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Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht’s documentary Crip Camp follows the evolution of the Disability Rights Movement through archived footage and testimonials of the people who began it, many of whom, including LeBrecht, attended Camp Jened. A group of hippies created the camp so that people with disabilities were able to relax and socialize without the pressures of social stigma or separation resulting from their various conditions. As a result, the camp enabled individuals with disabilities to envision a world without the same constraints they had always experienced, leading many of them to become Civil Rights leaders in the outside world…

A Brief Response

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I had never watched Citizenfour before, but I had heard the stories of Snowden’s betrayal of his position in US national security. Maybe it was because of the bias that I grew up with, but I had prepared myself to dislike the documentary upon watching it for its glorification of a traitor. I do, however, believe it is important for one to expose themselves to views they do not agree with in order to keep an open mind, so I went ahead and gave it the film a view and I will admit that I am relatively impressed with Citizenfour.

A Response

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Brian Fogel’s Icarus began as an independent project and exposure piece on the pitfalls of dope testing in amateur cycling competitions, but ended as a wild legal story beyond all expectations.

In Fogel’s attempt to prove the ineffectivity of athletic drug tests, he meets Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of Russia’s premier anti-doping laboratory. Rodchenkov helps Fogel to establish a doping routine with which he would compete in the Haute Route, an intense cycling competition in which Fogel had previously come in 14th. Fogel believes that, if he documents himself doping and does noticeably better in the competition than…

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This past weekend, I watched Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary, “13th”. The film follows experts and advocates, such as professor and activist Melina Abdullah and civil rights leader Angela Davis, as they discuss the origins of the racial disparity in the American prison system, beginning with a loophole in the 13th Amendment. Section one of the amendment states:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

As is observable, this loophole does not prevent slavery or involuntary…

A Quick Response

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Netflix’s true crime documentary, Amanda Knox, retrospectively follows the 8-year-long murder case of student Meredith Kercher through interviews with those involved. The documentary, which takes place in Perugia, Italy, is framed as a narrative, and each interviewee acts as an archetypal character: Knox and Sollecito, the young lovers, wrongfully accused; Giuliano Mignini, the arrogant speculator with too much power; and Nick Pisa, the sleazy journalist who will go to any length to create the biggest headlines.

Even from the beginning of the documentary, it is clear that the odds are stacked against Knox and Sollecito due to their reactions to…

A Review

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Netflix’s documentary American Factory, directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, explores a couple key themes in its narrative, which follows individuals’ stories throughout the process of an economic shift. The most obvious is the cultural clash between American and Chinese industrial culture; the second, less obvious but more important, is the universal misunderstanding between upper- and working-class despite those cultural differences.

The documentary takes place in Dayton, Ohio, after a General Motors factory shuts down, causing thousands of workers to lose their jobs. Two years later, Fuyao Glass, a well-established Chinese company, buys the building and opens up business…

Doug Clever: A Murder Mystery

Brian and I worked together on our final for Dgst 101 because it was a continuation of a project we began a few weeks ago, a video game called Doug Clever, a text-based murder mystery coded in Twine.

The game takes place in a museum and hotel that are connected and follows the story of a murder that occurs following an archaeological philanthropy gala.

We started by fleshing out the rest of the plot and story structure before adding some creative twists. We had originally finished the first half of the story — up until the reveal — and we…

The Demo

Brian and I made a demo/prototype version of our game “Doug Clever” (the name may change later). It’s a murder mystery game that we made using Twine and we highly recommend you check it out! We plan to release the full version eventually.

If you’d like to read about our process, check out Brian’s article.

In order to play, click the link, download it to your computer, and unzip the file. Double-click the item labelled “Doug Clever.html”. It’s a very small file size, so no worries about it taking up space.


Maybe it’s clipart animation

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For the assignment “What’s Behind Door Number 10101?”, I began by taking a look at my project options. None of the three suggestions particularly appealed to me, but one of the recommendations under the section “Something Else, Almost Anything Else,” stood out: kinetic typography. I’d never tried it before, but I’d always wondered how people had done it in the lyric videos I’d seen employ it. I decided to give it a shot.

I began by googling, “How to do kinetic typography,” but most of the tutorials I found were made for Adobe AfterEffects, which I did not own. I…

Mady May and Brian Merski

Brian and I both became quite cynical about the internet following our viewing of “The Social Dilemma”. One thing we find to be particularly concerning, however, is the internet’s guise of usefulness, with which a person can be introduced to it through following their interests, but can become hooked when taken advantage of by large corporations who sell personal information gathered from the internet and shamelessly ferment addictions in order to keep acquiring that information.

Brian and I both view the internet as useful, but deceitful, and we wanted to use the image of two, intertwined hands to illustrate this…

Mady May

Communication and Digital Studies/Studio Art student, Lead Writing Consultant, Rocky Horror enthusiast, fashion lover, daughter, sister, and girlfriend.

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