This semester was a very interesting semester for me as a senior. It was my last real semester of college and I was finishing up my history seminar requirements, and preparing for 485 over the summer. Going into this semester I thought that my […]
Leading group discussion for two weeks was a challenge I was excited to take on. I felt, the articles that our group found ended up being very beneficial to the class and gave good information on the topics that we were to discuss that week. The articles led to good class discussion that everybody participated in. The questions that we aimed to ask during discussion were intentionally open ended, and very easy for people to offer multiple opinions on. We asked broad questions to begin wanting to know peoples opinions and thoughts generally on the article letting them make points and asking counter questions based on what they said. When it came to the dark web I thought we kind of got caught on the negative side of the dark web because of the common notion that comes with it. As opposed to looking at all the ways it is used, we focused on the negative illegal black market aspect. We also thought that people would be more interested in that aspect. The reading that I specifically liked from this week, even though it was a bit dry, was the dark web article. Even though that it talked a lot about the economics and other aspects of the deep/dark web we could not find an article that really helped to define that difference. That was another aspect that we struggled to define, the difference between the deep and the dark web. The video that we found and watched did that the best perhaps out of everything we did. The activity that we did I thought abled people to do a lot with the stuff we brought to them from the readings and the video. By making an info graph about the dark web it allowed students to show what they had learned.
While this was not an academic article it was still very informative and an interesting read. I knew that military research and gadgets pervaded civilian life but I had no idea that some of the most everyday items come from military development. The internet, the […]
The silent film was probably the most different project I have done in my time as a history major. In my time at UMW I have never had an assignment quite like this one. I have made movies before but they have always been guided around a certain topic. This was one where we kind of took it and ran with it, which our group as a whole did a very good job with. I found it easy to work together and felt that I can speak for everyone in saying that we had fun filming the project. We tried not to make the topic to heavy and did not want forced humor in the film. We decided on our film script through mutual communication and decision. It did not take long to figure all the logistics out and who was going to be doing what. The filming aspect was light hearted but serious. We had all seen clips of Charlie Chaplin, who was the most well known silent film actor ever. We decided to model our film in a way that would have different types of humor throughout the film. The multiple types of humor we felt were typical in silent film. From physical, to verbal, we felt having diverse humor was important because of the fact that our audience would not be able to hear us. The way we decided on what we were going to steal was kind of silly. That was the one part of the project we had some kind of dispute on. Some of us wanted to “steal” the grey lock box but the other part of the group wanted to steal the phone from the president. We thought that stealing the phone would provide more comic relief as well as provide the opportunity to film the scene where the “president” catches me and billy trying to sell the phone for money. Overall, I really enjoyed the project.