–Write and post responses to the in-class writing prompts from today (below). Due Sunday 5p.
–Post revisions of Blog Response 2 and Blog Response 3 by Sunday 5p. Email me if you are behind or have an “F” for Blog Response 1 (for Week 2). If you haven’t written a blog post yet, I want you to write two drafts of each post. For your first draft, simply write a response to the prompt. For your second draft, I want you to read through the feedback given to other writers in the class and then apply that feedback to your own first draft, revising it accordingly.
–Read: Namwali Serpell’s “Triptych: Texas Pool Party.”
I) Describing the “appearance” of a media object. Cue up your current favorite song, video, meme, etc. and re-watch/re-listen to it. Another option, following Tortorici (5-6), re-read posts you made on a social media platform awhile ago. Now think: if you were unable to play or show your chosen piece of media to a stranger, what words would you use to get them to experience it in their imagination? Jot down some of those words. Things to consider mentioning:
–the sensory/affective details of the media object: what does it look, sound, feel like? How is it designed? How do you interact with it? What does it make you feel/think?
–analogies, similes, etc that compare the details of this media to other things that your stranger might be familiar with: e.g., the bass drop on the Kanye track sounds like thunder, the images in my IG home page look like bathroom tiles…
Try to come up with 2-3 sensory details and 2-3 comparisons. You might start off by making lists, but try eventually to put these descriptions and comparisons into sentences.
III. Showing a transformation in your experience of a media object.
Below is the format for a quick exercise for getting yourself to think of how to show the way your perspective on a piece of media changed over time (and as you experienced that media object multiple times). It is quick, but the ideas generated can be used and developed in a longer essay (this material could be helpful for either Essay 1 or Essay 2, which will deal with your experience of a piece of music).
OK, write your way through the below form (e.g., The first time…. The last time…) several times, each time including different details or impressions you had of the media object you’ve chosen.
The first time I heard/read/saw/experienced ____[media object title], I noticed….
The last time I heard/read/saw/experienced ____[media object title], I noticed….