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Today I had the privilage of watching “Epic College Meal Time”, which was created last semester by Mr. Liddle’s students. Initially, judging by the title, I was excited to watch the video. I was thinking the video would be some sort of analyzation of Harcombe or Shilletter’s food. However, I was sadly mistaken. The video turned into some college kids going to the grocery store and getting some random food and piling it all on a Digornio Pizza. But aside from the strange concept of the video, the picture in the video was decent. There was not any special effects in the video, but really this particular group didn’t need any. The video seems to be recoreded on an Iphone, but atleast it does not have the “black bars” on each side of the video. The sound is decent as well, I could clearly hear what we being said in the video, although many times I did not understand what they were talking about. 
Because my group’s concept of Pac man is a simple concept with minimal sound, I don’t believe there is anything that we need to change in preparation for recording our project. The majority of our project will be running around Clemson’s campus with human versions of Pac man and his ghosts. Hopefully, our group will be able to humor our audience by having Pac man go through various obstacles, and eventually get caught by a ghost. As long as we have one of our group members do a good job of following Pac man around, we should be able to do an exceptional job in our project overall. One problem we will have to address is somebody running with the camera. We don’t want to have the camera bouncing up and down and confusing our audience. This will be a problem that could only be solved by having the camera man stay in one spot and just zoom in more and more as Pac man runs away. Hopefully, this will not be too big of an issue. I look forward to completing our project and hopefully ours will be much better than the video I watched today.

Today I had the privilage of watching “Epic College Meal Time”, which was created last semester by Mr. Liddle’s students. Initially, judging by the title, I was excited to watch the video. I was thinking the video would be some sort of analyzation of Harcombe or Shilletter’s food. However, I was sadly mistaken. The video turned into some college kids going to the grocery store and getting some random food and piling it all on a Digornio Pizza. But aside from the strange concept of the video, the picture in the video was decent. There was not any special effects in the video, but really this particular group didn’t need any. The video seems to be recoreded on an Iphone, but atleast it does not have the “black bars” on each side of the video. The sound is decent as well, I could clearly hear what we being said in the video, although many times I did not understand what they were talking about. 

Because my group’s concept of Pac man is a simple concept with minimal sound, I don’t believe there is anything that we need to change in preparation for recording our project. The majority of our project will be running around Clemson’s campus with human versions of Pac man and his ghosts. Hopefully, our group will be able to humor our audience by having Pac man go through various obstacles, and eventually get caught by a ghost. As long as we have one of our group members do a good job of following Pac man around, we should be able to do an exceptional job in our project overall. One problem we will have to address is somebody running with the camera. We don’t want to have the camera bouncing up and down and confusing our audience. This will be a problem that could only be solved by having the camera man stay in one spot and just zoom in more and more as Pac man runs away. Hopefully, this will not be too big of an issue. I look forward to completing our project and hopefully ours will be much better than the video I watched today.

How Can Games Make an Argument?

This week, I had the privilege of playing a game for my tumblr post. However, the game that I chose to play was far from your average game. I played a game called “Ancient Greek Punishment”, where I was a stick figure pushing a boulder up a hill. Why this game could have been made fun and interesting with some strategy and complexity to it, it was not. Instead, it was repetitive, simple, and boring. I was required to tap two different keys repetitively, and these two keys made my stick figure push the boulder up the hill that was in front of me. The problem with this game is that it was impossible to conquer. Every time I tapped the two keys enough times, the stick figure would get the energy to push the boulder up to the top of the hill. Once I got to the top of the hill, I did not receive a “congratulations” or “complete”, instead the stick figure would just walk back down the hill with the boulder, and I would add another failure to my counter. After failing three times, I realized that this game was a hoax and that there was no way to actually complete the game. I guess the argument that this game is trying to make is that sometimes there are tasks that are put before you that are simply impossible. While we are often encouraged to  ”try, try again” and that “hard work pays off”, this game was trying to prove these sayings wrong. Basically, the game was trying to show its player that there are things that you just cannot do. There are tasks in life, no matter how hard or how simple, that just cannot be completed. Unfortunately for me, the “Ancient Greek Punishment” game I played today was one of those simple tasks that just cannot be completed. 

http://www.pippinbarr.com/games/letsplayancientgreekpunishment/LetsPlayAncientGreekPunishment.html

I believe that because the way media has evolved in the past ten or twenty years, that it is virtually impossible to separate fact from opinion. A truly one hundred percent fact must be based exactly on what happened at a particular event. The problem is, in order for people who are not eyewitness’ to find out what actually occurred, they must hear what happened from somebody else. It is extremely hard for anybody to recount what happened in an event without inserting at least some bias and opinion. Psychologic studies have shown how it is just human nature for people to change their memories of stories to what they wanted to happen, to make the story more interesting or appealing, not what actually happened. It is so often talked about that newspapers and news stations have biased the information they present as well. This happens all the time because the businessmen that run these news companies want their information to be as appealing to the public as possible. This makes for more consumers, and in the end, more money. There can be exceptions if somebody has specific dates and times in which events occurred, or if they have a video/recording of an event it could be considered fact. Videos and recordings are perfect because this type of information is exactly what happened, recorded by tape so you can see or hear it with your very own eyes. Then, even if a credible source is published by a eyewitness, it is so easy today for people to alter/change the eyewitness information (ie. Wikipedia). Even with the credible sources of video and recordings, people can alter this information through computer technology and intelligence. So for me, I believe while facts are possible, they are extremely hard to come by these days because of the way media has evolved. 

Research Question: 
What exactly is diabetes? Why is there no complete cure for this disease? What are the different types of diabetes? What are the different types of treatments for diabetes? How can diabetes affect someone personally? How can it affect somebody’s family? Will there ever be a complete cure for diabetes?

Research Question: 

What exactly is diabetes? Why is there no complete cure for this disease? What are the different types of diabetes? What are the different types of treatments for diabetes? How can diabetes affect someone personally? How can it affect somebody’s family? Will there ever be a complete cure for diabetes?

Research Question:

What happened on 9/11? Was it Al-Queada who performed the attacks on the world trade center? What buildings were demolished on 9/11? How did the U.S. let a terrorist attack of this scale happen to our country? What kind of evidence is there to support what evidently happened on 9/11?

Research Question: 
What are some of the positive effects of children participating in youth athletics? Do the positive effects reach beyond health/physical benefits? How are participating in athletics different than getting involved in other activities such as choir, art classes, etc.? What is a parent’s role in their child participating in athletics?

Research Question: 

What are some of the positive effects of children participating in youth athletics? Do the positive effects reach beyond health/physical benefits? How are participating in athletics different than getting involved in other activities such as choir, art classes, etc.? What is a parent’s role in their child participating in athletics?

UGG Advertisement, Featuring Tom Brady

Why did the company film the commercial the way they did? Why did they focus on the shoes for so much of the ad and only reveal the figurehead in the last minute or so?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaaZ6E8daVM

 

The advertisement debuted during last year’s Super Bowl was a strategic attempt by UGG’s to try and attract male customers to their product. UGG’s, as known by most, is a company that sells a type of boot to mainly female customers. Therefore, creating a new product to try and appeal to males was no easy task for the company. After watching the advertisement and taking a closer look, it is easy to see why UGG filmed their commercial the way they did. If you notice, UGG started off the commercial by only showing the lower half of a male’s legs, focusing particularly on the feet. As the ad progresses, you notice there are a couple different styles of the shoe that are appropriate for various situations (athletics, everyday, business). To the viewer, the shoes really just seem to be a normal type of shoe for males today: a simple, in-style design that males can wear in almost every situation. In fact, you don’t even know that UGG is the producer of the shoe until the last five seconds of the ad. I believe UGG decided that they would not reveal their actual brand name until the ad because they did not want to lose the viewer before the ad even started. In other words, they didn’t want the viewer to not pay attention to the ad simply because the shoes were made by UGG, which is typically a female brand. I believe they focused on the shoe so much to prove that the shoe can be perfect for any situation. They didn’t want the reader to focus on anything else but the design, variations, and style of the shoe. They also strategically showed Tom Brady in the last minute or so because, while he was important to the ad, he was not intended to be the complete focus. He was used to show that males really can wear their shoe. However, the ad agency did not want to put too much focus on him, they wanted the focus to remain on the shoe. Overall, UGG did an exceptional job of appealing their new shoes to males; by making the shoes seem as normal and as stylish as any other male shoes. Ultimately, this advertisement shows the versatility of their company and proves that they do not just make female shoes, but also male shoes.

1. The ad is in color.  2. The ad is taken simply as a photo, no special view.  3. The first thing my eye goes to is the little boy. 4. The second thing my eye is drawn to is all of the toys neatly organized around the room. 5.  The third thing my eye is drawn to is the Vauquita bag in the top right hand corner. 6. The ad is filled with many bright colors, and little dull colors. 7. The actual Vauquita bag of food is somewhat hard to notice with everything going on in the photo. 8. The ad is organized in such a way that there is not a big focus on the actual bag of food. 9. There is something in every part of the image, there are no open spaces. 10. The young man is clearly a well-behaved, polite young boy. 11. There is a lot of toys, which would typically never be this organized in a young boy’s room.

This advertisement here is a little more creative, catchy advertisement put out by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Nike.  Dick’s is showing off the new Nike football cleat that is now significantly lighter and improve on-field performance.  The audience in this advertisement would be all athletes, specifically football players who are looking for new cleats.  It seems here that there would really be two communicators to this advertisement, both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Nike.  They put an advertisement out together in order to improve sales for both companies.  More sales for Nike equals more sales for Dick’s and vice versa, so the two are working together.  The message here is that football players looking for lighter cleats that will help them make better cuts and moves on the field need to purchase these cleats. 

This advertisement here is a little more creative, catchy advertisement put out by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Nike.  Dick’s is showing off the new Nike football cleat that is now significantly lighter and improve on-field performance.  The audience in this advertisement would be all athletes, specifically football players who are looking for new cleats.  It seems here that there would really be two communicators to this advertisement, both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Nike.  They put an advertisement out together in order to improve sales for both companies.  More sales for Nike equals more sales for Dick’s and vice versa, so the two are working together.  The message here is that football players looking for lighter cleats that will help them make better cuts and moves on the field need to purchase these cleats. 

Here you see more of a friendly ad put out by Fatz Cafe, a local restaurant around the U.S.  Fatz is a restaurant that specializes in delicious calabash chicken, and great customer service.  Both of these aspects are present in this simple ad where Fatz both thanks their loyal customers and displays their signature calabash chicken fingers.  In this particular ad, the audience is all of their customers, specifically around Morgantown, NC.  This ad also targets all tourists, or out-of-town guests.  The communicator is Brian Miller, operating partner of Fatz Cafe.  Finally, the message here is to thank all of their customers for helping them become best business lunch, best dining atmosphere, and #1 best place to bring out-of-town guests. 

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