We live in a time where we are constantly engaging within the digital sphere, consistently through the collaboration and production with others. These non-linear ways allow us to think outside of the box. Familiarity with media and with different platforms allow one to be aware, as well as sensitive to representation. In Glynda Hull’s article At Last: Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times, she engages in digital literacy: a paramount of being literate. Vital to media production, digital tools allow us to enhance our communication, culture, and human behaviors. We are agents of change.
Engaging in fundamental concepts of digital communication has allowed me to understand and apply information presented through the digital world.
Understand ethics as they are significant in regards to the use of communication, cultural expressions and social change in contemporary society.
- We like beautiful things. This being said, aesthetics matter, so steal like an artist.
- Use story telling to connect to viewers. Make sure that you pay attention to detail and remember quality over quantity. If you know your audience, you have a sense of who you want to connect with: conceive, collect, construct, and correct.
- Space for critical voice in production. A critical aspect is important. Value is key.
- Be aware of power. Importance of representation of self. It goes back to the idea of self branding and representing others.
While this class focused on the technical side of digital literacy, I fully immersed myself in the world of digital communication through gaining knowledge and taking advantage of available tools to brand myself. I have been able to gather all literate aspects together and apply them to my blog and website.
My personal digital journey over this course has granted me the ability to create content that will effectively “communicate critically, aesthetically, lovingly, and attentively,” as Hull suggests.
Despite the complex aspects, I have been able to define my social identity through the production of a personal video, as well as working with others to make two multimedia projects that consisted of a podcast and a video. Reflecting on my multimedia work, I am proud of the work that was produced. Purpose and well-balanced content were my main focuses, as my main intent was to grab attention of my viewers through the branding of awareness. In regards to improvement, there is room to further develop my professional and critic voice within my writing.
With past experience in digital production, the practice of the production stages (pre-production, production, and post production) and the use of computer programs (Audacity, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro) have assisted my growth and skills as a digital producer.
On a personal note, I can truly say that I have acquired skills and competencies that I will be able to apply to my everyday communication skills, as well as my future profession.