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Joshua Daniel Walker (M, 32)
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    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    So, it’s friday night (7:31) and I’m sitting here sunburnt and still buzzed from a day spent celebrating a long quarters end. I’m loving the falsity in that I’m not really finished, and all I can do now is think about this musician I’m listening to and how our damn recipes for procrastination would differ. Think about it, an up-and-coming musician, and an average second year college student. How would he define procrastination? What does he do when he procrastinates? More interesting, put our recipes side by side and analyze the differences, or even better ask yourself how people will procrastinate ten years from now. oooooo deep....

    This is what we aimed for.... flipping the universe as we know it inside-out and examining the seems. It made much more sense for us to stick with humans and what we know than to conjure up some ridiculous intergalactic space message that may be flawless in theory but most likely mechanically and or physically impossible. Many argue politically that we should not try to solve the problems of foreign countries until we have succeeded in solving our own. We took this approach to the idea of searching for or attempting to communicate with extraterrestrial life. Yes, according to the Drake equation there is a possibility of intelligent life in the universe, but just as theories of panspermia and exogenesis unveil the idea of earth being a receiver of life from an outside source, we chose to step outside planet earth and look back in with one eye closed.

    During our presentation and critique Rene seemed a bit upset or bothered rather that only one group really attempted to reach out and communicate with the traditional alien. Despite evolution of our philosophical foundation and dual interest in leadership, he said that we lacked project philosophy and an overarching brand. I would argue the opposite, as our project steps outside the traditional idea of humans being normal and aliens being unknown. We took a stab at ourselves and created a brand built around a process. That brand is the how-to, do it yourself, dummies guide to building the shit that resides inside this slowly depleting O-zone .Reaching inward as opposed to outward led us to focus strictly on humans and their understanding of the world around them.

    While researching esperanto, our first group project, I learned that it was to be primarily used as a second language and was to be “a cultural handshake.” Throughout the next week our group began attempting to fill the variables of “us, message, alien” and all I could think about was how genuine the idea of a cultural handshake was. I presented this as the purpose for our message and the group took kindly to its connotation. While we liked the sound of it, what did it really mean? A question we never verbally answered. After reading Tiffany Pans recipe for a Rap Star the first chuckles arose from our somewhat frustrated group and it was at that point that the idea of our project being a recipe book finally gained some real humor and validity. While I believe that our final project stayed true to the cultural handshake, the humor added a twist, that being a finger scratch in the palm of the receivers hand.

    Regarding this class:
    As a non DMA major applying to the program this spring, I origionaly looked to the motion class to fulfill the one class prerequisite but as it was very full, I moved to brand lab. I showed up approximately 45 minutes late as motion started at the same time brand lab did and Benjamin had just about finished his summary of the class. He called for a break and I explained to him my situation. Thankfully he granted me access to brand lab, and I with a smile on my face I was the happiest kid in the world and had no idea what class I was in. I nudged the person next to me and asked what this class was all about, and he replied, “I don’t know man it’s called brand lab, but we’re making some kinda space message.” I was Pumped!

    Space Collective was really cool (at first). I was thrilled that we were being invited to join this exclusive online community of masterminds and essentially help build a message that was gonna save the world, but as the quarter progressed and we were continually urged to post to SC, I grew skeptical, and wondered why we were doing this other than for the benefit of our own class. When Rene first introduced SC, he made it sound like we would be getting feedback and interacting with the site users regularly. Unfortunately this didn’t happen, yet it remained a great utility for inter-class-communication and display. speaking more to the overall goal of the class, I was quite offset by the loose structure, and open interpretation. While it took several weeks for me to finally grab hold, my mind slowly accepted that yes, we truly were left decide our own direction and brand. Although I entered this class with an open mind, this was hard to grasp at first as I was worried about my grade and wondered how progress would be calibrated with such loose policy or direction. After accepting what this class was, our group became very comfortable, and through that relaxed atmosphere jokingly formed the idea of the recipe book, which would later be cemented as we decided to turn inward.

    regarding the project
    humor = Our project is a cookbook.... need I say more. I guess the true humor stems from magnifying polar perspectives on an idea. Origionally it was Tiffany’s recipe of a Rap Star that made us laugh, but as we shifted from author to curator, we realized that not every recipe would be written with such whit. We would now rely on juxtapostition as our source of humor.

    ~recipe for Gay
    one from a hillbilly one from Ellen

    insight = Going back to this handshake, if in 10 years we truly are so incredibly different that we don’t remember what its like to be human, we truly could make these recipes in an attempt to recreate insight/life in 2008.

    sincerity = Through the emphasis of process opposed to product, this guide or Handbuk creates a sense of great involvement. More than what the recipe is for, the humor and insight portrayed will rest in the hands of the author and the voice he or she uses to describe the process, Although, the most sincere characteristic of our project is the fact that anyone can submit a recipe for review and all recipes used in the book will be “user generated”

    usefulness = I still see our book on the shelves of Urban Outfitter, yet I think we were wrong for even attempting to identify with their brand. The more I think about it, Urban Outfitter brand is in itself a clusterfuck of many brands. Focusing mainly on their non-clothing items, we see an array of different styles and brand tones. I feel like they pride themselves on being that trading post or cornicopia have you.

    For all intents and purposes, our book is entertainment for the masses and would be distributed worldwide in different languages. Something we briefly talked about, but, I think could be quite humorous.. comparing recipes from people of different cultures.
    ~recipe for cold
    one from an eskimo, one from a surfer


    Love you guys,
    Josh

    Great Success
    ~borat

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    To make an extremely complex idea simple, the educational system in todays contemporary society has both ignorantly and stubbornly refused to adapt to the culture of its time. With this I mean that a large percentage of educational systems are still centered around premodern modern and sometimes postmodern teaching styles. While students of all types, age, gender, race etc. stay unbelievably current with technological, social, and political issues through means of communicative technology, our education system remains partial to premodern and modern ideas of overly authoritative educators, little or no student input/discussion, expensive books, etc. This fault cannot be pinned directly on teachers, students, or educational institutions in general, as its inner workings stretch across a vast plane of issues holding all entities partially equal. Beginning with the students, we see a lack in participation and overall vocalization of thoughts and ideas Giving them credit, this trend was created by the first premodern traditions of education in which student expression carried no value. Next we move to educational institutions and their authority over the programs physical and social structure. Not only do most institutes not provide adequate, 21st century, multimedia friendly classrooms, but they also continue to hire educators who themselves teach only in premodern styles, lacking in current societies standard of technological skills. This moves us to the third and final fault bearer within the educational system, educators, who, bless their hearts, were born in a different generation than we (their students) were. This would be no problem what so ever should they possess the willingness or motivation to stay current with societies technological progression. While everyone would agree that most professors at the collegiate level are extremely knowledgeable in their subject area, their teaching styles are just outdated. Yes, lecturing for hours on end with simple chalk board notes does teach students, but we must reach for greater methods, as interest and excitement make for more affective learning. This in itself being something that always bothered me, the fact that teachers would preach to students, pushing them to strive for efficiency and accuracy, when they themselves were not doing their job in the most effective way.

    Now that I have vaguely outlined this mass problem, I move to a more important idea, one that lends itself to future development, THE REVOLUTION! While premodern, modern and postmodern societies all made huge leaps in technological, and social change, the automodern societies relevance is so great that it cannot be compared on the same scale. The technological boom of this era crafted many amazing new utilities, one of them being the most important creation since sliced bread, the ability to communicate freely anytime, anywhere, with anyone in the world. While this technology has and continues to grow exponentially, it infects the open minded youth, with the power of a multiplying infection. Those involved become addicted to the ideas of creative freedom/expression, and with this evolve with and actively shape the progression of the technological world. Moving on, my main point in raising this topic is to argue that the youth of the automodern society, will bring the renaissance of a contemporary student focused educational system which places great importance on every individuals expression, a comfortable and well equipped learning place, as well as an educator who is still an expert in his or her field but also an advocate of student perspective, multimedia, cultural relevance, and an evolving educational system.

    I believe it was Gene who said, " academia places too much importance on preserving tradition; It's almost scary."
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