After some serious thinking, I’ve realized that my original idea for the repurposing project was too broad and contained too much information. I wasn’t contributing anything new or original to the topic I was writing about, so it seems a little soon to be thinking about remediating a project that hasn’t even solidified into an idea yet. However, my streamlined idea is to take my research paper about the Desire projects in New Orleans and use it to identify what has been continusouly misunderstood about similar problems. I am going to focus on the ways that communities are not consulted and people who believe they have a higher authority assume they know best in creating solutions. This way I am not pretending to offer a solution (and thus contributing to the same problem I want to critique), but offering a relatively unique lens about what can guarantee failure in projects meant to “help”. The following are some ideas I had for a potential remediation project:
- Interactive Website/Digital Project
- The way I’m envisioning this currently, I’m seeing a multimedia website that includes a lot of primary sources – audio and video interviews, along with pictures or clips of news articles. It would also have an interactive timeline and other interactive properties to repackage my themes and creates clearer connections between what I have written and other times where interventionist ideas can, in my opinion, be more hurtful than helpful.
- One of the themes that (I think) I’m trying to get at in my repurposed piece is outsiders vs. insiders and the affect of that dynamic on communities, specifically with regards to race, class, and location. Photography may be an interesting way to look in to these dynamics and the differences that are caused. Possibly some sort of before and after?
- The last idea I had was turning my feature article into a podcast. This way I could split up what is becoming a pretty long piece in to shorter sections that may be more accessible while incorporating many of the same files I discussed in my idea for the website.
My biggest worry for each of these is that I have no experience with these mediums and don’t really have a lot of confidence in my ability to execute them well.