Cody Pederson’s Other Side

Audio Story 2

NORMAN: To fit into the versatile Omaha music scene, many musicians play in more than one band. Often, they vary in genre or style. Cody Pederson, the clean vocalist and bassist for Devil in the Details, performed an acoustic set at Lookout Lounge November 10.

PEDERSON: What inspired me to do an accoustic performance is I just love light music and like singing a lot so I figured why not? It’s going to help me play and sing at the same time to help me play more technical bass parts for the band.

NORMAN: With a set consisting of both originals and covers ranging from Sia to 21 Pilots, Pederson opened the night’s show to a crowd that included both his family and bandmates.

PEDERSON: My whole family came and they were pumped. My favorite part was everyone that came.

NORMAN: While the support and practice is beneficial, Pederson does not plan on taking it fulltime.

PEDERSON:  Whenever I get an offer or anything. I like to go downtown to The Hive and play some acoustic songs. It’s just going to be an every now and again. I’m not going to release an EP or anything, but I recorded two songs just because Jeremy Schaeffer at All Poetic Audio wanted to try it out.

NORMAN: Pederson’s music will be accessible online.

Pederson: I will be making a YouTube channel. That’s what it will be on. I’m just going to give it out to people.

Norman: For the rest of 2015 Pederson will be touring outside of Nebraska with Devil in the Details. They will not be performing in Omaha until next year.

For the UNO School of Communication, I am Sarah Norman.

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Democratic Debate Live Tweet

Live tweeting the Democratic Debate was a new adventure for me. I tried to do the Twitter thing a few years ago and just never got into it. I’ve used it for contests so I did have one, but it remains inactive. I prefer Facebook because I am a clutter girl. I do not like word limits or any limits, really. It was fascinating to have a platform where I could refresh a feed and see a group of people talk about one thing. To be able to watch something and see immediate and relevant feedback among people I am connected to (even if only for a semester) was actually kind of cool.

I liked all the feedback. I thought it would be hard to come up with 20 tweets, but they came easily. I wasn’t sure how professional to be, but I tried to keep my grammar correct and my opinions appropriate. I did not like that you can’t edit tweets. (Or maybe you can, but I didn’t know how?) I thought about just deleting the one I wanted to edit and repost it correctly, but by that time it isn’t relevant.

I think it helps if you pay attention to what is going on in the feed. Maybe not have a conversation per say, but to pick up on what other people are feeling and even respond in a way.

I don’t know if I will live tweet anything again, but I will definitely be watching some. I think it’s a great way to be connected to news and society. Even if we wanted to ignore the social medias, I think that hinders what we can communicate and figure out. They can be a great tool that is so accessible.

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A Reflection

This class was a considerable challenge for me. I loved the hybrid structure because it gave time for face to face conversation, but also allowed me to do half of the class at a time that worked best for me. Since I work full time at one job, part time at another, and go to class full time, a hybrid structure is ideal for me.

I came into this class with no prior knowledge of any program we used. InDesign was fun to use, but I didn’t quite have the hang if it. Photoshop was probably the easiest for me to figure out and I had a good time creating the collage and exploring the standing reserves in my field. Premiere Pro looked like something I personally would never use, but had interesting options. I’m not a big fan of group work, but my group divided the work load well. Dreamweaver was hard for me to learn, but the more I played around the more I figured out. My understanding of all the programs is small, but I feel like I know so much more now then I did at the beginning.

The readings were complex and stimulating. The textbook was very straightforward. I never thought about digital literacy before. It is such an understood idea that I never even thought about it. This class has been eye-opening. I like that all of the students had such different backgrounds. It made the blogs more interesting because everyone has such a unique perspective.

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Manovich

I have enjoyed access to such compelling readings. I think it is interesting that the text book is so easy to understand, but the additional readings are so complex. I think our textbook authors do a fantastic job at translating digital literacy(/ies) in a simple, almost conversational way.

I actually wanted to be an English major for a while. Honestly, Journalism isn’t a far stretch, but it is different in its approach to reading and writing. I love to read articles and books that most people (definitely including myself) cannot fully grasp in one sitting or read through. Manovich’s work required some extra attention from me. It wasn’t something I could scan or just read with my morning coffee.

The idea of “remediating” stood out to me. To view the human-computer interface as “borrowing and reformulating” both the past and present. I think that is very true, and true to technology and humans in general. So, it would make sense that it applies to the combination. It reminds me of the Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, quote: “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”  And then the chameleon analogy tops it off, how the human computer interface changes in response to how it is used. Technology and people alike adapt to their surroundings and are influenced beyond what I think we even imagine.

The last tiny section about the screen and the user is a great nod to the “oldies but goodies”. It is important to be humble about innovation. Sure, this new great thing may be developed, but it was developed with another great past innovation in mind. Most likely, the new innovation would have been impossible without the old. To pay respects to what came first usually pays off. Understanding  and appreciating what came before is the best way to create something to enhance it. If you try to create something without researching what you are moving forward with, I think it would be less likely to find success.

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