What Does New Media Mean to Bashar, Nayla and Rayssa? Project 2 Analysis

May 18, 2010

What we know about “new” media today is basically the newer forms of media today which generally involve the internet and new mobile technologies being developed nowadays; the new ways of communication.

In this project we were asked to interview three people from different age groups and compare their answers regarding new media and what they know about it, if they like it, how often do they use it… I actually chose three people from the same age group because they really had different answers and the fact that they’re from the same age group makes it acceptable to compare.

Rayssa: her knowledge about new media is limited to the tools that are very popular in Lebanon these days such as facebook and myspace..she’s more or less an active user but I did not feel that she makes it a point to stop and make time for the internet, whenever there’s time she’s online.

Bashar: he’s more aware of new media as a concept and understands perfectly what it is used for and how it is growing and where it might lead to. he’s an active user online and realizes the importance of new media today and knows that it will benefit him in the future.

Nayla: she is very much aware about the popular tools we use in Lebanon and is an active user online but what is very interesting about her is that she doesn’t think about new media as something more than just fun and believes she can easily let go and not have it in her life.

I thought that Rayssa, Nayla and Bashar were a perfect example of people who are aware of new media (moderate), couldn’t care less if it existed or not (passive), and really into new media and understand the system perfectly (active) respectively.

They all knew about it that’s for sure, what is different is there approach to it and how they deal with it. They all use almost the same tools as each other as well.

To record the videos I used my cell phone, I transferred them to my computer, uploaded them to youtube and thus they’re shared with everyone.

I used Adobe Premiere just to edit out the beginning of one video. I found no difficulties in editing.

The easiest thing about the whole thing was obviously the shooting part and the hardest thing was the subtitles; it took a HUGE amount of time!!!

My favourite part of the project was knowing how other people felt about new media and what they knew about it. My least favourite part was the SUBTITLES!!!


www.mayazankoul.com visits us!

March 20, 2010

Maya Zankoul During Her Presentation

Last Thursday graphic designer Maya Zankoul visited our new media class and shared her experience in blogging and tweeting.

What was so nice is that she uploaded her latest blog post http://mayazankoul.com/2010/03/18/a-miracle-at-lebanese-banks/ live in front of us and we saw what she does after posting it..checking out comments, “likes” on facebook..basically feedback on that post which were surprisingly quick!! I loved it..

Not that I needed it, but it was real proof that once you establish yourself online you gain a lot of “followers” as they say in “Twitterish” which makes you more motivated to keep updating your blog, twitter status…

I loved that session of #lausocial and I loved Maya’s work!

Visit www.mayazankoul.com to understand what I’m talking about and follow @mayazankoul on twitter for her latest updates!

Can’t wait for the next guest…


Anissa Helou’s Blogging Experience

February 26, 2010

A few days ago, Ms. Anissa Helou, an internationally known food writer, art collector,  journalist, broadcaster, and one of the leading experts on the cuisines of the Mediterranean and the Middle East visited LAU and spoke about her experience with the internet in her field of work. She spoke to us as part of our new media class about several aspects of her life. What was interesting about her use of the internet is that it is now part of her daily routine, it’s part of her job; Ms. Helou spends around 2 hours daily updating her blog, tweeting, and replying to e-mails. She made it clear to us that having a presence online is essential in her work and has helped her a lot.

What really cought my attention was the fact that Ms. Helou did not like blogging/tweeting at the begining…  just like myself (I still find tweeting in particular rather annoying). Time after time she got used to it and learned how important it is which got me motivated a bit and allowed me to give Twitter another chance.

Having guest speakers in our class is an interesting experience where we can actualy talk and discuss with people who have had experience with new media and who benefited from what we are currently learning in the class.

What would be also nice is if we have speakers who are working in the same field I’m studying (TV/Film). I’ll probably relate more to that.