Final Digital Project Proposal

I plan to create an interactive fiction game for my final project. The game’s narrative will either focus on the narrative of erasure. The narrative will either portray the life of person growing up with a disability, the life of a child being bullied at school, or other lives that are oppressed. The story will hopefully bring attention to the difficultly others may encounter on an everyday basis throughout their lives

The purpose of this project is to narrate a simple story using animation. The audience of this piece is everyone since everyone encounters people without knowing what they go through. This will hopefully bring awareness to the hardship of other and share the message that everyone should be treated with kindness and respect.

I can see many risks that are possible with this project. I will be coding this project in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript using the JavaScript libraries jQuery. I have coded some games before but they were written in a different language. Since I have no experience with jQuery and relatively new to JavaScript I am likely to run into issues I will not know how to resolve which will hindering progress of the game. There is also the possibility that I will run out of time and not be able to finish coding this project within the month allotted. The reward of completing this game will be bringing awareness to some forgotten people. Through this game the viewer will get to walk in another person’s shoes and by experiencing some hardship they will hopefully gain some respect for their peers.

I will be using Code Academy to get the basics of jQuery and refresh my JavaScript skills. I will also be using Photoshop to create the sprites and background frames. The schedule will be difficult and tight since I am currently working on my big software engineering project. Due to my workload I am likely to use the entire month to create this game.

The outline of the upcoming weeks will be as followed:

March 27th: Learning jQuery and refreshing JavaScript

April 3rd: Setting up website on DoOO and framework of site

April 10th: Begin coding game, testing, and create artwork

April 17th: Continue coding game and testing

April 24th: Finish coding game, testing, and final touches

The game will be considered successful if the narrative is interesting to the audience and the code works with little to no bugs. The game will be considered unsuccessful if there is zero working code.

Disability Erasure

Disability erasure takes many forms in our daily lives. It comes from using foul language such as the “R” word rather than a more appropriate word. It comes from influential people mocking  disabled reporters. It comes from misconceptions and ignorance of different disabilities. It also comes from solely identifying people with disabilities as such. All these points are used to put down people with disabilities. They are dragged down to the bottom of the social food chain because they are easy targets to step on. Here begins the erasure of people living with disabilities.

Throughout history people with disabilities have labeled as social outcasts, they have been abuse and mistreated. It has even come to a point in which humans will try to abort a baby prior to their birth if a disability of any kind is detected, as if a life with a disability is not worth living. This paints a picture that the life of people with disabilities are valueless. Others who decide to keep their unborn babies then send their children off to institutions, this may be done for many reasons. Some parents may have good intentions sending there children away so that they can receive the proper medical care but not considering the other aspects of a child’s life they will be neglecting. Not only is this physical erasure it is mental. Consider the saying “out of sight, out of mind” when people living with disabilities are locked away from the rest of society.

Now online technology has come into play, it touches everyone’s lives one way or another. It allows people from around the world to connect and communicate. It allows people to create their own online identity regardless of who they are in the physical world. This both aids and hinders disability erasure. Online technology aids disability erasure in that it allows for an entirely new identity to be created online regardless of who the person is, they are then able to interact with other without the boundaries that may in the physical world. The problem with this is that it does not address attitudes towards people with disabilities. Even online, individuals are bullied for a known disability or for just being different. Essentially we erase disabilities in the online world to strive for a delusional equality even though it may increases empowerment within the community and allows for the spread of information in regards to the issue.

Sources:

  1. This is what disability erasure looks like
  2. Disabled people are viewed as social outcasts: Shifting the view from victim to advocate
  3. Valuing the lives of people with disability
  4. Donald Trump’s worst offense? Mocking disabled Reporter, Poll Finds
  5. Meryl Streep was right. Donald Trump did mock a disabled reporter
  6. Misconceptions about ADHD
  7. Disability in the fetus
  8. Disabled Kids Living Isolated Lives in Institutions