I remember when I was a kid I had this infatuation with robots. My sister asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I had to take a minute and think about it. While I was thinking I looked for inspiration and asked her what she wanted to be, and she said she wanted to be a Bruja (Witch).
It was either a witch or a firefighter. I don’t remember right now, but the point is I ended up saying I want to build robots when I grow up. My sister isn’t a witch or firefighter and I don’t build robots, but I did make a song about robots. The song was inspired by a steampunk type vibe.
You can hear the sounds of air escaping from the robots, the metallic pounding of industrious labor, and the electrical whirring of a robot … talking.
It’s on my YouTube Channel and my music artist name is Rey Major to the Third Power or “RM³”. Thanks in advance.
A belief is an affirmation of one’s existence. It gives humanity a reason to suffer, a reason to do good, and a reason not to kill someone just because they accidentally stepped on your brand new blue suede shoes. But, how do we know when these beliefs, that we learn from others, are genuine or if they have hidden agendas? Religion is a major source of our beliefs in civilization; so much that we based our laws on governing bodies on the teachings of the Bible. Even our dollar bill has, “In God We Trust”. In this essay, I will be exploiting the issue‘s of organizations that exploit peoples beliefs for personal gain; in specific, a cult.
In the documentary Holy Hell, by Will Allen, it shares a true account of a “spiritual leader” who had devoted followers that gave everything to feel “closer to god”. Closer to god as in the freedom to feel safe with who one is, what one has, where they are in life, and who they associate with. This cult started in California in the 80’s, and was led by a man named Michel. Michel was an aspiring actor who had become certified in hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses language to control the recipient during a relaxed state of mind. It is meant to bypass the critical thinking part of the brain and transmit directly to the minds processing system; short and long-term memory.
Michel used this as a tool to manipulate his follower by increasing the chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, etc., with the use of language and attached those feelings to the experiences they shared with him. This in turn created an association of happiness with spending time with Michel. Tolhuizen’s specifies certain techniques for intensifying relationships that Michel took advantage of. Increased contact; Michel would have sexual relations with his followers during “counseling sessions”, verbal expressions of affection; the key theme was love for life, love for brethren, and love for Michel, and behavioral adaptation; Michel convinced his followers to donate a majority of their earnings from employment to supporting the cult (Guerrero et al., p. 121).
This support could be as small as buying groceries, to as big as paying for the construction of a theatre for live play’s. The best way to prevent this materialistic, psychological/emotional, and physical exploitation of a person is to understand the source. The source is the communication the Michel used to convince his followers that he was more than human. This intensifying of relationships through sexual relations; often in secret, and manipulation of beliefs; often through the use of hypnotherapy. In the Bible it states that there should be only one God that is true, and the mistake that these people made was believing in idols or other forms of worship; in this case it was Michel.
To prevent people from losing sense of self during these times is to be able to separate or avoid oneself physically from the source (Guerrero et al., p. 125). Michel, or the Master, made it a point to have his followers live every single moment with him. They moved in, and some even quit their jobs to spend more time with the Master. Another way to combat this from happening is to remember, or to be able to reflect on one’s past and apply it to the present. If someone feels like they need other’s to be normal it is a warning sign of dependence. Once we become dependent on others we give them power over us.
Therefore, in this essay I defined the issue of manipulation, and exploitation of beliefs. Relationships can be detrimental to one’s health and status when they become overdependent on others. In order to prevent this from happening it is necessary to avoid, and separate oneself from those they are attached to in order to be able to reflect on oneself. It is not selfish to care for oneself, but a necessity.
I made a music video! well, I “directed a music video!” is probably more accurate. I didn’t rap, I didn’t make the beats; but, I did shoot, edit, and add effects to it. I learned a lot while editing this video so I posted it on YouTube:
The artist who raps goes by Da Grizzly if you dig his music and would like to search for more of his songs. If you would like to know who all the people in the video are I posted their info at the end of the video in the credits.
I used Adobe Premiere Pro as my non-linear editing system. I used YouTube and LinkedIn Learning to teach myself how to do the effects, and for guidance on what “hip hop” videos are supposed to look like.
The camera I used to shoot the video was a Sony A7III and I shot at 4k 24p and 1080 120p. If you would like to know more information about how I shot or what I shot the video let me know in the comments or contact me page.
Other than that, what are you doing still reading? Watch the video! Subscribe. Share. Create.
Journalism Final Cut – The Wild Plum Holistic Spa & Yoga Center
Hey WordPress Family,
For my final project in Multimedia Storytelling I had to make a journalism style video. Alexandra Del Gaudio and Daniela Del Gaudio were gracious enough to not only let me into their life, but their business as well. If you like the video give it a thumbs up, subscribe, and/or shout it from the mountain tops…
It uses the OCEAN or the Big 5 Personality test. If you ever taken a survey on Facebook that promised you an insight on what kind of person you are, or a personality questionnaire, then you are familiar with the Big 5 Personality test, or OCEAN:
Openness (curiosity to the world around us).
Conscientiousness (goal-directed, good impulse control).
Extraversion (high amount of emotional expressiveness).
Agreeableness (kind, affectionate, helpful).
Neuroticism (sadness, anger, instability).
Don’t you love acronyms? DYLA.
Analytics or big data, on the other hand, is the collection of, but not limited to, all one’s likes on Facebook, all one’s links and browsing history, and all one’s Google searches combined. Companies then analyze this data, compare it to the five personality traits, and decipher what type of person you are. Are you more likely to buy an American car? Then, you likely voted for President Trump. Do you follow Lady Gaga on Twitter? Then, you’re probably an extrovert. Making sense? You too can find out what your social media profiles say about you as a character by clicking on this link:
It will require you to download your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn data and upload them into their site. Cambridge will then use their application program interface (API) to create a footprint, or dataset, of your OCEAN personality. If you already know your type, feel free to share how you came upon that information so others can follow if they choose to do so.
Im an INTP Jungian personality type and 74% feminine on twitter, but more masculine on LinkedIn. I guess that’s a good thing🤷🏽♂️🤷🏽♀️?
Last thing I want to talk about is how big data can save lives in the future. Yesterday, I had visited my local VA hospital and had my blood drawn for a survey they are conducting called the Million Veteran Program. Details of what it enfolds hasn’t been disclosed yet, and understandably so, because of the confidentiality/integrity of the research. That doesn’t mean we can’t assume!
I did some research on a data breach, London Lab Advances Use of A.I. in Health Care, But Raises Privacy Concerns, and found out DeepMind, a London artificial intelligence company owned by Google’s parent company, had taken data from a hospital without fully going through the necessary hoops and loops to do so. Anyway, they did get consent from Veteran Affairs, because veterans are down for whatever, and found out they could predict kidney injury after analyzing records of over 700,000 veterans datasets. Cool huh?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Byeeee.
The Digital Divide can be defined as a disparity between those that have access to technology to those who don’t.
Of course it isn’t so black and white, and some may have access to technology, but choose to not use it. Or, some technology might not be in a language that one understands. I’m not talking about coding, but I am talking about symbols.
The symbols used in language.
Today, I will be delving into the Global Digital Divide, and will end the blog with a few ways we can minimize the distance. That is, if closing the gap in the digital divide is something we want.
I wonder what my life would be like without the aid of digital technology. I wouldn’t be writing this blog if I didn’t have access, or I wouldn’t be listening to Snarky Puppy to calm my focus on my iPad Pro.
Maybe, I’d be married with like 10 kids who are in the field right now picking blueberries, my wife in the balcony churning butter, and i’d be in the bath, also known as a bucket, reading the bible for the thousandth time.
The first thing we need to do to close the digital divide is to bring awareness the types of barriers developing countries need to overcome:
Physical, Cultural, and Political.
The location of the developing countries requires a connection to the internet which can be an expensive infrastructure to create for a small tribe for example. A solution to this physical limitation could be Google’s hot balloon pop up wifi experiment. It inflates hot balloons with wifi tethering and gives access to those close enough to receive its signal, and its much more cost effective than other methods.
By cultural I mean the divide in the amount of languages the internet can be translated in. If the developing country has a specific language that is not widely used, it will not be able to acquire and translate the information provided from the internet. Do they even want to know what is on the internet, or would they be better off living a simpler life?
The solution to this would be to deploy linguists to developing countries and have them implement a symbol system that coincides with the specialized language, and then teach them how to use it. After the people have learned how to identify their language to the symbols, and recreate it effortlessly, the linguist can certify the language into a national database and have it as possible translation in internet capable sites like Google.
Certain countries, like China, feel the internet’s vast array of information is a liability, because the information shared cannot be controlled. Limiting citizens or straight out denying access to internet is something that occurs in countries, and it’s because of the need to control one’s people. I mean, I can be a control freak too sometimes, but.. Actually, never mind. No comment.
I had hippy parent’s so it’s easy for me to say, “Just let them have it,” and, “Don’t worry so much, take a chill pill.” So, that’s my solution to political limitations on digital technology. Nah! Gotcha. I think instead of trying to control people by limiting such a mass medium, we should control people by utilizing said medium. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below.
I made this video for a class i’m taking; Multimedia Storytelling. I like the colors in the film. I used my GH5s, a white balance card(but its actually grey), and the profile Cine V on my camera. Then, I edited it on Adobe Premiere Pro, found royalty free music on https://www.epidemicsound.com, and exported it in 1080p 30 fps as a MOV file.
Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions for future videos on my YouTube Channel.
Dear College Freshman, Do You Know Media Literacy?
Dear College Freshman,
Congratulations! You did your time in high school and now are free. Education is important, and it might take you a long time to learn that on your own, and you might already know, but if you don’t already know, then this letter is especially important to you.
Just like Bobby Boucher, I learned the importance of… learning… [clears throat], by putting myself out there and making mistakes. Even though I know you will make your fair share of mistakes, as it is a part of the adulthood experience, I would like to help you minimize the amount of mistakes made by educating you on why Media Literacy is important to you.
To show how important Media Literacy is to you, heres Bobby Bouchers first day in class.
Media Literacy is fancy talk for take what you read with a grain of salt; including this blog post! Everything I say is 100% accurate and true; it’s science. You were adopted. It’s true! It’s science. Ask your parents right now if you’re adopted and they’ll say no, but you know deep down that they are lying. It’s science. Anyway, this is getting way out of topic. I don’t know if you’re adopted, and if you are, well… congratulations. Point is, take what you read, watch, listen to online, with a grain of salt. It’s not always “the truth.”
The most common example of this is “fake news.” Remember that one time, along time ago, when I said you were adopted? Haha. Well, thats an example of fake news. It’s overhyped information that you may find relevant, but has no evidence that makes it credible. The ability to know when something is fake, and real, is basically the definition of media literacy. Boom! End of blog. Mission accomplished. Well, almost…
This may be your first time away from your parents; away from someone looking over your shoulder telling you whats right and whats wrong. The choice to do what you wish with life is yours. If you still live with your parents, that is fine too. Just tell them to give you space. They’ll understand. It just might take a few reminders, but they’ll understand.
Media literacy is the ability to discern what’s credible, and whats appropriate, from what’s false information, and what’s inappropriate.
Another way to put it is to think twice before you post media online. Give it a minute or two before posting it. Maybe, walk to the kitchen, grab a water, and come back to it. Still feel like posting it? Great.
Also, think twice before you read something touted as accurate and true online. Search multiple sources and see if they say the same thing. If they do, then it might be true. Even credible sources can be biased, so be careful.
Look at Fox news; credible. If Fox news said Trump is the best President in the world they are telling the truth, but are being biased about it. Trump is Republican, and Fox news is Republican. Therefore, Fox is Trump. Of course, Trump thinks he’s the best President in the world. It’s logic. Simple logic, but biased and subject to personal opinion.
Now that you know, feel free to say No to media illiteracy. Bobby Boucher said no to Momma: