus for this project was to meet outside of class with my group members to research our topic in the Simpson Library and we found ourselves using up 4 hours to do research and watching videos that debunked this topic. Overall, this was exciting project to work with and discover the perspective of what people think about Soy.

Self Reflection: Module #1

Over these two weeks, I learned the true art of what an animated GIF is. I did research on the history of the animated GIF and learned how to produce my own. I learned about the design and history of the GIF format. I learned about the technical specifications of a GIF file. I explored the cultural practices around GIFs and their uses in different communities. Exploring the different suggested tasks listed for us, I explored the current legal status of the GIF and how it has changed over the years. I explored what has made GIFs so popular in the era we live in now and how GIFs are used on Tumblr and what the constraints are. I answered the question about how GIFs are used differently on Tumblr vs Twitter. I learned what the best tools are for making GIFs. One thing that I discovered about this creativity module was how my perspective of how a GIF can be used to communicate different emotions greatly changed. I have not really used Gifs as an art of communication since I worked on this module and observing how my siblings and friends use emoji’s and GIFs as a tool of communicating to each other seemed typical. Personally, I prefer to talk on the phone and communicate face to face. The disparity in age is a key aspect in the digital community in who uses gifs. While working on this project, I asked my mother if she knew what a gif was, she responded, no. I learned that the older generation of adults are less likely to be aware of what Gifs are because they are not accustomed to being in a social environment of technology being prevalent. Moreover, the younger generation keeps up with technology and have been easily accessible to social media.

One of my failures or disappointment while working on this module was managing my time working on certain GIFs, I found myself editing a GIF for more than an hour and a half. I felt like I could have managed my time better with the amount of time I worked on these GIFs. However, one of my successes was completing the recommended reading, attempting all the recommended tasks, and sharing my work for others to critique.

Overall, I enjoyed working on this project and it was worthwhile learning and discovering more about GIFs. I am proud that I got the opportunity to create my own GIFs so I can share to others.

Creativity Module #1 DGST 101

Fun fact: There are 23 letters in the Latin alphabet

Over these two weeks of discovering what GIFs are and where they originated from I gained a love and hate for them. I love the way one can use them as a communicating mechanism, but at the same time they can be a bit annoying to see them constantly as a way people try to communicate non-verbally. I have a group chat that I am in with 4 other people and I observe GIFs being used as a way to communicate with sarcasm, humor, or soft talk. However, let me take you down a time line of my GIF creations, this week.

The biggest challenge I had was creating GIF 4 and GIF 5 in the digital media center. I had difficulties uploading, designing, and finalizing these GIFs using the application “Final Cut Pro” on the computer. It took a substantial amount of time editing these GIFs then what I expected. I found Idrissa and myself becoming frustrated on brainstorming different strategies on finalizing GIFs 4 & 5 so they could turn out to be exactly what we hoped for.

January 28, My first Meme GIF:

January 30th, My 2nd Gif, Anime Gif

January 30th, My 3rd GIF, Loop GIF:

February 1st, My 4th GIF:

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February 1st, My 5th Gif: