Week 5: Concluding on Sound Alone

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I can honestly say that this class is gradually becoming more interesting each time we get together. The topics of discussion seem to be slightly more grounded in rationality and less abstract and that is a quality of work that I can appreciate. I like it when our lessons and discussions are straight to the point, not so ambiguous.

Admittedly, this is not the first time I have been given an assignment where I was asked to craft images an my mind on sound alone. It’s something I’m accustomed to doing. For the task of attempting to ascertain what kind of environment a certain scene from one of my favorite movies, which jokingly enough is Good Will Hunting (as it was referred to near the beginning of this assignment post that correlates to this) it was easy to tell that the scene in question took place in a bar. Aside from the fact that one of the characters said that they were in one, I listened and I could hear music, basketball shots being made, there was also the aspect of open discussion amongst a number of people, which made me listen even harder to to which I could distinguish the uncertain sound I was hearing in the background was more chatter. I thought to myself, “Where do people gather and have open discussion and possess the other aspects mentioned earlier. Only thing that could come to mind was a cafeteria, but bar sounded more accurate, as people usually walk up to people in a cafeteria for discussion.

When it came to time listen to a Truth podcast, I chose Drop in the Ocean and I was an enjoyable read. Although, again, it was made apparent by one of the characters in the story story that they were in fact in a submarine, it could have just as easily been ascertained by the mention with the repeated mention of the word “sonar”, “ping” and “hull.” All things that are commonly associated with a submarine. You could easily visualize that the atmosphere was intense with constant tone of the people being anxious about being discovered by the Russian submarine, being afflicted by the contagion/infection that was going around that was making most of the people eager to leave the sub, someone believed one of their comrades with a russian spy that wanted them to stay in the sub so that all would be infected even though they were prioritizing the mission they were given. I felt that the story might have been taking time during WWII with all the references that were aimed at the Russians that came with the times. Overall, it was a very mature and fear-driven story.

I felt somewhat limited in what I could present regarding the blackout poetry session, though I suppose that was the purpose of it. Something meant to spark and forge some creative thinking from all our unique mind sets. I do feel like a somewhat lengthy story could be put together combining a number of the completed black out poetry pieces, though they might come across as conflicting and uncertain in what it’s intended message is meant to convey. depending on the poetry that each individual worked with there might be conflicting genres that make for an unusual compilation of sentences with words that don’t seem like they belong in the same story. Whether or not we mix works from the one poem that we did in class or our own selections I would actually have to compare them side by side to give you an absolute answer about their potential cohesiveness.

Regarding this week’s tuesday session, which focused on the topic of fanfiction, I found it bit insightful listening to what everyone had to say. My initial preconceptions about fanfiction were were shattered after listening to this conversation…in a good way. I found it enlightening to hear that fanfiction need not simply revolve around a book, series (novel or television), or movie, but that there is fanfiction that is based off celebrities. Aside from that everything that I heard on the topic on fanfiction was info that I was already aware of.

 

2 thoughts on “Week 5: Concluding on Sound Alone”

  1. Your blogging is moving far into the excellent range, Alex. I am liking very much seeing your reflective thoughts play out, and doing more than just reporting on what you did.

    And we can agree that almost every scene in Good Will Hunting is worth breaking down. I don’t often re-watch movies, but that’s one I can say I have seen a double digit number of times. And the dynamics of transcending class lines (not the school ones) is so exemplified in the bar scene, while at the same time foreshadowing the real lesson that comes in the park scene.

    Okay here is a blogging tip– you linked to the YouTube video, and that makes me happy because I like to see a lot of links in blog posts, but you can do it a tad better by embedding that clip in your post, rather than sending a viewer away where they are likely distracted by related clips — plus it puts the video right in context of your writing.

    And its dirt easy in WordPress.

    Just put the URL for the YouTube clip in a blank line (not linked). Watch the magic happen– see https://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/ as well as https://en.support.wordpress.com/category/media/ for other kinds of media you can put inside your posts.

    Okay, sport?

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