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A Deeper Look into The Niantic Project

By on Dec 7, 2013 in Featured |

While digging deeper into the nianticproject as a whole, I found some interesting tips and somewhat secret information.  Through studying and being assigned this project for our group project during class opened my eyes to a whole new world of Seeing how at first I didn’t know much about the project and what it’s intentions and purposes were, but through the use of other sources of media I began to see this new world of Niantic followers and what they are trying to engage their followers in. For those of you that may not even know what The nianticproject is, I will give you a break down of what you need to know: The Niantic Project was created and started by P. A. Chapeau starting in November 2012 going through October 2013. Niantic Investigations consist of  The Niantic Project who is trying to find a way to harness and control a substance called Exotic Matter, also known as XM. Exotic Matter  is a substance that allows for the travel between different dimensions. It is also a means of extreme artistic creativity, meaning people fake these time travels through different dimensions throughout the project, leading to various mysteries. There are these things called Portals, and Portals are made from concentrations of Exotic Matter. They are  normally localized around  large cities and monuments and there were four major portals throughout this project. Portals are the locations where you can travel between dimensions. There is a main character whom they call Misty Hannah and she was a magician who became a threat to the Niantic Project.  She posed as a threat to the project due to an information leak that was shared between Misty and Klue. Klue was a woman who was involved in this mysterious investigation and she visually documented her travels through the portals. She would post videos  and she would keep her followers and the Niantic community updated where she was, where she had gone and what she had experienced through her videos.  She experienced odd force field type of action and claimed to have felt certain presences of beings at or close to the portals. “2/26/13- Everything starts as an idea A video from Klue in Scotland, as...

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Transmedia Journalism

Transmedia Journalism

By on Oct 6, 2013 in Featured |

Reading traditional newspapers seems to be really old fashioned. Since news could reach us on our mobile phone many things have changed. News has followed a pattern from paper to tablet, from words to images and video, from simply reading the news to be part of their creation. The old traditional paper media is not enough anymore, we need many platforms to feel informed. What is really new in what I’d like to define as Transmedia Journalism? According to the Nieman Lab, the “Drudge Report” was the first online journal to have real success. It was 1998 and Matt Drudge, its founder,had the courage to publish an article about what would have become the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The “Newsweek” waited too much and lost its opportunity. Online beat paper for the first time: Speed is one of our key words. What about “The Huffington Post”? HuffPost was born in 2005 thanks to Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti. it is described as “one part social network, one part news content site” by the CEO Eric Hippeau. Networking and Interactivity are the basis of this online news aggregator as confirm Micheal Shapiro in his interesting article about the HuffPost. So far we have some elements that seem to distinguish transmedia journalism: Speed, Networking and Interactivity. There are so many news coming from different media: newspapers, television, and the Internet. We can’t follow everything, there is an information overload so how could we find and select what is really interesting for us? Jonathan Stray in his article “Who should see what when? Three principles for personalized news” explains that every person has unique interests, is uniquely affected by larger events and has a unique capacity to act. So we should read a news story if it interests us, if we are affected by it, and if we are able to do something for it. Customized or Personalized Journalism has been created to help people find what they want through the enormous amount of information they have. But what is Customized Journalism? According to Matt Schlicht it is “a service that passively delivers and recommends prioritized content to the user based on their ever changing interest and social graph.” It seems...

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