Thinking Critically About the Web

The internet has changed the way we consume media greatly. Technology is all around us, whether it is through our computers, laptops, or smartphones, we are constantly consuming media information. Also, with different kinds of social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, people can obtain even more information and also have the ability to share more information to others.

Jenkinson talks about the balance of power between the fans and product owners. He says that the product owners know how important fan fiction is to a movie or any media platform. Product owners of a movie may know that there brand is huge. And, as a result many fans out there will remake clips or videos, or take some of the sounds and incorporate it into their own work. An example of this is Star Wars because it is a huge brand and it has a strong following. Many people are avid fans of the series and it has caused many new clips of Star Wars and the different characters. This is just another example of fans using their power in creating new ideas based off of movies from product owners.

Fan culture has changed a lot in the last three to four years because any type of movie or song has almost tried to be recreated. For example, if there is a really popular song that everybody likes, most likely somebody has created a remix from that song. Or if there is a popular movie, a person out there has tried to create a sequel or their own little video based off of that movie. Again with Star Wars and other movies, there are more action figures and video games based off the movie.

The fans are the most important aspect to any movie or following. Ultimately, they are the one buying the tickets to see these movies, to listen to these songs. They are very instrumental in supporting their favorite media, movies, and songs. At the end of the day, the product owners understand that the fans are an integral part in helping their brand become successful.



My groups creative process so far has been very good. We tried to be creative in how we were going to film our video. We used different camera angles and took multiple takes of different shots and angles. Now we can take from the different shots that we took and incorporate it into our video.

One big milestone for our group that we accomplished was being able to act in our video. None of us are actors and we were all camera shy at first. The first time we filmed, we all started laughing and couldn’t get our script right. Once we all settled down and met up again to film we all got more comfortable acting. Another milestone for my group was being able to identify what we wanted to show in our video. We decided to do the virtual reality mock interview, so we thought it would be a good idea to show me being nervous about going on the interview and then me as I am getting an interview, and we also decided to use a screencast.

The biggest hurdles that my group faced was acting even though we were ultimately able to accomplish that. We all kept laughing at first because we were nervous and we didn’t really have a good script. However, after we met up again we were able to act without laughing the entire time. Another hurdle was the audio in the background was being picked up. To get passed that we had to reserve a nice quiet room at the library, so the audio wouldn’t pick up background noises.

We used Screencast-O-Matic in our video to show the clicks that I take to get to the Career Services virtual reality mock interview page and how I go about signing in with my school ID. Also, we incorporated editing in iMovie where we pieced together our different edits and camera angles. Lastly, we decided to include some audio in our presentation.

Gathering Material

My group could use this Clipart photo in our presentation because our video is on the topic of Virtual Reality Mock Interviews. I couldn’t find any Clipart pictures showing a person using virtual reality in mock interviews, however this photo shows a woman who is dressed professionally and who is ready for her interview. She has her laptop with her and it looks as if she may be getting ready for a virtual mock interview. This is an example of how we want students to approach it when using the virtual mock reality interview program. They need to look professional when they are their interview.

I found this song from Soundcloud that I thought can also go with our project in the in the beginning or end of the video. This is a dubstep remix from my favorite show The Office. It is a little different than the original version, and it be good for our project especially because there are no words in the song, so our audience won’t be distracted by it. The song also sounds positive and it is important that we have our audience to be positive about going to Career Services and trying the virtual reality mock interviews.

I found this video on Youtube that explains tips for doing a Skype interview. Although it is a little different from what we are doing in showing people how to use the virtual reality mock interview program through Career Services at Rutgers, I think this video gives you tips in how to prepare for any interview that is online. I found this video really useful and relatable in what we are trying to show in our own video. It gives tips into how a Skype interview might work and also to what types of questions that the interviewer may ask online. This can be the same as the person who is doing the virtual reality mock interview. It gives pretty much the same kinds of tips that we will give in our video.


When creating our storyboard, my groups creative process was very difficult. We were all in different locations, which made collaboration much more difficult. It was much harder because we weren’t able to discuss what exactly we wanted to include in person and how we wanted to go about creating this storyboard. There were several edits that we made when editing the Google Slides doc that our storyboard is created on. This is because we all had different ideas and opinions about what should be included in the video. We all included the different shots and camera angles that we should use to include in the video. In addition, we had to establish the location for where we will be filming the different scenes. We also included some notes about what we might say for each scene under some of the slides for the storyboard.

Lessi (2012) mentions in the Social Media Reader, that the internet has been a place where there has been a lot of copyrighting. Since this will be a very creative project, I don’t think that my group will really have to worry about copyrighting however we should keep in mind about where we get our materials from.