Thursday, November 17, 2011

Blog Post #10: Identity/The Self (Due 11/22)

The second post due on Nov 22 is about postmodernist influences on rhetoric. Review the chapter on Postmodern Approaches to Rhetoric (Ch 11). Then, make a list of all the different identities you take on during the week (i.e.  significant other, parent, employee, friend, student, etc). You may brainstorm and keep a journal as you go through the week, taking note of these identities.  In your post, consider these questions: 

*Is your identity stable or shifting? Why?
*How does technology and your cultural environment influence the identities you assume?
*Does your experience fit with descriptions discussed in this chapter?

Blog Post #9: Final Project Progress Report - 2 (Due 11/22)

The first blog post due for Nov 22 is about your final course projects. Post a paragraph describing the progress on your project.  Be sure to identify your next steps in developing and bringing your project to conclusion.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Blog Post #8: Analyzing a Web Site (Due in class, Nov 17)

Analyze and evaluate a Web site of your choosing by responding to the questions below, and post your analysis to your blog (as usual, title it by the blog post assignment number and title).  Be sure to review and understand the principles discussed in the book (on Rhetoric, Media, and Technology).
*What is the most important feature of an effective Web site? Why?
*What features of hypertext hinder a Web page’s communicative ability?
*What features of hypertext most enhance a Web page’s communicative ability?

We will have a discussion about the websites in the second half of the class on Nov 17, so this is also a good chance to share your post-- especially if you haven’t presented your blog yet.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blog Post #7: Final Project Progress Report (Due 11/17)

During the last week, you have received some feedback on your final course project ideas.  As of today (Nov 14), you should make sure to block out times in your schedule to develop your projects (if you haven't been doing so already).  Make sure to work on completing a good portion of your project during each week in the next couple of weeks, so that you will have something to present to the class by the end of this month (after the Thanksgiving break).  The project itself, as stated on the course syllabus and the assignment sheet, is due in my email by midnight on the last of our class (Dec 8).  This means, each project should have a portion that you can email me.  For this reason, I asked each one of you to either email me your “rhetorical analysis” or “creative writing piece” OR a “rationale” explaining your brochure/art work/web site etc at the end of the semester, depending on the nature of your project.  In any case, make sure your project in some way makes it clear what course concepts/theories are being used in it. 

Have fun with your projects, and if something looks like it will blow out of proportion, think about simplifying things for you. The creative option was proposed for students who might feel comfortable doing it, but note that writing a paper which applies course concepts to an artifact (ad campaign, speech, etc) is also an available option.  The point here is to connect with the course material and show your thinking about the course concepts, and you are encouraged to do that in a variety of ways. 

We discussed some of the steps you can take to do a rhetorical analysis of an artifact during the class and relevant documents about this have been posted to Blackboard. We also discussed possible steps with other projects.  I strongly recommend keeping a little journal during the completion of this process, in which you can also enter the notes you take on your artifacts being analyzed (significant features/patterns in your commercials, speeches, etc) or products being created (brochures, websites, etc).  

Having stated these, for this blog post, I am asking you to write a progress report in which you discuss the status of your final course project: 

For the progress report:
  • Include a summary of your project---what the final project is about, which rhetorical concepts/theory is used in it, possible audiences and contexts for it.
  • Include an outline of your final project or some necessary points about the characteristics of the project.
  • Summarize your status on the final project— since you read the assignment sheet, what have you done for the project?  What do you think your next steps should be?  What information or materials do you need to continue developing your project?
  • Avoid the whining or the everything's-fine attitudes.  Think productively—think about this as a rhetorical puzzle: how would you solve it?  You are the rhetor or the rhetorical critic-- get in the role and take control.
  • Include visuals, web links, or anything else related to your project.
*As with all writing assignments in college courses, use the standards of good writing style, grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling.
*There is no specific length requirement, but your post should address the points outlined in these assignment guidelines.  
Note: To be safe, always keep a safe copy of your blog post and other assignment-related materials.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Online Meeting Group Activity - Critical Approaches to Rhetoric (due by midnight on 11/8)

You will use the class time on November 8 to review and comment on your peers' blogs. In order to able to complete this activity:
*Make sure that the commenting feature on your blog is available for comments. Sign in to Blogger, go to Settings>Comments, and mark “anyone can comment” to make sure your peers will be able to post to your blog for this assignment.
*Make sure that the nickname you use on your blog includes an indication of your name and last name (see my blog nickname). We must be able to correctly identify who made the comments, when grading. Unidentifiable comments cannot be counted toward the final grade for the blog assignment.

For this activity, find your group below, and go to each one of your group members' individual blogs (except yours, of courseJ). In each blog, review your peer’s response for "Blog Post #6: Advertising and the Third Persona."  Check the link to their ad choice.  Click on the commenting button, and in a few paragraphs, make comments about your peer’s response in light of your reading of Chapter 7 Critical Approaches to Rhetoric. In your comments, respond to questions, such as: Based on their choice of the advertisement, what do you think about your classmate's answers to the questions for this blog post?  What are your opinions about this advertisement?  In your opinion, what or who is negated?  What standards are created by the image or advertisement?  Are these standards fair? Is the advertisement or image ethical?  Add any other comments that was prompted by your classmate's blog post.  (Tip: it might be a good idea to complete your comments on a Word document, save, and then post a copy to your classmate's blog).
***Comments are due on your classmates' blogs by midnight on Tuesday, Nov 8.  If you see that any of your peers has not made his/her blog post by the end of the class time, check back.  If you still see the post, you will not be penalized for not making a comment on his/her incompleted assignment (of course, your classmate will lose points for incomplete posts).


Group 1:

Group 2: 
Group 3:

Group 4:

Group 8:

Group 9:

Blog Post #6: Advertising and the Third Persona

Find an advertisement (poster, commercial, etc) online.  Provide a link to your ad in your blog post. Using the model in the text on page 175, analyze these features from the perspective of the Third Persona, answering these questions:

*What or who is negated?
*What standards are created by the image or advertisement?
*Are these standards fair? Is the advertisement or image ethical?

***This blog post is due exactly by the usual class time on November 8, 2011.  The class members will meet online, whenever convenient, to complete an activity on this assignment.  Make sure your post is up and available for your classmates' comments.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blog Post #5: Final Project Prewriting - Proposal (Due 11/1)

At the end of the semester, you will submit a Final Project demonstrating some of the knowledge you have gained in this class. The class members will start presenting these projects to the class at the end of November.  For this blog post, you are going to do some prewriting for your Final Project. 

Inventing Your Final Project's Content:  Read the Final Project assignment sheet posted to Blackboard.  Then, think about the theories and course concepts discussed in class so far (rhetorical canons, rhetorical appeals, etc) and skim the chapters that will be reviewed in the next weeks (the chapters on dramatism, critical approaches to rhetoric, and rhetoric/media/technology, etc).  Think about which theories/concepts are most interesting to you, and then brainstorm about how you could apply them to a project possible for this assignment.  You could hand-write or type your ideas in a Word document (save it).  Remember: you can write a rhetorical analysis of an artifact (a speech, an advertisement campaign, etc) or do another creative project.

Topic and Format:  Based on your brainstorming, decide whether you are going to do a written project (perform a rhetorical analysis, write a speech, a fictional dialogue, etc), a visual project (a video, etc), or a web project.  Post your possible topic and the format of your project to your blog (use full sentences, such as "For the final project, I plan to ..."  Or you could open subtitles in your blog, such as "topic and format" and list your ideas besides the title).

Description of the Project and Argument:  In about a paragraph, briefly describe your project.  Your project should consist of a clear argument that aligns with the project format.  So, think about your tentative argument (this could be further developed and revised, as you work on your project), and include it in your description.

Audience and Context:  Determine the audience for your project, and note it in your blog post.

Context:  Determine the context that your project could be used, and note it in your blog post.