All media and no meeting makes the mind distant


By Lauren Piccioni
Pulse Student Director

In the past six weeks, the digital media seniors have been producing their capstone project called, Immersion.  Amongst the seven seniors, the capstone project encompasses a diverse range of skill sets including: audio-visual, architecture, graphic design, marketing, social media, and digital programming.

The slogan of the project, “All media and no meeting makes the mind distant,” is the driving force behind Immersion.  The seniors believe that because media has become prevalent in society, it is necessary to step outside of it and understand its influence on community. Instructor of the course, Professor David Kasparek, said, “[They’re] using digital media to expose digital media’s hidden nature in our lives.” The students’ hope is to educate their audience on the separation that media can cause through their project.

Immersion is an enclosed video installation that will seek to exaggerate digital culture and draw attention to society’s fascination with technology.  The hand-built structure will display four separate video segments as part of the two to three minute digital experience.  Regarding Immersion, Kasparek said, “It’s stepping outside by stepping inside.”

Frances Miller, one of the digital media seniors involved in the project, said, “It’s been awesome collaborating with the other seniors in my major! We didn’t know about all of the different knowledge we each brought to the table.  It’s been really cool to see where this project has gone since our initial brainstorming.  I’m excited to have something big to show for the digital media major.”

On Dec. 1, the Student Government Association Leadership Council will facilitate a panel discussion regarding the student body’s use of social media. Students and faculty are invited to experience Immersion on Dec. 4 and 5 in the Larsen Student Union.

To follow project updates or for more information, follow the students’ Facebook page: Messiah College Senior Digital Media Majors.


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