The LuNcHBoX

Two Texts

Posted in Uncategorized by bmkaufm on January 28, 2009

The first Multimedia text I found was the academic one discussing the expanding range of multimodality in computers. It shows it’s academic sponsors at the beggingin of the video. It is largely explanatory and geared toward learning or explaining. In this case it specifically deals with speech interaction.

The second Is a text interacting with a poem. It is non academic. This piece is largely creative and uses powerful images to emphasize the text of the poem.


Digital Rhetorical Journals

Posted in Uncategorized by bmkaufm on January 27, 2009

For the search assignment (part 2) i chose to try and find other Digital Rhetorical Journals. I already know of several digital writing journals but i thought it would be a cop out to put those so i decided to go another direction and exclude those. If anyone is interested in them post me a message and ill send you some links. I ended up finding several different journals so to stay with the assignment I am going to stick with two.

The first one i found was a digital journal called “Across the Disciplines” and as you might gather from the title it is a journal dealing with academic writing and language. In it’s current issue it is has a section dealing with writing technology and writing across curriculum. I think this topic may be helpful for the class. You can find the link here.

The second journal i found was “The Rhetorical Society of America” or “RSA”. This journal claims that it’s goals are to gather from all fields, inform its members on current rhetorical knowledge and to promote the evolution of rhetoric through experimentation. You can find it here. This journal seems like it is trying to be the next step in digital “canon”.

For the record i hate the word “cannon” or “canonical”. In my experience it is viewed by many people to be some restraining force that prevents people from reading beyond it’s boundaries. I think a cannon is a compilation of various solid examples of a genre of writing. It is a useful tool to introduce a new reader into said genre. As for the question of who should choose what goes into a cannon. I don’t think it really matters who as long as it is demonstrated that they are competent and knowledgeable in the subject. There are so many different anthologies, collections, and various examples of “cannons” that to worry about who chose what is a moot point. You should know who picked what your reading but not let that fact prevent you from reading it.

reading review 1

Posted in Uncategorized by bmkaufm on January 20, 2009

I must admit that when I began to read this paper I felt almost overwhelmed by a new jargon of terms and ideas that i was unfamiliar with. The task of decoding the message took me a rather long time. I now can see and somewhat understand though what the essay was talking about. It started off by discussing multimodal communication and it’s relationship to spoken word and the physical body. I was probably five pages in until it finally clicked. I got it when they began talking about how spoken language can no longer be described as monomodal. The variations in speech through rhythm, pitch, tone, and volume, give more information than any plain text on a flat surface could. That is not to say you couldn’t accomplish this through text format.

Multimodality also deals with the way the human body takes information in. I didn’t understand what it meant when saying that we had only been using sight and sound to communicate, when i understood this i also understood the relevance of the section dealing with music. The human body itself is multimodal in that it takes in information from all of the senses. Because of this fact the concept of the semiotic mode can interact with various materials.

Each way the human body takes in information represents a new perspective. Through multimodal composition you can fully bring out that potential by combining those different outlets.

Some of the issues revealed through the search assignment were-

    The introduction of multimodal studies into undergraduate composition courses. I found a few essays dealing with this issue. The people taking part in it were all composition instructors that were exploring there own work collaboratively so that they could make the said transition.

   Another concept somewhat related to the first is the idea of expanding multimodal composition into other disciplines beyond English to maximize it’s potential and give other undergraduates opportunities to interact with text and expand their understanding of it.

   Digital scholarship deals with the evolution of electronic related resources. This includes copywrite, publication, and a few others. In regards to publication, i myself have been looking at various electronic outlets for my own creative writing.

   Born-digital scholarship seems to deal with the preservation of web content and other related digital scholarship.

Posted in Uncategorized by bmkaufm on January 14, 2009