Jan 24, 2011

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Web 2.0 and Some Other Cool Stuff

So there was this teenage girl baby sitting a little boy and baby girl of this really rich family one (dark and stormy) night while the parents went out on a much needed date.  They lived in a huge house that went on and on for ages.

Anyways, after putting the little boy to bed, and finding that the baby would just not fall asleep, and being slightly bored, the baby sitter decided to take the baby girl into an upstairs bedroom to watch some TV.

She sat on the bed and flipped on the table light to its lowest setting and turned on the TV.  However, she was disturbed by a weird and creepy clown statue placed in a rocking chair in the corner of the room.  She also felt a draft in the room coming from an open window.  The rain was also coming in and making large puddles on the floor.  She then called the parents (reached the father) on the phone in the room and told them what had happened and asked them where the towels were.  They told her that they were in a storage closet down the hall.  She then asked if she could cover up the creepy statue so she could watch some TV and let the baby fall asleep in peace when she was finished.  The phone line was silent for a moment before the father said…

“Take the children and get out of the house!  We’ll call the police.  We don’t have a clown statue…”

The clown then rose, knife in hand and killed both the children and the baby sitter before vanishing into the night.  The clown happened to be a serial killer that escaped from the insane asylum.

If you don’t if you don’t repost to 10 people within 5 minutes the clown will be standing next 2 your bed at 3:00am with a knife in his hand.

Clowns ARE scary!


I’m sure everyone has heard of this story.  You probably even got scared and was slightly tempted to send it (or did send it) to ten friends just in case so you would know you wouldn’t catch that murderous clown sneaking into your room in an attempt to kill you.

I was reminded of this story after reading page 3 of Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine “Web 2.0 Storytelling: The Emergence of a New Genre” when they mention “The spread of urban legends by newsgroup posts and e-mail messages constitutes something akin to a body of folklore, building up within the Internet.”  The variation of the above “The Clown Statue / The Clown Doll” is fairly interesting and I tried to base most of the one I typed above on the ones I have been sent, although there are others that make the story similar, but slightly different.  Examples–the parents don’t let their kids watch cable, so that is why she goes up to their bedroom.  The clown escaped from jail instead of an insane asylum or is supernatural in origin.  I wanted to include it and mention it here because I had never really considered it to be partly 1) an example of folklore and 2) the fact that it is technically a story that gets retold every time a person reposts it.

I also loved Hamlet by Facebook.  It reminded me of a project I heard of awhile ago about Romeo and Juliet presented on Twitter as part of a play or something.  I found an article about it.  I’ve always wanted to have a mini story or conversation between two characters via Twitter.  I actually really like it when authors post even just clips of their work and tag it a certain way so that you can look at it, such as my favorite author Sarra Manning.  Her new novel You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me comes out in February and she has been tweeting snippets of it on Twitter using the hashtag #ydhtsylm.

On page 7, when they discuss “movie trailer recuts,” especially the “Scary Mary” recut, I was reminded of my favorite recut of the Disney Princesses with the trailer audio of Mean Girls.

I also really liked the discussion on Page 8 of ARG’s.  Ever since I took Dr. Whalen’s New Media: The False and The Virtual class during the Fall 2008 semester, I have found them to be fascinating.  I really like the interactive/real world “this is not a game” aspect to them.

When the article moved to covering the use of Wiki’s and simultaneously composing, I was reminded of how in many of my classes we have started using EtherPad or PiratePad to construct and then type and fix all at once.  I like it because you don’t have to look over someone else’s shoulder.  You can also have a little chat in the corner.  In one of my classes for a group project, I remember spending most of the class talking to my group members while we were in the group using the PiratePad chat box instead of actually talking to each other out loud.

Moving to the reading “What Is Web 2.0?” by Tim O’Reilly, I thought that overall, it was really interesting and I hadn’t actually thought about the Web that way before with the moving form 1.0 to 2.0 and why I kind of prefer Amazon.com to barnesandnoble.com.  I thought it was interesting to note how we are leaning to Amazon’s category of ISBN numbers.  I believe even my “I am reading plugin” looks to Amazon’s database of ISBN numbers.

Finally, I was still a little confused about “Seven Things You Should Know About Creative Commons”.  Once, maybe 5 years ago, when I was looking up a music producer I like (Richard X), it said that he needed a liscense to create “bootlegs”-now refered to as “mash-ups” or “blends” according to Wikipedia.  I was wondering what exactly was different from his mixing or mash-ups and those of others, such as Titus Jones’ “I Wanna Bulletproof Dancer” below.  Did the rules change or would he only have to get a license if he intended to release it and make a profit?

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