Week One of DS106

Well it’s Sunday, so the first week of DS106 is officially coming to an end!

This week I learned about what noir actually is. I had always known about what characteristics classified something as “noir” but I just didn’t know it. I never knew that the specific features actually came together and had a name. I think that discovering what noir really is was the most enjoyable part of this week. Not only did I just get to learn what it was, but I was given real examples that made it very clear. I’ve always been very interested by old films and other forms of media but never set aside the time to really learn about it. Now instead of viewing the work for this course as just work that I don’t want to do, I see it more as an opportunity to learn more about something that I’ve always wanted to investigate.

However, like everything else in life, when you start learning about something new, there’s always some sort of road block that just seems too massive to ever figure out. For me this week, that was the internet. I never considered myself technology-challenged until this past Tuesday. After running in circles for about 3 hours between all of the different sites, I finally waved my white flag and went to see Professor Groom for some help. Thankfully, he’s pretty much a wizard with all of this. Now that I have a basic grip on what to do, I feel more confident for the rest of this course.