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The Future is Now

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Friends

The millennials are the children of technology, born in a new obsessive culture influenced heavily by the internet and technological advances. With this upcoming tech-savvy generation new fields are emerging and the general scope of everyday existence is gradually broadening before our eyes.

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The future is here.

Steel is Everywhere

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Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work presents the idea of human spam. Human spam Kleon says is selling too much of your work and not taking the time to learn about other people’s work. I think that this is always the case with any line of work, arts or otherwise. Writing without reading other’s works could be disastrous, however. For instance, Danielle Steel is a good example of human spam.
Danielle Steel
Her books are everywhere and although a huge success, if you see a book by Danielle Steel you already pretty much know the plot. Another one of her books would not add to her genre.
Danielle Steel

The Power of a bookbook

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YOU MUST WATCH THIS TO CONTINUE.
bookbook

The readings this week about Digital School and Ambient Awareness this week were really interesting to me because I would fail miserably in digital school. I find it interesting that a person can go online and study. To a certain extent I agree, I do almost all of my research online and writing papers would be miserable if I had to complete them by hand. However, reading online and interacting online with teachers and tutors would be the end to my GPA.

Trolls

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Troll
http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2011/07/trollhunter-the-review/
I’ve never admitted to this so publicly before, but here goes it. I am a nerd. The kind of nerd that spends the weekend playing Dungeons and Dragons and staying up until 2 in the morning playing an online card game with my expert mage deck. Yeah.
This nerdiness has now become the driving force behind my desire to illustrate. I would love to go into character design for games or animation, but I am also looking into writing and illustrating children’s books or comic books.

The Internet

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Clive Thompson claims that, "before the Internet came along, most people rarely wrote anything at all for pleasure or intellectual satisfaction after graduating from high school or college." I think this is very inaccurate. I feel the exact opposite, before the internet people had to write everything down. Isn't the blog just a public electronic version of a journal or diary? An e-email just a crude version of a letter? I think most of the writing before technology was for pleasure. Maybe some was for business like newspapers and scientific journals, but there were very few writers who did not like writing even if it was their job. Take Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for instance, he was a historian who wrote great volumes on historical events.

Design is Everywhere

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Wildlife in the West

This first image struck me as I walked to class one day. The poster stood out and grabbed my attention with the fonts, colors, and strong photography. As I paused I realized what really appealed to me was the way my eye went over the flyer. I was captivated by the huge photograph on the top of the page, then my eyes followed the arrows to the other image and finally to all of the information and once I read and got acquainted with the material I looked further down the page to answer some of my questions highlighted in a bright attention grabbing color.

The Real Question

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The first chapter "Should You Write a Book?' scared me a little; if Walt Disney was unimaginative when he pitched his ideas to people, what will they think of my ideas? Before this chapter, I thought writing a book was all about me and my goals. I never stopped to see if my book would ever have the intended effect or bring in an audience. (It probably should have occurred to me). The big question that Guy Kawasaki asks in the first chapter of APE is “Will your book add value to people’s lives?” I think we could all name a few books we have read that did not add value to our lives, but we still read them (or pretended we didn't).

It Could Happen Today

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I have always thought it would be so cool to be a video blogger. I could record the things that I thought were interesting or that I wanted to show to my friends, family, and future employers. I could do things to inspire, like these three Australians inspired me to travel abroad with their short film Move.

The Artist

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Although I have taken numerous classes on wide array of mediums, I find that I am still entitled to the amateur title. Austin Kleon said in his book, Show Your Work, that “the world is changing at such a rapid rate that it’s turning us all into amateurs.” I agree with him because unlike cold hard facts, art is more of an art. I am always learning new ways to create things. I am never finished with a piece. I am never satisfied with my work. I am never striving to be perfect either, because as time and experience has told me, perfect does not make things beautiful. I have learned overtime that when I show my work people refer to it as art from fine art to graphic design, but I consider myself no artist. An artist that calls themselves an artist has made it big.