DAT 402 – Assignment Part 2 – Digital Spheres of Culture

The Brief

Working individually, choose a sphere of online network culture that uses video to communicate ideas. Collect materials that exemplify the way in which this community or genre uses online video and edit together a clip compilation that explores their use of online video. Think about dialogues, conversations between participants and look for themes that are repeated in the video content you collect. There are many trends in video sharing that offer sometimes unexpected insights into the way in which people use networked communication technologies.

Your task is to identify a genre of YouTube/Vine, etc. video making and explore the way users of the technology present themselves and their interests by watching and collecting examples, looking for themes across the content you review. The work should be long enough to make a good job of exploring at least one key theme and you should provide a few sentences to introduce the piece that support your thinking and approach in the document you hand in to support it. The piece should be accompanied by a Word document (.doc) that gives a short explanation of your thinking, and a list of sources of videos and ideas in Harvard bibliographic referencing style that are included in the work, or support your topic.

Deliverables – your work should include these as minimum:

A video response to your chosen subculture that explores a key idea about how they present themselves using networked video, exported as a 1080p Mov file and uploaded to the DLE. The final piece should be betwen 3 and 5 minutes long;

It should show that you can use video to:

  • Clearly communicate ideas by creating a cohesive narrative
  • Edit footage and correct ratios and formating
  • Effectively mix audio
  • Export the final work as and HD – 1080p video

It should be accompanied by a bibliography (Word document) that clearly credits your sources of information and sources of video (for example youtube videos etc) in Harvard Referencing Style, guidance can be found here http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm

Example work

Natalie Bookchin’s Testament Series

Laid Off

My Meds

Long Story Short

Dominic Gagnon
RIP In Pieces America / Dominic Gagnon

Another example in this genre is Eight Characters and Two Syllables where filmmaker Andreas Schneider has edited material from make-up community YouTube channels, and offers us a window into the way in which YouTuber’s experience community and notoriety.

Initial Research

Having considered the brief, I initially came up with the following topics/YouTube subcultures that I thought would be interesting to pursue via YouTube and Vine:

  • Unboxing
  • Suicide Notes
  • Doomsday Preppers
  • Alien Abduction

Prepper Subculture

I decided to base my piece on the doomsday prepper subculture. According to oxforddictionaries.com, a prepper is …

A person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/prepper

The Mayan 2012 apocalypse prediction is used as a focus for this subculture.

The 2012 phenomenon was a range of eschatological beliefs that cataclysmic or otherwise transformative events would occur on or around 21 December 2012.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_phenomenon

I wanted to explore how YouTube is used to publish material about preppers and prepping in a number of different ways:

  • How the media (news networks, etc.) perceive and represent those who prep
  • The views of non-preppers
  • How preppers see themselves and fellow preppers
  • The preoccupations, backgrounds and mindsets of the individuals involved
  • The views of skeptics

I used the Mayan apocalypse prediction as a focus because, as an event that never came to pass, this enabled me to present to some extent a ‘before and after’ view of my target subculture.

References

Video References

  • ABC 10 News (2012) San Diegans prepare for Mayan doomsday: Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. Available at: https://youtu.be/r6E61dmlZnc (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • ABC15 Arizona (2012) Mayan apocalypse a bust? Available at: https://youtu.be/loZoC7VLEx0 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • averageiowaguy (2012) A Fireside chat – day 1 after Mayan apocalypse. Available at: https://youtu.be/Rt-x9q16BA4 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Bryan May (2012) Food storage and battery bank that will be on doomsday Preppers. Available at: https://youtu.be/owfSuDF6DmM (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Bushcraft412 (2013) Why some preppers are just plain stupid! Available at: https://youtu.be/1Qg_XEZPMXY (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Discreet Devices (2014) An IDIOT’S guide to DOOMSDAY PREPARATION – 8 things you must know. Available at: https://youtu.be/92Qbe6sR6bI (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Dynamic Prepper (2011) How to start prepping: Top Ten list. Available at: https://youtu.be/hXSV5LXVrqE (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Elite NWO Agenda (2016) OBAMA to BRING TOTAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE before he leaves office? Available at: https://youtu.be/Bu43cGm8u04 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • GaryMule’s Prepper Homestead (2011) Guess I am a food storage terrorist–please watch and share. Available at: https://youtu.be/MagBbJqW8tk (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • KHQ6 (2012) Preparing for doomsday. Available at: https://youtu.be/rihXnbfN-kw (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • luckydog1351 (2012) Bug out bag & survival gear, doomsday prepping? Check this out. A Preppers First line of defense. Available at: https://youtu.be/QygWsr3wujU (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Mad Montreal Man (2012) 12 21 2012 or screw you doomsday Preppers. Available at: https://youtu.be/wyqpEDRih5g (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Mass Tea Party – Wake Up America! (2012) Doomsday 12-21-12 – preparing for ‘end of the world’!!! – Mayan calendar 2012. Available at: https://youtu.be/uDyOOpDWPpI (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • NeverEnuffAmmo (2013) Prepper’s gun list. Available at: https://youtu.be/56kf5AtbIxs (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • ScienceAtNASA (2012) ScienceCasts: Why the world didn’t end yesterday. Available at: https://youtu.be/QY_Gc1bF8ds (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • southernprepper1 (2011) Food storage for troubled times. Available at: https://youtu.be/tH-Ur51Z0Z8 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • specops56 (2012) 2012 Mayan apocalypse: A hardcore survivalist Prepper speaks! Available at: https://youtu.be/kGr-Jf7UHwY (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • TheALOwens (2013) 3 weapon Prepper arsenal for $800. Available at: https://youtu.be/_FFCqwCF9mw (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • THEGREENPREPPER (2012b) EMERGENCY food preparation HOW TO & WHY – doomsday Preppers. Available at: https://youtu.be/sCAN84grKAI (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Tony Morabito (2011) 9 11 actual crash footage of 2nd plane. Available at: https://youtu.be/mlnLVw0i7sA (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • UltimateChase (2010) Hurricane Katrina historic storm surge video – Gulfport, Mississippi. Available at: https://youtu.be/-Kou0HBpX4A (Accessed: 20 May 2016).

Audio References

  • emimusic (2009) R.E.M. – it’s the end of the world. Available at: https://youtu.be/Z0GFRcFm-aY (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • xoLove1Anotherxo (2008) Star Spangled banner karaoke instrumental. Available at: https://youtu.be/GH2Oa9BJzYM (Accessed: 20 May 2016).

Literary References

  • 2012 phenomenon (2016) in Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_phenomenon (Accessed: 22 May 2016).
  • Oxford (2016) ‘Prepper’, in Oxford Dictionary. Available at: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/prepper (Accessed: 22 May 2016).

Bibliography

  • ABC 10 News (2012) San Diegans prepare for Mayan doomsday: Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. Available at: https://youtu.be/r6E61dmlZnc (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • ABC15 Arizona (2012) Mayan apocalypse a bust? Available at: https://youtu.be/loZoC7VLEx0 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • AlfieAesthetics (2013) 45 survival/SHTF tips! Available at: https://youtu.be/pFwcbCXo6vA (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • artxcel (2012a) Doomsday bunker preparation pt 2. Available at: https://youtu.be/ly0c54AeVY4 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • artxcel (2012b) Preparation for doomsday pt 1 – stocking the bunker. Available at: https://youtu.be/xjOMTsxNZYA (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • averageiowaguy (2012) A Fireside chat – day 1 after Mayan apocalypse. Available at: https://youtu.be/Rt-x9q16BA4 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • bridgeboy513 (2011) Doomsday Preppers dig a bunker for REAL. Available at: https://youtu.be/31J5IrtpdT4 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Bryan May (2012) Food storage and battery bank that will be on doomsday Preppers. Available at: https://youtu.be/owfSuDF6DmM (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Bushcraft412 (2013) Why some preppers are just plain stupid! Available at: https://youtu.be/1Qg_XEZPMXY (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Country Prepper (2015) Prepping for an EMP- things to consider for your survival. Available at: https://youtu.be/5e41CuIma1s (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Cracked (2012) The embarrassing aftermath of the Mayan ‘apocalypse’. Available at: https://youtu.be/jUbny1sBsCk (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Discreet Devices (2014) An IDIOT’S guide to DOOMSDAY PREPARATION – 8 things you must know. Available at: https://youtu.be/92Qbe6sR6bI (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Dynamic Prepper (2011) How to start prepping: Top Ten list. Available at: https://youtu.be/hXSV5LXVrqE (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Elite NWO Agenda (2016) OBAMA to BRING TOTAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE before he leaves office? Available at: https://youtu.be/Bu43cGm8u04 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • GaryMule’s Prepper Homestead (2011) Guess I am a food storage terrorist–please watch and share. Available at: https://youtu.be/MagBbJqW8tk (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Hogtownprepper (2012) From skeptic to Prepper. Available at: https://youtu.be/Lk_5MZ8Z9_o (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Jordan Simmons (2012) DOOMSDAY PREPS – UPDATE, RESPONSES, & WHY I PREP. Available at: https://youtu.be/7izs0tOMCeg (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • KHQ6 (2012) Preparing for doomsday. Available at: https://youtu.be/rihXnbfN-kw (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • luckydog1351 (2012) Bug out bag & survival gear, doomsday prepping? Check this out. A Preppers First line of defense. Available at: https://youtu.be/QygWsr3wujU (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Mad Montreal Man (2012) 12 21 2012 or screw you doomsday Preppers. Available at: https://youtu.be/wyqpEDRih5g (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Mass Tea Party – Wake Up America! (2012) Doomsday 12-21-12 – preparing for ‘end of the world’!!! – Mayan calendar 2012. Available at: https://youtu.be/uDyOOpDWPpI (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • National Geographic (2012) Doomsday Preppers – bug out vacation. Available at: https://youtu.be/yWro7yDSlhc (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • NBC 24 WNWO (2012) Preparing for doomsday. Available at: https://youtu.be/tKjkGQGsT48 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • NeverEnuffAmmo (2013) Prepper’s gun list. Available at: https://youtu.be/56kf5AtbIxs (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • notregme (2013) Doomsday Canadian: Prepping a little at a time! Available at: https://youtu.be/FS2Y45ik2Hg (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • PrepLifeNow (2013) Doomsday Preppers – STORAGE tips. Available at: https://youtu.be/fLc1GAZQ8nU (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • The Real Mr.Homicide (2012) Doomsday Prepper – how to doomsday prep – (the real Mr.Homicide) new 2012. Available at: https://youtu.be/tVOrdUfqRpU (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • ScienceAtNASA (2012) ScienceCasts: Why the world didn’t end yesterday. Available at: https://youtu.be/QY_Gc1bF8ds (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • southernprepper1 (2011) Food storage for troubled times. Available at: https://youtu.be/tH-Ur51Z0Z8 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • specops56 (2012) 2012 Mayan apocalypse: A hardcore survivalist Prepper speaks! Available at: https://youtu.be/kGr-Jf7UHwY (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Starry Hilder (2014) Preppers`: Most valuable emergency food prep items. Available at: https://youtu.be/EcoVwtLITO0 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • stopthenewworldorder now.com (2012) National guard whistleblower: ‘Doomsday Preppers will be treated as terrorists’. Available at: https://youtu.be/gIq82K8eDds (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Survival Tabs (2014) Family preparation for disasters rely on survival tabs Survivalism Prepper. Available at: https://youtu.be/hWXpS7_rCn8 (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Ted Torbich (2012) Mayan apocalypse a dud; new year holds austerity nighmare; NWO, Obama, psychopathic right. Available at: https://youtu.be/U4AyWuiAU7k (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • TheALOwens (2013) 3 weapon Prepper arsenal for $800. Available at: https://youtu.be/_FFCqwCF9mw (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • THEGREENPREPPER (2012a) DOOMSDAY PREPPERS – PREP FOR YOUR FAMILY & SAVE MONEY. Available at: https://youtu.be/V_oTKQQCyhE (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • THEGREENPREPPER (2012b) EMERGENCY food preparation HOW TO & WHY – doomsday Preppers. Available at: https://youtu.be/sCAN84grKAI (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • TheHelpfuldad (2013) Doomsday prepping – BUG-OUT BAG must have items. Available at: https://youtu.be/cEDUuEAx5Ek (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Tony Morabito (2011) 9 11 actual crash footage of 2nd plane. Available at: https://youtu.be/mlnLVw0i7sA (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • UltimateChase (2010) Hurricane Katrina historic storm surge video – Gulfport, Mississippi. Available at: https://youtu.be/-Kou0HBpX4A (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • WTHI-TV (2012a) One man’s doomsday preparations. Available at: https://youtu.be/Y_TqAmiSWNM (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • WTHI-TV (2012b) Some make doomsday preparations. Available at: https://youtu.be/Grh68uOglzI (Accessed: 20 May 2016).
  • Ευτύχης Μπλέτσας (2011) Food storage – list of 25 essential foods. Available at: https://youtu.be/5os_9dfjOtE (Accessed: 20 May 2016).

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