Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Archive for February 2013

Is social media too revealing?

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For as long as I can remember knowing about the Internet, adults were always lecturing me about being safe on the Internet. Never share your passwords with anyone. Make sure you always logout of any computer you use. As things like chat rooms and social media sites became more prevalent, we just got more safety lectures. Don’t talk to people you don’t know. Don’t give out your real phone number or home address, in some cases don’t even give out your real name. However, with things like Facebook, where our friends on there are indeed (or at least should be) people we know in real life. They know our real names and phone numbers, so it’s ok to put that kind of information on our social networking profiles, right?

Well, not always. Obviously, if you want people to find you, you should use your real name. However, I personally don’t put things like my phone number or address on my profile. We have all probably seen those made for television movies where someone (usually a girl from what I have seen) accepts a friend request from someone she might not really know but lives in the area and is around the same age, so she accepts. They talk, and they eventually agree to meet some place. Turns out this other person is some creep who does horrible things to this girl that I will not mention on this blog. Some times the friend request even comes from someone the girl would actually know, but it is really some else posing as that person. The point is best illustrated with this meme.


But we’re wiser now. Most people I know now will not accept friend requests from people they don’t actually know. And some social media sites don’t even allow for such information to be shared. On Pinterest, people don’t even talk to one another really. They just basically “like” and archive certain pictures and videos. It’s basically like having an online bulletin board. Friends can follow your boards and see when you have pinned something new. Sounds harmless enough.

However, as one reporter for for ABC News stated, maybe even Pinterest is revealing people’s secrets. Lauren Effron didn’t know her friend Megan Daniels was pregnant until Effron saw Daniels pinning picutres of maternity outfits and nursery decorations. When asked Daniels admitted she and her husband were expecting. However, what if Daniels had wanted to keep the pregnancy a secret, waiting until she had the chance to tell her friends in person to get their reactions. In the article, Effron says the husband of her friend even told his wife not to pin anything related to the matter for a certain amount of time. The husband knew that nothing on these social media sites can be kept secret. So does this mean social media reveals our secrets?

Some argue that no one is forcing these people to put all of this information on these social media sites. If people are willing to reveal all of this information voluntarily then it is the fault of no one else to know so much about them. Still, it is different with Pinterest. Knowing someone is going to be at a certain event because they RSVP to it on Facebook and even post a status update saying they are on their way is slightly different than knowing someone is getting married because they suddenly start pinning a bunch of wedding dress photos. It is a testament to how much things like pictures and videos really say. As a society, we are reverting back to not even really needing words to communicate. Thanks to Pinterest, social media and multimedia are becoming more integrated than ever before.


Written by yolandacruz93

February 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm

USA Today ranks Golden Eagle Harlem Shake video #1

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This video ranked #1 on USA Today among college basketball versions of the “Harlem Shake,” a new dancing fad that is all over YouTube.
USA Today commends the Golden Eagles for their production quality, and that really is what makes #1. I can tell a lot of thought went into making this video, and it’s just fun! USM went beyond doing just the dance and added some extra humor to it.

It’s a great video.


Written by Leah

February 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Spoken word poet speaks out on bullying

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Shane Koyczan is a spoken word poet. In this animated video, he recites his poem called “To This Day,” which is about bullying. I’ve heard some of his poetry, but I haven’t seen anything like this done, and I absolutely loved this.

I think this video is very compelling and beautifully done. His poetry gets a point across, while the visual aspect of this is so creative and artistic, and compliments his own art of spoken word poetry. This combination makes for one amazing project. It tells a story through two forms of mediums: video and audio.

The article on Mashable says, “The video is haunting and beautiful, powerful and startling, sad and relatable. And, above all, the video and poetry will reshape your views on name calling, harassment and pain, encouraging you to confront and end the cycle of hatred and bullying kids face.”

This video has the power to incite change and make people realize how serious of an issue violence is.

Written by Leah

February 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Robin Roberts Returns to Good Morning America

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Robin Roberts is finally back on Good Morning America. Five months after she received a bone marrow transplant as part of her treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome, the entire GMA staff gave Roberts a very warm welcome back on the morning of Feb. 20, 2013. Even Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro of TLC’s Cake Boss surprised Roberts with a cake to celebrate her return.


Robin Roberts returning to Good Morning America is truly an inspiration to many people in the country, including myself. I aspire to have a career very similar to hers, starting with her humble beginnings to being a news reporter on national television. Roberts proves that with perseverance, nothing has to keep a person from achieving his or her dreams.


Written by yolandacruz93

February 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Does Black History Month Keep America Separated?

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It is black history month. And, yes, I revere African-American heroes like W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey and Ida Well, to name a few.  But I think black history month is wrongly represented. If one were proud of his/her blackness, black history would and should be celebrated everyday.

  The University of Southern Mississippi and Men of Excellence held a panel to discuss issues that affects African Americans like education, public policies and media.  Alice Ivas, USM graduate student, who was raised in a trailer park, explained that trailer parks are not different than projects.  There are teenage pregnancies, drug abuse and crime. So, the same issues that effect black people effects white people.

   “Eminem said, look, this is what goes on in trailer parks,” said Ivas. “We are all broke.”

I explained to the panel that I connect with a white professor, Dr. Greene, on more of a personal level than I do Dr. Jenkins, who is the only black professor that I have.

When black history month was created I think it was needed. But I think the celebration has been taken out of context. Now, kids only want to be part of Dr. Martin Luther King parades so he/she can ride in a nice car or big truck. And by the time he/she graduates high school or college their black history knowledge reaches no farther than MLK, Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks.

Yes, racism still exists, but today’s racism will not hinder African America from chasing his/her dreams, unlike Jim Crow laws.   If a white business owner follows me around in the store, I’m not going to get mad and not go to school. Or say that all white people are racist.

Black History Month keeps us separated. Or it limits the celebration of black leaders to one month of the year. MLK was not a just a black leader, he was an example that all americans could follow. And his agenda was to make america better, not black america. And the same can be said for Frederick Douglass, W.E.B Dubois Ida B. Wells, to name a few.

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February 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Award-winning Photo Questioned

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On Monday, February 18th, I read a story on the social news  site Digg about this photograph by Swedish photographer Paul Hansen that won the 2013 World Press ‘Photograph of the Year’ award. The photo depicts the funeral of two children killed by a missile strike in  Gaza in November of 2012. Their father’s body can also be seen being carried in the background. When I first saw it, I readily understood why the photograph won the contest, it’s stunning, captures raw emotion, and sheds light on an important issue.

However, today I read a story on about how people are now starting to question the amount of editing done to this picture, and whether it is ethical or not. Many have come to the photo’s defense, saying nothing was done to hide any fact, and that the editing simply made it more aesthetically pleasing. I tend to agree with this side of the debate.

On the other hand, it does raise the question of what the limits should be on the amount of editing done on a photograph and it still be considered ethical. I don’t even think set limits can be established in a general sense, I believe it would have to be on a case by case basis.


Written by jessicaeking

February 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm

iMovie Practice

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Multimedia storytelling is practicing with iMovie. The video footage is by Peter Chen and I edited the footage.

Written by ijanah

February 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm