Greeting fellow students and Professor my name is William Brownlee. I am an engineering student and all though i’m a tech person I much prefer personal classes in fact i postponed taking classes last semester due to my dislike of online classes. I find them to be for more inferior to regular classes to so the lack of interaction. However I can can’t make my education wait forever and this pandemic doesn’t show clear sighs of waning anytime soon. So here I am.
HW: If you haven’t already presented, make sure your Essay 2 presentation is ready to go live on Wed.
Also: Read the sample student Essay 2 on pp. 25-32 of Packet 2. This essay didn’t receive an A; so what I want you to do is make notes on how this essay could be improved to receive a higher grade. Pay special attention to transitions: the connections between paragraphs. Also highlight any boring or repeating information that you think could be removed or rewritten.
Reading & Research: Finish reading Imp Kerr’s “Feasts Under the Bridge.” With your Essay 2 group, find one more article you will look for quotes on your Essay 2 word in. Arrive in class next week prepared to discuss quotes from this article.
- In Imp Kerr’s “Feasts Under the Bridge,” find and quote one sentence where Imp Kerr uses the word “troll” (or “trolling” or some other variant of this word) in a way that gives you a new understanding of this term. Introduce this quotation, paraphrase it in your own words, and explain how it gives you a new way of understanding what “trolling” is.
- Copy and paste into your response below an old blog post you wrote as well as feedback on it that you received. Below it, write a revised version of this blog post using the suggestions in the feedback.
XXL releases its annual “Freshman Class” list. The issue features ten artists to watch out for, all of appearing on the cover of the magazine. The list has a history of showcasing underground rappers, as well as artists considered to be on the rise. BUT, Freshman list is now a money/fame hungry magazine. Recent years including this upcoming Freshman list (has not been revealed yet) are picking up artist that is famous but not talented at all. Freshman list is picking up artist that cause drama on social media and make themselves famous. This magazine is doing this just to get sales and to be talked about. The magazine got a lot of controversy because of this problem. Freshman magazine wasn’t like this before a few years ago, but now everything changed. People are hoping they give the credit to the artist that deserves it.
HW: Finish reading Crawford’s “The Anxieties of Big Data.” Read Caraminica’s “Drake: Rapper, Actor, Meme.”
With your Essay 2 group: search for new articles on your Essay 2 word, make a list of them, decide on 1 of them to read. Read this article and arrive in class next week prepared to write about 2+ quotations from it that feature your Essay 2 word.
Writing Prompt (2 parts)
1. Building connections between words and texts. First, spend a few sentences explaining what the word “normcore” means. Ground your explanation in a quotation from K-Hole’s text “YOUTH MODE.” Second, explain what the word “surveillant anxiety” means when Kate Crawford uses it in her text, “The Anxieties of Big Data” (which starts on p. 46).
Third, explain why you think Crawford discusses “normcore” on p. 48. What is the connection made here between data anxiety and the trend known as “normcore”?
2. Post article info (author, title, publication, link) for the new text your Essay 2 group has found and will be reading this week.
HW: Read the first part of Kate Crawford’s “The Anxieties of Big Data” (pp. 46-48 in Packet 2). Work on finding new articles on your Essay 2 topic that you might read with your group and present on to the class.
HW: Finish typing your midterm summary into your group’s Google Doc. Read “Youth Mode” by K-Hole as well as Michelle Nijhuis’ “The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention” (both in Packet 2).
Working with your Essay 2 group, create a new Google Doc for your essay. Make sure to share the document with everyone in the group as well as with me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once the Google Doc is created and shared, I want each of you to type a revised version of your midterm summary in the group’s document. Please paste a link your Google Doc below by Monday at 1p.
HW: Finish reading Lovink’s “The Social Media Ideology.” Also read: Organizing Research and Research Notes (p. 9-10); Keyword Search (13).
HW for Wed: Read Lauren Duca’s “The Viral Virus.” If you haven’t yet, finish reading Graf’s “Yes, No, OK, But…” Disregard the “Grammar Test” on the schedule. (We’ll do something else instead.) Essay 1 final due next Wed!
Quickly: a reminder to activate your ID/library card. You need an activated card to do research on Essay 2 from home/off-campus.
…and the reading for Monday: Read Graf, “Yes, No, OK, but…” If you haven’t yet, read Griffiths’ and Martin’s texts that were assigned for this week. Also: continue revising Essay 1.
…and your blog assignment (2 parts to this one, respond as a “reply” to this thread, thanks!):
- Chen starts of speaking of how the internet is no much different today then it was in 2016 and how he met a close friend through the internet
- His meeting and bond with his best friend
- There is still a stigma about meeting people online
- Cat fishing and its problem and where it originates
- Explaining how “cat fishing” the show works
- Further explaining how someone was caught catfishing someone from the show
- Shows how people purposely ignore the signs that are clear to them. also how people who do the cat fishing are “deranged” and look for entertainment
- Cat fishing is a mix of old fears and new anxieties that questions the authenticity of online friendships
- Computers scientist JCR Licklider believed that the internet was a place people could come together and would lead to truer bonds that real world relationships
- Social media and the internet keep people from building real relationships
- Facebook makes people feel lonely and the creator seeing it through the eyes of a programmer rather then a ” college student”
- Anonymity is a big factor on why people are able to catfish
- Computers area a small part of ourselves the portion devoted to logic, order, rule, and clarity.
- Introducing earlier social media before Facebook and Myspace
- First social network “makeoutclub”
- Makeoutclub made for a distinct group of lonely people looking to find others like themE
- Excerpt from Andy Greenwald book
- Great place for hookups but not what it was made for
- How Austin was able to meet someone proving how meeting people online can work sometimes
- Real online friendships are present you just have to actively look for it
- Austins story on how he met a women through social media because he made a decision that is he met a girl with an eye patch he would marry her
- Austin eventually came in contact with her again and in person and eventually married here
- There are still social medias that allow people to make friendships that aren’t exclusive to the internet
- As much bullshit there is on the internet you can always find someone else to bullshit with
- Makeoutclub still exist and gives the author a nostalgic feeling for the early days of social networking
- Makeoutclub forum
HW for Mon: Begin revising your Essay 1 and complete any missing blog posts. Read Dawn Lundry Martin’s “When a Person Goes Missing” (available online here).
BLOG POST UPDATE: Enjoy the snow—no new writing due on the blog for Monday! Please take some time to make up any blog post assignments you haven’t yet completed (recall that this includes commenting each week on another student’s post in addition to writing your own) .
Remember: I cannot pass you if you do not participate fully in the online component of the course. Each week of missed blog work counts as an “absence” and more than two of these jeopardizes a student’s final grade.
As a courtesy, I am granting credit for any past blog posts you are able to complete by the end of this week. Going forward, we will follow the original policy and late blog posts will not receive full credit.
See you Wednesday at the library (4th fl Atrium)—
1. Inverse outlining an essay to see connections within its many ideas. Re-read Adrian Chen’s “Don’t Be a Stranger” (pp. 61-66). Make a numbered list of notes describing the main idea in each of the essay’s 29 paragraphs. Each of your notes needn’t be longer than a phrase.
When finished, look over your list. What do you notice about the overall form of this essay? What is the main topic it seems to be about? Where and how is the main topic introduced? Where and how does the essay meander away from this main idea?
Post your list and a couple sentences responding to 1 or more of these questions.
A conflict that happened in my life was a dealing with a problem with my older sister. It was more like a conflict with my emotions, because a couple of years ago my older sister joined the navy.
I was behind her all the way, but apart of me didn’t want her to go because it felt as though I was going to lose my best friend as well, we had a really close bond. I was at school one day and we were listening to the radio in the classroom and they were talking about the Navy Seals in the Navy and I automatically thought about my sister, 2 years had went by without no communication. I ran out the classroom with tears running down my face because I thought something happened to her. After a while, I was able to keep my emotions in hiding and I thought I was okay, but deep down I wasn’t because I was hurting but in the inside. Not only was I hurting in the inside, but I would lash out at my friends because my sister wasn’t here with me and I would always think the worst when I heard people talk about the Navy or the Army. Finally, fighting with emotions caught up with me when I saw an unknown number calling me, when I answered it was my sister alive and well on the other line. I couldn’t help myself but break down on the phone, happy that she was okay and returning home soon where she belonged.
In the article “Don’t BE A Stranger” one of them most immediate conflicts you notice is that the author find people look down on internet friendship. This is partly due to the negative stigma attached to the internet’s person to person experience back in the days of myspace in the early 2000s. When the news was pledged by stories of sexual predators and murderers finding easy pray vea the internet/myspace. Later claiming that there are even worst methods of tricking people. Referring to CatFishing, with is the act of purposely lying to other pretending to be older or younger than they are and to be more sexully and finatually mor attractive than try really are in hope to get someone to spend money on them or meet them to get a shot at them they would normally otherwise not get. This leads to relasonships being seen as sacams because of this. With the world of socal networking exploding due to the rise of Facebook and a world where you can always be can be logged in all the time. As well as all the sexual online application. All this has servearlly damges the image of the internet to outsides however tivieal it may be.
We the Animals is based on the book written by Justin Torres. The film surrounds three brothers. “Us three. Us brothers. Us kings.” The film is a sensitive portrayal of a toxic relationship. There is so much violence in the way the boys’ parents love each other.
There is one scene in particular that boils over from the cycle of abuse, passed down from father to mother to brother to stranger. The youngest boy Jonah is struggling with his own conflict, as many growing adolescents do.
Jonah sprints through the woods with a smile plastered on his face. He stops. Walks. Then runs some more. He climbs through his window avoiding his brothers. In his bedroom, he discovers his bed to be disheveled. So he searches for his secrets. His notebook has gone AWOL. He flings the sheets from his bed. A pillow is tossed into the air. A mattress flung.
He sees his family in the living room. His attention darts from them to the drawings sprawled out on the floor. He scoops up his drawings. His mother reaches out and grabs his forehead to hers. “Where were you?”
He looks in her eyes. His hands scratch and claw at Ma. His roars are heard, His anger felt. His father peels him off of his mother. His legs kick out from underneath his father’s hold.
This scene was intense. It was intense because I could easily see how hurt Jonah was to have his sexuality on display. His thoughts things he kept hidden. The conflict is with the way he dealt with his anger.
He knew no other way to express his anger. He learned this from his father: placing his anger upon someone else.
I wonder how do others experience anger? How do you deal with it correctly?
There is no better way to get the attention of males than with two of the things that they love : food and woman. This is a Carl’s Jr. ad featuring the beautiful Heidi Klum, wearing an attractive black dress and a holding a burger in her hand. This is stereotyping that woman have to be sexy, and very appealing toward males by wearing little clothing or no clothing at all If a black person advertised this same ad for Carl’s Jr., no one would be interested in going there, but because people like Klum and Hilton that are attractive to male audience, it would make sense to use them as model especially when it comes to drawing customers in. In our society, these ads all over stereotype how a woman suppose to look like; skinny, attractive and to be seductive.
- CONFLICT- If one is to bring in the right audience, why not use the same gender other than the opposing gender?
- ENIGMA- Is it really about selling their product or just showing how attractive the person who is advertising the product looks?
Conflict: Why did they use an attractive female to advertise a food product?
Enigma: How does having an attractive female holding a burger draw’s attention to both females and males?
The notebook – fight scene
The enigma in this scene from this movie is that the women Allie went back to the house of the man who she fell in love with fist which was Noah but she doesn’t know why when she is engaged and is about to marry a rich man then she tells Noah that she has to go. When Noah says ” your bored and you know it, you wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t something missing”. She still leaves. It’s mysterious because we don’t know if Allie actually wants Noah back.
The contradiction in this scene is when Noah says “so you make love to me and then you go back to your husband” . Allie says “they were irresponsible” meaning she has her fiancé waiting for her but if she has a fiancé and she loves her fiancé why is she with Noah. She says she knows the couple of days she spent with Noah happened but that they were irresponsible.
The conflict in this movie is that Noah wants to be with Allie but Allie keeps thinking about what everyone else thinks is best for her instead of thinking about herself.
- Selfies are considered a new genre of portraiture. In the article Art at Arms Length, Salz compares the quick wit of selfies to the precise nature of traditional portraits. It is clear that Salz interprets selfies as modern day portraits.
A selfie is
- powerful pg 3
- A form of intimacy pg 3
- Displayed through social media pg 3
- Causal pg 3
- Can be taboo pg 6 and 7
A selfie is not Accidental pg3
- Both hands cannot be in it pg3
- without skewed camera angles pg3
- Traditional portraits pg3
- A selfie is a casual form of intimacy that that is displayed through social media. It wasn’t created by artists. Yet, the impact is just as powerful. Modern day portraiture ranges from silly pouty faces to chilling expressions from the depths of horrid gas chambers.
One part of this article that stuck out to me was when Salz mentioned the hole that 9/11 left. Curiosity got the best of me and I took a detour from the article. From this I stumbled upon a photograph of a woman named Marcy Borders aka the Dust Lady. Marcy was covered in the dust of one of the towers. Stan Honda captured this moment: the despair and the sheer shock.
And, after hours of deep research into 9/11, I returned to Salz’s article. The taboo nature of that photograph is similar to John Quirke’s photograph in Auschwitz.
It raises the same red flag that others gawk at.
- “We live in the age of the selfie.”
This is a hook because it grabs the readers attention. Salz does this by using the buzz word selfie. It’s a word many recognize and would stay to read more.
“A fast self-portrait, made with a smartphone’s camera and immediately distributed and inscribed into a network, is an instant visual communication of where we are, what we’re doing, who we think we are, and who we think is watching.”
This sentence explains what exactly a selfie is, how it’s used and where it’s found. Salz sets a foundation then builds on top of it with key details to explain the topic sentence.
five ways Salz describes what a selfie is:
- A fast self portrait
- Selfies are casual
- Locatable but not describable
- Extraordinary moment
five was Salz describe what a selfie is not:
- not like the self portraits
- selfies don’t make pretentious claims
- if both of your hands are in the picture
- created by artist
- never accidental
1)In the article “Art at Arm’s Length” Jerry Salz expresses what a selfie is in comparison to a self portrait. he claims that selfies today have revolutionized the way we are able to communicate by taking quick photos that can be casual, silly, typical,and or boring, all the while expressing how we feel in a specific moment. Salz further emphasizes how we use selfies in order to share intimate,scary or funny moments
2)He uses this hook because it immediatley catches the audience attention by giving a statement and in a way forcing the audience to want to know why he believes this
3)In the following sentence he explains what a selfie is and how fast it reaches to social media and online this builds of the first sentence because it tells the reader how smartphones make it easier for people to post their everyday lives