Working Alone

Hello family and friends!

The challenge this week was learning how to work by myself and from home. I am used to working in an environment surrounded by people who I can turn to when I have questions. So I learned to problem solve and that texting Cassie is great. Whenever I had a problem, I would text her and she would text me questions. Instant communication is a blessing.

This week I did an array of tasks. First, I began working on the teaser for Dr. Anderson’s classes. I formatted the video like I did the first teaser. This strategy made it easier for me to see where she talks about technology and engagement. This way I don’t have to scramble with different clips. 

Another task that I did this week was uploading the videos to Youtube and adding correct closed captions. I uploaded the teaser and the two long videos of each interview. The captions took me longer than I expected! However, I think that it is worth my time to do so because having videos that are accessible to everyone. Check out my closed captions below!

Another thing that I learned is that the research fellowship is not all about video production. Among video production, I can be doing so much more than that. For example, this past week I watched The Stanford Prison Experiment to learn more about ethical research. Also, to expand my idea about technology and how it impacts us, I listened to a podcast by NPR. The program is called Hidden Brain. This program offers interesting insights into many different things, but I found episodes specifically about technology.  

The one that I listened to was called “Radio Replay: I, Robot“. This episode was about our changing relationships with technology. The first example that they offer is how we turn to Google to answer our questions. They said that people turn to Google because it’s easier to type your question into a box instead of talking to another person. Another impactful part of the episode is how we anthropomorphize robots. That means that we take nonliving objects and project sentiments onto it. In the episode, they give the example of robot dinosaurs. By giving them a name and the robot having human-like movements, it makes it difficult to see it as just a robot. They discussed a study that asked participants to name their robots and play with them. And then after an hour, the participants were asked to destroy the robots with a hammer. The participants refused to destroy their robots even though they fully knew that it was just a robot. The podcast opened my eyes as to how technology has affected our lives. 

Thanks for reading!

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  1. autumm

    Great work on taking a creative approach to your work Ruthie. Working by yourself is tricky but you do get a lot of ownership over things. Remember your worst enemy is only a lack of imagination.