Riding the Grass-Mud Horse Into the Sunset (FSEM: Beyond the Selfie – Week 5 Final Post)

CRAAP Analysis:

Online Academic Journal: http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3665/305

Currency: 2 points – Published on October 3, 2011. It’s fairly recent, within 4 years.

Relevance: 2 points – It isn’t all encompassing, but addresses one part to the two parts of my topic thoroughly.

Authority: 3 points – Author is Lee Knuttila. Has a Ph.D. in media studies and works with/at York University.

Accuracy: 3 points – Long list of well cited references at the bottom.

Purpose: 3 points – It is scholarly and written as such, in order to inform.


Discussion Reflection:

It’s hard to determine what the grass mud horse movement will come to. I think it’s a mistake to put all of your faith in this one silly symbol. Perhaps the netizens  will crash through the gates of tyranny on the back of mud-grass horses, overturn the government, and ride into the sunset – but this is unlikely. I do believe, however, that it could serve as a precursor to bigger things. Protest online will serve as a conduit to protests in person, then change may happen. For now, it’s cat and mouse.


Project Formatting:

Video Documentary! I imagine using lots of photos from 4chan to explain the culture and how it could relate  to/produce the group Anonymous.

Tools: Juxtapose JS, The Wayback Machine, Storify, Pixlr, Wolfram Alpha, and Google Drive Apps.

I looked around on Wolfram Alpha for while, it was hard to pull myself away from! It presents a lot of good, statistical data, and this easily accessible, clear info kept dragging me into more searches, no matter the topic.

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