During week 6 of of Art 110, our activity was to explore the app Periscope. I was extremely inspired by Tuesday’s class, when popular periscoper, Bree Olsen came and spoke. It was so interesting to hear how her life has been affected by this app and how she continues to broadcast so much of her daily life.
I used to want to be a youtube vlogger so I was very excited when it came to this project. I thought it would be similar to talk to people online and broadcast myself. It was a lot different than I had expected. My first scope was on Thursday during class, when everyone was at the galleries. It allowed me to kind of get a feel for the app as I walked around and talked to a camera. Although I had over 100 viewers that day, no one was talking to me! Or responding to anything I had said. The next time I decided to periscope was on Friday when I had gone to Robeks. After finishing my food, I turned on my camera and began to broadcast. This time I was so nervous because I was alone. During this attempt, I scoped a lot longer. I actually had people come on and ask me questions! It was pretty nerve-wrecking but I ended up having a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I got a lot of sexual comments-which I was surprised about. Some comments included “have my babies”, “I want to date you”, and other more explicit phrases…One man even offered to send me a new pair of headphones for mine which weren’t in the greatest condition. Although, I have to admit I found these comments somewhat flattering, they were not the ideal comments I wanted on my first periscope. I was not sure if some questions were of general interest or because they found me attractive. So there was that. I began the Periscope nervous and ended it nervous. A couple of times people even pointed out that I was blushing. My final scope was on Saturday at work with my coworker. Many people joined out broadcast when we were showing our faces but when we began to show around our store we got down to zero viewers! That was interesting to me.
Another part of our assignment was to watch different Periscopes! This was also something new to me as I got to view the lives of so many different people. Some scopes I got to check out included Glenn (my professors), some classmates, someone from my hometown (Pasadena), and even scopes from England and Italy! It was crazy to check out all these different types of lives people live. I really enjoyed the aspect of talking to people from so many different perspectives of life.
Overall, Periscope was such a different experience for me. Definitely not the same as youtube vlogging where you can edit out different parts of daily life. I did enjoy it and I may do it again! But I really do think everyday scoping could be difficult.