Built Environment Analysis: Atlanta and Gentrification

Atlanta Skyline from Buckhead.     Atlanta, the most populous city and also the U.S. state of Georgia’s economic and cultural nucleus, arose out of the ashes of the Civil War in 1837. Located at the end destination to two major railroad lines Atlanta was quickly established as a metropolis hub. The city of Atlanta, although diverse with heavy spacial connotations of hip-hop culture, trap culture, and  the civil-rights movement and other aspects of specifically black, minority culture, promotes the gentrification and thus the evanescence of a primary characteristic of the city’s rhetoric via neighborhood rehabilitation. Atlanta is also known colloquially as the “capital city of black america” or “black mecca” and this is particularly because of its status as as a hub for black productivity especially in terms of culture. In fact, 80 percent of Georgia’s African-American population is concentrated in the Atlanta Metro area. Atlanta’s accretion of African-Americans can be directly attributed to the prevalence of the slave trade in Antebellum South. In 1850 the city of Atlanta had 493 enslaved blacks and 18 free-blacks. By the year 1870 African-Americans comprised 46% of the total population of Atlanta (21,700) this ratio of blacks to other races remained steady well into the 19th century. In accordance to the prevalence of African-Americans in the city, aspects of African-American culture were and are still today heavily associated, rhetorically, with the city. Hip-Hop and Trap culture and the Civil-Rights movement all are major characteristics of African-American culture and Atlanta alike. The commonality between the two subcultures and the historical movement combatting Jim Crow south is that they are exemplary of the African-American...

Campus Shooting: Georgia State University’s Rhetoric as an Inner City Institution Analysis

The moon Illuminating Piedmont North Dorms on the night of the shooting. When I first received my acceptance letter to Georgia State, I was tentative about attending school here this being due to the fact that safety concerns are a huge part of the spacial rhetoric for Downtown Atlanta and subsequently- Georgia State has. With the biased lens of a 18 year old girl who grew up in a predominantly upper class, white suburb section of Los Angeles county, Georgia State seemed scary. In what ways does a city with: “a violent crime rate of 1,433 per 100,000” (Forbes) really manipulate the rhetoric behind a leading research university located in it’s heart? An example of this manipulation can be easily found- stemming from a drug related shooting that occurred on campus- just days ago. It was nine o’clock at night when I was walking back into my dorm. Earphones in and desperately wanting a shower after doing my hour and a half at the gym I rushed upstairs- completely unaware of what was occurring in the parking lot directly behind me. At 9:00 on Monday night, March 21st 2016, Georgia State Freshman, Bryan Rhoden and Shelton Torance Flournoy (who does not attend GSU) got into a drug related altercation in the parking lot of the Piedmont North Dorm building that resulted with both Rhoden, and Flournoy shot in the chest and rushed to Grady Hospital. Police in Piedmont Dorm parking lot the night of shooting. As I observed the aftermath of the shooting (consisting mostly of bewildered residents of the dorm and policemen with blue lights flashing in the...

Digital Environment Description: Noisey Atlanta Episode 1

Opening Scene of Noisey Atlanta Video When Noisey Atlanta Episode 1 is typed into the YouTube search bar, a gray screen with a frowning box prompts the viewer to “sign into your account to confirm age- some of the content in this video may be inappropriate for children under 18.” When I sign into my account confirming me to be age 18 or over, YouTube automatically redirects me to the Noisey Atlanta-Welcome to the Trap- Episode 1 page. All along the right hand side of the page, the following episodes in the Noisey Atlanta Series are displayed for choosing, along with some other Noisey series and other videos from similar modern publications such as Vice.com. After some buffering, the video plays and the mise-en-scène (a French term that means “placing on stage, in film meaning the arrangement of everything that appears in the framing – actors, lighting, décor, props, costume) is instantly set. Nosey journalist Thomas Morton stands superimposed in front of a highway connector with Downtown Atlanta slightly out of focus in the background. The video cuts away to an birds eye view of “Spaghetti Junction” ,the series of interconnected and overlapping interstates and highways Atlanta is known for, with a heavy trap beat playing in the background. Thomas Morton is shown walking into a house with yellow tinged plaster on the outside and iron bars covering the doors and the windows. A black man decorated with chains and a black baseball cap on his head is stirring a pot on an electric gas stove. White lettering in the bottom left hand corner of the video gives a name...

Actually An Annotation: Digital Media Data Analysis Faux Pas

Brown, Ammon. “Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes in Digital Media Data Analysis.” Search Engine Watch Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes in Digital Media Data Analysis Comments. SearchEngineWatch.com, 05 July 2011. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. Ammon Brown, a professional internet marketer with a veritable cornucopia of digital media skills and a self proclaimed former Googler, startup veteran, shoddy programmer, SEO and SEM nerd, all around generalist in the digital space by day and by night carouser and stand up comedian writes in his article “By understanding the caveats of digital media data analysis and examining relationships carefully, media planners and buyers can launch and manage better performing campaigns with accurate, proven results” (Brown). Brown heavily relies on his primary sources and general knowledge on the topic as a professional internet marketer in composing this article, his professional occupation reinforcing his ethos. His purpose is to inform companies on how to more efficiently analyze and market to consumers via digital media. The intended audience are companies who utilize digital marketing to reach their consumers and those with interest in digital analysis data and how it can be applied in beyond the virtual world and into reality.This is useful because it notifies business of how they are making mistakes in reaching their consumers to generate business growth, it also works to notify consumers of what business tactics are being utilized to gain profit by major businesses, and it aids researchers of digital analysis and users of the internet how to change their digital rhetoric to reach a broader audience or bring a positive digital...

Actually An Annotation: Act Like A Student, Analyze (Video) Like A Teacher

Lee, Joon Sun, Herbert P. Ginsberg, and Michael D. Preston. “Analyzing Videos to Learn to Think Like an Expert Teacher.” Beyond the Journal, July 2007. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. Joon Sun Lee is assistant professor of early childhood education at Hunter College of the City University of New York, Herbert P. Ginsburg a professor of psychology and education at  Columbia University, and Michael D. Preston of CCNMTL, executive director of NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education “describe and discuss our experiences as university researchers integrating videos into courses on early childhood mathematics education in their paper, Analyzing Videos to Learn to Think Like an Expert Teacher. The authors relied heavily on primary sources like their personal experiences as researchers integrating videos into courses for childhood, conducting their own studies and recording their own information from said experiments. Their purpose in writing this article is to exhibit the positive effects of integrating videos into the mathematic curriculum of young children and to promote the integration of videos into common curriculum. The intended audience are those researching the effect of the introduction of digital spaces or rhetoric, including video, into curriculum and other teachers or professors. This article is useful because it exhibits first hand evidence of the usefulness of integrating digital rhetoric and/or spaces into early childhood curriculum, resulting in the advancement of analysis skills for the kids introduced. The article is useful to researchers, teachers, and kids who would benefit from integration or analysis of videos to improve analyzation...
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