Research: The Legacy Project Sunday, Feb 22 2009 

For research this week, I went looking for news stories that covered odd art projects. I found This Site, which directed me towards the Legacy project, a project to photograph an old air force base using the world’s largest camera (as of 2007). I think this is a pretty good blog post because it does a good job of giving the most necessary information along with a link to the official website.
It could of done better to talk to the people responsible for the picture, even if it was an email, but I believe that this blog’s job is just to inform the audience that this exists. If I had taken this story, I would have talked to the creators just for a small comment, and also the people who worked at the base to get their opinion on having their base immortalized in such a unique way.


Reporting: Attempts at Contact with 72-Hour Film Project Contestants Thursday, Feb 19 2009 

I spoke with Ben Steinberg again about speaking with the contestants in the 72-Hour Film Contest. I was hoping to follow around one of the groups during the contest so I can see how the stress of the contest treats them.

Steinberg Told me that he is going to check with contestants to see if any of them might be comfortable with me shadowing them, and told me he would get back to me later in the week.

I am currently looking for different art projects in the Baltimore Area to fill out my project.

Reaction: Class Readings Thursday, Feb 19 2009 

The first online reading I read was Mediashift, particularly the entry about what blogging is. I found this entry particularly interesting because it showed how jarringly different blogging is compared to other forms of media.
It is currently the most accessible form of media to the general public. Since it is a form of media, it already has its celebrities. Since so many people can have blogs, it is hard to stand out of the pack. This post does a good job of putting this in perspective by saying

“You will have to do a lot of writing (or photography or videography), and keep at it. The vast majority of blogs that are created are abandoned after a few months — likely because the people who started them didn’t realize how much time and effort it takes to maintain a blog…Readers expect bloggers to stay on top of their blog and keep it updated at least a few times per week.”

By comparison, that makes these blogging assignments seem easy, since we have a set number of required posts.

The other reading was taken from the book, Ch1. I found this reading humbling as well because of how it puts advancements of media into perspective. The Internet as we know it today wasn’t the first attempt at a global network, just the first one that succeeded.
It also goes into detail about other forms of media that are used today that almost failed when they were originally conceived.
The main idea I took from this is that it takes time for a form of media to truly take shape and become something truly useful to society. The Internet seems to be on its

Research: Boston University 48 Hour Film Festival Saturday, Feb 14 2009 

This article does a poor job of introducing the reader to the idea of the 48-Hour Film Festival. In fact, I have had a hard time finding any good coverage for the festival. This article basically gives the minutes of the meeting and doesn’t get that in depth into the situation.
To have a good article about the film festival, it should have a detailed bit of history into the festival and maybe speak to people who have competed. There needs to be a human element for the reader to feel any attachment to the story. I hope to remedy this in my project by maybe spending the day with one of the crews and talking to them about their work.
Another thing I hope to do is insert clips from the videos and maybe some videos from the production to give some more material to the viewer

Reporting: The 72-Hour Film Project Saturday, Feb 14 2009 

The University Residence Government (URG) and Lamba Kappa Tau of Towson University are hosting a film festival for all undergraduate students this February. The only catch is that the competitors will only have three days to complete their films.
On February 27, students competing will receive an email containing a line of dialogue, an object and an action phrase that must be in the finished film. All other aspects of the film are up to the students.
“ The concept came from similar film festivals being held in various towns and cities around the country. The 48 Hour Film Project is a competition that reaches 50 cities annually, one of the largest being held in the D.C. area,” URG director of resident advocacy Ben Steinberg said in a corresponding email.
“The videos will be created and submitted in the 72 hour span from Feb 27th at 5pm to March 2nd at 5pm. The following Friday, March 6th, the films will be Premiered in Stephens Hall Auditorium,” Steinberg said. “A panel of judges will award “Best in Show” while the audience will determine the “Viewer’s choice Award.” There will also be honorable mentions.
“I am looking to see both film and majors and non-film majors enter the competition. This event is open to anyone and everyone who has an interest in filmmaking,” Steinberg said. “Since the elements do not specify the type of film a student/team creates, I am expecting the unexpected. The great thing about a competition like this is that the creative potential is nearly limitless.”

Reaction: Words of Advice From Ira Glass Monday, Feb 9 2009 

I found Ira Glass’s video pods about the structure of stories to be very interesting because they both helped me learn ideas about story telling I haven’t though of before and also reinforced ones that I already have.
The first video taught that you should always begin a story with action; you always want to get the viewer invested right away. Glass says you have to make the audience ask itself why it’s being shown what it’s being shown. This leads into the bulk of the story and the payoff.
The second video helped in that it showed me that I need to be willing to let go of a story. Sometimes a story just doesn’t work and you have to be willing to acknowledge it and move on or else you won’t be able to find a better one.
The third video talked about the importance of experience. I agree with this video to a large extent because I feel that you can do anything well if you do it enough. Whether it is physical activity like sports or artistic activity like music, you can become more proficient with practice. I myself have noticed a great increase in my journalistic abilities over the years, all due to the experience I built up over time.
The fourth video finally talks about identity in broadcast reporting. I also agree with this video because I have noticed a large degree of journalist’s success stems from their identity. Take for example Gerardo Rivera or Oprah Winfrey: both are journalists whose names are more important than the stories they tell. People pay attention for the way they tell the story, not the story itself.

Research: 15 Hours at the Organ Sunday, Feb 8 2009 

I was suprised to see that the Baltimore Sun did a piece on Diane Luchese’s performance of John Cage’s Organ2/ASLSP. I feel that it is a good article, focusing mostly on John Cage and who he is in the music world rather than just on the fact that Luchese is giving such a unique performance.

I like the quote at the very beginning, “Until I die, there will be sounds,” because it greatly reflects the music. I people I spoke with at the concert were very amazed at how the song sounded, the felt that the sound reverberated for such a long time that it stuck with them.

The piece also makes a point of making it clear that the performance of this song is unique in that it is very rare to be able to hear it performed to its full potential.

The article also went more in depth into Luchese’s trip to Germany, and her diet for the piece, something I wish I had gone more depth into.

Reporting: Towson Teacher Performs Organ Piece for Over 15 Hours Sunday, Feb 8 2009 

Diane Luchese performed John Cage’s piece Organ2/ASLSP over fifteen hours on Thursday, Feb. 5, in honor of the International Year of the Organ.

The performance took place in the Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall at the Towson Center for the Arts.

“I don’t know if it’s a record, but I know that it is the longest performance by a single organist,” Luchese said.

Organ2/ASLSP is based off of Gerd Zacher’s ASLSP, which was written for the piano. Zacher suggested Cage adept it for the organ. Due to the fact that the organ can sustain notes indefinitely, the tempo can be considered as slow as possible.

According to Luchese, in a power-point presentation that was displayed while she played, for the eight sections and four pages of the piece, one inch of the text is played for six minutes. Luchese chose this length so that she could do the performance the whole time that students would be present at the Center for the Arts.

“When I first learned the piece, I had to start at a normal pace and learn to slow it down,” Luchese said. “This was about four and a half years ago.”

Luchese’s performance went over well with attendees. A guest book placed outside the entrance of the concert hall had several positive things to say.

“I found it very inspiring. It took me about two hours to start appreciating it, but I’m glad that I stuck it out,” freshman music major Rebecca Shavone. “I really like Luchese’s sense of humor, around 5 o’clock she played with the registrations a lot, just kind of messed around and had fun with it.”

Luchese decided she wanted to perform the piece after hearing about the John Cage Project, a group in Halberstadt, Germany who plans to perform the piece over the course of 639 years, with sandbags playing the role of the organist.

Reaction: 10 Days of Posts Wednesday, Feb 4 2009 

I like the Hypergene media blog because of how it examines the different ways that multimedia can be used to create a good website. The one site they examine the most is a relatively new one called “The Wall”; a site created for Vietnam War veterans and their families so that they can see what happened to their friends and loved ones during the war.

Hypergene does well to give small snippets of information regarding the site, such as responses and news coverage. It is also nice to see information about how the website is built in the first place, with sketches from the creator that help with the layout.

Another post that interests me is the one about how to build a better site. It gives suggestions like trying to connect to your audience in a new way, and doing this by using things like focus groups like surveys. Normally when you think about making a blog you figure you would just go out and write about what you like and be a hit. This is untrue; otherwise there would be several popular blogs instead of just a few. Those that are popular are like this because they provide their audiences with something they want, like how Hypergene reports on media.

There is little continuity to the posts, they don’t flow one into another, save for “The Wall” ones. Another problem is that the posts aren’t very recent.

Reaction: German Bakery Article Vs Slideshow Monday, Feb 2 2009 

Baltimore Sun German Bakery Article VS. Baltimore Sun German Bakery Slideshow

When watching the slideshow for this story, you get a more complete understanding of how people in the story feel about their situation than if you were just reading the article. In the slideshow, you can hear the music and laughter, and see the smiles on the people’s faces as they clap and sing along to the music. You also get an idea about how the situation looks, whereas in an article you were left to your imagination unless some pictures were supplied. Even then an article is limited to only a few pictures on the page while the combinations of sights and sounds on a page is near limitless.

The only advantage I can see in the article though is that the information feels more complete than the slideshow. The writer of the article has more leverage in how long the story is than the creator of the slideshow has for the length of their video. If the video is too long than it is boring, but the writer can make their story as long as they need it to be.

I feel that the slideshow and article work well together in giving a complete story. The article gives the reader information while the while the slideshow gives the viewer an easier story to connect with due to the addition of sound and pictures.

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