Here is the text to my first Digital Identity write up. Well! If I search myself up now, here is what appears: So, not entirely riveting. Apparently there is someone out there with my same name who is a much more interesting track star. But, I don’t mind! I’d still say I’m rather active on the internet. I use the classics like facebook and twitter (I have 2 accounts!) , as well as the slightly less common ones like tumblr, soundcloud, and pinterest. On twitter,…Continue Reading “Digital Identity: The Reprise”

Here is the text from a word document I submitted for my Introduction to Digital Studies class at the beginning of Spring 2016: Jada Steward Digital Footprint (or, will my ghost be presentable?)   I will begin with a difficult personal admission: I love Tumblr. I love knowing about memes before others, I love having access to a more underground news channel, and I love the sense of kindred between peers who feel similarly about the site. I am, however not at all proud of…Continue Reading “Digital Analysis Pt. 1: Will My Ghost Be Presentable?”

Senior in highschool Jada: I love Neutral Milk Hotel. Freshman in highschool who is Jada’s friend: Oh, you’re an entry level hipster. Junior in college Jada: Inspired by Twitter accounts such as So Sad Today, Guy In Your MFA, and Brooding YA Hero, No matter how short a time we've dated, if I dump you, it will always be the end of the world. Please act accordingly. — Brooding YA Hero (@broodingYAhero) April 5, 2016 I set about creating my own character based parody account, Entry…Continue Reading “Entry Level Hipster: Interactive Fiction”

I’m over a week late on this, so it seems like a lifetime ago. I’m actually not even sure if I was in class for this specifically, but here are my thoughts on the ethics of cheap labor/consumption in general: Obviously the exploitation of slave labor has never been, and will never be ethical. However, the nature of capitalism is usually unethical. Recently, a discourse has been going around the more underground parts of social media (specifically Tumblr, which I am embarrassed to admit I…Continue Reading “Even Thoreau Returned From the Woods”

Let’s map this device out! After some fumbling about, the ‘Wes Anderson Does‘ team committed to the dissection of a Comdial desk phone unit that we believe to be from 1997, based on manuals and other documentation. Here is an adorable Comdial phone family photo: I was MIA for a significant portion of this project, so I missed a lot of the deconstruction. However, I ended up researching this piece circled in red: My teammate Danielle Howard got first dibs on the colorful pieces circled in…Continue Reading “A Tiny Mapping Journey”

It is 3:30a on March 7th, 2016. I am bordering on incoherently sleepy, and I have a class at 9a. When I chose the ‘trolling’ module to work on, I knew immediately that I wanted to go beyond the usual cyber bullying approach, and wanted to stay away from places such as 4chan. I wanted to explore whether the term trolling had to have a negative connotation. Was it something only pursued by bored jerks? Couldn’t the activity be spun in a positive and productive…Continue Reading “Trolls: The Modern, Tangible, and Radical Best of Us (Potentially)”

Have I ever turned anything in on time for this class? Last week, I, along with four other classmates, attempted to do the impossible: create a trailer hinting at the plot of William Gibson’s 1984 cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer, in Wes Anderson fashion. We were inspired by other visions such as What If Wes Anderson Made X-Men, and Saturday Night Live’s New Horror Trailer. I am proud of our end result, which was filmed in our school’s Convergence Center using an iPhone 6: Wes Anderson Does: Neuromancer…Continue Reading “Wes & Us: Our Semi-Success”