November 28th Freewrite

  • What are the affordances of maps as a genre? What does it do that other genres can’t?
    • Maps allow people to view something that they would otherwise not be able to. It is multimodal and can be presented in a variety of ways to tell a variety of different stories or fulfill a variety of different purposes.
  • What does gathering data, presenting it spatially, and creating/designing maps tell you about writing, literacy, and rhetoric, writ-large?
    • I was surprised at how much you can manipulate and use maps as an argument. I did not realize something that seems so objective is so subject to outside influence and bias. It makes me consider media that seems easy to distort in a different light as the margin for argument there is much greater than I originally thought.
  • What suggestions do you have for improving or otherwise revising this unit? (Things you’d like to see, things you’d like to do, how better to support your learning, etc.)
    • I think more examples of different kinds of maps. I think some projects were really creative and you did mention some other kinds of maps but more examples of those would have been cool. I like the map of travels Jeff did and showed the class. I wasn’t sure how I would have done that but I think it was really cool and wish I had the tools or knowledge to do something similar.

September 5th Freewrite

In the beginning of the article, the author talks a lot about current public perception of street art and graffiti. This is something I certainly echoed in my own life. I believed that street art was vandalism regardless of where it was done or its intended message. I have found some pieces better than others but for the most part believed that it all fell into one article. I think this author does a really good job of challenging that belief and forcing the reader to question their own notions. By presenting the reader with their own opinion and then systematically showing them a different better one through information and not attacking them yields the best results and the most effective argument.

Blog Post #9

  • I made a political meme that uses an image and text. I have found that many of the best most famous memes have this structure. This is how memes got their name on the internet. Also, this medium is easy to share. There is no audio required and can be taken it and understood visually. While this may be limiting in some ways, this kind of meme can reach a much larger audience with much less effort. Also, being that it covers a recent political issue that has been a topic of much scrutiny, it will hopefully be received and shared.
  • Again, my subject matter is political and more specifically considers Donald Trump’s recent comments on twitter regarding North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un. I think that while some memes that lack this kind of relevance do manage to become popular the likelihood of a meme being circulated is much greater if you have relevant and up to date content. I think Donald Trump’s remarks always get a lot of media coverage and people seem to find it an interesting talking point.
  • I decided to spread my meme through twitter. I find that many memes begin here. The purpose of using social media at all is how many people can be reached so quickly. If I were to use facebook there wouldn’t be as high of a sharing rate as there could be with twitter. It is uncommon for people to share things on facebook, however, it is very common for people to share things on twitter. Also, facebook tends to be very text heavy in the posts while twitter tends to be much more visual. Also, twitter offers a unique feature that by searching certain hashtags anyones posts can be viewed. This can reach an audience larger than just friends or followers.


Portfolio Feedback Free Write

This I feel went well. I did have somewhat of a hard time revising my blog posts only because the feedback I got in class was never really written down and the few times it was, I couldn’t find it anywhere on my site.

On the whole, there were a ton of benefits to this project. Sometimes by the middle of the semester you can get lost and kind of forget about the work that you have put out and the readings you have done. This was a great way to reengage with what I learned. The only drawback to having an opportunity to revise your work now that you have seen everyone else’s and having a chance to reflect on the work is the timing. The middle of the semester notoriously sucks. It is the worst time to be a student and this was a large project that made this week very busy. (I hope you can realize that my one critique is just me bitching about my week and not reflective of the project whatsoever. It was an excellent project).

If I had more time to revise and edit my project I would have changed somethings in my graffiti assignment as well. I knew as soon as I got your feedback and the classes feedback there are some tings that I would like to have been able to change in accordance with that feedback.

10 Minute In-Class Writing

Audio has a unique quality to share direct and tonal emotional information of the speaker. A shaky voice, a hiccup in speech, the sound of trying to hold back tears, laugher, are all things that are only expressible through sound. This gives us, within the scope of mashups and remakes a really unique opportunity to convey exact what the intended message was.

The audio that we dealt with was largely multi-tonal. It was a conglomeration of many pieces into one. When you listen to a piece like this, you get a feeling of completeness and the audio really drags you in.

While this is probably one of the easiest ways to manipulate a media and change it into something that it maybe wasn’t intended to be, we can take the principles of telling a “lie” with audio into our other forms of media as well. We can’t always trust what we hear or what we see.

I think, on the whole, the project was excellent. It allowed a lot of freedom within a confined space. There were times where you felt constrained when you needed guidance and free when you needed to be creative. I’m not sure if thats the nature of the project or how you have built it. Either way it was excellent. Audacity was my only complaint from this project. I used garage band and found it much more workable and user friendly. WavePad, Sound Forge, Adobe Audition, and MP3DirectCut are just some of the other, more user friendly editing softwares.

Blog Post #7

The graffiti assignment and the Sipyard in general is a multimodal inhospitable place. There is only one medium through which the art can be expressed. While there is great freedom in the design and color schemes, it can only be viewed. The art cannot be listened to or felt or taken in though any other medium.

I think it would be really interesting and more multimodal hospitable if, the Sipyard could take pictures of all the pieces and put them online with a music accompaniment that fits the tone of the piece and/or a full text describing the piece in an equally artsy way.

This is not retrofitting because by adding accompaniment you are not trying solely to accommodate people who cannot enjoy the piece through its initial medium. Doing this would add to the experience of the Sipyard and Graffiti as a whole. For the purpose of our class, we could include a piece of audio or text about or to compliment the graffiti piece.

This can work in a multitude of ways. It can help to amplify the piece as well as clarify what the piece’s intended take away was. I know, for my graffiti, the purpose could be taken in a variety of ways which was great as it could be connected to by pretty much anyone. However, with the addition of an audio file or a text, the purpose could be more clear and the dialogue surrounding my piece would, therefore, be deeper and more focused.

This kind of change to the graffiti assignment would not only make it more accessible across different modes, but also give larger context and depth to the piece.

Audio Manipulation Reflection

Hammer, Steven. “Writing Dirty New Media / Glitch composition.” TechnoCulture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society, Drupal, 18 Oct. 2016,

Kershbaum, Stephanie. “MultiModality In Motion.” Techno Rhetoric,