Not entirely sure why, when reading the blog prompt this film series immediately popped into my mind. Alas, it did. And so, as Marty wrote to Doc advising him to take precautions to ensure a better (and longer) future, I will write a letter to my past (current) self.
As you continue forward on your journey through life here are some things to keep in mind and utilize; things learned from your Digital Media course with Professor T-Pain. Refer to the list below. Each observation made about the course is accompanied by a lesson learned.
- Knowing basic skills on how to operate DreamWeaver, Photoshop, CSS, HTML, Audacity and other specialized programs and design systems is at present, the norm. Every kid knows these programs like the back of their hand by age seven. During the time that you were first learning to use these tools, the economy was finally becoming more stabilized. In the process, being affluent in these tools became increasingly appealing and sought after by employers. (Hopefully, by the time you read this, you have mastered all of these programs.) Lesson: Continue to explore and research different mediums and/or modes of communication. The broader your knowledge base and experience, the better you’ll be able to contribute to the world and the better you’ll be able to communicate and collaborate with others.
- Speaking of others, archiving (an idea thoroughly presented to you for the first time in this class) is a constantly re-occurring process that can (and to an extent does) include the average citizen, also known as a citizen archivist. Understand that there exists different levels of citizen archiving. On a very basic level archiving is completed each time a person takes a photo of themselves or of friends, blogs or . Beyond that many people choose to make their careers out of archiving, spending years garnering an an extensive and expensive education to become doctors of archiving. Lesson: In the grand scheme of the universe, know your role and significance. Always document justly and to the best of your ability, accurately. Understand that as a citizen, many of your everyday activities constitute as archiving, so do so wisely and with a sincere purpose of educating or out of responsibility.
- Everything is a Remix. There is, very rarely, anything new created in the world. Creativity stems from someone’s unique perspective, which leads to a unique transformation, all of which began with an original. As an aspiring performing artist (you have successfully immersed yourself in the industry), but this is so important for you to realize NOW and implement into your work. Otherwise you’ll spend the next two years struggling to come out with something completely original so as not to sound like anyone else in the industry, when what you need to do is find your inspiration from PAST artists and remix things in your own way. This will save you time and energy.
As a whole, what you learned from this class is this: hard work, determination and creation really pays off. I don’t think you realized the significance or coolness of you designing and then *creating* your own communication platforms (website, audio project, video projects), until after you graduated. But, there is honestly nothing quite like having a vision and then bringing it to life; especially when it comes to digital media. Simply because… once it’s done you can throw it out into the digital world to be shared, admired, critiqued.
You grew to see the world in a different light, remixed if you will, in the ways that DJ Spooky described in his book. You also learned to more effectively critique other individual’s remixes, knowing the types of things to look for (rule of thirds in photos, camera shots and angles with video, use of music to set the tone or mood for a radio show). You were exposed to things you would have otherwise never known. Take this blessing NOW, reflect on it NOW, and run with it. Continue listening and watching the shows and individuals you were introduced to; they are now your new mentors. Let the learning process continue even post-graduation, and continue soaking EVERYTHING up like a sponge.
It will continue to do you wonders.