Some Summarizing Stuff: Can You Paint With All The Colors of the Wind?

In article Color Walking by Phia Bennin and Brendan McMullan the two carry out an experiment attributed to William Burroughs called color walking. The duo describe it as a pretty simplistic idea to call attention to the beautiful color within the normalcy we experience day to day: “Just walk out your door, pick a color that catches your eye, and watch your surroundings pop as you follow the color from object to object. While you walk, you’ll be struck by the red of a bicyclist’s shorts, the sunburn on a woman’s shoulders, the pealing paint on the fire hydrant” (Bennin, McMullan). The two authors used a method of color walking that allowed them to change which colors directed them where and embarked on their journey. Posting a digital map allowing the reader to interact with their color catalyzed journey, the audience can see what colors pulled them where. Lastly, we’re provided with several tips to help those who chose to embark on their own color journey: “Give yourself an hour of uninterrupted time, no commutes, no errands, just eye time. Pick a color, or let a color pick you–follow the one that makes your heart go thump-thump. If you get lost, pick another color. If you get really lost, you’re on the right track” (Bennin, McMullan). This listing of directions on how to color walk further acts as a mode of interaction with digital space for the audience in addition with the virtual mapping of the authors’ color walk. This multimodal aspect of the digital sphere is what connects the audience to the article and enables that learned from this article...

Controlling Your Online Space

Melissa King’s Better Online Living through Content Moderation addresses the “anti-content control rhetoric.” In the digital age new information is constantly and consistently presented to people, especially if said people have an online presence. Features such that block and limit search results and privacy options are given to users as needed as one does not need all of said information (for various reasons.) She claims that with or without reason an online user should be allowed to control the data they are receiving. King says there is a pressure on those that use these features as some cast of a very negative view on content control. This causes people to be exposed to materials they are adverse to and even worse than that, materials that can quite literally harm some user’s health i.e. sufferers of PTSD. She then addresses some of the ways controlled content is fought. “You’re over-exaggerating, it’s really not that bad. Try not to be so sensitive.” Those statements minimize the seriousness of disorders like PTSD or anxiety. The idea being one must expose themselves to the trigger to attempt to get better. King calls this an “informal parallel to Exposure Therapy.” Internet attacks testing one’s mental health are not the same as a controlled therapy setting she says. She also notes that this kind of attack can stem from a generational disparity as millennials want to tackle tough or sensitive issues head on. People also do not understand that PTSD is not just a disorder caused my war, but an overall traumatic event. Bullying is real and prevalent in online spaces and some people really do...

Summary 5: Understanding Visual Rhetoric in Digital Writing Environments

The title of this Article is Understanding Visual Rhetoric in Digital Writing Environments written by Mary Hocks. There are  two main topics of her article one is how visual rhetoric operate in academic hypertexts. The other one is the three key terms of Visual Digital Rhetoric: audience stance, transparency, and hybridity and how each effects the transformative process. Analyzing the three terms/ hypertexts on the article Monitoring Order and the television program Xena The Warrior Princess. Visual Rhetoric also known as visual strategies is used for meaning and persuasion, its importance amplified by visual and interactive hypertext and media writing. Hypertext( non-sequential) writing is defined as the underlying concept defining the structure of the world wide web. For example, professional Anne Wysocki created a hypertext titled Monitoring Order and professional Christine Boese crafted a hypertext titled  ” The Ballad of the Internet Nutball”. Another example, is a website on the theater performance topic of colorblind produced by Spellman college students enrolled in a Shakespeare course.  Hock stated that by putting their work on the web, the students were creating ” New Knowledge For A Real Audience”. Also, since the appearance of hypertext and other new media it’s difficult to separate words from visuals or privilege one over the other Audience Stance refers to the interaction of the audience with the online piece of writing and Aristotelian concept of ethos; the audience can effect the audience interaction with the website. Transparency refers to the way in which  the outline writing resembles the culturally familiar scenes with their own conventions. Which includes print, graphic, design, film, and web pages. Hybridity refers to the way online writing mingles visual and verbal elements in its overall...

Understanding Visual Rhetoric Summary

Understanding Visual Rhetoric in Digital Writing Elements, by Mary E. Hocks, June 2003. The article talks about rhetoric and composition as digital writing elements. Writers who combine visual strategies with hypertext can create interactive rhetorical pages. “Interactive digital text can blend words and visuals, talk and text, and authors and audiences in ways that are not recognizably postmodern”(Hocks, 2) Engage an audience through interactive options by using hypertext structural agency. Hypertext offers several ways to read and interact with a document.  The idea of having graphic elements appear to the user at the moment of textural thought and get verbal reinforcement simultaneously gives a new look to rhetorical writing.  Hypertext capabilities have been around since the early 90’s. The current applications of hypertext are boundless for rhetorical writing. The integration of graphic imaging with textural content is a great teaching tool. The communication impact of an image is what movies are all about.  In some sense hypertext can be as dynamic a movie depending on the “Monitor Order” and content of the image. “The Ballard of the Internet Nutball,” by Christine Boese complements the uses of a hypertextual dissertation. “This research examined how the rhetorical visions of this culture are used to write the narratives of its ongoing existence, in a way that is increasingly independent of the dominant narratives of the television program itself.” Digital communication is instant, like being face to face, the user can send current information and easily find like minded people. Social media attracts like-minded people who gain confidence and strength in groups and form refined relationships. The refined relationship of the group develops...

Man or Woman? Who cares?!: A summary of “Making Bathrooms More Accommodating”

An image of the “idea” of unisex bathrooms “Making Bathrooms More Accommodating” was written by Emily Bazelon, where she raises awareness on to the gender discrimination against bathrooms. The the author suggests that bathrooms are “the clearest visual markers of sex difference” and not many people are open the collision of male and female bathrooms. The author references a law proposed in Houston that ruled out discrimination of any kind at any place. The opposing side of the law on the idea of men and women sharing restroom space and played on the fears of voters by promoting assault against women. Transgenders are accepted within the school districts, but they still struggle with deciding where to get undressed or use the restroom. The article talks about the experience of a high school transgender girl not being allowed to shower in the girls’ locker room and later receiving a stall with a curtain This event supports the idea of “accommodation” that the author feels presents itself as relevant when talking about accessing bathrooms. The author states that this a confusing concept to the public, because it is not the norm. Gender based segregated restrooms began in the 19th century once men felt that women were taking over their space. This concept became a social norm that people were afraid to change. The author suggests an “all-gender” restrooms to accommodate this issue and that it has the potential to be what is considered “normal”. The overall purpose for accommodating restrooms is so that a person of any gender can feel like they...

Reading Summary 2

“His & Her: Designing for a Post-Gender Society” by Suzanne Tick is an article that evaluates the depiction of gender and the influence of acceptance in this changing society. Accommodating all ‘genders’ is something all designers “should focus a critical eye on society’s issues, need to work within this discourse and help promote acceptance and change” Tick recognizes ‘design landscape’ as modernism and it being molded by male perspective. Even in history, men are seen as having power and strength whilst women are looked down upon. The dominance that men have in this society has been embedded historically in designs created to accommodate and work for them. In a world of technology, more than half being men, are often more involved and are more encouraged to work toward a more sustainable world. But after modernism, a rise in feminism occurred. In today’s news feminist are making more of a statement than ever before. Tick uses Emma Watson, an actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, as an example. She strives for men to join a movement that pushes for gender equality. The usage of this helps structure her argument for an equal society. Men have started to realize that women are more prevalent in the workplace than ever before. This changes many things. Tick states “The time is ripe for designers to start questioning how they incorporate gender sensitivity into their work.” Nowadays girls that look like boys and boys that look like girls isn’t completely bizarre. In order to recognize the changes in society in regards to gender, people have to adjust and conform. The people who don’t identify...
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