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Reflection December 12, 2012

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When creating our PSA video, we not only had to make decisions about what to film, what font to use, or how long to speak, but also more specific points like who our audience would be, or what the actual purpose of our project was. When making the video, we decided together that the target audience for our PSA on the use of hashtags would be anyone interested in social media. Although we probably ended up targeting a younger audience, who know what a hashtag is, we do include information in our video for those who are not familiar with this topic. The purpose of our video was not only to inform the uninformed about the usage of hashtags, but to give information even to people who do think they know everything about hashtags. Before this project I had never really thought about the real purpose or usage of the hashtag, even though I use the concept on Twitter often. To make the unknown or unthought of uses of the hashtag clear, we included examples of tweets, how you can click on the hashtags, and how they are used as a way to relate different tweets or just ideas in general. We did use interviews in our video as we asked people to create a hashtag to go along with a tweet about finals, although we did not include the filming of the people being interviewed. Even though we did not include any footage of them, it was still important to our project, as it gave the point of view from others about hashtags. To appeal to the audience we also used the emotional appeal in the sense that we presented on a topic that probably the whole class can relate to, since most people our age are involved in some sort of social media, whether it’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or another site/app. From making this video, I learned not only a lot of information about the hashtag and its usage, but also that I can know so little about something I use all the time. This project, as well as the rest of this English 125 course, has taught me much about rhetoric, composition, and analytical work, and especially helped in relating it to my current life, and modern technology. I am really glad that I took this course, and would recommend it to anyone.


Minutes December 6, 2012

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Today, we finished up our video and made sure it included everything we wanted it to. We also typed up the transcript and decided what we were going to talk about when we present our video. And we thought of some questions to ask during the discussion of our video.


Minutes December 4, 2012

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Today we made sure that all of the filming part of it was done. Then, we wrote up bits and pieces of a script and recorded ourselves saying it over the videos. Our video is pretty much done, we just have to add an ending and edit it!


Minutes November 29, 2012

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Today in class Courtney, Olivia, and I made up a tweet about exams, then walked around campus asking people to come up with hashtags to add to that tweet.We came back and took a screen video of the tweet and the different hashtags, also showing how on Twitter you can click on a hashtag and it comes up with all other tweets using that same hashtag. We also took a video of Instagram and uploaded those to iMovie.


Proposal November 27, 2012

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For our project, Courtney, Olivia, and I are going to explore the usage and evolution of the hashtag. The hashtag is most commonly known to be used on twitter, and we will explore its meaning within that social media, how it is used, and what for. Instagram is another social media that includes the usage of hashtags to tag important/relevant words. Along with twitter and instagram, poeple have used the hashtag on facebook, although it is not actually a feature of facebook. People joke about this, as the hashtag is only meant for things like twitter and instagram. We also want to get feedback from people using these types of social media, and how they incorporate the hashtag and what it means to them.


Is texting writing? November 15, 2012

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To me, texting is not exactly a form of writing, but merely a form of communication. In ways, it could be taken as a form of writing, as it is words grouped to form messages and deliver certain effects, and sometimes people use texting as a way to convey their feelings when they are uncomfortable doing this on the phone or in person. Although it could be a form of writing in these types of situations, it is not really creative, but more informative and personal, which makes it not really a form of academic writing. In reality most texts are short, concise, and their only purpose is to communicate with someone, almost like speaking.

I do value texting as a means of communication between two or more people. To me, it is a quick way of asking a simple question, or informing people, without being time consuming. I think nowadays it is so popular among young people because people are becoming more efficient and involved with technology, and want a speedy way of communicating. I mostly use texting to communicate with my friends, family, boyfriend, or fellow students when a phone call is not necessary, and when I can’t speak to them in person. 

Although I do not think texting is a form of academic writing, smart phones are a big part of learning and finding information in todays world. By having access to the internet and all of its information at any time, this can be very useful, and even contribute to writing, and the writing world. Instead of using a dictionary or encyclopedia when writing, all of this info is available at the press of a button. Also, it is a way for academic writing to be shared and reviewed.


Commonplaces and Topoi November 8, 2012

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While clicking through Re-inventing the Possibilities, I found it a little bit confusing to figure out what I was supposed to be reading and clicking next. I chose to take the not so linear route of clicking on the linked words as they appeared throughout the text. Although it was interesting and sometimes even helpful to be able to click on a word and instantly be able to obtain more information, but I think it was a little much. Many times I wasn’t sure what words to click on next, or if I should just skip them, but at the same time I didn’t want to miss any information! Maybe if I had taken the more linear route and had followed the alphabetical letters it would have been easier for me to understand. Although it was a little much for me, I think the idea of clicking on links and reading a more in-depth text was interesting, and a good way to get a point or just information across. Which way of clicking through this text did you prefer?

I think in Hugh Burns’ video, Resolution is 60 Seconds, the ways that writing and rhetoric have changed throughout time are trying to be shown. Even though people today don’t actually write with paper and pencils as much as in the past, words, texts, and even digital rhetoric is probably at an all-time high with all the means of communication nowadays. In this film, the topoi includes a video obviously, but also the background noise of maybe a typewriter, and words and images flashing across the screen. To me, it was effective to have little noise, as it made the viewer really concentrate and wonder what was coming next. What do you think was most effective about this video?