Sadly this will be my last post on this blog, so before I begin this post I would like to thank all of those who took the time out of their days to read my posts. I really appreciate all your comments!

After completing my PSA project, there are a few things that I would like to communicate to my viewers that I could not do through the video. First off, I believe that we successfully met the goal that we set forth before we began the project and for that I am very proud. However, along the way we certainly encountered some difficulties and setbacks that we needed to overcome. For example, it took us a significant amount of time to figure out how we wanted to begin the video in a manner that would grab the audience’s attention and make them want to see more. After several ideas we came up with the idea of using pictures of babies who were doing things that were absurd and ahead of their time. By using these images we were able to set forth our overlying idea that our society is growing and developing at a pace that is incomprehensible. In terms of the audience that the video was intended for, we believe that it was widely applicable, however it was directed mainly towards our generation(college students).

Our ultimate purpose that we hoped to accomplish from creating our PSA was to raise awareness for the development of communication and to give up to date examples of how communication has evolved to be briefer and more straightforward. We did this by demonstrating the changes that have recently been taking place, along with sharing an interview we had with a current University of Michigan Freshman pertaining to the development of E-Mail.

Through this project, as well as this class, I was able to get a better grasp of the concept of rhetoric, composition and analytical work. As straightforward as these concepts may seem, they are difficult to utilize in many scenarios. I believe that I now have a better understanding of how to use these techniques to my benefit in order to effectively communicate the point I am trying to make.

December 6 – Minutes

Today we made great progress on our project and practically finished it! We added audio to go along with the pictures and videos we previously added and edited them to work well together. Our project is now coherent and our main idea is evident. Through our project, the idea that emails have evolved over time to adjust to the changes in technology and the necessity for brevity and informality is conveyed. We still need to make a few small changes to the video, but for the most part we have finally completed it!

December 4 Minutes

Today we continued our project on the evolution of email and made some great progress. We embedded a video interview with a random University of Michigan freshman about how often she uses email and how she uses it. We also began to write our script for the audio that we plan to record early next class. We are at a comfortable place with our project thus far, however we still have some work to finish up next class.

Studio Time – 11/29

Today we began producing our project in the form of a video. We have added some visual elements thus far but we still have more to add. In addition, we need to embed audio in the background during our next class. We began writing out the speeches that we need to practice so we can then record them and embed them in our video. We are making good headway and have stuck to our plan to this point.


My storyboard represents the changing forms of writing in the 21st century, specifically the evolution from writing to emailing to texting. Writing has taken several forms in the past 20 years alone. There is a prevalent movement for writing to be more concise, instantaneous and efficient and that is clearly evident by our newest forms of communication today. Even communication like emails have become concise and informal in most situations. This leads us to think, is all of our writing going to be informal in another 20 years? The one thing we know for sure is for now we must adapt to these new forms of writing. 


Is texting writing?

It is interesting to analyze the changing ideas we have about simple concepts such as writing. What is writing? Is it making words with a pen and paper, pushing buttons on a keyboard to make words, using a touch screens on your smart phone or is it even all of the above? In my opinion writing is the above concepts and much more. In our current day society simple concepts such as writing seem to be evolving faster then we can comprehend. In a mere 25 years our understanding of writing has changed from pen and paper to almost entirely technologically based. We are writing more then ever before and this is in a large part due to the new technologies that we have. 

One of the largest contributors to the increase in writing is cell phones. Texting is now one of the most popular forms of writing, that is if you consider it writing. In my opinion, texting is undoubtedly a form of writing in the sense that it is a form of conveying ideas and thoughts through written text. Not only is texting a form of writing but it is valuable in my mind as well. Although texting usually does not follow the standard rules of writing, it allows our minds to expand and view things in a different light. 

In addition to being useful for quick forms of communication, texting has even evolved to be helpful in some academic settings as well. Our cell phones are so advanced that in some ways it is quicker to take down notes via your phone and text them to your friends if they need a copy. Texting doesn’t always have to consist of acronyms such as LOL and BRB, some of us still correct our grammatical errors we make while texting. 

Commonplaces and Topoi

In reading Ball and Moeller’s “Reinventing the Possibilities, and Hugh Burns’ “Resolution in 60 Seconds,” the evolution of reading, writing and learning is extremely prevalent. Each of these works shows us how an aspect of literacy has been changed over the years and what it is like now. When clicking through “Reinventing the Possibilities,” I found myself trying to follow as linear of a path as possible. In my opinion, I am able to learn better through a linear reading and writing style, which makes understanding a little easier. However, Ball and Moellers’ work shows that this is not the case for a lot of people nowadays, and it gives an example of how much simple reading and writing has evolved.

In Hugh Burns’ video “Resolution in 60 Seconds,” society is satirized by the concept of babies using high tech devices to read and write. Clearly this was exaggerated, however a valid point is made by the author. Our society’s technology is advancing at such a rate that kids are learning how to use objects like iphones and computers at much younger ages then before. Burns uses the sequence of the video to make his point by switching off between short video clips and short screens with writing. This lets the reader switch off in how he or she is comprehending the video. He also uses the audience by making the video universally understood by our society. Technology is such a major aspect of our culture and by analyzing its’ effects, most members of society could relate and understand.

Do you believe that you learn better following a linear path or one like the path presented in Ball and Moeller’s “Reinventing the Possiblities”? 

While watching Burns’ video, “Resolution in 60 Seconds,” what did you find yourself focusing on more, the video or the text? Why do you think this was the case?


Often in a classroom setting teachers try to bring about a debate on a topic in order to help the class see both sides of an argument. One great example of this that comes to mind is from my Freshman Seminar class I am in, Natural Hazards. We were discussing earthquakes and their effects, and the topic of mitigation came up. The debate was whether or not it was worth it to spend the extra money on Mitigation for earthquakes as a way to be proactive, or if it is better to be reactive and respond on a case by case basis. 

In the case of earthquake mitigation, I believe that it is important to have a plan in place and be proactive about the situation. There should be plans and systems in place to make sure that the devastating effects of earthquakes are minimized and the least amount of human lives are lost no matter the cost to society. However, I recognize that some people might see this differently. One might say that it would be a waste of money to set up mitigation techniques for earthquakes because they are so unpredictable and you never know when and where one will occur. 

In my opinion a debate like this has a clear antithesis that one could figure out without extensive research, however, there are certainly cases where this is not true. In certain situations it is important to research your issue and get strong facts to back up your opinion.

Defining YOLO

What I know about this topic:

  • “You Only Live Once”Image
  • “The Motto” by Drake
  • Originated from Latin phrase “Carpe Diem”
  • Associated with taking Risks
  • Not a real word
  • Very relevant in today’s culture
  • Prevalent saying among teenagers
  • Linked with Social Media(Twitter)
  • Focuses on impulse decisions and their consequences

What I want to get to know:

  • Examples of Risk taking associated with YOLO
  • What is YOLO’s connotation
  • What are its’ ongoing effects
  • Why is it so popular
  • Has YOLO gotten media coverage?

Scholarly Multimedia

“The key is to strike a balance between convention and innovation, even as the line between image and text, between orality and literacy, between art and critique, and, indeed, between scholarship and pedagogy grows evermore fuzzy.”

Nowadays, many scholarly works are not conventional essays or papers, on the contrary they are quite innovative. Kuhn’s video and Wesch’s The Machine is Us/ing Us both display different ways of bending towards the innovative side of things by using multimedia to portray an idea. In many senses, this is a good thing because some things can be better developed and explained through the use of multimedia. However, at the same time this cannot be taken too far to the point where we venture too far away from conventional text methods.

In Wesch’s video, he explores the endless possibilities of the internet and computers. He is able to show the viewer amazing insights into different aspects of computer programming and how we as humans contribute to the development of computers. He poses the question in the title, are we the computer or is it that the computer is controlling us and using us for it’s benefit? This is an interesting concept because in a sense we not only use these computers, but our use also helps the computers learn in the process.

Through Kuhn’s work, we can see the idea of displaying things that otherwise couldn’t be displayed on paper. Kuhn utilizes multimedia to display a point that would not be understood through conventional text. The style in which she presents it adds to the understanding by the viewer. She also utilizes an aspect of memory by repeating scenes multiple times to embed them in the viewer’s mind.