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The Wicker King, Meagan Andrus Dec 2018

The Wicker King, Meagan Andrus

Children's Book and Media Review

Jack and August are unconventional friends and have been since they were little. In high school, it seems like nothing much will change: they'll each hang out with different friend groups at school, but in the evenings they'll do homework together, eat dinner together, or explore the woods together. Despite the fact that Jack's parents are never home and August's mom is severely depressed, they are happy with their lives. But soon, Jack starts seeing things that August doesn't, things that scare him. August doesn't know what to do, so he figures the best ...


The Reality And The Perception Of Greek Life At Grand Valley State University, Katherine Smigelski Dec 2018

The Reality And The Perception Of Greek Life At Grand Valley State University, Katherine Smigelski

Honors Projects

This research was conducted in order to determine whether Grand Valley’s Greek life atmosphere is stereotypical of Greek life around the country, as portrayed in the media, or if the reality is better than the perception. 179 responses were collected from current Grand Valley State University members of Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association organizations to determine whether their reality of their organizations is accurate compared to the perception of their organizations.


Languages Of Reality, Sarah Lindquist Sep 2018

Languages Of Reality, Sarah Lindquist

Senior Theses and Capstone Projects

Spiritual and philosophic systems and constructs are embedded in the matrix of reality to explicate what cannot be known, but only experienced: Absolute Reality. Religious and spiritual traditions exist to serve as a kind of interface with ultimate reality, or, a unitive state of consciousness, by using symbolic form and language to impart teachings about the nature of reality to spiritual aspirants. The use of symbolic language is integral to these teachings because unitive states of consciousness are not possible to convey to the spiritual seeker using ordinary language; a bridge between the known and the experienced is created with ...


Beyond Flat Space: Representing Architecture In Virtual Reality, Holden Holley May 2018

Beyond Flat Space: Representing Architecture In Virtual Reality, Holden Holley

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

As architects, most of us go through years of training and experience just to read and draw plans, sections, and elevations. As students, we are taught how to read a plan and dissect the information we need to understand the spatial relationships. There are many times, however, that a plan doesn’t really tell us what experiencing this space is like. And how is the untrained client supposed to understand how this space really works? Isn’t that our job as architects, to represent our designs well enough to our clients that we communicate to them everything necessary for understanding ...


The End Of The Triad:Morality, Reality, And The Ideal Deterrent, Jeffrey A. Zink May 2018

The End Of The Triad:Morality, Reality, And The Ideal Deterrent, Jeffrey A. Zink

Naval War College Review

Since the closing days of the World War II, we have witnessed an evolution of the national nuclear deterrence strategy. From the early days of Massive Retaliation, born of our nuclear monopoly, we have seen the strategy pass through stages of Mutual Assured Destruction, Flexible Response, and a graduated scale of destruction sufficiency. But today’s radically altered geopolitical environment calls for a radically altered deterrent strategy.


Why I Want To Become An Imagineer: Building An Experience, Paul Debaun May 2018

Why I Want To Become An Imagineer: Building An Experience, Paul Debaun

All Theses

Journey to Proxima Centauri is an immersive VR experience where the user takes on the role of a special operative sent to uncover the mystery of the missing androids. The experience design is inspired by Disney Imagineering, and the experience story is inspired by the early 20th century adventures of Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic journey. We explore what it means to be human and what the value of life is through immersive storytelling. The production of this experience spanned over 9 months and involved the talents of 18 people. The experience was built in Unreal Engine and uses a custom-designed ...


An Investigation, Development, And Application Of Lighting Design For Virtual Reality Using Unreal Engine, Sarah Lydia Ann Martin May 2018

An Investigation, Development, And Application Of Lighting Design For Virtual Reality Using Unreal Engine, Sarah Lydia Ann Martin

All Theses

Humanity has used lighting for millennia to chase away encroaching darkness, to increase the power of narrative, and to enhance the appeal and mood in crafted en-vironments. Theater, cinema, and architecture, among other fields, have developed, applied, and refined concepts of using light as a directed tool, but the relatively young field of virtual reality has not yet developed rigorous conventions. This thesis doc-ument describes work in investigating, developing, and applying designs for lighting conventions in virtual reality. Traditional artwork, photography, cinema, video-game, and environment lighting are considered and used to extrapolate concepts for lighting within virtual-reality applications. The developed ...


Rwu First Amendment Blog: David Logan's Blog: Media Centralization Imperils Marketplace Of Ideas 04-05-2018, David A. Logan Apr 2018

Rwu First Amendment Blog: David Logan's Blog: Media Centralization Imperils Marketplace Of Ideas 04-05-2018, David A. Logan

Law School Blogs

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Uncovering The Lost Knowledge Of The Imagination In Films, Seda, Daniel A. Jan 2018

Uncovering The Lost Knowledge Of The Imagination In Films, Seda, Daniel A.

Journal of Conscious Evolution

Films have forever changed the way in which humans perceive reality and have provided significant opportunities to spread knowledge in ways that are both entertaining and deceptive. Uncovering the lost knowledge of the imagination shifts an individual’s perceptions of a shared experience and exposes film’s persuasive power to penetrate the psyche. This paper explores the constitutions of reality and how humans are able to tap into other realms of consciousness through mediums of creative expression. Topics such as the origins of life, the hidden knowledge of secret societies, and the burgeoning full disclosure movement for truth are discussed ...


The Construction Of Truth In Fiction: An Analysis Of The Faux Footage Genre In Television, Samantha Richards Jan 2018

The Construction Of Truth In Fiction: An Analysis Of The Faux Footage Genre In Television, Samantha Richards

Scripps Senior Theses

This paper explores the way that “truth” is constructed in a fictional sphere through visual and narrative references. I draw upon Caetlin Benson-Allott’s Paranormal Spectatorship, and Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin’s Remediation to inform my analysis of these constructions. I look specifically at Roanoke, the sixth season of American Horror Story, to provide examples of the way faux footage horror’s unique use of the subjective shot constructs the spectator as both a witness and an interrogator, and creates an aesthetic language of truth. While being immersed in the story, viewers are simultaneously invited to consider how ...


On The Borders Of The Document: Trip To Turakia, Sabine Roux, Caroline Courbieres Dec 2017

On The Borders Of The Document: Trip To Turakia, Sabine Roux, Caroline Courbieres

Proceedings from the Document Academy

Analysis of documentary boundaries through the study of a set of documents related to the French Theater Company Turak. We describe as artistic documents the different documents that circulate during the creation of a play. There is an initial documentary collection comprised of the documentation for the performance on which the company relies to stage the play itself. At different stages of artistic creation, the company designs documents that are useful for the pursuit of creative reflection. The theater company also develops documents aimed at promoting the play for professionals and the public. Finally, the spectators also produce many documents ...


Facebook As A New Media - Cultural And Communication Phenomenon Of Globalization, Liljana Siljanovska Oct 2017

Facebook As A New Media - Cultural And Communication Phenomenon Of Globalization, Liljana Siljanovska

UBT International Conference

The Internet social communication is a supplement and extension of the traditional social behavior. It has been proven that the more individuals in communicative realities are connected, communicate tete-a-tete, they more commonly use other media for mutual communication, including Internet social communication. In fact, the new media, or social networks, upgrade traditional social behavior without having to increase or decrease it. The term "reality" is increasingly virtualized and falls under the influence of the media that is expressing the multifunctionality that gives dimension, shape and transforms the public. The theoretical reorganization of space and time generalizes the communication content and ...


The Essentials Of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality Through The Biblical Story (Book Review), Jamin Hubner Jun 2017

The Essentials Of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality Through The Biblical Story (Book Review), Jamin Hubner

Pro Rege

Reviewed Title: The Essentials of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality Through the Biblical Story. Olson, Roger. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. 256 pp. ISBN: 978-0310521556.


Time Passing: Image Of Reality And Reality Of Image, Yihuang Lu May 2017

Time Passing: Image Of Reality And Reality Of Image, Yihuang Lu

Graduate School of Art Theses

This thesis examines how my practice addresses the subjective and metaphysical nature of the photographic and cinematic medium. Neither the assumed objectivity of a camera lens nor the objective reality suggested by the photograph exists. However, for me, the camera perceives the world by itself, subordinated to the photographer’s subjective interpretation. Along with my photographic/cinematic practice, this thesis examines how the camera perceives the world on its own way and how the audience member’s ultimate perception is formed not only by his or her personal experiences, but also by the camera and the photographer’s perceptions. Using ...


Constructed Reality: A Study In Spatial Perception Through Virtual Reality, Jose P. Rodriguez May 2017

Constructed Reality: A Study In Spatial Perception Through Virtual Reality, Jose P. Rodriguez

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

Architecture often begins explorations that lead into various modes of end products. These modes of production and representation could often embed traces that shape the outcome of the design. In his book, “Architectural Representation and The Perspective Hinge.”, Alberto Perez Gomez says that “Architects do not produce Buildings but instead produce images of buildings.” These representational images are an expression of an idea or design. Historically, representation began in static two-dimensions. By bridging into digital environments, these representations become more dynamic. As computing power increases and software broadens, the use of virtual reality environments and immersion simulations are becoming more ...


An Affordable Vr Environment, Matthew R. Petty Jan 2017

An Affordable Vr Environment, Matthew R. Petty

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Virtual Reality is a powerful technology with the ability to affect our senses in powerful ways. Traditionally used for entertainment, we argue that it can be used for educational purposes as well. In order to get virtual reality into the classroom, we must address its cost and portability, as well as improve the interaction that users experience with the virtual environment. Our solution, a Unity program installed on an iPhone and a Mac, attempts to solve these issues. A technical demo was created that functions and can be interfaced with. While this solution is a proof of concept, its consequences ...


Prince Myshkin As A Tragic Interpretation Of Don Quixote, Slav N. Gratchev Phd Dec 2016

Prince Myshkin As A Tragic Interpretation Of Don Quixote, Slav N. Gratchev Phd

Slav N. Gratchev

Surprisingly, although virtually no one doubts Dostoevsky’s profound and direct indebtedness to Cervantes, and the Quixote–Myshkin identity is obvious, no one has ever mentioned or analyzed how Myshkin, the character more dialogically elaborate and versatile, turned out to be more limited in literary expressivity than his more “monological” counterpart. The focus on this essay is the question of what weakened the realness of Dostoevsky’s favorite hero, and what negatively affected his literary answerability.


Thesis Inquiry & Process: Something About Reality, Blayke Mackenzie Morrow Dec 2016

Thesis Inquiry & Process: Something About Reality, Blayke Mackenzie Morrow

Theses

This thesis documents the employment of a system of Process and Inquiry as it serves as a structural foundation for an investigation of the manner in which Reality is represented in visual portraiture. Through a vigorous exploration of the concept of Reality and its singular nature, it is hypothesized that intrinsically unique experiences could potentially be communicated through the perceptive abilities of the emotional quotient. The effects of media, timing, complexity, abstraction, and authenticity are examined for their effect on the apparent clarity of concepts transmitted in this manner. The inquiry ultimately manifests in the daily creation of self-portraiture, as ...


The School Of Constructed Realities, Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby Oct 2016

The School Of Constructed Realities, Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

Today we visited a new school of design developed specifically to meet the challenges and conditions of the 21st century. It offers only one degree, an MA in Constructed Realities. Having sat through the presentations for the open day, we were still a little unclear about its distinctions between real realities, unreal realities, real unrealities and unreal unrealities... (Article originally written for Maharam Stories, with permission to reprint)


Poe's Entangled Fiction: Quantum Field Theory In "The Colloquy Of Monos And Una" And "The Mystery Of Marie Rogêt", Jean A. Little Jun 2016

Poe's Entangled Fiction: Quantum Field Theory In "The Colloquy Of Monos And Una" And "The Mystery Of Marie Rogêt", Jean A. Little

All Theses and Dissertations

When seen among the constellation of Edgar Allan Poe's works culminating in Eureka, "The Colloquy of Monos and Una" and "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt," take on an important role as vehicles for scientific contemplation. Similar to early quantum physicists, such as Einstein and Schrödinger, Poe uses macro-level analogies to explore the unity of individual entities, which becomes an important tenet of his explanation of the universe. His thought experiments also resemble those of modern physics in their approach to reality as probabilistic, an idea that finds its echo in quantum field theory, which distinguishes between observed particles and ...


Other Wildernesses, Other Realities | A Framework For Shrinking Cities, Alyssa Goraieb May 2016

Other Wildernesses, Other Realities | A Framework For Shrinking Cities, Alyssa Goraieb

Architecture Senior Theses

This thesis is an experiment to imagine the possible realities that emerge from a redefining of the "idea of wilderness".

Wilderness is an idea.


Its definition is slippery. It is neither a physical place nor a state of being (as the "-ness" suggests). Wilderness is a human construct defined by varying cultural and social attitude. This fluid meaning drove numerous paradigms throughout American history - from eighteenth century romanticism's sublime doctrine to today's environmentalism.

Inspired by past American paradigms, this thesis invents five other wilderness ides that exist as a parallel alternatives to our own. Each produces a representation ...


Perceiving The Reality Of Time, Leslie M. Murray Apr 2016

Perceiving The Reality Of Time, Leslie M. Murray

Honors Theses

The careful consideration of human perception through our lived experience reveals that time is something real. We perceive the reality of time through the nature of our “being” and how beings themselves are intricately connected to one another through temporal and special relationships. Perceiving time as experientially real is fundamental to the reality we experience. Hence, the fabric of space and all things; past, present, and future must be included as the foundational prerequisite form of all reality itself if we are to generate a theory of reality at all. By using our perception to examine both scientific and metaphysical ...


Folklore, Stories, And Truth, Rebekah Hartshorn Apr 2016

Folklore, Stories, And Truth, Rebekah Hartshorn

All Student Publications

An exploration of Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story through the lens of the academic discipline of Folklore. Where is the line between reality and imagination? Stories are true because they influence lives and people interact with them. Many stories believed to be true have origins that are lost to time and their truth is questionable at best. However, when an audience interacts with a story, the story begins to exist within the timeline of the audience members’ lives. The story becomes part of the truths that they live.


The American Dream: Fantasy Or Reality?, Ellie Quick Apr 2016

The American Dream: Fantasy Or Reality?, Ellie Quick

English Class Publications

“Rags to Riches”; “Home of the Free”; “Land of Opportunity.” For centuries, the idea of the American Dream has been engrained into the ideology of many Americans in the United States and a faraway dream for those wishing to be a part of it. The idea of anyone, rich or poor, being able to freely achieve his or her dreams and pursue happiness became enticing to not only colonists coming to the New World and immigrants wishing to leave their home countries, but as the country developed, also to individuals living in the United States. The concept of the American ...


What Is Really Real?, Shirley Freed Apr 2016

What Is Really Real?, Shirley Freed

Journal of Applied Christian Leadership

"and isn’t that the challenge of our times? to know reality for ourselves and not just act out a script that others expect from us? With every issue of JACL, we ask ourselves, “are we portraying reality?” Will our readers recognize their situation in the articles we accept? this issue is no different."


The Lives And Deaths Of Flora Mac-Ivor And Rose Bradwardine: Romance And Reality In Sir Walter Scott's Waverley, Monica D. Allen Mar 2016

The Lives And Deaths Of Flora Mac-Ivor And Rose Bradwardine: Romance And Reality In Sir Walter Scott's Waverley, Monica D. Allen

All Student Publications

In Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley, Scott presents the problem of romance versus reality. He does this by personifying romance and reality through Flora Mac Ivor and Rose Bradwardine. Flora, with her passion, represents romance. While Rose, a more mellow character, represents reality. Waverley finds that he must choose between them. Rose is a “kindred spirit” to him, while Flora resembles “one of his daydreams.” They embody these ideas through a physical location. Flora’s location is the romantic Scottish Highlands, and Rose’s location is simply her father’s home. Besides location, the figurative deaths of Flora and Rose ...


Easter Morning And New Realities: To Be Made Alive Together With, Aaron Baart Mar 2016

Easter Morning And New Realities: To Be Made Alive Together With, Aaron Baart

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"You and I were made alive together with Christ. So when he was raised from the dead, so were we. When he conquered sin and death, and hell, and all its final implications, in a very real way, so did we."

Posting about celebrating new life in Christ from In All Things - an online hub committed to the claim that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has implications for the entire world.

http://inallthings.org/easter-morning-and-new-realities-to-be-made-alive-together-with/


Spiritual Discipline And Psychological Dream-Work: Some Distinctions, Philip Novak Mar 2016

Spiritual Discipline And Psychological Dream-Work: Some Distinctions, Philip Novak

Philip Novak

"The world's great religious traditions and spiritualities commonly contain two essential elements. The first doctrine, a distinction between the Real and the unreal; the second is method, a way for human consciousness to concentrate upon the Real. 'Prayer' and 'yoga' are probably the two most inclusive generic terms coming under what I here designate as method. they are ways that human beings, in their living consciousness, endeavor to lessen the existential 'distance' between themselves and ultimate Reality. For the purpose of this essay, let us group those psychotransformative strategies known to religious traditions under the common heading of 'contemplative ...


Being Grateful For My "Stupid Little Life": Why We Need Movies, Jason Lief Feb 2016

Being Grateful For My "Stupid Little Life": Why We Need Movies, Jason Lief

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"More and more I’m convinced the current cultural paradigm leaves us too thin. The practical and objective approach to reality doesn’t attend to the complexity and mystery of the created world; it doesn’t attend to the complexity and mystery of our humanity."

Posting about how movies help make sense of our experiences from In All Things - an online hub committed to the claim that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has implications for the entire world.

http://inallthings.org/being-grateful-for-my-stupid-little-life-why-we-need-movies/


Delivering Sustainable Building Projects - Challenges, Reality And Success, Haleh Rasekh, Timothy J. Mccarthy Jan 2016

Delivering Sustainable Building Projects - Challenges, Reality And Success, Haleh Rasekh, Timothy J. Mccarthy

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences - Papers: Part A

This research concerns the delivery of sustainable building projects. These projects are defined as those which either attempt to achieve green ratings or are claimed to address certain sustainability issues. A key focus is to examine how the client's vision for sustainability is achieved or compromised by the practicality of construction. Two sustainability rating systems, the Australian Green Star and the Living Building Challenge from the U.S. are discussed. This research examines two projects; one university multipurpose building (SMART Infrastructure Facility); and an advanced research facility, the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). The methodology used is semi-structured interviews ...