The process of learning.

When this class started, I found out that computer skills were a necessity.  Being older than most of the students I found that skills on the computer are a must.  Since I was so illiterate in this department I struggled through and am glad that I took this course.

Although I had to struggle, I found each time we entered class that there were so many different apps out there that can be used for so many ideas that you may think of or need.  I still worked at trying to navigate the different mediums that were introduced in class.  I would like to say that even being so techno challenged that this class has helped me feel more comfortable navigating through different systems to accomplish what we needed to do.

I want to say how much I did enjoy the class and the teacher.  The guests that came in were informative and helpful.  They would help you even after the classes in which they taught.

Apps such as WordPress and Wevideo were the main tools that I used to help in my project.  The more you attempt and play around with them the better skilled you become.  This is a must.  I am now more comfortable with trying another project like this one.  I found this class helpful and would recommend it for everyone!

The man who gave birth to Route 66: Cyrus Avery

I finally realized that my original topic was way too broad by using Michael Wallis (Author of several Route 66 books and the sheriff in Walt Disney’s Cars) and Cyrus Avery (founding father of Route 66) as my topic. I had planned on using them both as a comparison of then and now.  I found that it would be quite the endeavor… so I have decided to change it and focus only Cyrus Avery, and what it was like then in the 1920’s and what has happened to Route 66 now in 2015 with the opening of a bigger, better highway replacing the once iconic road with Interstate 44 (I-44). Being “decommissioned” in 1985 to produce a newer road, it had an “unexpected resurgence” of people longing to investigate the “Old Mother Road” a.k.a. Route 66.


I want to explore what it once was like to visit and travel the highway from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California back in the late 1920’s. Show that the route  was considered to be an amazing fete to accomplish and how the country was now tied together with a route of East to West. It will show how the Route began in Springfield, Missouri and how it grew to include Illinois eventually.  I want to show the fight that Cyrus Avery had with the Road commission (a lot easier to say than The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) to name it Route 66 instead of 60 and 62 which was the original numbers given to the highway.  I also will show how he had to argue with them to bring Route 66 through Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Misdirecting it from a route through Kansas City, Missouri and Denver to boost the state of Oklahoma’s economy.

Map of original route

I would like to show how it affected the Sooner state back in its beginning and what the impact of the road had on its local and states economies.  How did the people react to such an innovative way to transport goods and for better travel without the ruts that once were roads?  Was this really a fleeing mechanism for the poor masses of the dust bowl era to escape?  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck surely painted Oklahoma as a destitute and dirty place.  The trauma experienced by the masses were man made.  Never has a country been so violated as the United States had been by hungry capitalists that it nearly wiped out a whole eco-system.  With nothing to hold the dirt in place, the Sooner State became the Dust Bowl State.

Infographic lying and finding the truth

As we embark into a new millennium, we find that technology has gone space age.  When I was young, I was the antennae for our big tube television set.  When I read, it was from books, there was no internet to read from, unlike the Kindel and e-books that are now available to “look up” and read any book you desire.  As we try and grasp on to the new space-age technology, we have to ask ourselves, “Is the information given to me precise, does the information come from reliable sources, and have any alterations excluded any other information to fit the perspective of the author?  These are questions posed by Computer Science Graduate Research Assistant Randy Olson from Michigan State University.

I like the fact that it actually tells you the percent of lying.  So, its basically telling you that three quarters of the information about statistics are made up.  You have just got to love the Mark Twain quote about truth and it ain’t so!

Mapping the Truth Infographic

This map definitely gives you the concerns about how information can become misconstrued.  Different outcomes for the three various graphs about the same information!  That is why you should always check and double check the sources, and how reliable and credible the site is that you are interested in.

Photo Essays impact

I love photography. When I was 20 my mom put me in a college course to take b & w pictures.  I was constantly taking photos of just about everything and everyone so she decided to pay for a credit at the local community college.  Just as I liked to capture what I considered to be the perfect picture, the photos in the essays capture a more meaningful event in history.  The photographs in the article capture moments in time that show a time when dirt and grime were part of everyday life.  You might say that with the depression came many a people who would have to grow accustom to the dirt bowl that was the mid-west.  I totally enjoyed reading the dust bowl article.  I had always assumed that it was the opening and expansion of the west that caused the land to be dried up and useless.  Until this article I had only “assumed” but now there is proof, that it was man made.

Capturing the moments of people in their most dire of circumstances and depicting the struggles of everyday life such as where does the next meal come from.  Will I be able to get a job in the next town, will I be able to feed my family?  All were on the minds of these subjects, which is captured very well by the photographer, Russell Lee.

Now we have on the other hand photos from Afghanistan, which a soldier has told a story about the American version of homosexuality and the Afghanistan version.  The story is a comparison of how two cultures can take innocent body functions and turn homophobic!  On the one hand, Americans consider the holding of hands by two males gay, while the Afghanistan’s feel farting is GAY!  Male American men consider farting to be a manly type of function, while the Afghanistan’s believe that is totally a lack of body function below the waste! Thinking that it is because of their being Gay.   The author captured photos and told a remarkable story of the assumptions that we as people have about one another.  Both are very impacting on the way they present the story through photography.  This medium is powerful.  You can read what you want into the photos but with the story it gives you the fuller understanding of MISUNDERSTANDING!