Exercise 1: Which is the new media solution?


1. Problem: A disappearing language

Solution B

Distribute laptops with video cameras to schoolkids in the Passamaquoddy community, and ask them to record their grandparents telling stories in Passamaquoddy. Upload these to a Web site along with the grandparents’ definitions of particular words used in the story, and make these words searchable via a tag cloud.


(Many)Passamaquoddy students reaching: (many) website users.

2. Problem: Neglected ruins

Solution B

Build a Web site that allows adventurers to print stickers they can leave behind in abandoned buildings they explore. Create the stickers so they can be scanned by a mobile phone to reveal a Web site built to feature photographs taken by those explorers.


(Many) adventurers printing stickers for (Many) viewers to follow.

Anything with a website seems to be a many-many solution. The bumper sticker is a tangible artifact, increasing popularity.

3. Problem: Misunderstanding computer animation

Solution B

Create an iPad application that documents each stage of the animation process, using stills from the archeologist film as illustrations. Explain techniques such as ray tracing, motion capture, and morphing. Include links to companies that create animation software such as Autodesk.

Many-to-many; Method Utilizes: the iPad, actual archelogical film, sensors, web-access and programming, to output to the masses.

4. Problem: A broken fountain

Solution A

Repurpose the existing plumbing to irrigate a garden planted in the former fountain. Research the types of plants that would grow well together at different levels of the fountain, and meet with dining hall staff to find out what herbs or vegetables they might add to salads and other offerings. Then plant these in collaboration with the sustainable agriculture club on campus, and invite students to pick the resulting parsley, strawberries, and other fare from the garden for their lunch.

Many-to-many: Research, (Umaine) Staff, Agriculture Club and Students, helping each other to make what they do matter. Assembled like a puzzle, where everyone has a piece, it is important to collaborate(respecting all those who input), each piece laid, is a point of pride, but a reflection of faith that others can see true beauty up-close, and far-away. A lot of times, working with other, together, can be difficult, but to pause and understand what another is saying, we can strengthen our own information and skills, even if it at first seems like it doesn’t apply. We are all struggling in the same ways, but to show real, loyal relationships with another is rare…because most “give up, when the going gets tough.”