Rebecca Black Part Two

I cringed the first time I saw this music video. This song debuted while I was in high school and around the time that Rebecca Black was popular. Alison Gold is similar by age and plays on her youthfulness to produce a catchy pop song. Rebecca Black had two hit songs including “Friday” and “My…

Joseph’s Love Yourself

Joseph Vincent has been in the cover video circuit for about as long as Jason Chen has. There is something to be said about this kind of work. Both artists are Asian Americans based in California. Joseph happened to be the second male singer I listened to online after Jason. These two are celebrities along…

Recap of 2015 Songs

As the new year sets gear, reports from the previous year are in abundance. From New York City crime reports to the best moments of 2015, this is the time to reflect on the past year. Many of these memories are shared through YouTube. Videos of New Years celebrations make the front page of social…

An Alumnus on Dickinson

Q1: Describe your experience attending Dickinson. Sure. Thanks for having me here. I enrolled at Dickinson during the Fall of 2008. I was eighteen years old at the time. I was totally new to this environment. I had no idea what to expect. I knew that Dickinson had a diverse international community and I was…

A Multimodal Approach To Affirmative Action

This video takes the soundtrack from Chris Rock’s Cheese and Cracker album and interprets the skit through hand written note cards. This song is one that I listen to there and now. I think Mr. Rock has a strong take on the history of affirmative action in the United States. He begins with slavery and moves on…

Against The Current

Meet Alex Goot and Chrissy Costanza. These singers are multi talented. Much like Sam Tsui and Tiffany Alvord, this duo makes for awesome cover songs. Alex has a coarser voice while Chrissy has a more feminine one. The lead singer is Chrissy. She wears red lipstick in this video and has on dark mascara. With…

Jason Chen & His Best Friend

Jason Chen is one of the top cover artists on YouTube. He compares in popularity to Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui, Boyce Avenue, and Alex Goot. Jason is a talented Asian American singer. He has great vocal technique mixed with priceless facial expressions. With good style and personality, these traits make for a YouTube celebrity….

Reading & Writing In The Digital Environments

Digital literacy strikes many chords with both readers and writers alike. Scholars of technology and media culture have meaningful points to make regarding the use of digital environments. Richard Lanham defines digital literacy as “the ability to understand information, however it is presented” (Lanham). He adds to our understanding of literacy in the digital age…

Can You Say Sam Tsui?

One of my favorite videos by Samuel is his rendition of David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia. This cover was published more than three years ago on YouTube. Kurt Hugo Schneider both produced the music video and made the film to upload on YouTube. Sam Tsui is one of Kurt’s favorite lead singers. With Kurt working…

YouTube For The Win

My name is Shan Lin. I was born and raised in Bronx, New York. Grew up in a working class neighborhood in the northern Bronx. Attended public school up until eighth grade. For high school, I attended an independent boarding school just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Considered multiple liberal arts schools before choosing Dickinson. My…

Happy Fall of 2015!

This WordPress account came about through taking a Writing in & for Digital Environments course at Dickinson. Taught by Professor Kersh, Writing in & for Digital Environments is an English class focusing on digital writing. My reasons for taking this course includes fulfilling my Writing in the Discipline core requirement, to learn more about digital…