Megan Liberty

DGST 101

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Creating HTML Website

Four our last module where we worked on creating a network, we also created an HTML web page to show our information we found. While we had spend a little bit of time at the beginning of the semester on learning how to use HTML,  we had not created our own code to make a website. I find code to be a lot of fun,  I just know the basics right now although I am excited to learn more. We started off doing it in class then we were to finish it on our own and make our HTML page.  I have inserted the link at the bottom of this post where you can see my final work! I would have liked to add more but I had a hard time with the basics since it was my first time officially coding! I really enjoyed using as a resource as well as looking back to our class work. I used sublime text application which is free to download, just the occasional pop-up message asking if you are sure you don’t want to upgrade. One of the things that was very helpful using sublime was that the code was colored so you could pretty easily see where your mistakes were, like when you don’t close out of a line it wouldn’t be colored and you can tell where your mistake was. Overall I am pleased with what I ended up with and I look forward to doing it again!

HTML Website:




My name is Megan Liberty and I am a nineteen-year-old Sophmore, currently attending the University of Mary Washington. I am a Communications and Digital Studies Major. I work as part of the support staff at the Hurley Convergence Center, this building provides technology, information, and teaching resources in a modern environment. This site includes projects I have completed for Intro to Digital Studies 101.

Reflection on Network Module

After finishing this networks methodology, I was really happy with the process and the outcome. I did my map work on Kumu. Kumu was a great resource to use. It had directions that explained how to use all of the different parts of the mapping system. Starting on Kumu I had to pick a topic. I had heard about the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, this is something that says you can pick any actor and they have starred in a movie with Kevin Bacon. I did not want to map that out because there is a website that is similar to it already, so it got me thinking of how Kevin Bacon has been in over 70 films so I wanted to map out all of the movies that he has acted in and show what genre they are in and how they are connected to each other. I used IMDb to check on all of the films he has been in. Also, I enjoyed creating an HTML code for a website showing my project and how I could style my website. It was fun to spend a few classes learning how to code and make websites look certain ways. This module was a little different than ones I have done in the past (learning how to make a GIF, and analyze selfies) this module was more creative in that it was a broad topic and I was able to pick how I wanted to approach it. Overall I am happy with how my Kumu turned out!

Methodology Module

I completed this methodology module on networks. The objective of this module was to find connections of objects to each other to see how they are related to each other. I was excited to do this assignment because I always find it interesting to see how different things are connected. I used Kumu, a website that allows you to easily add elements and connect them to each other based on how they are connected. Kumu allows you to make it all customized and move elements around as well. My goal for this project was to pick a topic that I was interested in and to see a good visual on connections. I was excited to start this module to see where it would take me.

Digital Polarization

For this assignment, we worked in a group and picked a claim off of and have to prove if the claim is correct. My groups claim was called Judge in rape case asks why victim couldn’t keep knees together see US New & World Report. We started with fact checking if this Judge did say this or not. It took a few websites but I found on CNN the full trial transcript. (1). In this transcript it is clear that the Judge of the case Robin Camp did in fact say to the girl “Why couldn’t you keep your knees together?”. This claim was saying to see US News & World Report so I checked that source first. The date for this article was September 2016.

This trial took place in 2014 but most websites that come up when you search it are posted in 2017. The reason being that they had a retrial and Judge Camp was seen before a “disciplinary council” and they recommended that he step down from his position. Camp apologized for saying this but the damage was done. Reading through the transcript was very interesting and was a great source to use.

I have never done anything like this where you have to fact check a claim and dig around to find information but then check that that information is a scholarly enough source to actually use. In my research I found that sometimes the first few pages of websites listed are not the newest. I went back to about 11 pages and I found sources that posted in 2015. (3,4) I think it was a very fun assignment and I learned a lot.





Reflection about Digital Archive Project

I found the digital archive project to be unlike any project I have worked on before. We had to pick a technology from around the ’90s and take it apart and each group member had a piece from the inside of the technology and research that piece. I went to goodwill and searched through their technology section- you can find some awesome old pieces! I found a pink phone that I sent to my group members in our group chat and they all liked it so I bought it and we took it apart together in class. The phone is the Teleface RonSonic cord phone. Unfortunately, our phone did not have a whole lot to work with in searching for the project so we all did the best we could. I pick a microswitch level button from one of the circuit boards. Through multiple searches and websites many of which were in Russian I finally got a great website called Alibaba. This had almost all of the information needed for this project so without that website, I don’t know what I would have done! In using the website I was able to find out where the piece was assembled and what company name, however no exact location of where the factory could be found. The closeset I got was the city and country (Guangzhou, China). Overall I found this project to be challenging in a good way and taught me that some information takes a long time to dig for but is worth it in the end! My group worked very well together and we shared what each of us learned along the way and bonded in the struggle to find information but supported each other and gave tips!

What I Learned from the Selfie Module

I originally decided to do one of the set activities for this module,  “Know Thy Selfie” but I was having a hard time with the activity and couldn’t analyze much to the selfies I take, so I thought it would be interesting to research the top googled selfies instead. I used two different websites for my main usage and a few others to back up the two main sites. What I found was not surprising in that the most googled selfies were celebrities, mainly the Kardashians among others as well. I found it to be almost sad that while there are some awesome selfies floating around the internet like a guy swimming with a shark, most of the population would rather see Kim K. getting her makeup done. While I love the Kardashians and other celebrities I find it fascinating that people find it more entertaining to see how celebrities are living than seeing other selfies that show some crazy things with them.

Overall I really enjoyed completing this module and seeing my other group members results because we all took different approaches to this module and brought up different points.

Top Googled Selfies

For this module, I thought it would be fun to look into the top 10 most googled selfies of 2016. I found this list from Time Magazine.

The number one googled selfie was Kim Kardashian, who is known for her selfie-taking skills. She actually has a book full of selfies titled, “Selfish” this book is filled with selfies Kim took of herself and she said she likes to see her selfies because she knows who did her makeup, who she was with, and what she was doing. (Begley).

Among the list of top selfies of 2016 included  Sharon Osbourne, Usher, and more celebrities. I then looked into another top selfies list from Time as well. This one included some more fun selfies like a husband taking a selfie with his wife in labor because she wanted to capture the look on their faces when their daughter was born so he did!

Another post has a selfie with the Pope and a little boy. Taking a selfie with the Pope is not something you get to do every day!

Some of our favorite selfies to look up are ones of Obama and other politicians because it puts them in a different, more personable light.

I lastly looked at the top 10 selfies in history on These are all selfies that over the last few years are favorites to all googlers. This one at the oscars is a favorite because they managed to fit so many famous celebrities in one selfie!






Some people just take selfies of their everyday life like sitting in their car or maybe a selfie with their best friend. Others who many times are celebrities; take their selfies with their makeup artists, or the Eiffel Tower, or something expensive they just bought.

Tying back to what Kim Kardashian said on why she likes her selfies so much is because she can tell you everything that was happening at that moment, that is why we all take selfies too. We want to capture a moment and remember it and be able to show other people and enjoy it.



Why We Selfie

I couldn’t tell you when my first selfie was exactly but I would guess it was sometime around 2006 using my moms Nikon Camera looking something like this:

Image result for 2006 nikon year

Then I upgraded and got a hot pink camera sort of looking like this Nikon:

Image result for pink canon camera in 2005

I have hundreds of selfies still saved to my mom’s laptop taken using these cameras. They are all terrible quality, bad angles, and just downright bad.


Then I got the Razor cell phone in fourth grade and I LOVED this phone!! I took so many “selfies” on it, you know turned the phone around took the picture and hoped for the best. The quality was even worse than the cameras, probably because it was meant to be a cell phone and not known for its camera quality.

Image result for navy blue razor phone

Then facebook became popular when I was in the 6th grade, which meant SO MANY SELFIES. But again we still hadn’t started calling them that just yet. Some of them were just of me others had as many friends could fit in the picture with someone holding the camera.

Then fast forward to 2013 when Selfie is put into the dictionary being defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website” (Oxford). It was also the international word of the year 2013.

Now with having cameras on your phone so easily and snap chat and all other forms of social media I find myself taking dozens of selfies a day! Mainly because I snap chat my friends so often.

This first post was just to go into my personal history of selfies. For this module I hope to learn the different culture of selfies, has everyone been taking them for as long as me? I also think that it could be fun to compile some of my friends’ selfies from snap chat to compare them and see if they pose the same as each other and if they look similar. I am also interested in the captions people use with their selfies because I find a lot of the time the captions don’t have much to do with the photo.

See picture below for an example:

Here is a selfie I took and posted on facebook in 2011 with the caption, “I don’t want summer to end” Not sure why I picked this caption beside the obvious that I didn’t want summer to end and I was sitting outside!



My experience on GIF making

GIFs are all over social media and thanks to this assignment I got to learn the history behind them and also how to create them. I went to the Digital Knowledge Center (DKC) to learn a few ways to make GIFs. I created three different GIFs all using separate applications.

My first gif I made was using GIMP, you need to download GIMP to your computer but it is free and easy to do so. I found GIMP to be easy, mainly because my video I was using was already short so I didn’t need to cut it down. So I just uploaded it and it was turned into a GIF. This GIF below is the one I created. This is my friend’s pug eating dog ice cream.

The next GIF I made was through photoshop. I had a longer video for this so I used StreamClip to shorten the video to pick where I wanted it to begin and end. I then used photoshop and made it in a loop to be a GIF. I also wanted the video to go backward too-why not! So I copied the frames that were going forward and pasted them then reversed them. (This is my dog trying dog snow boots, she wasn’t a huge fan but it made a cute GIF!)

After my appointment at the DKC, I wanted to try out giphy, which is the easiest way to make GIFs. It took me less than 10 seconds and did not take any work on my part, besides uploading the video I wanted to use. I used a video of my friends pug again because I thought it was adorable. The only thing I did not like about giphy was you didn’t have much control over it.


Overall, my favorite application that I used would be photoshop, there were so many different things you could do to the GIF, like reversing it, changing the color, adding text, croping it, etc. Although photoshop costs money, which is not convenient for everyone, at UMW photoshop is on all the computers in the HCC so you can always do it there. The easiest way to make one would be giphy because you don’t need to download any software or pay for anything the only thing you need to do is upload a video! I found this assignment to be a lot of fun and I finally learned how to make a GIF after seeing them for years!

Thanks for reading!

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