Untitled (in reference to Ferguson, Missouri)
for Digital Media 2; GIF Project
Seeing the latest news on protests in Missouri, I thought of the grassroots social media campaign people have been participating in all over that draws attention to the media’s tendency to portray black victims of police violence in a threatening or demeaning way. People post two photos of themselves that present a juxtaposition, highlighting that people are complex and cannot be stereotyped because of a selfie, their clothing on any given day, or any other superficial reason. I chose to render this very serious subject in a cutesy, 8-bit style because I thought it might surprise the viewer to find that type of content there.
For this project, we have to create a GIF every day in response to the first news story we see. The story I read to inspire this GIF is here.