To tide everyone over before the last two installments of The Unmapped Lands are posted, I’ve published a new short story, The Wait, which you can purchase for only 99 CENTS. Yes, 99 CENTS. Also, did I mention 99 CENTS?
I’m doing my final project for my English class (Intro to Film and New Media), and I need some help. And I promised my professor you would help me.
We’re supposed to “investigate and assess an important question that helps us to better understand the ways that digital media affects us, our habits, our assumptions, our society and communities, and/or our world”. My question is about offline meetings, inspired by people in my class finding them “scary”, and I’m using Twitter/tweetups as a way to look at them. And, basically, convince my classmates that internet people aren’t scary. (Sometimes I convince them of lies.)
My plan is to do a five minute video. I’ll have text asking the question, clips of people answering it, repeat. And I swore up and down that you guys are reliable and would do this for me, so, you know, please?
If you’re willing to help, I need the video no later than Wednesday afternoon. (If your cat catches on fire I will accept it slightly later.)
Here are the guidelines for what I need (I know it’s a little TL;DR, but this is 25% of my grade oh my god this is 25% of my grade):
Look straight at the camera
Say the number of the question you’re answering, pause, and then answer and then pause again “Question one…June 2009…Question two”)
You don’t have to answer all the questions!
Feel free to elaborate on some of these; “Question eight…No, because they’re all creeps”. But don’t go on forever, please, and, again, try to speak slowly, so if I need to cut out your elaboration, I can (sorry)
If you can, try to frame yourself in a way that will not result in five minutes of people clearly sitting 18 inches away from Photobooth
If you have an external mic, I beg you, use it. If not, TALK LOUDLY
You don’t need to restate the question, i.e. “I joined Twitter in March 2008”
You can do it in pairs if you feel so inclined (or small groups, I guess?)
Let me know (in print) what you want to be called in the credits. “@aedison”? “Avery Edison”? “Avery Edison/@aedison”? “Avery”? “Avery/@aedison”? “Cookie Monster”?
And the questions; answer as many or as few as you would like, and please email me if any of them are unclear:
When did you join Twitter?
Why did you join Twitter? (i.e., to follow Ashton, because my friends were doing it, to tell the world I was eating a sandwich)
Roughly how many people have you met offline? (From Twitter, Tumblr, Fark, etc—NOT dating sites)
Have you been to any tweetups/big gatherings?
Do you prefer single/small group (under, say, 6 people) meetings, or large tweetups?
Before beginning to meet people offline, how did you feel?
How did you feel after?
Have you made any new friends, or strengthened friendships that only existed in cyberspace, through offline meetings?
Have you met anybody who became more than a friend?
Have you ever had a bad experience with an offline meeting?
Have you ever had an experience that you’re incredibly grateful for/happy about?
What are your final thoughts on offline meetings?
Thank you. You are all wonderful human beings.
You can send me your clips at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dropbox, or carrier pigeon…
(The clickthrough is the course blog, with the assignment at the top.)