For my third week of my final project, I have decided to focus on the events of Season 3 of The Wire. In season 3, things are going pretty well for Pryzblewski, until he shoots and kills plain-clothed cop.
In my narrative of these events, Prez comes under fire in the newspaper for the shooting. On Nov 28th, the newspaper reported on the shooting and questions the motives. On Nov 30th, the press point out that he has a past of violence and wrote a self help book. Prez defended himself against both of these articles on his blog, and linked to his responses on his Twitter and Facebook. I figured his Twitter and Facebook would be pretty quiet for a few days after this, so there won’t be anything the next few days.
For this week, I created a new assignment to create a newspaper (worth 3 stars). For my newspapers, I used a template found here, and news articles from the Baltimore Sun found here, here, and here. I then wrote the two articles about Prez on my own, and included a screen shot from the show in one. Here are the two newspaper articles that I created for this week :
I’m really enjoying Prez’s storyline on The Wire right now (which I am paying closer attention to because of my final project). I am really interested in the school kids and how they are connected to the game. The class for kids with behavioral problems is really sad but realistic, especially when they are talking about how the kids only act the way they do because they know they won’t do well in life anyways. I feel like that is something that a lot of people don’t understand so I’m really glad they put it in the show. I do wish they were showing more of Cutty right now than they are.
During these two weeks, I have continued to work on my final project, which I won’t write about here because the project gets it’s own summary post (here and here). I am having a lot of fun with this project and it’s wrapping up now so that all I really have left is to have Prez change jobs.
For assignments, I did the sports logo mashup (worth 3 stars), and the inappropriate laughter assignment (worth 3 stars).
Daily Creates: Nov 18th, 23rd
For this week, Prez is continuing to promote his book, this week with a radio advert, and promoting his Goodreads page.
Here is the link to the post that Prez made on his blog about the radio advert (he also linked to the blog post through Twitter and Facebook). I made this advert by recording my voice and lowering the pitch to make myself sound more manish through iMovie. I then added this lovely music to make it more cheesy and happy sounding. For a radio advert for a cheesy book, I really liked the way this advert turned out. I’m going to contribute this assignment to this radio advertisement assignment and say it’s worth 3 stars.
Also this week, Prez posted about his new page on Goodreads. I really wanted to make him a fake Goodreads page because Goodreads is one of my favorite websites, and he wrote a book so it made sense. I wasn’t sure what assignment this would count as , so I made my own (worth 3 stars).
I made this by staking a screen shot of a book page on Goodreads (specifically this one because everyone should read it). I then used photoshop to coverup all of the wrong text and added in my own. I also covered up the book picture with my own.
This upcoming week will be when Prez shoots the cop, so I will be putting out some newspaper articles and having Prez respond to them, after which he will change careers. Stay tuned!
For my second assignment for the two weeks (and my assignment that involves The Wire), I did the Inappropriate Laughter assignment (worth 3 stars). I used this clip from youtube of Stringer’s death in The Wire and this laugh track from freesound.org. I then used iMovie to put the laugh track in the most inappropriate moments in the scene. I decided to use this scene because when you think of awful and powerful scenes in The Wire, this is definitely in the top five.
For the Your Favorite Teams Mashup (worth 3 stars), I used Pittsburgh teams, because I was born and raised a Pittsburgh fan. I used the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins logos, and this font and of course Photoshop.
Today’s Daily Create – My day in icons (I decided to use emojis instead)
This is me getting up for work, taking the train into DC, getting to my office, researching space history, drinking coffee, going home, doing homework, and then the day is over
Today’s Daily Create – Worst DS106 Album
This is an edit I made of this lovely album feat. Jim Groom
The Wire got super intense these two weeks. I honestly thought that the season 3 finale set the series up to be over (even though I knew it wasn’t because I was already assigned to work on the next season). If the show had ended there though, it would have been wrapped up nicely. I really like season 4 so far, because I like how it is looking at schools and the education system. The show has already shown how the different aspects of the city that it has already looked at has affected children, but not it is mainly about children.
For my assignments, I censored a scene from The Wire (worth 5 stars), and I made the video essay (worth 5 stars), and worked with a group to swede season 3 episode 11 (worth 5 stars).
I participated in my third and final video discussion on Tuesday (11/04). On that same day, I listened live to the commentary on ds106 radio, and live tweeted it.
I have been working on my final project already because I want to space it all out over a few weeks as the story progresses. See my final project week 1 post here.
Daily Creates – November 8th, 11th, 16th
So for my ds106 final project (sniff, sniff) I am using Roland “Prez” Pryzbylewski, everyone’s favorite cop killer from The Wire. But seriously, I do have a weird soft spot for this character. He does awful stuff in seasons 1 and 3, but still seems to be a good guy that you pity.
I decided to have him write a self-help book on anger management (pictured below). In my version of the story, after he pistol-whips that poor kid in season 1, Prez does a lot of work with a therapist to get over his issues. He has to work through his anger issues about being in a stressful job that he doesn’t necessarily like. He also as to get through what his anger made him do. He was so successful in this that he decides to share his success with the world. In his book he is open about the incident, why it happened, and how much better he has gotten since then. He currently promotes his book on a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and personal blog.
In the first week, I have put out information about his book, on his blog, twitter, and Facebook. He also is doing a book signing at local book stores in Baltimore, which he also advertised on his blog. He also put out various random tweets about his life.
For this week, I sort of did this book cover assignment (worth 3 stars), and a poster assignment (worth 3 stars). For the book cover assignment I used this image and photoshop. For the poster, I used the book cover I had already made, photoshop and this article about bookstores in Maryland.
In the weeks to come, more advertising will be done on his social media sites about the book. But tragedy will strike when in week 3 he murders a cop (as seen in The Wire season 3). Stay tuned!
Here is the video swede (worth 5 stars) that I worked on with Meredith, David, Demi, and Carmela. We decided to work with season 3 episode 11 and we were originally going to all act it out ourselves, but then we decided to use teddy bears from the Dollar Tree. We agreed on which scenes were important to the plot of the show, and then watched them all so we could know the lines. When recording we read all the lines for the different characters using lapel microphones, and I worked on moving the teddy bears around. Meredith volunteered to work on the editing for us, so I actually wasn’t involved in that. This was a really fun project to work on so I hope you enjoy it!