I haven’t directly created a lifelog for myself; I do not actively post pictures or update my timeline consistently on Facebook, nor do i have a Twitter. However, I do use Google everyday and I am aware that it tracks my location wherever I go. My lifelog is largely the product of my mother, the one who posts the majority of things related to me to her timeline, and then shares them with me. Facebook is creating a log of me indirectly through her, but the fact remains that my life, in photo and video form, is being stored and saved electronically. My strongest formulated thought on the concept (and process) of the lifelog is that while its existence is acknowledged, it does not necessarily constitute the whole of the advancements of the Internet.
I do find the whole concept of this never-ending collection of data by networks such as Facebook and Google to be slightly creepy at times, as if the Internet itself is creating a biography, or even an electronic mugshot, of me whenever I use it, whenever I click a link or type down a few keystrokes to assemble a search item. However, I have grown used to this logging aspect of the web, and I feel that despite the logging’s unnerving nature, it is a useful tool to gauge not only my life as it was in years past, but how the information the Internet collects about me can help solve problems I am facing in the present.
I do not often delve into my own past, and as such, the developing lifelog technology may be wasted on me. However, this also means that I will not abuse these technologies and services in the years to come as they will undoubtedly appear like the Remem in Truth of Fact. I guess what I’m try to say, to conclude this post, is that while I do acknowledge that the Internet is creating a lifelog of me, I will probably not be the man who looks at it for guidance, or even for reminiscence–it will just be a small blurb in the back of my mind, present yet forgettable.
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.
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.