Monday, May 31, 2010

Last post

And so, DOTCOM is now finished. Officially, but no one said anything about unofficial part :-) But, however, thanks to all for such a great program, experience and friends. I miss you all and I'll remember all you forever. Keep in touch and be sure, we'll meet one day!!! Love and miss all of you! Go DOTCOM!!!

P.S. New DOTCOM is just beginning ;)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

"Social media for social change" idea

How do you see YOUR use of social media tools supporting concrete social change?

Now I'm thinking about this question and the first thing that comes to my mind is... is DOTCOM!!! And yeah, that's the best example of the use of social media for social change. Me and all the DOTCOM group is a real result of hard and interesting work of PH, Rob and everyone else. And this is also my personal experience and work. So what can I do??? I can say I did several things with DOTCOM, but in future I think it's possible to write a programm like DOTCOM in Armenia. A smaller one and not only for youth, but also for older people and maybe children. I think that my become a really powerful project!!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Social Media for Social Change Conference

20 days until Social Media for Social Change Conference
Leaders from the world of technology, politics, government, journalism, blogging, and social activism will share how they’re using social media to enhance civic engagement, improve transparency in the media, and foster open governance. The two-day conference will offer morning keynotes, afternoon breakout sessions and a panel discussion at the end of each day. The topics we'll be focusing on include:

• Youth and Social Media as Agents of Change
• Citizen Journalism and Conflict: Tweeting for Peace
• The Power of Mobile Journalism
• Redesigning Government for Transparency and Participation
• Traditional Media vs. New Media in Nondemocratic Societies
• The State of the Blogosphere
• Social Media's Role in Global Diplomacy
• Addressing the Social Media Literacy Gap
• Social Networks and Social Revolutions

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas, dear DOTCOM and all my friends! This 2009 year was year of victories and I learnt many good and useful things. I can say that this New Year is also 1st anniversary of my blog and DOTCOM. So, I'm very proud of all of you my friends. Let this new 2010 year be better and all of you be happier and more succesful.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mobile eyes. Mania of games.

Here is video made by Lilit and me. The actor is Lilit's brother. I know this isn't the best film, but however I think it's ok. The film is about harm of video games and children. Children are our future and we must think about their health. Video games, mania of video games is a really important issue today.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

DOTCOM Phase #3, Module 2 - Exploring REEL BAD ARABS

So, arabs! The first thing on my mind is and an ancient and smart people, caravans, deserts, fairytales, palaces and chess. Many things :-) So why? Because arabs are very ancient nation, with great history. And all we use arabic numbers now. I read and heard a lot of stories and fairytales about arabs and beautiful palaces and people. And finally "chess", because arabian countries are one of the firsts where chess became popular.
Now about "Bad arabs". I watched the film for 4-5 times and each time I saw it, I've found something new. I mean, this is a powerful movie and it's very interesting to analize it.


1. REPTILIAN (instinctual). So at the begining the arabic nice music makes me remember fairytales about arabs and I imagine a big palace and a desert, the I heard the word "arab", and remembered everything about arabs. Then I heard and saw shooting people and I feared a bit. Then I heard the word "mythology" and it makes me feel something mythically and I saw "Aladin", I remembered it from childhood. And then at the end I saw credits and a name "Dr. Jack Shaheen" and I remembered our Shahen :-)

2. FEELING (limbic). From the begining the arabian music and pictures of arabs made a coloring of ancient arabs and mythology. Then I saw the talking man. He spoke about stereotypes and arabs. Then I heard and saw shooting people and then arabs like a characters in different movies. That make me to think more about arabs. And then part from "Aladin" and a song from it, which was about bad sides of arabs. And at the end I heard arabic music again and saw arabic children and thought:"Are these arabs really bad? Or maybe this is just stereotype?".

3. THINKING (neo-cortex) brains. I wrote some thing about neo-cortex above. So at the begining I read "A media foundation prodaction". And thought about media and then title: "Reel bad arabs. Hollywood vilifies a people." and also I heard about stereotypes. All these made me think about stereotypes I have, and stereotypes about arabs. I thought: "Yeah, really, media, Disney manipulate people and make stereotypes". Then the author talks about "Back to the future" and the idea that this film isn't about future, it's about past was interesting. And at the end the man said: "I am optimist! The stereotypes will change..." And I understood the idea of the film, yeah arabs aren't bad, this is just a stereotype.

2. PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES. I think this a well-made video. The music at the begining and at the end is good. There is a man-author who talks all the time and his voice is very well. Then there are a lot of parts from various movies there and filmmakers did good editing.

3. PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUES. So there are a lot of techniques there, but here are 3. Hyperball- during all film filmmakers use this, they shown arabs like very very bad people. Testimonial- "Alladin" is a very famous movie. And filmmakers used it like an example of a media about arabs. Big lie- lie however is a part of stereotypes, the biggest part, the film was about stereotypes, they used also big lie. And also there were a lot of nice pictures and videos adn music in the movie.

4. SUGGESTIONS. I think that filmmakers might use more interviews. This might help to show the problem of stereotypes better.

5. I recommend this film for viewing with friend and just with people because I think stereotypes are a problem and must fight against it. And again media can help us in this fight.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

As you know, in Armenia scholar year begins at the 1st of September, so me-Niko and Lilit decided to make a video about our class(we're classmates). Sorry, I haven't edited it as I'm very busy, but I think it's interesting, we made it remembering the Waitsfield school and missing all dotcomers!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Module #1: Some nice memories...

MISS YOU...these are the only word I can use to start writing about DOTCOM...

So now my answers, however at least I learnt a bit of English...But seriously, now remember our day in Vermont every day and I miss everything, our work and school, film, Metraux, Snowball, everything...

1. What proved the most challenging part of our July Phase 2 DOTCOM experience for you?
It's good question, I cannot say that movie making was difficult for me(maybe because of Tessa's help). The most challenging thing was to be awake first day in US. Haha, but seriously I think there weren't anything challenging, everything was easy with DOTCOM, because of help of each dotcomer. I don't know, maybe communication to other dotcomers at first days, but everything was great!

2. What proved the most rewarding part of our July Phase 2 DOTCOM experience for you?
I can say "the film night" now and it was, because then you see that people like the work you did it's really very plesant...but all the program, each metting and discussion, each day in school or at home was special in it's own way and all the time was very rewarding.

3. What proved the most fun part of our July Phase 2 DOTCOM experience for you?
The most fun part was, was hand-shake...hahahaha, it was great! All program was funny, very funny, of course each day with David and Jacob was great...miss you guys!

4. What are you most excited about, looking forward to our online Phase 3 DOTCOM experience coming up this fall?
So, the most important thing I learnt IS THAT 30 young man from different parts of this world can work togegther and become very good friends and make videos and have a lot of fun. I'm sure that our work will be better in fall as now DOTCOM is a group of friends, not just participants, and FAMILY for me.

Haha, and here is my funny photo...who can guess where is DOTCOM?
I know this isn't the photo with the best quality, BUT each dotcomer in this picture is with such an interesting face!

P.S. You can find more funny photos on my Facebook page!!!