Reflection

My group’s final project is about the many ways we can express ourselves on the internet through blogs, social media, and YouTube. We want the viewer to appreciate these opportunities in contrast to the limited opportunities to express oneself before the internet existed (only journalists had access to resources to widely distribute their opinions).

Our target audience is college-aged students. We specifically catered to students at the University of Michigan by including a Michigan Daily newspaper in the opening scene. We wanted to make sure that students realize how many outlets are available for them to get their opinions heard. The video is also applicable to an older audience, however, because many people who did not grow up with the internet may not be aware of the possibilities it presents for expressing oneself. Hopefully our video can enlighten this audience and encourage them to utilize the many resources we present.

We wanted to show a viewer that there are so many possibilities to express oneself on the web, so there is no reason that your voice should not be heard. In order to convey the large number of expressive outlets, part of our video consists of many screens pulled up at once, each with a unique way of expressing one’s thoughts. We intended this to be a busy part of the video, and slightly overwhelming, in order to impress upon the viewer that there are countless outlets for expression online. We composed this part of the video so that when the narrator mentioned another outlet, it would be in the front of the screen in order to make it easier for the viewer to follow along.

This video was challenging for me because I had never narrated anything, nor had I ever used iMovie before. Thankfully, my group members were proficient at iMovie, and I was able to do a smooth reading of the script after a few practices. In retrospect, our project came together smoothly, so I would not change anything. We started it early enough that we were not pressed for time, and we were able to put most of it together in class.

Composing this video has impressed on me that rhetorical strategies are present in everything from advertisements to posters to book covers to videos. Throughout this course, my understanding of rhetoric has progressed, from engaging a reader in the literacy narrative to convincing a reader of a definition in my definition essay to analyzing a video in my rhetorical analysis to finally composing a video in this final project. I learned how to include rhetorical strategies and engage an audience. I also gained an appreciation for the work that goes into producing video and picture compositions.

Minutes: December 6

Today we had a different group peer review our video and give us their opinions. They did not suggest any major changes to our video. We typed the transcript, and I uploaded the video and transcript to my blog. I am going add Daniel’s video to the blog post once he finishes his video.

We also came up with questions to ask the class during our presentation. We plan to do an informal poll of how many people have personal blogs or twitter accounts and what topics they cover. We will also ask about the privacy setting people have on their blogs and social media accounts.

PSA: Multimodal Writing Today

Transcript:

*****Scene 1, actually filmed in real life:
Slam a newspaper down open to op-ed page.

It used to be that only analysts and “experts” had their opinions heard, but those days are over. Today your opinions, your contributions, and your beliefs can be heard too through the use of conventional and multimodal writing, especially in today’s digital age. Come on, let me show you what I mean–how today’s digital world let’s you have your voice heard.

*****Scene 2, screencapture:
You probably already know you can connect with your friends on Facebook through conventional writing, such as posting a status update, and by posting pictures and videos that enable your friends to really see and hear what’s going on.

And in today’s digital age your writing, your opinions, and your media can affect even more than your friends.

Here is an article on the Wall Street Journal’s Website that was written by a professional journalist, but you can still voice your opinion in the article’s comments section. Is this an anomaly? Nope! Your voice can be heard all over the web. You can share your opinion on a YouTube video and see what people all over the world think of it too.

*****Scene 3, screencapture:
And, in addition to conventional writing, today’s digital age fosters other avenues of communication to express yourself too. Conventional writing could never allow one to imagine such a photo, nor could it enable one to observe body language or hear inflection.

*****Scene 4, screencapture
Make a blog, make a Youtube video, post on Twitter, create a website, publish an audio recording, such as a podcast, post photos on Flickr, and edit Wikipedia. As you can see, today’s digital age lets you express yourself and be not just a reader or observer but a writer, composer, photographer, or even videographer.

*****Scene, screencapture:
In today’s digital world, the pen is still mightier than the sword, but remember, photos, audio, and video prove to be just as sharp.

Minutes: December 4

When we came to class today, we had the video and audio done. Today, we added a photo credit, got rid of an unwanted audio fade out between clips, and uploaded the video to YouTube. Next class, after the peer review, we will make changes if necessary to enhance the rhetorical effectiveness of the video, and we will practice our presentation.

Minutes: November 29

Before today’s class, my group had the video clips put together and a script written.

During today’s class, we edited the clips to the correct lengths to fit with the script, and we recorded the narration.

Now our project is nearly complete except for crediting our sources at the end of the video. Also, because we just got a new group member we have to incorporate his clips into the video.

On Tuesday’s session, we will add the new clips, cite our sources, and check the transitions.

Visual Rhetoric, Group 3

Similar and White (credit University of Michigan Angell Hall)

This keyboard is white, which suggests simplicity and cleanliness. It is high tech, and Apple uses white because it looks clean and fresh. The keys are all similar in color, which suggests they share a purpose and together they make a complete keyboard. The different shaped keys do different things: letters and numbers are squares, the space bar is a long rectangle, command keys are a little larger than letter keys, and display controls are the smallest.

Close Up of Aaron’s Hand (credit Aaron)

This close up of a hand shows intricate characteristics such as color variations, shadows, and wrinkles. The hand draws your attention compared to the writing on the paper, which is slightly out of focus.

PSA Storyboard

My groups project is about the power that digital media gives you to share your opinion. The opening scene is someone reading a physical Michigan Daily (our audience is from U of M), and they explain how now everyone has the power to publish what is important to them through the web. Then the video goes through many of the ways you can share your opinion online, such as commenting on a newspaper article, posting a status on social media, and uploading a video or photo. An unseen narrator will explain the power each of these tools gives you to share what you deem important, and how this power is unique to digital media because you do not have to rely on a publisher or editor.

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