It’s the same old (challenging song): I look through the mashup assignments and find several that look exciting and challenging, but I must narrow them down to a single one that I can adapt to my theme of “Libraries and Librarianship”. Arguably, most of them can be adapted to relate at least tangentially to my storytelling topic. With this in mind, I settled on an image editing one that requires cropping and smooth editing (both of which have given me trouble in the past).
The name “Talky Tina” rang a bell when I first read the directions of the assignment, but I couldn’t remember where I’d heard it before. As soon as I googled “Talky Tina”, I slapped myself on the forehead (yes, I love Twilight Zone). The directions are to crop Talky Tina’s head onto another person/character/animal/thing.
I searched Google Images for Talky Tina and found one using the “usage rights” parameter that I could edit. I searched again for “Librarian” using the same restrictions and happened upon the photo for this Wikipedia page. What immediately struck me was the definition of “semi-profession” (paraphrasing): an occupation that requires skills and knowledge, but is not a true profession.
That last sentence made me smoke! The photo of a librarian (female, of course) associated with this page hit several anti-prejudice (chauvinism, misogyny) and professional (librarian) nerves. Based on the age of the photo, I can see it is from a time before advances in gender equality took place (with still a long way to go today). To think that my occupation was once considered “not a true profession” makes me proud to live in the present. Anger all around.
I found in one of the tutorials a tool called “Faceinwhole” that allows users to crop faces and insert new ones easily.
I decided to paste the head of “Talky Tina” on this librarian as a satirical statement on perceptions of librarianship from days past. It combines the injustice of societal and professional norms (that most people see the librarian as a non-professional little doll). However, she is much smarter than the foolish onlookers.
Now with lunapic!
Let’s try it one more time (with magic wand)!