As a say farewell to my COM-121 Digital Communications course, I want to take a moment to reflect on what I learned. I became fluent in Photoshop, Audacity, Adobe Premiere, WordPress, Wix, and various social media outlets. I came into this course with, what I thought, was a decent amount of knowledge for the emerging digital age. However, as I began to learn and grow in my digital ability, I realized that I was not as fluent with the rapidly changing times as I thought. As Professor Hull says in her article “At Last: Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times”, we must understand “what it means to be fully literate in the new times.”
As Generation Z continues to emerge, the digital ways are changing to be mostly Internet based with a heavy social media influence. With my blog about Netflix, I desired to merge my passion of film with something with current raging relevance in society. Because media consumers today view the majority of their content online, our class did as well. For example, my project group, BLH Media, took the topic of The Furman Dance Company, and displayed it in modern methods: via podcast, video, etc. Below if our video, which I am the most proud of.
This class has benefitted me in the realms blog and web design. I now feel like I am prepared to conquer the job world. We were required to make a website about ourselves for professional purposes, which I believe I achieved with the guidance of my professor. Below are screenshots from my Wix page:
I believe that my Wix page turned out to be professional and sleek–exactly what I was looking for. I am proud to send this off to future employers as it not only showcases my résumé content, but my web designing abilities as well.
You’re Welcome, Future Me
Before this class, I believe that I was a good speaker and writer. Now, thanks to our helpful textbooks, I can write for the web, knowing how to make my content pop in a way that is appealing to Internet consumers. Because we were taught various social media outlets, I can broadcast that I am fluent in the Generation Z web content. Employers will be happy to know the various content I can do well, all thanks to this class. Throughout all my classes in my communications major, this has proved to be the most beneficial because of the new media literacy of emerging youths and businesses. The language of this current society and culture is ever changing, and this course has made me aware of it. Although I have much room for improvement in my editing skills, I am on my way into becoming a responsible consumer that is fluent in contemporary media ways.