I plan on using multimodal composition to further my reader's understanding of the research I have done. Sometimes seeing things make more of a lasting effect than just reading something. I will be using these rather than just pictures because they a more interactive and will hopefully draw the reader further into the my paper. By using tables and video, I will be able to show that the research I have done is actually factual and that I am a reliable source.
I think that the great thing about multimodal evidence is that it adds to a paper in a way that words can't. By adding video, I exoect the reader to be more interested in what I am speaking about and I expect it to help keep their attention. Although, the multimodal evidence and the research I have done go hand in hand in my paper, my evidence hasn't influenced my research. My research influenced what evidence I chose. I went with videos and graphs so the interactive experience would keep the readers attention while reading a paper about science and the medical field, which can be a little dry.
My topic for this semester research essay is the various ways social media has impacted our lives. I centered my research on apps like twitter, facebook, to discussing social media in the work place, to various movements that have sprouted up due to an interesting tool twitter provides called "Hashtag".I am pro- media, and I believe more people should use these mediums because it can certainly increase productivity in all ends.
For my essay, I would use just a picture which just shows consumers usage in these apps, and the growth.
The above graph depicts all content provided in these mediums. However, not all content is relevant or appropriate- This is where users discretion comes into place. Using a multimodal way enables the author of each essay to not only through text make their stance, but also through statistics from charts, and short videos. However, for my particular essay, I relied more on the authors and writers research to make my stance, but i was certainly aided through the pic above. My work was in the simple nature of an essay, with my picture posted below for viewers to see the underlying message and conclude.
In the beginning of the semester I knew I would like to discuss the impact of social media, as not only am I a frequent user of the twitter, facebook applications available. But I also believe it is a game changer in our lives, due to the amount of productivity that can occur just through our smartphones, and laptops. Through the research I have done all semester it is safe to me not just us are benefitting from the social media. Companies test out prototypes to a limited number of people, and can use twitter to receive back their feedbacks about the test product. I also learned that there is a rough correlation between celebrities who are heavily engaged in twitter and instagram to their stardom. One article used Kevin Hart as a brilliant example that supported this claim.He is not only successful and funny behind the cameras but is known to put celebrities to blast on instagram whom wear "flamboyant outfits". With the semester about to wind off at the conclusion of this week- I would like to know if my classmates who comment on this believe in the next 20 years virtually everyone will be on these media mediums? If not, why? Because at this moment there are certainly more pros that cons for being active on the various applications out there.
I don't feel that any feedback is necessary for my writing process right now.
Terms of Service are every where in our lives. I downloaded a song on iTunes the other day and I had to be reminded of the TOS of using and buying from the iTunes app. Let me just tell you how quickly I clicked agree so my song could start downloading! Just as much as we don't pay attention to the TOS on apps and social media we use daily, we could apply even more so to websites used for scholarly use or educational use. But why? Why is it just so easy to skip over the few pages worth of terms and services instead of reading and being more educated as to our rights on these apps, websites, scholarly and educational sites? First of all, our society has grown to have an attention span of about 1-2 minutes. Secondly, have you ever really skimmed the terms and services? TOS is loaded with heavy verbiage used to almost intentionally turn the reader off from actually wanting to read. Luckily there are sites out there which help to decipher our very legal TOS agreement. As mentioned in the prompt, there is a website known as https://tosdr.org, which is one of the key leaders in providing a way to understand the TOS. In my personal opinion, federal law should most definitely require websites, apps, etc. to provide a service such as TOSDR. Why? Because it is absolutely pertinent that we understand what our rights are as we use these apps. I mean, wasn't this country founded on the idea that every citizen has his/her rights and should be told what his/her rights are? We are now in a day in age where it has become a social norm to be ignorant about how we are allowed to use websites, apps, and items essential to us and how they are allowed to use us! Look at Google for goodness sakes, they filter through our emails to sell out that private information to sell their ad spots! Bringing the violation of rights back to an educational stand point, look at the GSU email. Are we at risk of being filtered through for purposes un-benounced to us?
Education is a very important part of our lives, for adults and college students alike; we learn something new every single moment of the day, whether we are typing a blog post or reading a case brief. One thing I know all of the world is guilty of, especially me because there is no one lazier than I, is failing to learn about the Terms and Services which come with almost every app and website we have access to. Failing to read the TOS is one of the biggest mistakes anyone out there could make; did you know some of our rights can be taken away through TOS? With the idea of TOS being very pertinent to the education of the app or website we are using, should schools be obligated to respect the rights their students have on school orientated websites? Without a doubt, schools MUST be obligated to respect their students rights for two main reasons: we pay money to have access to these websites and therefore we should get the full extent of our money but also because the irony of a school restricting the right of a student of access an educational website is unheard of. Speaking in specific, Georgia State should respect student rights due to tuition and their obligation to the student education. Colleges and schools alike need to respect their students as if they were apart of the system, which brings up another question: Should schools involve students in negotiations for rights? I don't believe students would be up in arms to negotiate for their rights online, just because of the microscopic attention given to the TOS anyway, but I do believe students should have the right to negotiate for them. There might be some students who are involved enough. There should be more attention paid to the TOS, mostly because of they dictate the way we use things (apps, websites, etc.) and how they use us (tracking, microphone, etc.).
My essay was sturctured to be easy to read. As I was writing it I made sure it was visually appealing and simple to understand. A lot of this was through proper blocking of the essay. In my essay one major point was to make sure that none of the paragraphs were too long. When they were they looked like walls of text.
The paragraphs that were too long also teded to try to cover too many topics. By paying attention to length it also helped my make sure that paragraphs stayed on topic. Otherwise there wasn't much multimedia in the research essay but there was some in the proposal. That took the form of imagery of data. It showed a chart to justify one of the claims I made. This chart helped to allow people to see and derive the information that I had. It also worked as evidence that didn't need to be explained. It allowed readers to experience the research that I did as well so they could see where I was developing my opinions from.
Imagery has not affected my writing that much but the spacing of paragraphs has. Making sure they don't drone on has been a big consideration for me when writing.
Many studies about the relationship between learning and reflection indicate that long-term learning takes place during reflection about the work rather than simply in doing the work itself. Thus, following each of your projects, you’ll submit a reflection that discusses how your drafts evolved through the composition process, the strengths and weaknesses of your final draft, and what you learned that will help you in future projects.
On Monday, 27 April, you will submit your reflection for Project 5: Multimodal Research Essay. Your reflection should be submitted as a Google Doc in your "Research Essay" folder on Google Drive. You must submit a reflection to avoid receiving an incomplete on the project.
As you complete your reflection for this project, it should respond to the following questions:
- How would you describe the rhetorical situation for this project (purpose, audience, context, author), and how did the rhetorical context influence your decisions about the content and design of your multimodal research essay?
- Which of the readings from our textbooks or other readings for the class proved to be most useful in your work on this project? How did you apply the information you learned from these readings in your design, drafting, or revision process for your multimodal research essay?
- Discuss how your multimodal research essay evolved from one draft to the next in response to in-class workshops, conferences, peer review, or conversations about the readings.
- How did your understanding of the role technology plays in human intellectual, emotional, social, or economic development change as you worked through this project?
- A corollary question to consider is, What did you learn about how linguistic, spatial, and visual modes work together in academic writing? How does the function of linguistic content change or evolve in multimodal contexts?
- Finally, how would you rate the overall performance and contributions of each of peer review group member, including yourself, on this project (fair, good, excellent, needs improvement, etc.)? And why?
Rather than thinking about this prompt as a series of questions that you answer in order, approach your reflections as an essay intended to explain the choices you made over the course of the project, how your intentions evolved, and what you learned from engaging with this project, along with the readings and class discussions.
I addition to responding to these questions, your reflection should give me some insight into your research and composition process. I want to hear about anything that helps me to understand the work you put into this process, your writing process for the linguistic content, your selection and revision process for the multimodal content, the "angle" you took on the project, etc. I like to hear about strengths of your project and also weaknesses, as well as what you would change if you had more time.
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My research essay is about how the ethics of video games are not progressing as quickly as its advancement in technology. Gaming journalism is still mostly biased, women don't receive fair or equal treatment as men in the same gaming professions as them, and game publishers are selling uncompleted, retail-feature lacking to customers. All of these are bad practices in the video game industry that need to be changed, reformed, or abolished.
The resource that I found particularly valuable was an article written by Leah Burrows on The Boston Globe. The article, titled Women Remain Outsiders in The Video Game Industry, provided me with factual statistics, a personal antidote, and other credible information that I implemented in the video game gender ethics section of my multimodal essay.
When it comes to unanswered questions on unknown video game ethics, I don't think that exists. Most ethical problems in the video game industry are typically known to the general public. People have the solution to these ethical problems, but no one in the video game industry wants to be the first or pivotal figure for this new era of game ethics, because the game publications, developers, and press are all profiting off of these unimplemented changes.
My topic for the research essay is about the negative sides of technology effecting the job market. Though My argument is the fact that technology effects the way people work I do use video to explain the way technology should be used to advance us humans instead of replacing. and how technology should be used in that way.
The clip I use is a Ted Talk from a man who lost his leg in a climbing accident. He did not want to be limited by his disability and still wanted to have a happy life of a full functioning human, and he created this for himself. He did not stop there, he went as far as creating these bionic legs arms and other limbs to create a world where humans can take advantage of technologies to supplement their own life. Watch the video it is great.
I plan to use this clip in my argument as a way to convey technology in its positive form. All too often owners like to take the most inexpensive route and go with technologies instead of hiring people and people begin to loose money because they are not able to perform as great as the technologies they are competing against. I feel as though if technologies were used to supplement its humans this world could make huge progress.