Assignment 0 – Hello World

1. Jeremiah Evans, Class of 2018, Political Science

2. Although I’m a prospective law school applicant, I enrolled in the course because I believe a programming/web design skill set will prove increasingly valuable as our society moves toward more and more online-based content. Additionally, the cross between politics/law and internet technology is revolutionizing the way people vote and interact with the government, as evidenced by President Trump’s success with micro-targeting during the election and his current social media presence. I would love to push that intersection even further and create/experiment with e-democracy type projects or even establish a beautiful website for the average person to instantly become informed (in lay-mans terms) on the legal system, court cases and laws important to them.
3. As an elementary/middle school student, I tinkered with animating software and created quite a few of my own ‘stick-figure animations’ that I would post to various online forums and YouTube. I also created a couple of my own animation forums (using PHP I believe) providing me with the opportunity to experiment with some minimal coding. Furthermore, I used to record my own music in high school and upload it to YouTube and Facebook, so I’m quite familiar with audio recording software such as Adobe Audition.

4.
SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/) is remarkable in that it has profoundly altered the way in which musical artists (and Hip-Hop artists in particular) are able to reach a mass audience. Before SoundCloud, in order to attract the attention of a wider audience, an artist would almost be required to sign to a label in order to gain access to their mass marketing repertoire. Nowadays, even grammy-nominated artists, such as Chance the Rapper, are completely independent of labels and this is thanks to websites like SoundCloud wherein artists themselves can post their music to the platform, allowing millions of listeners to instantly have access for no cost at all. Accordingly, artists no longer need music labels with big money distribution deals or mass advertising techniques in order to develop a solid fan base. With SoundCloud, artists can literally launch themselves into stardom from a laptop in the comfort of their home without sacrificing a percentage of their profits to a label.

iCloud (https://www.icloud.com/) is a beautiful website that stores and synchronizes much of the content from your phone or laptop, onto a website that is secure and easily accessible on any device with an internet connection. Accordingly, from iCloud people have a central place wherein they may check their emails, store their photos and documents and even find their phone if it goes missing. The concept and design are equally stunning yet highly functional.

Leafly (https://www.leafly.com/) is another gorgeously designed website that is arguably ahead of its time in terms of creating and wiki-esque space for recreational cannabis users around the world to post about different strains and their effects. The website is innovative in that it treats each strain like an element on the periodic table, providing the website with a charming pseudo-scientific look that is easy and interesting to browse. Additionally, the website provides up-to-date information on legalization and decriminalization efforts across the globe, providing those who may be unfamiliar with the legal landscape surrounding cannabis, or marijuana in general, with a valuable source for educating themselves.

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