Weekly Recap

1. We finished our audio section! I really enjoyed working on the dating piece with Bridget. It was fun tricking Erik and Courtney into telling us their sides of the story. And it even resulted in the two of them sort of trying to talk again

2. Tinder is weird wild world of weirdos, I have so many screenshots of the weird messages I’ve gotten I’m considering making a collage.

3. I was home this past weekend and we got a huge snowstorm which trapped me in my house without internet or tv. So I made this.

4. For our own little venture in design I did a troll quote mashing together Meryl Streep, Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton, and Cher Horwitz

5. How Images think response– I really liked these readings, it made me really consider all the various images that we see everyday and the meaning that we are supposed to interpret from them.

Audio Post 2- Tinder Wooing

I have been collecting screenshots of the messages I get on Tinder for while trying to figure out what to do with them. I decided this would be the best way to use them, with Radio no one can see my face when I’m reading them and they are not in real time. Out of all of my friends, I seem to get the skeeviest guys messaging me.

Many people do not believe a lot of the messages I get, but here they are for your entertainment

 

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this guys is the worst he was so persistent, my friend was doing the responding for me

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I can’t take full credit for this, I stole it from somebody else

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Radio Show Piece-Worst Date Ever

Bridget and I figured out a while ago that our friends Courtney and Erik had gone on an awful date together in high school. We decided that it would make for a great piece to hear both sides of the story

My friend Erik is a great guy. He is funny, sweet, tall, and enjoys when I make him popcorn. He talks about this date a lot, and he has gotten very good at telling it. He has learned his lesson about proper etiquette and now always goes to the door.

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Me and Erik celebrating this past weekend

Arranging a time to get him to sit him down and talk to me was hard. We are both very busy, and he is often on North Campus( an enginerd).We went on spring break together , part of which included an 18 hour car ride. I had ample time then, but the car did not set the scene I wanted. He was driving and not as animated as he usually is when he tells the story. He had to focus on the road and couldn’t be as expressive with his hands, and I think it lost some of that expressiveness in his voice as well.

So when we got back, our friends were going out for a friends birthday. I got him away from the group for a bit and recorded the story.

He gave me 15 minutes worth of tape. There were a lot more little anecdotes that did not  have to exactly do with the date story. It was hard to figure out what to cut out and what to keep since at from his telling, it was all important to the over all story.

Bridget and I worked together to see what pieces of the story matched up and even better, didn’t.We listened to both. Courtney’s portion was recorded in a quiet space, so there was no background noice. Erik’s is loud and sets the scene. We used Garageband to edit after trying for a long time to fiugre out how to audacity. It was much easier, but the file extensions were a bit wonky. Anyway…..here is our final product!

ps we did finally tell them in the end that we recorded the other person

Response- Infant Mortality

After our own exercises in creating audio segments, I have come to see how much more difficult it is to create an audio essay than a video one. Video uses our sight and sense of sound, while the radio ones solely utilize sound.

Listening to Infant Mortality from Michigan Radio, I thought about all of the different sounds I was hearing as well as the topic at hand. I had heard of this issue before in a public health course I took a few years ago. It is so striking to me that the main message we hear in the media is that there is an amble amount of teen pregnancy, and it is priority number one to stop teens from having sex. Becuase this issue strikes up a debate, it gets a lot of attention. However questioning the affect of latent stress from racism on infant mortality rates is a topic that people do want to talk about. The solutions presented were all in the realm of possibility, and I hope that there is more of a conversation on this topic in other forms of media.

This piece though utilized a number of experts as well as personal stories of women to create a piece that was both intriguing and informative. There was music that aided in the transition between the separate pieces and interviews. It was a really smart choice to use piano being played by the son of one of the women who was being interviewed, it added to the feelings of gratefulness to her son as her other child did not survive.Throughout my listening I was thinking about the amount of time that goes into editing these audio pieces and being able to keep track of the interviews. Being able to successfully edit the interviews and add music is much harder than I had imagined it to be. It was still hard for me to follow along to voices for the entirety of the segment, but I found myself scrolling through the transcript below the player. I was hoping for some pictures of the women and their children or some additional information about them. But it was only the words that I was listening to. I think that to keep listeners on the page the whole time and to engage with the topic, there needs to be something that the online listener can do with their hands and eyes.

“What was the last lie you told?”

For our first audio assignment, my question was highly relevant to what we have been listening to all week. After listening to Deception, I learned that liars sometimes prosper, and that people who lie have more connections in their brains, they are able to lie quickly without thinking about it.

While I was asking people what their last lie was, I happened to only ask one male ( just due to availability of the sample). The only make I asked was the only person to say that they didn’t lie. He wouldn’t tell me, and this statement I immediately took as a lie. It is impossible to get through life without lying to others and ourselves. These lies don’t have to be malicious, as seen in the example of the athletes–telling themselves that are the best, the fastest, champions. Lies are useful, they help to protect people’s feelings, and to protect one’s own reputation.