TODAY1)Icebreaker2)Reflective memo: what’s up with that?3)Reflective memo: write that4)Upload That: Niihka5)Inquiry 2 introduction/discussion6)Visual Rhetoric in brief7)Homework
ICEBREAKER Easy icebreaker again today. Say your name. Obviously. Then answer this question: what’s the first thing you look forward to doing when your academic week is over and the weekend starts?
REFLECTIVE MEMOAs the syllabus says, and as I have repeated a fewtimes, each submission in this class should include awriter’s memo. This should be an informalletter, written by you, to me, about the project.Some projects will have their own specialquestions, but generally speaking, you’ll need toanswer three things.They are on the next slide. I will leave it upas we write.
MEMO Things to put in your memo: 1) Anything you want me to know before I grade— think of it as your chance to put an idea in my head.2) Describe the process you went through writing the essay– did you work a bit each night, all at once, where did you write, for how long, in what conditions, etc. In other words, think about the actions/practices you undertook. 3) You should explain why you made the major choices you made. 4) You should share what you think is strongest and weakest in the draft as it is. 1) And, for fun, tell me what grade you’d give yourself.
AND NOW… NiihkaPlease now make sure you have your essay and yourmemo saved.For my sanity, please name your essay your last nameand the number 1 (e.g. mine would bealexander1.doc). Name your memo your last nameand memo1 (alexandermemo1.doc).Have those files in a location you know how toaccess– I recommend the desktop.Login to Niihka.
When you get logged in to Niihka, pick the tab for our class.
Then, from the menu down the left side of the screen, pick “drop box” It’s about halfway down
Once on the next screen, you want toclick where it says “add” and scroll to “Upload files.”
You then use the “browse” button to locate and attach files. Make sure you also use the “add another file” choice so you can upload your memo as well.
When both of your files are set to upload,click the “upload files now” button. And… you should have success.
And now… Let’s talk about Inquiry Two. In this inquiry, we will push much more on doingrhetorical analysis work. Remember– as I said in someof my responses on Tumblr and have said in class– we have a lot of rhetoric to learn. You are not expected to be masters yet. Think about this as a time period wherein you are building a tool set. You wouldn’t go to the toolbox and get the hammer to fix any/every problem. Rhetoric is the same way. But first– let’s discuss the prompt.
To transition…… I wanted to make sure that since the assignmentallows for non-alphabetic texts as your objects ofinquiry, I wanted to give you a little taste of somethingmuch newer than the Greek based ideas we’ve beentalking about.It’s time for a very quick look at visual rhetoric.
We don’t lose Any of the stuff we’ve talked about already just because we move to looking at something visual. What does happen, however, are some subtle changes. It becomes about learning to look with the sort of critical eye that we are learning to read with. There are many tools for this as well.For now, I want to start you off with a relatively simple but powerful trope to add to our current set of considerations: symbolism.
SYMBOLISMUsing an object or action thatmeans something other than itsliteral meaning.*later on in the semester we will complicate this with a bit ofsemiotics, but for now think of it alongside what we discussed lastclass*
Symbolism… is a big part of visual rhetoric. Visual rhetoricalscholars seek to understand the meaning made by,appeals and arguments made by, and the betterutilization of visual media. In other words they readand write with images (at least in part) and apply thesame scrutiny that we have, thus far, applied totexts/speech.The slides today contain art by the graffiti artistBanksy. We will talk more about Banksy later in theterm, but for now, here’s a couple quick piecesof his work.
What do thesepieces appearto “say?”What’s up withthis Banksydude, anyway?
Banksy & Symbolism The most obvious symbol here is the semi-recurrent rat, but one of the things (other than the rat) that Banksy is famous for is juxtaposing things that don’t seem to go together (like the kids with the balloonstanding on the pile of guns, the Native American with the trespassing sign, etc.)His work can be a little on the nose. Like the previous slide. Let’s look at some other images, looking specifically for symbolism.
Is the message here really “you can fish for a baby with a soggy dollar?”X What might the baby and the dollar symbolize? Might we see other tropes here?
If anyone here watchedthe FOX showDollhouse, maybe youcan explain to us what itwas about and why wesee the lead actor herestanding with a storemannequins.What’s going on here?
Isn’t that K-Fed’s ex-wife?Why is she dressedlike that dude fromMemphis. Oh, whatwas his name…
And now…Let’s do a little writing. On the next slide aretwo different posters for a relatively famousmovie. I’d like you to pair up and take a fewminutes– using anything we’ve discussed inany of our class meetings so far andanything you’ve gotten from the readings– todo a rhetorical analysis of one or theother, explaining in your analysis why youthink it is the better of the two to sell themovie to audiences.
HomeworkFor Tuesday:Read for class: Zane on Hunger Games. *it’s linkedfrom the inquiry 2 assignment sheet*Forum Prompt: It’s week three. Post three thingsyou’ve noticed about life at Miami and what thosethree things tell you. Remember: think rhetoric!