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    By: R.M. Giles

    I did not lose my great-grandmother. I have no memories of her. She was a particularly unkind woman from many accounts. Vicious, even, at times. She would be disappointed in me, thoroughly. Both for a lack of Catholic devotion, as well as a surplus of queer behavior. …

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    Digital Archaeology Project


    I wanted to include some of the playlists that I recovered from the iPod. The first is “Happy Vacation,” which I mentioned in my timeline was created specifically for the drive to Kitty Hawk.

    Another playlist I wanted to include is my favorite one from an AP Literature project from …

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    Methodology Reflection


    My original idea for my Methodology project was to do the Mapping module, and map when states decided to implement their first stay at home orders for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I reached a point where it felt like all information I was taking in outside of school was pandemic …

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    Week 15


    I have not had the opportunity to finish up my Methodology project this week, but I intend to do so this weekend. I had my meeting about my domain with Prof. Whalen, and I made another remote tutoring appointment with the DKC to fix the weird replicating situation that’s been …

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    Week 14


    This week, I spent a lot of time working on my domain. I completely redid my logo and made some serious graphic design changes. When I originally customized the color palette and font on my theme, I didn’t realize how difficult it was going to be to read posts. The …

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    Week 13


    This week I started to brainstorm and look into ideas for the Methodology Project. I really want to map out and create a timeline for Star Wars filming locations. At first, I was thinking about doing something COVID-19 related because it is very topical right now. However, my entire family …

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    Week 12


    I still have not finished my Digital Archaeology project. I was fluctuating between whether or not to work on either my seventh generation iPod Nano or my iPhone 7+. Because of the nature of disassembly on Apple products I would be doing the lived history for both. The iPod had …

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    Weekly Reflection (Mar 15-20)


    The online learning transition for me has been bittersweet. I am a commuter student, and because my job also cut back in-office hours, I have gotten eight hours of my week back that I no longer spend in my car. That being said, I really miss seeing my friends, in-class …

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    Know Thy Selfie


    Selfies shape who we are as they allow us to externalize our constantly changing internal self definition. This is reflected in the five selfies I have chosen to represent a major transitional phase in my life. The most interesting aspect of my identity reflected in this curated group of selfies …

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    Selfies as Art?


    Learning about selfies as art for this module has been extremely fascinating. The work of Cindy Sherman is so imaginative, and Amalia Ulman’s Instagram work is pioneering. However, my favorite selfies I have seen as a part of this module are two referenced in Chapter 1 of Jill Walker Rettberg’s …

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    Culture Module: Selfies


    I am working with selfies for the Culture Module. My primary intention for this project is to write the thesis driven essay outlined in the Know Thy Selfie assignment, answering the prompt question “How do your selfies produce or obscure a sense of your identity?” In order to write this …

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    Web Literacy


    Web Literacy becomes an important tool in this day and age, and the ability to discern the validity of sources and information found online is a critical skill. People looking for clicks will post lies and misinformation purposely to deceive. Unaware audiences share these claims and spread them further.

    Our …

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    Niagara Falls 2018

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    Digital Audio Reflection


    I correctly predicted that I would enjoy exploring the resources for this module. I wasn’t disappointed by the podcast on the history of audio production, and intend to listen to the rest of the series over the next couple of weeks. I also really enjoyed exploring StoryCorps recordings. My favorites …

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    Chapter One


    I grew up loving science fiction and fantasy, and have been exploring writing in the genre. I am debating turning a manuscript I am working on into a podcast, and this is essentially a teaser/exploration of that idea. Story by Rachel Giles. Narrated by Colin Giles.

    Chapter One…
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    Creativity Module- Digital Audio


    I am excited to choose the Digital Audio project for our first module. I commute both to the university and to my work, and subsequently end up spending a lot of my week listening to podcasts and music. I thought that the Digital Audio project would be an excellent opportunity …

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    Hello World!


    I am currently working on assembling a portfolio of projects, and could see utilizing this domain as a showcase of work I have done at UMW, volunteering for local campaigns, and at my job. 

    My domain is rmgiles.com, which I chose and had set up last year before I …

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    Thoughts on the Theme:


    I love nothing more than to lose myself in a good story. As a kid, I had probably a dozen books of beautifully illustrated fairy tales, folk tales, legends, and mythology that I devoured and begged my parents to read to me again and again. Even now, I love a …

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    First Week Summary:


    I am an intended Communication and Digital Studies major, so I have been looking forward to this class since I registered. After the first emails, and seeing the first week of assignments, I was a little apprehensive, and even had some anxiety about getting everything done in time between my …

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