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Blog Post #10!

December 6, 2012

The PSA project was very interesting and I had a great time working with my group on this project. Our target audience is the scholarly community and even everyday people who are interested in learning about how the times have changed. Our audience has changed drastically: I first thought we would be creating a video for students just like myself but this changed to the aforementioned audience.

Our ultimate purpose is to educate people on the fact that nowadays, you do not have to be a professional or an expert to voice your opinion. Any person ranging from a 5 year old to the president of the country can have his or her voice heard. We definitely used the rhetorical strategy of ethos by showing off our facebook, twitter, etc. to prove to the audience that we are credible and know what we are talking about when discussing these topics. We decided to emphasize ethos because if we did not have credibility, then people would not even consider what we had to say.

This project was quite challenging for me. I am not too good at iMovie and video editing so it took a while to learn and adjust to what the project was asking of me. It was also challenging to think of an idea and think of a way to effectively express this idea in a video. Through this process, I learned a TON about video/audio editing and I learned many different ways of voice expression. Looking back, I do not think I would do too much differently because I am honestly quite proud of the final project we created. I think it does what it is supposed to do which is educating the population on the differences between now and back in the day, and I think it does this fairly well.

Coming into this class, I did not have any understanding of rhetoric and in the first days of class, when we had to talk about the word rhetoric, I honestly had no idea what to say. But now, I can proudly say that my knowledge of the word and the concept has grown immensely. This class, along with this project, opened my eyes to this concept that I used everyday but had no idea what it was. I feel successful finishing this project and proud of the output!

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Minutes 12/6/12

December 6, 2012

Today in class we did an effective peer review which confirmed our thoughts that this video would be our final. After we finished our peer review, we did not have much else to do but we ended up writing out our final transcript to turn in on our presentation day and we signed up to go first for our presentation. There was not much for us to do today since we finished everything last class but we still found some work to do.

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Minutes 12/4

December 4, 2012

Today in class we noticed that in the beginning at the end of one of our clips, there would be an audio fade when there shouldn’t be. We fidgeted around with the audio for almost 30 minutes before somehow the problem was fixed. Also, in class we added the credits slide at the end and touched base with Daniel to ensure that we all knew what would be happening. We would present our video and then he would go right after us because our videos are closely related. Lastly, we uploaded our video to YouTube and made it unlisted so only people we want to see it can see it. Next class, if peer review finishes earlier than 10:00, we want to go over who will say what in the presentation and just finalize our project.

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Minutes 11/29

December 2, 2012

I want to know where you were in your project before the session

  • Before the session, we had finished up all the screen capture and the video portions of the project. 

Where you are in your project right now, as the session wraps up

  • As the session wrapped up, we finished up the project and added narration to the screen captures we had taken before the class.

What you accomplished during the session. So, tell me what footage you edited, what research you conducted, what technological mishaps you encountered, what interviews you recorded, what conversations you had, what writing you completed, what captions you created, so on and so forth

  • We used iMovie to add Maureen’s narration to the screen capture; we researched about the copyright rules that we need to know in order to add a picture or music video into our video.

Your goals for future sessions

  • We only need to integrate Daniel’s portion into the project and then we shall be done with the entire PSA!
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Blog Post #9!

November 26, 2012

The project that my group and I are doing is one that is trying to explain and show how times have changed with regards to getting your opinions heard. It used to be that only analysts and experts on certain material were able to convey their ideas but now, with new sites such as wordpress.com, Facebook, Youtube, etc., it is much easier. We will do a video that shows different sites and shows different ways of expressing thoughts. For example, we will show how easy it is to upload images onto sites such as Flickr and how easy it is to comment on videos on Youtube.

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Blog Post #7!

November 7, 2012

Re-Inventing the Possibilities was actually quite difficult to read. This is not only because I did not know where to start since there were so many options but also because I thought the content that was being discussed was difficult to understand. For example, I first clicked on the topoi link and even after reading it 2 times, I still was partly confused as to what topoi exactly was. The site did not elaborate on the definition of topoi but rather gave a list of the topoi discussed in the text. 

I encountered many commonplaces. From the list given, each of the commonplaces were seen in the website. For example, context was a big one. Right when you visit the site, you immediately know what the context is: academic literacy & new media. Another commonplace encountered is proximity. Each of the links was placed right next to each other and could be accessed simply by pressing a letter in the alphabet. 

I believe that my experience with the website is definitely different from other people’s. Everyone will have different experiences because there are so many different paths that can be traveled. 

In Hugh Burns’ video, there is a lot going on involving diction and it’s interaction with the video. The video has children and their interactions with old types of writing (typewriter) and new types of writing (cell phones). The argument, in my opinion, is that the ways in which we are writing and how we are writing is  changing drastically from generation to generation. I believe Burns invokes the topoi of sequence and designer: Sequence because there is a clear timing in between the text and the video and designer because the author’s choices clearly “[affected] certain aspects of meaning-making within a specific text” as it is said in Re-inventing the Possibilities.

Two questions I have for the class are the following:

  1. Do you think your experience of the Re-inventing the Possibilities website was hindered or enhanced by the unconventional organization of the links?
  2. Were you slightly confused with the idea of topoi after visiting the Re-inventing the Possibilities website like I was?
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Blog Post #6!

November 4, 2012

I was part of the half of the class who had to read Kahn’s “Putting Ethnographic Writing in Context.” This essay is quite significant to my own writing and research, both within and beyond this class. For example, since I am writing about a commercial involving real people and a real city, as Kahn puts it “[my] words have potentially profound consequences for the people [I] write about.” Some of the methods described by Kahn could definitely further enrich my rhetorical analysis. This is because the commercial I am focusing on highlights Chicago and conveys the message that the basketball star Derrick Rose is the heart of the city and if he is injured, the city is essentially injured. This is quite a hefty claim and if there was a group of people to communicate with, essentially a random sample, representative of the population, it would be easier to conclude and make claims agreeing with or disagreeing with Adidas’s commercial.

The methodology that I have done for my rhetorical analysis project is quite similar to the methodology ethnographers do. Though some of the steps do not apply such as writing consent forms, writing a journal, and taking field notes, the other steps such as pre-writing and writing drafts and reviewing the drafts all apply. The two steps that apply to my writing are definitely important and vital to writing a solid paper. Pre-writing is important to jot down ideas and eliminate any biases you have before you start writing and drafting is important to ensure that there are no errors that could potentially doom your paper.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed reading this paper due to not only the applications it had to my writing but also the informational aspect of the paper. It educated me about a topic I had never even heard of before and explained this topic thoroughly not missing any details.