I wasn’t sure what to think of the hero project. I mean, I know who my heroes are and why, but I had never thought of it from another person or cultures’ perspective. This assignment really made me think about what being a hero really means and what the general qualifications are. My favorite part of this assignment was writing the article. I love learning about World War II and the kamikaze...
1) It was definitely something different, doing a project on heroes for this class. I have never been a part of something like this and the experience was so interesting what with all of the different things we got to do. 2) I think my favorite part was getting assigned to put together a hero playlist for the website. I put together playlists on a daily basis and getting class credit for something...
1 — At the end of this project, even after I hit send on the final email, I’m still not sure how I feel about the topic. I agree with Cassie: The topic is very nebulous. When looking to past projects for guidance, I continually felt as if the ambiguous nature overtook the content. However, I did enjoy my article/essay. I got to talk to some really interesting scholars. I wish the overall...
My final thoughts on the hero project
Since I first learned about the hero project, I was excited to delve into the subject of heroism and better understand it. Heroism is interesting because it shows that humans aren’t content with just being themselves. We had the opportunity to discuss why humans need to look up to people, a question that a group of journalists could pursue with passion and rigor. My only regret was that our class...
Cassie's Final Musings
-1- At first, I was dubious about spending most of the semester on various aspects of a project about heroes. I felt the topic was too nebulous, and what we would end up with wouldn’t be satisfactory. That said, when it came time to do our articles, they turned out much better than expected. The articles on all different hero-related topics — which were essentially all essays of sorts —...
A hero has faced it all. He need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.– Andrew Bernstein
Before starting this project I hadn’t really thought about heroes in depth. I accepted that they existed for people and had a few heroes myself but I had not truly examined their importance to society. Now, however, I feel better prepared to answer the question, “Who is your hero?” I loved this topic. It was a concept everyone was familiar with, but there are so many underlying factors to...
Kiki's Final Thoughts
1) I think doing a project on heroes is a great idea. I liked that we were all able to focus on different aspects of heroism- villainy, war heroes, video game heroes, organizations as heroes- to offer many different perspectives on the word. The thing about heroes is that as technology progresses, the definition changes as well, so it’s a project we could potentially work on forever. 2) I...
My initial feelings on doing a project on heroes were excitement mixed with apprehension. I was excited with the potential for the project to impact how people see heroes while creating a new definition for the word “hero.” I was apprehensive about the parameters of the project, since it was not clearly defined and it had never been done before, it was difficult to determine how we would tackle...
The main mental obstacle I had in the making of this video was removing myself from the story. Since half of this is me talking, that proved difficult! When conducting the interview, I had my friend–who was interviewing me—rather free-form it, and I tried not to think about the subject beforehand. When I went back to look at the footage, I was rather surprised and pleased with what I found! Yes,...
At the beginning at this assignment, I felt that the task of making a short, interesting video that captured the essence of my personal hero to be daunting. Once I started gathering photo stills for the project, I realized that my problem was not finding material; it was deciding what material to include in the video and what material to cut, since I did not want my video to be ten minutes long....
We don’t often get the chance to express ourselves personally in journalism classes, and I enjoyed being able to tell my own story for a change. This is one assignment that for once in my life I absolutely don’t care what grade I receive because it is so personal. I was able to say something to a family member that I couldn’t say in person and the response from him was all I needed. I...
This project was deeply personal and dug at the core of what makes me who I am. Not just because it was about my father, but because who you idolize enhances your identity. It was fun to look at old home videos and see my dad raise me behind a video camera. Though you can’t see him as much, it’s easy to hear the love in his voice. I plan to show this video to him as a birthday and...
Who are your heroes?
caitlinrcruz: School project has me thinking and I want a nice sampling. Hit me up with you answers, please!
It’s a rare human being that never screws up in any meaningful way.– Scott LaBarge, Ph.D., associate professor in Classics and philosophy at Santa Clara University
Originally, heroes were not necessarily good, but they were always...– Scott LaBarge’s “Heroism: Why Heroes Are Important”
“I need a hero. I’m holding out for a...
Every character I play has to be the hero of his own story, the way we’re...– Jesse Eisenberg
Here’s a 20 second clip from the team’s brainstorming session today! Dr. Carpenter and Kiki touch on the emotional ties our project must have in order to be successful. Expect more videos from our brainstorming and planning sessions!
The way Pinterest works, is you first create a board. A board is the place where you “pin” your inspiration. Next, you pick a subcategory for your board. There are over 30 subcategories to choose from, ranging from weddings to holidays. After choosing a subcategory, you are free to start pinning! This is an example of a board from my personal Pinterest account. As you can see, my board is...
Twitter: Info in 140 Characters or Less
According to Mashable, “Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send ‘updates’ (text-based posts, up to 140 chracters long) via SMS, instant messaging, email, to the Twitter website, or an application such as Twitterrific.” This is a pretty dry definition of one of the biggest social media websites on the Internet today. From my...
Engaging Our Audience Through Images: Flickr
My friend and professional photographer (although she doesn’t like to call herself that… But when people pay you $200+ for senior portraits and in the thousands for wedding photos, that’s what I call a professional) got me into Flickr in high school. I wanted to share my photos with an online audience that wasn’t necessarily restricted to people I knew, a lá Facebook photo...
A Delicious way to share links
Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website that allows you to amass a large amount of links and share them in organized stacks. The stacks can be further organized by assigned specific categories and descriptions to inform others of the type of content contained within a stack. The links themselves can be tagged with keywords that make it easy to look up certain links in a particular category. ...
Getting started with Delicious
Delicious is a social bookmarking site which allows users to share with others what they are saving. Users can save websites that they are reading by adding them as a bookmark and categorizing them using tags. Tags make it easier to go back later and find what you saved about a certain topic. Stacks are a way for users to collect links and categorize them. The feature allows users to customize...
Quora--engagement through helpfulness
What I like most about Quora is that it helps people. Or at least it’s supposed to. So, as the coordinator of the The Hero Project’s Quora page, I plan to help people and engage them in conversations about heroism. Quora is at its most basic a question-and-answer website. Two former Facebook employees made it public in 2010 and it surged in popularity in December 2010. Many of the...
Everyday I'm Tumbling...
Tumblr is a micro-blogging website that launched about five years ago. What started as a staff of two has grown to more than 70 people. Today there are more than 40 million blogs on Tumblr that people use to share “the things they do, find, love, think [and] create.” Tumblr runs from a simplified dashboard from which you can control numerous blogs at once. There is also a simple interface to...
Gathering Ideas for the Google+ Page
My assigned social media sphere for The Hero Project is Google+, a brand new social networking site that offers new ways for anyone with a Google account to share information, photos, videos and more content with friends, family, co-workers and other online users. With this site, Google is attempting to create a simplified, streamlined social network that rivals Facebook and Twitter, while merging...
The Facebook Fan Page at First Glance
It’s a little ironic that I am going to be in charge of the Facebook Fan Page for this project, considering the fact that my friends already make fun of me for the ridiculous amount of time I spend completely submerged in the News Feed sea. At least now I will have an excuse! I have never actually created a Facebook Fan Page however, so I took the time to examine the “help”...
A Hero For the Ages
My name is Preston Sotelo and I am a person well acquainted with heroes. I have read a great deal of fantasy literature, watched many movies and played many video games that often feature a heroic protagonist. Though the hero may change from story to story, the core elements that define them remain the same: Bravery, Honor, Humility, Wisdom, Strength, Generosity, Righteousness and more. There are...
"I need a hero"
My name is Caitlin Cruz and I’m a sophomore who started being crafty again. I’m knitting scarves and sewing dresses in my free time! Within this class, I want to learn coding and feel more confident navigating the Internet for more than just song lyrics. I’m never quite sure what I want to do. I constantly fluctuate between news reporting and magazine writing. This project...
"----" as Hero
Some people pick famous personas as personal heroes, and some pick a person who is traditionally personified as a hero - for instance, a friend’s hero was Lance Armstrong, a pick that seems too cliché until you learn my friend had reoccurring leukemia for six years as a teenager and subsequently raised over $100,000 for cancer research with the help of Armstrong. Someday my friend might be a...
The idea of dissecting what the term hero means seems daunting but extremely intriguing. I’ve often wondered when watching or reading the news why some people are categorized as “heroes” when the definition changes for each person. How do news organizations decide when to classify a hero? And does the public view a hero in the same way that the news outlet does? It’s this...
Definition of a Hero
My name is Olivia Khiel and I’m a sophomore at ASU. I am incredibly passionate about music and I try to incorporate it into all aspects of my life. One day I hope to work for Alternative Press magazine and maybe even open my own record label in Arizona. For this class, I am very excited to learn how to most effectively use the technology required to further my career in journalism. With...
Every person has a different definition of what it means to be a “hero”: moms, comic book characters, movie personalities, literary figures, soldiers, firefighters…the possibilities are endless. Bravery and integrity are also two very difficult words to define in today’s world. The initial challenge for all of us I think will be to find a way to define “hero”, in our own words, since we have heard...
Hi! My name is Torunn and I’m a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication along with the seven other lovely ladies assisting with this blog. I am a book lover who has just recently discovered why e-Readers are one of the greatest inventions of all time. (I have become attached to my iPad) I am an avid baseball fan and will root for my Arizona Diamondbacks...
I am really excited to research this topic and learn more. I have lots of ideas about it, which I’ll start by listing off to keep myself organized. What if we had a group do separate research on “villain.” Is that too large a topic? I think it’s an interesting topic and would make an interesting contrast. In my Superheroes and American Culture class I read a really...
Excitement Over Hero Project
My name is Kelly, but my friends call me Kiki, though I use the former for professional reasons…so take your pick. I’m a sophomore, a music junkie, I love dancing, hate almond milk, and am obsessed with New York City, which is where I hope to live after graduation while working as a producer on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. I am so excited for this project! Last year,...