During our time in class while reading So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, we’ve taken the opportunity to analyze the many ways online text and presence in general, can be perceived and a lot of times skewed. There are countless situations in which this happens, on every single platform. However, one in particular still to this day puzzles me and causes me to think about just how quickly anyone can be publicly shamed into nonexistence.
Around this time last year, alternative artist Garret Borns, known as BØRNS was the object of numerous accusations that said he emotionally abused and even sexual assaulted a number of his fans. For an artist that was on his way to fame, having been known for singles such as “Electric Love” and having just released an album that featured very well-known and respected artists such as Lana Del Rey, this was a huge shock to everyone. While I am still on the fence as to what I personally think about the situation, it’s interesting to see exactly how fast Borns was “canceled.”
The Borns scandal is very different from some of the one’s we’ve talked about in class because usually the other cases, have resulted from a severe misunderstanding rooted from digital texts such as a tweet, or even just a verbal comment without context. The Borns scandal is rooted in serious allegations. Many of his fans came forward, tweeting about their experiences meeting Borns when they were underage, and how he groomed them to only have perverse sex with them once they became of age. However, I think it’s still important to realize the power of the mob mentality online, and how quickly anyone anywhere can be banished from having any kind of social or professional merit. It’s been a year since this particular case with Borns, and he has released a statement denying all allegations. Despite this though, multiple venues and festivals have canceled his performances and he has fallen radio silent on every single social media platform.
It was apparent based on the accusations that Borns had a clear idea of his audience and tailored his actions and even aesthetic to fit the demand of that audience. It’s obvious that there can be no solution to this, but we definitely have to be careful in how we choose to approach these matters because of the dangers of cancel culture. For instance, I feel like we all used to assume that someone needed to be of low stature to be canceled but through experiencing multiple cases and reading So You’ve Been Publicly Shamedwe can conclude that any person, regardless of social standing, can be “canceled”. While I don’t think we will run into this crafting our archive for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, it’s important for us as a class to recognize this phenomenon because it happens everywhere in the digital space. On social media, everything we say and do is analyzed by our friends, families and employers. We know that. However, we need to be aware of the online mob lurking, ready to jump on us at any moment.
For the archive of the Tempest, my group was assigned to handle the venue. I wanted to create a mockup for our venue page as opposed to the home page. While I do not consider myself to be especially creative, I had a lot of fun making my logo and mock up page. However, making the logo was my favorite.
I am taking a class called Communication Tools and in that class, we have become quite familiar with Canva, which is a website that allows you to use certain images and fonts that you can apply to a logo. I mostly went to Canva to gain inspiration from other pre-maid logos, but I ended up using an icon of a simple boat. Although it is simple, I wanted to use it because of the simplistic yet whimsical quality of it. As well as using that image, I also found a font called Dr. Sugiyama on Canva that I then used to create my own logo in Photoshop. I then took “The Tempest” in two different colors, orange and blue, and layered them on top of each other which I think adds a nice contrast.
As for the mock up, I included my logo in the top right corner and tried to implement a color scheme that I felt exemplified themes in the play. These colors, particularly the blue color that I used, help to tie the logo in with the page. I then added a banner at the top that includes the title of the page, then below I included a few pictures of the venue and a place on the left for commentary about the venue itself. Again, it is pretty minimal and the only other concept I included in the page was the left-hand bar, which can act as a menu.
In all, bright colors and simplicity are the main concepts of my layout. I really like that the colors themselves create a sense of repetition that makes it easier to absorb the tone of The Tempest. While it may not be the most intricate, I think it is a really good starting point for something that we might include in the Archive and I had so much fun creating it.
After a long and seemingly grueling journey, my intro website is finally up! During this assignment, I mostly played a game of trial and error. That usually included me looking up certain CSS elements online and trying to type them in, which usually resulted in a complete and utter mess. Although it does take much trial and error, I feel like I learned a lot by using this method. It seems as if I cannot understand much code when someone is verbally explaining it, but when I try to write code on my own it starts to make sense or in the least, it starts to look familiar. One thing that immensely helped me with this was previewing my webpage as I was working on it in BBEdit. After I typed something new or changed anything in my code, I would refresh the page and preview what I actually did instead of realizing I’d made mistakes later on in the project.
To shed light into the design of my website, I was inspired by simple websites such as the Jeff Bridges and Banksy ones we looked at in class. However, for my website I drew inspiration from the band Surfcurse’s website. It is laid out very simply, with a left-hand navigation and various pictures. The colors they used pink and blue, are what inspired me to incorporate those same colors into my own website. I didn’t have much of an idea of what I wanted my website to look like before I laid eyes on Surfcurse’s website, so I originally used a template from W3 Schools. I’m not sure which one it was, but it is mainly the bare bones of my website considering the color differences and change of the navigation position. However, the template included html that allowed for pictures to be laid out beside each in essentially two columns, which I did implement into my website.
In terms of the Modes and Design Strategies I included in my website, I predominantly focused on the visual mode. While I realize this is kind of an obvious one, I like how the colors I used in my website are warm and hip looking. Automatically, my audience can get a sense of my style or even my personality by taking in that aspect of my website. As for the design strategies I used, I made good use of Alignment and proximity when it came to the pictures on my website. For instance, they are aligned in two columns, which I consider to be aesthetically pleasing because it separates the page in two. I also used the principle of proximity by placing the pictures pretty close together. By doing this, I created somewhat of a collaged effect which I think is really cool.
In conclusion, I loved making my intro website and although it’s not perfect and there is still much room for improvement, I am proud of it. I feel like it appropriately communicates a bit of my style and personality, which is ultimately what I wished to achieve in making.
The Internet provides a multitude of information at our fingertips, proving to be the most easily accessed tool in education. In saying this, we’ve discussed in class the significance of crafting websites through the means of rhetoric as well as deign choices with each website differing in audience, purpose, author, genre and context. To better understand these principles in hopes of applying them to our own Shakespearean archive, I chose Globe to Globe Hamlet from those listed in the Belmont Folger Grant links, which proved to be a gloriously eye-catching and well-organized archive.
Globe to Globe Hamlet is a two-year international tour of Hamlet run by Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. Immediately their website explodes with color and interactive aspects which effectively communicate to their target audience: Potential audience members and those wishing to learn more about the Globe to Globe Hamlet mission. For instance, before you are brought to the main page, there is an introduction of sorts that prompts you to “start exploring.” After choosing this, there is a multitude of ways you can learn more about where the tour has gone all over the world and it even gives patrons an option to buy tickets to a future show.
Perhaps the most vivid aspect of this particular archive is their purpose. Globe to Globe Hamlet’s website provides a quote from the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, Dominic Dromgoole, stating, “The central principle of the tour is that Shakespeare can entertain and speak to anyone, no matter where they are on Earth.” Because of their mission, their website reflects an audience that comes from every stretch of the world. This is well implemented through their design choices such as the bright colors on their website and also the interactive map of the globe included on their main page. Considering all of these things, it is clear the purpose of their website is to share the word about the great things they are doing.
Because Globe to Globe Hamlet’s mission is widely acclaimed, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the author of the Globe to Globe Hamlet website, has their own site linked throughout the archive. Out of the Belmont Folger Grant links, Globe to Globe Hamlet seems to be the one website with the most obvious author. For instance, there is even multiple links that once clicked on, come back with a “404 error” page that automatically takes you to the Shakespeare Globe Theater website. As a result, it’s clear that Globe to Globe Hamlet is an extension of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.
Furthermore, the Globe to Globe Hamlet archive is a classic informational catalogue that effectively showcases the intricacies of their tour. They offer dazzling visual context that easily communicates what they are all about. This works well for their archive because it gives the public an insight into the plays they put on and allows patrons to follow Globe to Globe Hamlet’s journey even if they are unable to actually see the play. Specifically, the bright colors they include in their website make for a visually appealing contrast and makes you want to know more. The interactive quality of their website also allows for an experience that is easy to navigate. However, their website could also be seen as too busy, simply because of the array of information their archive provides.
To wrap it up, Globe to Globe Hamlet uses various rhetoric and certain principles of design to effectively communicate their mission to share Shakespeare with the world. I like the instantly inviting quality of their website and the interactive aspect of it which sets Globe to Globe Hamlet apart from many other Shakespearean archives. In analyzing their website as a whole, I think we can draw inspiration from Globe to Globe Hamlet in order to make our archive interactive and colorful. In doing so, hopefully we too can effectively communicate the wonders of Shakespeare with people in all corners of the world.
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