The purpose of this video is to educate the viewer on what digital writing is in today’s society. The audience would most likely consist of students in classes like ours, but can be broadened to anyone looking to learn about digital writing. My audio postcard is simply a brief explanation of how digital writing affects all forms of media today, and how it can’t just be pigeon holed as strictly writing. I edited my image by adding words, changing the color from bright green to grayscale, flipping the image both horizontally and at a 180 degree angle, and added some extra content to the image itself. Very basic, but enough to see a change. I originally tried to do an ambient effect on my voice, but the echo was too difficult to fully understand what was going on, so I changed it but I still think the slight effect on my voice is pretty cool. To me the changing of my voice has everything to do with digital writing as the field itself is forever growing and changing and an example of the rhetorical aspects of the words because as the media changes so does the definition of digital writing. The words themselves work to illustrate the definition of digital writing and the rhetorical purpose of this project is to demonstrate what digital writing means to the audience. The fact that I am speaking is another example of how this audio is digital writing, because as my definition states it is any part of the media, and the words recorded work as an example of this media. The words I posted to this image work as the epitome of the definition of digital writing. They are words typed over an image on a computer screen. They have no real meaning, but that seems to be the point of this digital world we live in, a world without a home. The words are from a band called Radiohead, and so is the image. I chose them because they have placed themselves heavily within the digital world. An example of this can quite literally be seen in the image with the TV Screens in the back that seems to move with the musicians instead of the other way around. The image itself works rhetorically to demonstrate the differences that can be seen through the definition of the word, and it helps the audience to see the definition of digital writing in a different light. I feel as though the image itself goes along quite nicely with the audio definition I recorded as they work interchangeably to show the audience what digital writing really is and how far it stretches.
I am most proud of the fact that I was able to combine a image and an audio file and post it to youtube. Never thought I’d see the day where that happened. I’m also happy with the fact that I was able to post an image with text that fit both the image and the audio. I wish I could have figured out how to post two audio fiels to my video, I tried to do so but was unable to. I had music that I wanted to play in the background. I used Gimp for my image editing (didn’t like it by the way), SoundCloud for my audio (which was very easy), and I combined the two using iMovie. I don’t necessarily know why they were appropriate besides the fact that they are all devices that are used to edit audio and images and that they were easy for me to use. I learned that if I really put the effort into digital writing I can actually learn the tools necessary to accomplish what is needed. I would say I used Play, Performance, and Multitasking to finish this project. I was able to experiment with Gimp and eventually solve the major problems I had with it, I still don’t like it, but through my many attempts I have a much better grasp on the material. I improvised a lot during this project as there were times I wasn’t really sure what I was during, and through this I was able to solve many problems, problems I feel were simple (such as extending the image length in iMove) but nevertheless still difficult at the time. This entire project was a lesson in multitasking as there was never a moment you weren’t doing more than one thing at a time, and event the finished project resulted in uploading more than on file.