Ds106 really is for life

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Sarah who had to do a video essay for her digital storytelling class, ds106.

She decided to do it on her favorite movie ever: Stardust.

She spent hours and hour and hours and hours and hours and hours TIMES infinity on the project because otherwise her professors Jim Groom and his alter ego Tim Doom would disown her #4life.

However, on occasion she got bored and paused to take funny photos with her friends who were also slaving away on this project.



Finally, she finished it and uploaded it (after several attempts) to the magnificent site called Youtube.

She eagerly awaited comments on her videoessay which covered many things in fifteen minutes worth of  moive clips, including the important issue who’s hot and who’s not in the movie.

But lo and behold, Sarah soon got a comment she never expected:

What was this?!? Outraged, she checked her youtube account.


But this was a class assignment! She thought.  It’s a commentary to try to get people to WATCH the film!! It’s not copyright infringement!

After consulting with several people and going to Youtube’s’s copyright school and researching what the library of congress says about fair use copyright, Sarah decided to protest the video removal.

She was temporarily stopped by this warning:

but decided to continue on anyway because her case was strong; there is no way she would be turned down.

But the people behind youtube (ahem ahem google ahem ahem) were evil and all powerful. At whim, they decided who were copyright infringers and who weren’t without  even taking any evidence into account. They denied her claim within seconds of receiving it and delivered a notice to her  dorm room the very next hour.

Why Hello there.

Sarah got a legal counsel and amassed a huge crowd of her support for the case.


But the power of youtube was a mighty force, and caused Sarah’s case to lose. Certain that the judges had been tampered with, Sarah’s lawyers called for a mistrial. Eventually her case made it all the way up to the highest court in all the land: The Wizengamot.

Everyone was confident of Sarah’s right to post the videoessay on youtube, but the Supreme Court was deep in the pocket of youtube and they denounced her in front of the entire world:

For her crime, Sarah was banished #4LIFE to a jail in Siberia, never again to use a computer or bathe in running water. Instead, she would be in servitude to google and she would only be allowed to eat stale bread and moldy bananas.

Fearing repercussions  for creating this assignment in the first place, Jim Groom and Tim Doom hightailed it to the Australian outback where they continue broadcast #ds106 radio and #ds106 TV from their underground homes of Coober Pedy.

Meanwhile, Sarah remains incarcerated in Siberia. She is biding her time  until it is the perfect moment for her to escape and  take down the evil youtube/google corporation and all the other people who insist on prosecuting innocents for “copyright infringement.”

Web 2.0 means awesomeness.

Last week, Gardner Campbell talked about the importance of constructing a digital web identity, and this week we learned (or should have, if everyone read the three assigned articles) what it exactly Web 2.0 means.

Web 2.0 means awesomeness. It means the ability to communicate with large groups of people instantly. It means sharing knowledge with people freely and without discrimination. Going on the web now and using  Google or another search engine site I can find million upon million web pages containing information on everything and anything I would wish to know.

Web 2.0 has completely changed the way the internet and the world works and now it’s impossible to think how we would exist without it.

I remember when I first discovered the amazing-ness of Youtube and Wikipedia back in high school. I spent hours and hours of my life looking at random videos or  ay random articles for fun. Now when I want to watch a music video, where do I go? Youtube. Where do I go when I need to find information fast about a particular topic? Wikipedia.

Social Networking has also changed so much about our culture and personal relationships. Now I can stay in touch with my friends who live all around the world (i.e. Australia, Panama, Germany), with a few simple clicks of my mouse. I can even call people’s phones in the U.S. or Canada with my gmail account! How crazy is that?

Another great thing about Web 2.0 is the expansion of the ways we can tell stories. Something that is becoming increasingly popular is that of transmedia/ Alternate Reality Games (ARG) which allows players to immerse themselves into a game in which they can actively change the course of the game. We also can tell stories through our flickr accounts, facebook, blogs etc. The ways to tell stories are continuously expanding as developers dream up ways to share information in a fast, efficient and entertaining way.

End result: Web 2.0 is crazy cool! (I sound so academic here, right? )  However, as awesome as Google is, I am slightly terrified about Google taking over the world/internet D: