Here I am, at the end of my final semester of my undergraduate career. That means I don’t ever have to go to school ever again if I don’t want to. Wow. Instead of reeling over the identity crisis that comes with the lack of an institutional safety net (read: a college student is allowed to be just “figuring things out.” A post grad 22-year-old is not.) I thought I’d leave you with my thoughts on my final project for Advanced Digital Studies. Now, I…Continue Reading “Digital Studies Final Project Reflection”

This project came a long way from its original proposal. For more details on that, check out my proposal post and my final reflection.  What I have come up with is a series of noir inspired photos that showcase specific stylistic elements of film noir. Film noir is traditionally defined as a style or genre of film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied by a group of French New Wave artists and film critics to American thriller or detective…Continue Reading “Jada Steward’s Not So Comprehensive Photo Guide to Film Noir”

My final undergraduate semester is coming to a conclusion, and once more, it is time to focus on final projects. For Applied Digital Studies, I thought I’d take a genre that I have taken two courses on- film noir- and combine it with a genre that I really love-mockumentary. The end product will be a silly video that demonstrates what fusing the two genres might look like. This will require me not only to create a script and direct a small movie but also to…Continue Reading “PROJECT PROPOSAL: Cross Genre Study”

In order to introduce us to basic coding, our instructor had us follow the instructions listed in Chapter 2 of Nick Monfort’s Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities– a neat little textbook which attempts to make coding as accessible as possible to those who aren’t devoting their life to computer languages. Nick Monfort provides six different text generators to adapt: I chose to work with Christopher Strachey’s Love Letters, and turn them instead into overly formal and impersonal rejection letters, based off of templates…Continue Reading “REJECTION LETTERS: A Javascript Journey”

At first, the question, “why do you want to know how to code?” seems almost redundant. Obviously, we all should learn to code, right? We all know that. We’ve all been told that coding is the most important thing in the world for as long as coding has been popular. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine a time when coding wasn’t popular. But that still leaves us with the question of why? Why is code so important? Can anything possibly be that dire? I think…Continue Reading “Why code?”

As a mixed race child of divorce raised primarily by her white mother, issues such as racial representation did not occur to me until I was at least halfway through college. During the Baltimore riots that took place in the early half of 2015, I began to truly look at the world around me. What I saw made me queasy- the political and social implications of race, which meant the difference between life and death for many racial minorities, were and are denied by the White…Continue Reading “Erasure of African American Bodies in Science Fiction and the White World”

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”