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How I made my term video

In the past few months, I have been exploring the concept of social networks, why people form and join social networks, what motivates them, and how networks are formed? This was the main focus of the Managing Communication in Networks course that I am taking as a part my Masters in Communications and Technology at the University of Alberta. The main focus of the course is on Charles Kadushin’s book “Understanding Social Networks: Theories, Concepts, and Findings”. In addition to this, I was also exposed to numerous academic journals, articles, and videos about the topic. As a part of the course, my term project was to take a closer look at one of the theories that I learned and to create a short video with my thoughts about it.  I have decided to explore the “Psychological Foundations of Social Networks” chapter, as I like learning about the motivations of human behaviour.  My final video is available to be viewed below, however I want to share the steps I took in order to create this video.

  1. To manage my time better, I started by reading out loud one of my previous papers to see how long it took me. I discovered that in order to create a video of about five minutes, I had to write a 1.5 single-spaced paper.
  2. I wrote the paper and made sure it contained the main components of the assignment: summary and highlights of the reading, as well as questions I found engaging or problematic.
  3. I recorded my voice using the iPhone voice recorder.  I found it much easier to record 2-3 sentences at once, then the whole paragraph.
  4. I then added my narrated pieces into the Windows Movie Maker program, thus creating a new project.
  5. After that, I searched for images online that would resonate with my paper. Once I had the photos, I added them into the video.
  6. In places where I was quoting the author, I wrote the quotes for the viewer to see.
  7. When all the voices, pictures and quotes were in place I began to add animations, which were already programmed into the Windows Movie Maker.
  8. When the video was complete, I reviewed it to make sure there were no spelling mistakes and all animations worked well.
  9. Last but not least, I uploaded in on YouTube for you to enjoy!

I hope you found my steps easy to navigate and you will use them for your personal video projects. If you think that you know a more convenient way of created a narrated video, please let me know below.

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The Fit of The “Small World” in Communication

Kadushin describes the “small world” phenomena noting that everyone in the world is connected to each other.  He explains that there are clusters of people and communities that tend to share something in common, thus making everybody connected to each other by “six degrees of separations” (p.108). Considering this view, one may have a rather optimistic view of the world. After all, if it takes only five or six steps to be connected to someone living on the other side of the planet, this can greatly increase our ability to cooperate with each other and work together to accomplish common goals.

This is a very optimistic view, but I also think that we need to be mindful that our world is more complex, where positive interactions between people require more than just superficial communication in six steps. Even though we can potentially be connected to each other, we still cannot communicate well, due to existing cultural, religious, and political barriers. These barriers, in some cases, are overwhelming. We can all speak the same languages and connect to one another, but it does little to bridge the gaps.

With this in mind, however, we should not view the world as a dark and hopeless place. I think that in the long run, greater interconnectivity between people and the sharing of information may help bridge the gaps, but this would require sincere and honest communication. As great as it may be to live in a “small world” and to be connected to other individuals, the resolution of barriers requires more than just a text message or a phone call.

If the goal is to try and bridge the various gaps in the hopes of improving communication, we should also be mindful that barriers are part and parcel of the “small world” and that if one gap is removed another may appear. This means that as we strive to improve communication, we must recognize that this is an ongoing assignment that does not have a due date.

Kadushin, C. (2012). Understanding Social Networks: Theories, concepts, and findings/ Charles Kadushin New York: Oxford University Press, c2012.