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Response to Ted Chiang’s “The Truth of fact, the Truth of feeling”

My name is Matthew Sharpe and my video is a response to the prompt: How does the story influence your reflections about ways technology mediates relationships



I chose the prompt for my video based on what most strongly affected me from the list of prompts provided.  I attempted to include references to the story and personal reasoning to support my argument. This included subjects that I found most important to note and are not necessarily all of the points I could have made in my defense of my position. I am happy with the quality of the video, even though more time would have definitely aided me in making this video the best it possibly could be. However, I understand that this is most always the case so I cannot complain.

Posting a video is more difficult (in my opinion) than posting an essay. In a video if you mess up, stutter, ramble, or even curse the video  is for the large part ruined and one must redo the entire video from the video. In an essa

The most challenging thing about this assignment was figuring out what to say and how to say it. Finding my position was easy; defending my position eloquently was difficult and I do not believe I achieved the best that I could have. Regardless, I am satisfied with the result of my work.

Rebecca’s reflection on TTOFTTOF

What does the story tell you about your own relationship with technology?

My video focuses on my relationship with technology and how I believe that Remem could pose problems in the future. I dislike how society today is so focused on being online which causes everyone’s life stories to be public.  I wanted to emphasize in my video my fears for the future if technology continues advancing and how society could be too caught up in the past instead of investing in their future. An important thing to me while making my video was that I did not want to read off of a piece of paper or a computer screen. Since this is a reflection video, I felt that it was important for the video to seem organic. If I read my thoughts off a piece of paper, I felt it would lose a sense of openly sharing my viewpoint and instead be more authoritative than I had wanted. The difficulty with this method though, is that you need to have a strong idea and timeline for the video before you begin recording.

TFTF Video response: Devan Sconzo

What does the story tell you about your own relationship with technology?

Post Video Reflection

It was not difficult to think about a topic to base my video on. The issue was choosing one topic to focus on because I felt like there were so many related reading topics I could have discussed. I considered using an anecdote of how I lost a camera I had when I was ten, then I found it again about 6 years later. I watched all of the videos with my family and it made all of us happy and it brought back so many memories we had naturally forgotten. I was going to use this example as to why Remem might be a good thing but ultimately decided against it.

There were many challenges in producing the video, even simple things such as camera placement. I was worried that it would look to much like I was reading off a script and tried to look into the camera as much as possible. I also wanted to keep a casual attitude so that viewers would feel comfortable when watching my video.

TFTF and Social Media

Now only the first two seconds are missing audio!

After reading the 4 questions that were prompted, the “technology as a medium between relationships” stuck out to me as I immediately thought that a reflection on social media would be simple to do while maintaining an interesting argument.  I’ve had my fair share of problems with social media and communication technology so it turned out to be a solid fit in my opinion.  I wanted to film outside as it was a nice, reasonably quiet Sunday, and it would make for a more relaxed shot.  If I had more time (and better video editing skills) I would have polished the video up, re-filmed numerous times until it was virtually flawless, and redone the script maybe a couple more times.  When shooting, I tried to use as much expression as I could (not one of my fortes, unfortunately) to make it more engaging than a simple blog post.  There were not many challenges in the strictest definition of the word while making this video, but some irritants included getting the lighting right, and making use of expression and tone of voice.

TFTF response

I chose my prompt (What does the story tell you about your relationship with technology) because it jumped out at me the most. Personally I love technology and integrating it into my life (I am a CS major).  Because of that, the story as a whole seemed very relevant.

The details from my life that I included were simply the ones that came to mind first. They were the aspects of my relationship to technology that are strongest and most relevant.

I shot the video on my laptop’s webcam and I put some effort into positioning the camera a bit higher and adjusting the lighting. I also typed up my response and positioned the text editor to be as close to the top of my screen (and to the webcam) as possible to reduce the effect of my eyes reading the script.

Given more time to finish the video I would’ve polished the script a bit more and shot the video with a better camera and more lighting. Brighter lighting and a smaller depth of field on the camera would produce a nicer and less distracting image. Any kind of external microphone would be better than the built in microphone on my laptop.

When writing my script for the video I purposely thought to “dumb down” my language to better resemble conversational English. The video aspect of the assignment required a different mindset and really showed the difference between verbal and written language.

Truth of Fact, Truth of Feeling Video Response

Video Response Reflection:

I chose the focus of my video based on what ideas came to my mind when I was reading The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling. There were details of my life and the story that really made me question my relationship with technology, therefore I chose that as the focal point of my video.

The challenges of producing a video rather than just an essay is that you have to think about the way you present yourself, and you actually have to speak to the viewers, instead of just publishing something for them to read. You use more than just written words, you have to use language, images, and sound to connect with the audience.

If I had more time to produce the video, I probably would have had a much more in depth response to the story, and I probably would have found a better place to record, instead of just sitting in my dorm room. There is a ton of ideas you could talk about involving these topics, and I would’ve touched on a lot more than just one minutes worth.

Truth of Fact, Truth of Feeling Video Response

Norris Nicholson


Producing a video adds another layer of complexity to an argument. Unlike written passages, a video captures the verbal response from the author as well as other more insightful aspects. A video allows the viewer to see the author or speaker’s facial expressions and emotional connection to what they are talking about. Furthermore, a video gives the viewer a more personal connection to the author, as opposed to written text which makes it easy to alienate one’s self from the author.

Despite these benefits to a visual response, a video is more difficult to successfully produce. In my video I struggled convey exactly what I wanted to  and I feel that because I used guidelines rather than a script, the video may have lacked smooth flow from one topic to the next. On the other hand, verbal responses are not usually held to the same level of speech as written text because people generally write better than they speak. The trick is to juggle the two and find a healthy median.

If I had more time to work on the video I would make it longer and improve my statement in order to make it more concise and meaningful.


Ted Chiang “TTF, TTF”

I decided to focus on parts of the story that were more applicable to my life like Ted’s storyline. I thought about how I would be without technology and how crucial it is to today’s society. I would have added some animations to make it more visually appealing. My video is a video because people can see my face and watch me talk about my thoughts. Blogs are similar but you don’t get that extra visual of seeing one’s face. Videos usually are more thought out because they require extra planning unlike blog posts which are usually immediate. Technology is a definite challenge. Losing internet connection was a problem because I used youtube to film myself and I kept getting cut off. I tried to write a draft/script of some sort before starting and tried to speak in a clear voice. I used the background as my dorm because it seemed most appropriate at the time. I should have done more hand signals to keep the audience from going to sleep with my voice.


Video Response



I decided to make my video response about how access to technology has changed the way Iearn and interact with others. I did this because when I was reading the article it made me think most about how my friends and I still use our phones to communicate subverbally even when we’re all together.

If I had done this response in the form of a blog post, it would have been much more organized. This is because I decided against reading from a script for my video response so that the video would feel more natural.  As a result of this I ended up using a lot more hand gestures and moving, however I had some unplanned pauses when I was transitioning between ideas or stuttering.

Most of the challenges I encountered with making a video response were related to technology. Before recording the video, I spent a significant amount of time trying to position myself and my laptop to avoid looking goofy.

Ted Chiang Video Response

What does the story tell me about my own relationship with technology?

In my video, I focused on talking about whatever I could relate to in my life today. I decided to have an office setting with technology in the background to make me look more credible and knowledgable about the topic. I thought a lot about how I would present myself; thought the text was important, I realized that presentation can make a significant difference after taking a look at the two videos we analyzed in class. If I had more time to complete my video, I would think about filming different sections of it in different settings to enhance the individual effect of each section and transition better. Although a video is much more personal than a blog post and makes it much easier to target the audience emotionally, subtle aspects such as facial expressions and body language can alter the way the audience interprets the text altogether, which makes filming more difficult.

TFTF Response Video


When I was choosing what to talk about in the video I wrote down a few different topics that had come to mind during my reading of the passage. At first I tried to fit more than one topic into the video but I found that there would be no way for me to go into any depth on multiple topics in a short time, so I chose the topic with the most personal relevance to me. I though about where I would film the video since I did not want any audio or visual distraction, and if I had more time then I would have tried to find a slightly cleaner background then my dorm room. The difference between making a video and just writing a post is that it adds to the emotional part of your argument. The audience can now see your facial expressions and you get to decide the tone and speed words are said with. The biggest challenge in making a video as opposed to writing an essay is that editing is almost impossible. Editing a video would be very time consuming, but editing writing is as easy as erasing a sentence and rewriting it.

Truth of Fact Video Responce


When planing my video I decided that because of the short length I felt that I did not have enough time to focus on any one question more than the others. Therefore I tried to evenly distribute my time other the topics I covered. Making a video made this turn out much different than if it were an essay. In a video emotions are made much clearer as it is not just your words that are being heard, but emotions as well through tone and  body language. Body language also  shows how the speaker feels about a certain subject as a whole and not just their views. Also, mise-en-scene, all the other things put into the shot, can give the speaker credibility, or tear the viewers attention away from what is being said.  All of these factors made producing a video much different and pose different challenges than writing a traditional response or essay

TFTF Video Response


I chose to focus on the academic aspect as my response to the story because of how I notice myself being affected by technology in my work. If I let the technology do most of the work for me wen writing notes for a history class or completing a math assignment or even writing an email I notice that whatever skill I had in completing those tasks on my own begins to diminish. Spell check is a wonderful tool but if I have realized that if I just let the program fix my grammar and spelling mistakes than I lose the ability to catch those mistakes on my own. If I had more time with this video I would probably talk about different areas where technology has affected how I do certain things. For me producing a video was less challenging than producing an essay. An essay for one, is longer, more thought out, and less personal than a video. Visual communication creates a better connection between the author and his or her audience.

Truth of Fact/Feeling, Ted Chiang

Lucas Muller’s response video



I chose to speak about the ways in which this article influenced my reflections about technology largely due to my technology-centered upbringing by a father who devoted his life to the study of engineering. Having observed the positive and negative effects that modernization has had on people, I found Ted Chiang’s article represented of the way in which I draw my own boundaries in the matter. In the video I wanted to convey my beliefs that technology should be wielded as a tool for our betterment rather than have technology actually replace some of our human functions. However, to truly go into the matter I would have needed more time. I should have condensed my facts to account for this, and feel as though my speech were a little drawn out and un-specific. In addition to this, I feel as though I under-exploited the visual and nonverbal techniques offered in speeches. On the positive side, I did try to provide an example of a controversial issue in modern society to connect my stance to the hesitant one taken by Ted Chiang in his article.