Day by day, these people come in here with their crazy clothing: brightly colored shorts, denim jackets, colorful shoes, poofy hair – and I wonder, why can’t they care about me as much as they care about their looks? Sheesh, I get it, you only use me to rewind the movie that you’ve already watched – I don’t serve an integral purpose to your life. However, it would still be nice if you could treat me a little better. Rather than just shoving the tape into me, slapping the button and going somewhere else, maybe watch another movie next to me, and keep me a little company while I rewind the one that you’ll watch again in the future. Sometimes, as I sit here rewinding, I wonder if I will ever be obsolete – if a movie will ever be able to play more than once, without being rewinded. I’m just being foolish I’m sure – if you didn’t have to rewind something, why would the word even exist in the first place? I love the ’80s. I’ll talk to you later – they just handed me Ghostbusters.
For my story analysis, I’ve chosen High School Musical, as it is one of my favorite movies (the third is my favorite, but the first is great too.) What’s interesting about HSM is that one could argue that it follows all three curves. To explain, firstly, the story of HSM must be briefly described. A boy and a girl meet during winter break on a ski retreat. They hit it off, but the boy doesn’t get the girl’s phone number, so he can’t contact her. Coincidentally, however, the girl ends up moving to the boy’s high school, and they meet, eventually audition for the school musical together, and fall in love. The major issues/valleys in the story are that the boy is the basketball team’s captain, and the girl has just moved to a new school, has other commitments, and is unsure about taking on such a huge task so early. The boy’s path follows the up, down, and up trail – he starts out as the captain of the team with no problems in the world, but this new girl and love for performing come into his life, and the school is turned upside down when their star player wants to be on the stage too. When the new girl is in a rough situation at school, finds a new guy, is shut down by the stars of the theater club, but perserveres in the end, she actually seems to follow Cinderella’s story path, which is also described in the video. It’s interesting to see how common some of these story arcs develop to be.
For my second writing assignment of the week, I’ve completed a “status report” that relates to the ’80s in obvious ways:
In accordance with all CIA and Time Travel guidelines, CIA agent Zane Burk has utilized the federal time travel machine to jump into the year 1984 to calculate differences in “groove” between the ‘80s and now. A huge finding from ‘84 is the song, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams. This song’s groove rating is off the charts! Burk found that in almost any instance, when this song came on, it’s listeners would immediately start dancing. Such was not the case in the modern year, 2020 – listeners of modern-day popular songs may sing along or tap a foot, but the amount of dancing has severely decreased. Another popular song of that year, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by popular band WHAM! had the same effect on its listeners. Jive levels increased by 50 steps when this hit ‘80s tune came on, but when “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, one of the most popular songs of 2019 comes on, Jive levels only increase by a maximum of 15 steps. The CIA would like to formally declare that more dancing would be a huge positive to modern life, and would like to make a motion to require more dancing in daily human lives.
For my first assignment of Week 3, I decided to write a story an include a picture from a very nostalgic time for me – my younger years, where everything was simple, and I spent most of my time on my backyard trampoline.
Nature has a habit of leaving beautiful gifts to our world – I wish that we’d be better at loving these gifts and keeping them safe. My favorite memory of mother nature’s gifts is, without a doubt, my own backyard. Growing up, my father bought my sister and I a trampoline for the backyard. He didn’t buy us a net – it was a second hand trampoline that he got for cheap, and it was well loved by the previous family that had owned it. When we placed it in my backyard, it was surrounded by an overhanging tree, obviously the back of my house, and the rest of the nature (trees, bushes, etc) in my backyard. I jumped on the trampoline all the time. It was tremendously fun, but I remember that whenever I tired out, but didn’t want to go inside yet (which was often) I would lay down on the trampoline and admire the nature around me. The way that the sun would shine through the leaves of the overhanging tree, and how the sycamore seeds would fall onto the trampoline during a windy day created a wonderful, nostalgic environment for me.
Week 2 of Digital Storytelling was invigorating! Between customizing my page, doing daily activities, and completing a few activities that related to the ’80s, it was a fun week for sure. As you can see, my page is far more personalized than it was in week one. I’ve implemented one of my favorite colors, red, as a core color on my page.
One of the best activities of the week was the daily creates that we did – this was my favorite:
I drew myself as a Zebra – Zane the Zebra to be exact. It was a random, fun activity that was different than the others that we’ve done this week. In regards to my ’80s themed activities, I completed two, but my favorite was a haiku that I created. It said:
Though much is unknown,
Epidemics Can Be Stopped.
Peer at history.
It is a nod to the HIV epidemic that struck the U.S. in the 1980s. The haiku is a way of saying that although things can look threatening and new epidemics can be very unknown, they can be stopped – just look at how well we’ve been able to treat HIV and AIDS. It’s a sad topic, but an important part of history.
Overall, taking my first step into our ’80s class theme this week was a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to doing so in the coming weeks.
For one of my two assignments that relate to our class theme, that being the 80’s, I decided to create a charity logo. The charity’s acronym is USAH, which stands for the United States against H.I.V., and they have a catchphrase which is, “It’s Us Against H.I.V.
The decision for the charity was relatively simple – I’m no history buff, but I know that the H.I.V. and AIDS epidemic began in the ’80s. It was a huge problem as both illnesses were not very well researched, and the public did not know much about either of them. As such, a charity such as this would have been an integral part of that time period and in the overall research into what was a huge problem during those times.
I connected my second assignment to this as well – I created a haiku based on these troublesome times.
Though much is unknown,
Epidemics Can Be Stopped.
Peer at history.
The haiku is one that denotes hope for humankind through the raging epidemic at the time. It attempts to instill some hope onto it’s readers by reminding them that humankind has survived awful epidemics in the past, and can continue to persevere through this one and the future.
It was a wild first week back at UMW, and although keeping up with a busy schedule was difficult, being able to do work for this class was actually a nice break in between everything. I was able to show off one of my favorite visuals, my “heartbreak” visual:
As well as that, I was able to show off my design page – here is another graphic that I created!
Getting my website off the ground, and getting used to wordpress and the DOOO as a whole was a bit difficult. However, I was able to do it with a little bit of assistance from former students/peers who have created a DOOO before. My favorite post of the week was definitely the 80s post – it was fun to go back in time and look more into the culture of three decades ago.
Overall, I’m excited to see what the rest of the semester has to offer. It’s been a great first week in Digital Storytelling thus far!
In my mind, the three best pieces of culture from the 80’s were the hip-hop music, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the Breakfast club.
The music that came out of the 80s was spectacular, but there are a few specific favorites of mine that really stick out.
Let It Whip by Dazz Band, from 1982, is a classic song that is still around today. It has swift beats and a catchy guitar/bass combo, which makes it a song that I listen to often.
Super Freak by Rick James, from 1981, is a well-known song throughout the world for it’s catchy lyrics, and Rick James’ intricate, one-of-a-kind voice.
Push It by Salt & Pepa, from 1986, is an upbeat, in your face song that is used in a variety of movies today, while also being very catchy and fun to listen to.
Ferris Bueller’s day off and the Breakfast Club are two classic films from the 80s, both of which give accurate, yet funny representations of teenagers and the school system of the 80s which is interesting to compare to the modern day.
This is my (Zane’s) Domain! Thanks for dropping by.
Thanks for coming to my page and checking it out. I’m excited to keep adding things as the year goes on.