Throughout this course I have learned how technology has changed and evolved over time through history. Today the internet provides us the opportunity to participate, express creativity, and connect globally through mainstream media. We live in a modern society in which social media permits better communication that passes ideas along and shapes our thoughts and culture. Although this was a challenging course, it was a great opportunity to learn how to become part of a participatory culture.  I learned how to create web pages and publish my own website. Since I didn’t have previous experience, learning how use the program was time consuming and was a learning process that evolved over the course of the class. This was my first time ever posting a blog or creating a video.

Overall, my website is comprised of 3 projects, a blog, and Reflection Essay, and a blog. My tactical media project is comprised of 13 web pages, averaging three internal links per page and ten standard links. There are 13 external links on the site. It includes 4300 words of my own writing, plus a 2200-word printable research essay based on the site, and a 14-item annotated bibliography with links to four online resources and description of one library based resource.   

When beginning my Personal Hypertext project I was not familiar with the program and it was challenging for me to catch on and get it figured out. I couldn’t settle on what to write about. First I was going to write something about education for children and parenting styles that influence the development of the children because I taught preschool for almost 6 years while attending college. Then the project evolved into more of an autobiographical essay based on my career journey experiences since I started working at such a young age. Also, since both my parents have been on disability my whole life I wanted to share what this experience was like and how it contributed to my career. Most individuals in society have dual working parents and eventually follow in their footsteps so I thought it would be interesting for others to see from a different perspective that is not common in the norms. This project allowed me to explore my identity with aspects of my “networked self.” By shifting from my normal way of writing to a nonlinear fashion I was able to be more creative and incorporate new ideas that came up during the process. I put a lot of time and effort into the design layout while still learning how to use the program. I was constantly searching for images, changing backgrounds, colors, and images to figure out the best way to grab the reader’s attention. This project turned out better than I thought it would. I impressed myself with my personal art designing. I would like to thank Gloria for taking time to walk me through the basics and helping me learn how to use the program.

The Response Hypertext project is a reflection of the content from the course readings based on different author’s views about technology and a democratic society. I arranged the pages by topic and author and wanted the design (background and images) to relate to different themes on each page. The design didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. It was not easy to explain all the different authors’ points of views since communication and technology have evolved so much over time throughout history. In modern society financial competition and individual contributions are limited under authority. This makes it harder to connect personally with people and interferes with natural tendencies to share, collaborate, and participate. However, networking through social media and a democratic society could be part of the answer to the problems of modernity.

My Tactical Media project is a research hypertext that addresses the question of how parental illness affects the child. It includes an annotated bibliography, review of literature, a printable version and a public service announcement video. This project was the most time consuming project. Although I knew it was going to be challenging to find research in this field I was excited about addressing a topic that I am passionate about, that I can relate to with my experience, and learn more about. Although there has been little exploration on outcomes in children with a chronically ill parent I feel that I was able to apply my expert knowledge and unique perspective by sharing my personal testimony to help raise awareness on important risks children may face and help others understand from a perspective that is outside norms. I was surprised to learn that there are common findings that reflect my experience. And I was able to provide my own insight and contribute some ideas for solutions. After creating the first two projects I was able to greatly improve my skills for creating the lay out in these web pages and making them look the way I wanted. Although I had some difficulties with Komposer and would recommend dream weaver, I was very proud of my work.

The Printable Version was the last page I worked on to complete the project. I took different aspects from the research and added my own insight. Then I evaluated evidence that supported my experience. Over the summer, I did an internship at Momentum, one of the agencies I recommend as a resource for low income families that provide support and services. In my Public Service Announcement video I hope to connect with others, share my ideas, contribute to culture through the general public, and raise awareness on the importance of further investigation that is needed.

I have always had a passion for writing and hope to pursue a career as an inspirational writer. Karl Marx said, “The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.” I hope to contribute to society by being an inspiration to others, and share knowledge that can help others and make a difference in their lives. I believe the joy you get out of giving and making a difference in other people’s life has more personal satisfaction than doing things for personal gain. 
This course has helped me enhance my writing skills and express myself through the art of creativity. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so designing web pages gives the text a deeper meaning and creative expression. Now I have valuable skills needed to create hypertexts and websites that I can use for different subjects during the rest of my college education and many more years to come.

       This website made for English 138 at SCU with
Marc Bousquet