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  1. Clown Train- RESPONSE

    March 21, 2014 by oliviapaterson

    In the film Clown Train how does sound contribute to the atmosphere of this film? Describe what you heard? Can you make reference to another genre film and how they utilise sound to create tension and a unique filmic space? 

    In the film Clown Train, sound generates the tense, overwrought and edgy atmosphere from the very beginning. It generates a sense of fear within the audience and allows the film to have more depth and integrity. The use of sound drives the audience to know more, they want to know, who is on the train? Why there is a clown? And what is going to happen to the guy? Initially sound is used to set the scene, it helps the audience understand the setting and sets the overall tone of the film.

    The first sound is of a train’s breaks screeching on the tracks, what is a common noise for everyday commuters, however the eerie presence of that noise singled out sets a scary tone. Additionally there are noise and echoes of other trains moving about in the underground tunnels intertwined with the noise of the engines as the air breaks slowly come on and off. These noises all come to a halt before the first image comes up to enhance the sense of tension.

    All that is left is the slight buzz of the train still running which allows the dialogue to develop the storyline. The 10-15 seconds of silence continues to develop the tension between the two people on the train and evokes a sense of fear within the audience which is followed by a single beat of a drum. The clear crisp question of the first character breaks the silence and draws the attention of the audience closer.  The frequent zips that accompany the short snaps of darkness where finally the sound builds and then cuts out and the audience is snapped back to reality by the bold laugh of the clown.

  2. Nikki Entry (week 10)

    October 2, 2013 by oliviapaterson



    write a message: 

    Hey guys, my name’s Mark Zuckerberg. I’m 29 years old (birthday is May 14, 1984) and proudly American. I was born in White Plains, New York. I’m mainly a computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. You might know
    my name mainly because I was one of the 5 inventors of a little site called Facebook ;)Hopefully after you read this you will accept my friendships request!

    My Past:
    I went to Harvard Uni way back which is where Facebook originated, my roommates and I actually created it just for students, but then expanded it as we realised its potential. I decided to drop out of Harvard in my sophomore year in order to work more on my project.
    I’ve always loved computer games, and since I was kid when all my friends were playing them I was creating them, lol! I started writing software in middle school and I did a graduate course in the subject while I was still at
    high school. I designed an instant messenger-type system for my dad’s dental office and home computers to communicate and I developed a music player with AI capabilities to predict user’s song interests. Microsoft and AOL both tried to purchase my product and recruit me straight out of high school but I chose to go to Harvard instead. I didn’t want full-time work yet, I needed a few more years of stuffing around at school.

    My Problems:

    I’m not going to say much about the controversy surrounding my release of Facebook as I’m sure a lot of you know about it by now. I did after all have a movie made about me, pretty cool huh :)

    My Present:

    I am currently working towards registering the 5 billion humans who were not connected to the Internet as of the conference on Facebook. This is intertwined with the aim of the project, whereby my Facebook, with the support of other technology companies, seek to increase the number of people connected to the internet.

    Last words: 

    I do just want to say, I’m extremely proud of my invention and I know it’s absolutely revolutionised social networking. Which is pretty amazing.
    Please accept my friend request by hitting this link!!!

  3. Notes on The Long Tail

    September 19, 2013 by oliviapaterson

    Demonstrates the way in which an entirely new economic model for the media and entertainment industries.Unlimited selections is revealing truths about what consumers want to get in service after service…New rules for the entertainment industry.1. Make everything available. 2. Cut the price in half. 3. Help me find it.




  4. Notes on Networked Media Class (week 8)

    September 18, 2013 by oliviapaterson

    Class reflection on lecture

    • How hypertext relates to Google model… assumptions about how google works turn out to be wrong assumptions.
    • Talking about the keyboard…being one of the oldest things and remains unchanged.
    • Then end point…every power structure that has ever existed has had a center and structure. How does something function without a center and without a structure?
    • The class thought that the discussion on video games was interesting and debated about weather or not they are form of hypertext.
    • Definition of a game was something that could be won.
    • Should modern ‘games’ be considered games or rather interactive experiences?


    RED- first impressions

    Green- what do you like about the Niki post?

    Yellow-creative opportunity. What could be added?

    White-information. What would you like to know more about?


    Our Feedback:

    • Generally people liked our idea and thought that it was very authentic.
    • We should add other forms of media such as 30 second video
    • Unique idea
    • Well presented and laid out
    • People thought that it was good because they did not know much about open source and that it was helpful that we explained what open source was in our niki so that they could understand the niki page.

  5. Unwhatever 0.5

    September 18, 2013 by oliviapaterson

    Can video games be considered hypertext narratives? How? Why?

    • The relationships between different media forms…but sometimes it is clear that they are not the same. Games don’t have a narrative
    • Example: pinball does not have a narrative
    • Gaming meet television for example survivor.


    How do you actually write a hypertext narrative?

    • Hypertext like blogs are an emerging structure
    • When you write a hypertext narrative each individual sections make sense all by them selves similar to our blogs, to understand them you don’t usually have to read the last three weeks of posts to understand the one that your reading.  They are highly granular
    • Context of audience…why and how will the audience connect with the piece?


    Why is hypertext considered influential in the future development of media making and story telling?

    • Interplay between hypertext and networks and history itself.  History can be explained as a highly complex network  that has been put into narrative.
    • As human beings we always try to find a linear context to everything.
    • There is a hyper textual mode of reading that has become an important and more engaging way of reading texts.
    • Hypertext is cinematic… the only difference between film and hypertext is that film is fixed. Where hypertext there can be numerous different options, which are not fixed.
    • One shot next to another can change the meanings of both shots.
    • The meaning is not in the shot it is outside the two, its in the relationship between them. It no longer sits inside the narrative but in the connection and the relation ship that exists in the relations of the parts.


    The long tail seems to advocate a free market model for the entertainment industry. Anderson says this model allows for more diversity, however, do you think problems such as a recommendations hierarchy could emerge?

    • Facebook feeds… you liking some things disregards you from other things. Facebook learns what you like and then almost stops you from other interests.
    • Similarly in music, programs have started to learn our particular tastes and then discourage too much exploration.
    • Facebook has become a social media disaster…it has become overcome by advertising and it doesn’t necessary work on recommendations hierarchy.
    •  Page rank on google works on how many links go to your page.


    Does a network have a center? Or do we all create centers for our own networks?

    • No not necessary become they work depending on the relationships and links between people, which we make. Yet given this in a way are we the centers for networks given the necessity of our input.

  6. Niki- OPEN SOURCE

    September 18, 2013 by oliviapaterson

    “WebForge** is dedicated at making open source projects successful.”

    Here at WebForge, we thrive on making our open source programs accessible for community collaboration, helping us to create the leading resource for open source software development and distribution. Using the tools we provide, an approximate of over 324,000 projects are created by 3.4 million developers, connecting more than 46 million consumers with these open source projects.

    WebForge is where open source happens.

    What is open source?

    Most software that you buy or download only comes in the compiled ready-to-run version. Compiled means that the actual program code that the developer created, known as the source code, has run through a special program called a compiler that translates the source code into a form that the computer can understand. It is extremely difficult to modify the compiled version of most applications and nearly impossible to see exactly how the developer created different parts of the program. Most commercial software manufacturers see this as an advantage that keeps other companies from copying their code and using it in a competing product. It also gives them control over the quality and features found in a particular product.

    Open source software is at the opposite end of the spectrum. The source code is included with the compiled version and modification or customization is actually encouraged. The software developers who support the open source concept believe that by allowing anyone who’s interested to modify the source code, the application will be more useful and error-free over the long term.


    “I usually have no clue about programming and all that…Webforge provided me with the starting tools I needed for my app…[the programs’] source code availability makes [programming] user-friendly and accessible! I am one satisfied client! :) :) ”

    – Apple-tini, CA.

    “My friends and I wanted to start looking into game [programming], but didn’t have the funding nor the knowledge to [begin]. Webforge already had preset gaming applications available for use…through research and Webforge, I am happy to say that we are on our way of creating out very own…and we are only teenagers!”

    – COD101, MI

    “I have been a co-founder of a start up company that deals in Maths tutorials for kids at home. My business partner and I have only been doing this face to face as of recent, but desired to go even further and begin a program [our clients] can download. [My business partner], unfortunately has moved to another state and didn’t know anyone who could help us with programming. Webforge has opened up new avenues for my company…and [we are] definitely grateful for its suppliers!”

    – Myangel, MA

    “I was really interested in gaining knowledge on software for gaming – apps and video gaming. Webforge was a great way to help get me started and introduce me to software that I wasn’t aware I needed. I am so thank-ful for this open source as it allowed me to have so many opportunities within this area and explore what else I can do in the future.”

    -Lozluvskeys, AUS

    ** Webforge is a fictional name and is available for external use.


    September 18, 2013 by oliviapaterson


  8. oh miley…

    September 18, 2013 by oliviapaterson

    you have to give her some credit she is getting noticed !

  9. Unwhatever 0.4

    September 18, 2013 by oliviapaterson

    What kind of genre is an interactive documentary? Is it still a documentary or would you say it is a new genre because of the hypertextual interface?

    • Genre is never just about the textual form
    • Genres are also always about the industries that help create them
    • Interactive documentary allows for a more creative and unfixed approach to documentary genres.
    • The conventions that hypertext have introduced effect the way we read other texts.
    • All stories make truth claims for example: in The World or A World.
    • Genre-on the one hand you can argue that documentary is the genre but you can also argue that there are genres within documentary. One being interactive documentary.


    If, interactive narratives have no singular, definitive beginnings and endings, then what would be the constraints for an author of interactive media to control the interpretation of a narrative?

    • Authors cannot control the interpretations of the audience.
    • Authors have no way to control their thoughts and should not claim to do so.
    • What we interpret is text not authors.
    • What rhymes with shop and you buy at the butchers…what do you do at a green light?
    • Hypertext allows and encourages you to generate and imagine how two separate situations can relate, as we need to find a connection between the two.

  10. Springer!

    September 11, 2013 by oliviapaterson

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