Archive for May, 2010

Someone Else’s Presentation

May 16, 2010

I really enjoyed Nadia’s presentation about the multiple perspectives of virtual worlds. The presentation was delivered really well and the content was interesting. Although we discussed virtual worlds in class, Nadia was able to teach the class something new through her research. I also liked the fact that she was well prepared and didn’t read directly off of her powerpoint slides. The slides themselves were informative but not cluttered with information. Nadia was able to maintain everyone’s attention on what she was saying because there was limited information on her slides, which were a great visual aid. In addition, the video which showed how businesses use virtual worlds to conduct business (meetings, decision making, etc.) added life to the whole presentation. I have a new outlook on virtual worlds after seeing Nadia’s presentation. I did not know that virtual worlds are used in the military nor did I know they are used by doctors or in universities. I thought of several ways virtual worlds would be helpful (e.g. medical studies, schools) but I did not know some of them actually existed. Nadia definitely did her research!

My Presentation

May 12, 2010

I feel like my presentation today went well. I felt at ease while I was speaking in front of the class because I researched the topic I chose in depth. ¬†Although I did realize that the general point I was trying to explain became confusing. I wanted to discuss the fact that media has been replaced with newer media at such a fast pace that it has caused certain people to fall behind and not be able to keep up with new technologies. Since my presentation was titled “The (Near) Future Of New Media”, I guess my classmates expected an analysis of what will happen with new media within the next few years. My discussion about the iPad and 3-D TV probably seemed like I was talking about the present, but the implication was that there will be some newer technologies introduced very soon that will replace what is considered new today. That has been the trend over the last 20 years. I also wanted to touch on the fact that because of this trend, we will eventually be somewhat out-of-date with future technology. My theory could be wrong, but I know that I was right when I said that traditional activities will continue to be replaced by digital activities. I could have found a better way to ¬†connect my ideas, but I hope the class got something out of watching/listening anyway.