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This module gives you power on your online profile. In the module we’ll be using code.

The blog for the module: http://252mc2014.wordpress.com

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Write blog posts on what you’re doing. Analyse what you are doing. Understand what digital media is.
  2. Need to research how to do things like how to add certain things on the website – 3rd party add ons.
  3. Alongside you need to create three sets of photos. Need ti create a story from your interface i.e. how you are presenting yourself.
  4. Demonstrate technical ability using dreamweaver.
  5. Need to respond to things like texts/daily life/videos and also need to attend the class.

Need to research and find third party services like Twitter & Flickr.

We need to respond to a minimum of three texts. Needs to be evaluative/analytical including questions and doubts on the world.

Research: Oliver Grau.

What is the internet? Global Computer Network.

We watched a Ted Talk by Andrew Blum – he dedicated a couple of years of his life trying to find the physical side of the internet.

Task 1

In groups we looked at three photographer’s websites, evaluating them on accessibility (whether anyone can see the website), findability (whether you can find the site and find information easily on the website) and usability (can you find the information quickly and easily).

Kirsty Mitchell 

A – There doesn’t seem to be a link to make the site more accessible, additionally the white text on some of the photos makes it very hard to read.

F- Easy to find as a website, it’s the first page on google, she also has other websites like vimeo and Facebook. On the website information is easy to find except we felt the biography was quite long.

U – It is a simple layout and is easy to navigate.

David Lachapelle :

A – Again nothing to change the website although text does stand out fairly well on the website. Thumbnails are small once you have clicked on a series or project

F – First page on google, also he has other websites: twitter, Facebook although we don’t think the Facebook is official. About section is fairly lengthy and mainly about exhibitions. Also it’s not very well separated from bio to exhibitions and people’s reviews. On the gallery it feels very cluttered, but mainly because of the garish photos.

U – Layout is okay.

Zena Holloway

A- Again nothing to suggest you can make the website more accessible. But writing is fairly clear and photos are large once you have clicked on the thumbnails.

F – A lot of links to her website, she is on Facebook too. Brief and to the point about sections.

U – Nice layout

Task 2 

For next week:

Find one (or more) Internet hoaxes or touched up photos (political or advertising). Think about:

  1. Who made it?
  2. What is its purpose?
  3. Does it succeed?
  4. How was it made?

I know of one internet hoax, it isn’t well known, but a friend at another university said that his lecturer created a wikipedia page about something that is on a volcano. It doesn’t exist but within months it was mentioned in various articles including National Geographic. This was purely an experiment to show that you can’t trust things on wikipedia because anyone can write on Wikipedia. I think it does succeed in its purpose. Because even big names that should know what is correct they still use Wikipedia as a source.

We then bought domain names and websites. Mine is: kkuphotography.co.uk

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