Digital Boundaries

With this issue of TheJUMP, issue 4.1, we are launching our new site design.  Over the past year we’ve been working with last year’s Managing Editor, Megan Gianfagna, and technology specialist and site designer Mike Widner, now of Stanford University, to give The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects a bit of a facelift.  In the new site we have augmented our aesthetic, added a few new features, and even increased our functionality (from our submission process to accessibility concerns).

The first project, “Digital Proliferation Around the World” by the students of Stefka Hristova’s “Introduction to Digital Media” course is a website that explores how digital media has proliferated across different time zones around the world. The second project, “S.978  Remix – Safety of the Internet” by Kevin Morton and Eli Chauvet, is a video remix that pulls from a wide range of material. The third project, “Re-Presentation: Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour” by Megan Cross, is a reimagining of a print narrative in a PowerPoint video.

Across these projects, we see topics that engage with the tensions inherent in issues of digital limits and boundaries. These projects work on and across different scales—from the global, to the national, to the personal. And the tensions these projects bring to light gesture toward the stark boundaries that both continue to separate and bring us closer together. They create a desire for closure, or contraction.