Creative Writing Showcase and Final Group Work Presentations

On Thursday 14th November 2013, I attended a day of University where we showcased our Creative Writing tasks from last week

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and where we were shown the last four group presentations on the social media sites being used as research tools. The notes that I took from both of these sessions can be found below:

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP:

Creative writing feedback – really well written piece of creative writing, to the point, poetry, images could have been stronger, would have liked to have seen an AV presentation

Read The RoadCormac McCarthy

Photographers who use text:

  • Matt Siber Untitled Project
    • Takes out the text from an image and place it on the page next to it
    • Sudden realization of how much we depend on text for directions, advertising, etc.

siber_untitled1

  • Jeffrey Wolin Written in Memory
    • Holocaust survivor
    • Writing of their stories about their holocaust experiences, placed behind them in their portrait

jeffrey-wolin-01

  • Lorna Simpson Selected Works
    • Text isn’t in the pictures but next to the pictures
    • African American

• Lorna Simpson – Selected Works

  • Duane Michals
    • Normally hand writes text either on to or next to the image to give context

• Duane Michals

  • Shirin Neshat
    • Writes the story and narrative of the persons story is written onto the face – may be over-laid, but a lot are actually drawn on in henna

shirin neshat

  • Martha RoslerThe Bowery in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems
    • Makes us wonder about how we can release the un-expressional feelings that we feel – we want to get them out, how?
    • Social entropy

the-bowery

GROUP RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS:

Group E – Scoop. It!

  • Smart social media platform based on symbiosis technology
  • Like blogging but better and easier
  • Smart suggestions
  • Can create your own content
  • You are able to share with other major social networks
  • Easy to use
  • Doesn’t require special requirements to navigate
  • How to use scoop it
    • Search bar
    • Tags
    • Topics
  • Posts
    • Can “Star” it
    • Can share it
    • Makes it easy to find at later date
  • Promoting work, easily through sharing across various social media platforms
  • Relevant articles – all in one place
  • Everything is specially handpicked by other users sharing the same interest with you

 

Group F – Storify

  • Has changed recently since researching it
  • Create stories or timelines by using other social networking sites
  • Fairly new  – incorporates other media sites
  • Create your own story
    • Account needs to be made – can log in using Facebook and Twitter
  • Can follow users where stories will appear on their timeline
  • Making a story
    • Public or private
    • Left – title and description
    • Right – social media connections – quickly and easily search topic within each of these sites
    • Pictures and text can be dragged and dropped
    • Can add further information at a later date
    • Can keep it as a draft and publish when required
  • Advantages
    • Easy to navigate
    • Easy to search
    • Huge range of sources – as long as you log in to your accounts
  • Disadvantages
    • Similar to twitter – brings up personal comments on topics when searched for
    • So many search results that it is hard to narrow down what you’re looking for
  • Extra features
    • Used for business reasons
    • Easy way to combine social medias
    • Live updates
    • Build subscribers
    • Allows complete flexibility so that it can work with your official website
    • Can create private stories – only for business accounts?
  • Business accounts
    • Can choose who views post
    • No adverts
  • Would not use it as a research tool
    • Collection of information is good but have better places to use

 

Group G – Wikispaces

  • Can be used as a “hub” for research
  • It is a tool which is designed to be used by multiple people at once
  • Multiple people can log in and access a wikispace profile
  • Can see who has been looking at blog posts and doing different tasks that have been set
  • Can be as visual or as formal as you want
  • Can embed links and URL’s
  • Images can be uploaded and placed wherever you want in your post
  • Widgets
    • Where wikispaces stands out
    • Can include many widgets that you find will be useful for your research – e.g. links to Facebook, twitter, websites, etc.
  • Adding new pages and files
    • Can name page
    • Add any type of file to it
    • Can use it with entire class, school, or district
  • Project page
    • Can create many projects
    • Add people to them
    • Group projects
  • Events
    • Calendar
    • Key dates for everyone in the group to see
    • Personal reminders
  • Assessment
    • Shows how active the members are
  • Can it be used as a research tool?
    • Ideal for viewing research
    • Extremely user friendly – good for any types
    • Varies from Googledocs as it is more public

 

Group H – Pintrest

  • First developed as a concept in 2009
  • Can sign in using Facebook
    • Creates profile using items from Facebook
    • Suggests to follow Facebook friends
  • Can expand  – like a spider web
  • Can search for a specific topic
  • Can re-pin items onto your own board and add a description to it
  • It gives you suggestions depending on what you have already pined
  • Shows other users that have pinned the same thing as you – can interact with people with the same interest as you
  • Can click on an image and it can take you to its original source
  • We take inspiration from other photographers work – can easily see other work
  • Similar to folders making items easy to find
  • Great way to share ideas
  • Links to other social media sites
  • Can create a board which you can share with a collaborative party – use it as a mood board for a photo shoot for example
  • Labelling can limit what you find depending what you search for
  • Research tool
    • Really like it
    • More pros and hardly any cons
    • All would recommend using it
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