Week 1 – Bootcamp

So, first post on the Digital Literacy Blog. There was a lot to get done during week 1 from getting accounts setup to researching 80s culture.

For starters I got in contact with Dr. Genereaux to have a video conference using Zoom. It was nice being able to talk to him about this class especially since it is online. I thought that Zoom was a great tool to use for video conferencing.

After that I began setting up this blog, creating an avatar and creating several new social media accounts.

I created my avatar by uploading an image into Gravatar and cropping the image. I plan to use this avatar for all my social media accounts.

The social media accounts I created are:

  1. Twitter: @gannon1980s
  2. Flickr: gannon29
  3. Soundcloud: gannon1
  4. Youtube: gannon1 – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUbliFk7brAqvqdUaFafQFg
  5. Vimeo: gannon1

The Hero’s Journey is a great concept for storytelling. One of my favorite movies that follows this concept is Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. The Star Wars movies are some of my favorites and I think they follow The Hero’s Journey quite well.

I think some of the best storytelling from the 80s is from movies that came out during that decade. Some of my favorites are Back to the Future, Ghostbusters and Raiders of the Lost Ark. I would suggest these movies to anyone interested in 80s media.

The 1980s had many important events happen during the decade. Among these the space shuttle Challenger exploding was a very tragic incident. On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff killing all 7 members of the crew on board. The cause of the accident was found to be something called an O-ring. The O-ring sealed one of the rocket boosters but there were issues with it working as intended because on the day the Challenger took off temperatures were below freezing. The Challenger incident is a very interesting topic to look into as it influenced many things about space travel after it happened.

Overall I’m excited for this semester and can’t wait to see what I will learn.

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