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Some Great Links from Alberto. Check Them Out.

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

I need time to go through these, these look good. I’ll get Alberto to talk about these in class.

http://locusamoenus.wordpress.com/

also my videocasts for this week are:

The Post Show

http://www.thepostshow.com/

Basically it’s sketch comedy by a couple of guys in New York. I think they are, or were at one time, roommates and started making this videocast and have since had a great deal of success- according to their news posts they’ve been approached to make a pilot for a major network’s broadband channel, and have been selling dvd’s of their first season for a while. Luckily, they still have their all or most of their episodes on their website. Being sketch comedy, there is no real plot or recurring characters, but it’s still funny and worth the time to look around.

and

lonleygirl15

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lonelygirl15

This one is pretty interesting, ostensibly it’s the diary of a homeschooled teenager in the middle of nowhere, and she talks about what she’s reading/studying and has a crush on her friend Daniel (who also has a videocast). However, a lot of people doubt whether it is real or not. They site the fact that Lonelygirl is too pretty, her videocasts are too well made, and seem scripted. For more on this, check out the NYT’s Screens Blog:

http://screens.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=61

In fact just go to the main page of the blog, Virginia Heffernan has blogged a good deal about it.

http://screens.blogs.nytimes.com/

Also, I wanted to include my personal favorite, “Que vida mas triste” it’s entirely in Spanish so not everyone can understand it, but the Spanish speakers in the class (or anyone who just wants the practice) may want to check it out:

http://www.quevidamastriste.com/index.html

The title translates to “what a sad life”, and the premise is that the main character Borja a guy like any other, records his videolog every Sunday while hung-over from the night before. It focuses on his daily life and relationships with his friends and girlfriends. Usually it starts with him talking, then cuts to what he’s describing, then goes back to him when he wants to make a comment. The humour comes from the fact that Borja is very, very selfish and a liar, and thus an unreliable narrator- often what he describes and what we see happen are different. Arguably, he’s a modern take on the traditional Spanish “picaro”.

The creator/writer/director of QVMT, Ruben Ontiveros, is a television writer- and this is an example of a very professionally made videocast, in the making of video they show the studio where they film it every Sunday. In fact they shoot, edit, and post it all in a day- the first season has 52 episodes, one for every week in the year. The writing is excellent, and the overall story is very well done. They’ve even managed to incorporate flash animations as dream sequences in a couple of episodes. The whole thing is brilliant.

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Convergence Media and Stereogum blogs

Posted by emac3326 on August 23, 2006

Alberto Rovira
http://www.henryjenkins.org

Confessions of an Aca/Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins

Jenkins is the director of the  MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and writes about media and pop culture.  He started his blog this summer since his new book Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide  has just come out.  His posts are really interesting and after reading his blog, I plan on reading his book soon. I think both it and his blog could be useful references for ATECH majors.

and on the entertainment side:

http://www.stereogum.com/

Stereogum is one of the more popular mp3 blogs and generally focuses on indie rock with a few posts on bigger artists.  It’s a fun read, it’s not too hipster-snobby and is a good way to find out about new bands.

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Personal Synopsis: Rovira

Posted by emac3326 on August 23, 2006

Alberto Rovira 

My name is Alberto Rovira, and I am a grad student in the ATECH program.

I tend to be a little ADD with my interests, but generally speaking,  I’m interested  in art, movies, music, books, and anything else that falls into the realm of culture/pop-culture.  I also enjoy traveling.  I became interested in  ATECH program because I had become more and more interested in possibilities digital technology offers it users in terms of new forms of expression and the freedom to create and distribute their work independently.  I came into the program with a liberal arts background and have had to play catch-up, so I’m still figuring out what excatly I’m going to do for a career, but I’d have to say that I’m gravitating towards something involving design.

My experience with new media has mostly been as a consumer, I read a few blogs, am addicted to youtube, and have a myspace.

I don’t really know how tech savvy I am.  I’m pretty comfortable with computers (PC’s mostly, but am learning more about macs and want to switch)  but am not a whiz.  I know photoshop and little maya, as well as some html and css.

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