Update 2:03 After hoping through every hoop imaginable this is the best I can do so far…. now why dafuq does the video cover so much area? Anyway, this user-friendly experience brought to you by digital-gremlins, “You might not be flying a plane, but you can still feel crashed and burnt.” Cheers, enjoy the rest of the post.
Update 1:29: So this is where I’m at right now. As far as multimodality is concerned it seems money is going to be a major limiting factor that will determine who gets to play and who gets left out. So me right now, my MacBook, while still awesome as fuck, is from 2009 and doesn’t have an AirDrop application that I can use to move any of the video files from my phone to my laptop. Another option I’ve been attempting is moving the video file from my phone either directly to YouTube, or to google drive. Either way I can then upload the video to Kim’s blog. But I’m running into an upload problem and I’m thinking that whatever kind of lose as I have doesn’t allow for video beyond 5-ish minutes of length, or perhaps my wi-fi connection is not optimal… whatever the case may be I’m definitely fighting against the technology at the moment, which says to me that those who can afford or have access to the most current systems and technologies are the ones who are going to have the greatest mobility when we make the switch to approaching multimodal communication techniques in composition type courses. What do y’all think? Also this battle isn’t over. It’s not a great video, but I’m getting this shit posted if it kills me!
Immediately after finishing this^ chunk of text this is the current status of the video upload *Actually there is no need for a picture because it would look exactly the same… no progress whatsoever. FML
Update 8:30am: I’ve spent 4 to 5 hours of my life trying to upload a vlog from my phone. This has been hell. This isn’t over, but for now this is all you get.
So I decided to give the Vlog thing a try after writing two versions of this post and being dissatisfied with both. After class today I plopped down on the couch with the cat, listened to an hour or two of The Gunslinger then remembered that Dave Chapelle was on Netflix. I love Dave. I love him not only because we share a name and every semester I walk up on campus like, “Still Dangerous.” It’s a slogan from his old show.
Anyway, I’d heard folks on Facebook up in arms about the content of his specials and I hoped his stuff wouldn’t be what some reactions on Facebook suggested it might be; that is not only offensive, but insensitive. He definitely crossed some lines that make me uncomfortable, and I tend to chalk it up to his age and his generation, but since he’s a hero of mine he tends to get a lot of leeway with me too. Anyways the biggest thing that bothers me is his dialogue with Rape that he engages with in episode one.
My coworker Carissa said, “I’ve seen some of his jokes online, and I can see why some people might find them funny but they’re not for me. I didn’t find them funny.”
My coworker Stephen said, “I don’t think you love Chapelle the way I do.” The subtext reading, in my mind, I don’t think you can handle the subject matter without being offended. The assumption being, You’re a virtue signaling liberal, and Imma define who you are based on that label right now. Bothers me a bit, but me and him are cool. And he’s probably right a little bit, from a certain light, but I like so many of us take pride in defying assumption whenever possible.
To both, after both opinions had been posited, I said, “We gotta learn to drop the academics.” The subtext being, I validate both your opinions simultaneously by implying that my educated side agrees with the moderate opinion of the one, and that my 916 is ready to roll with Chapelle on the other hand. In certain cases agreeability and civility could be seen as a civic-level sin if it boarders on the edge of complacency. Saving-face in the presence of true suffering should always be a sin, right?
This blog post and the Vlog up above does a couple of things. 1. It documents my feelings about a topical subject right now. So if my opinion changes in the morning, I’ll still have a record of what it was today. 2. It required me to compose my thoughts in real time, and without a script the best tool I had at my disposal for making the video more clear was the deletion of the first video and the shooting of a “take two.” 3. This last paragraph is attempting to point out a few of the moltimodal features the combination of video and blog post attempts to employ.
So what do you guys think about the new Dave Chapelle comedy special?
And is there anything else our class’s blog posts are doing with multimodal features?