Last But Not Least ; Blog 12

Throughout this semester, Dr.Wharton has exposed us to so many new ways of doing things. She has taught us how to change a plain text research essay into an essay that contains multimodal compositions. I know for me, when I think of an essay, I think of times new roman, 12 font, and black words on white paper. I would have never imagined images being placed into a piece of work and it still qualifies as a research essay, or any essay for that matter. Being the visual person that I am, working with a multimodal styled essays is extremely helpful. The multimedia components help me further explain my argument. However, I am not the one to rely on images or videos to explain my thoughts or to explain the actual context of the argument. The images being used in my research essay will do nothing more than be a visual aid to help further explain its matching argument or claim.

Another beneficial aspect of working with multimodal essays is the freedom to express your creativity.  Mainly referring to the actual layout of the essay. I personally do not mind the times new roman, 12 font, typed, double spaced paper. In my opinion, it’s the easiest to read and it has a professional look to it. So of course, that’s the style I’ll be sticking with.


3 thoughts on “Last But Not Least ; Blog 12”

  1. As you, I also thought that a research essay paper or any college paper has to be as plain as possible. No images, or graphs or videos. I assumed they would interfere with the message we’re trying to get across. This course changed the way we write, by adding visual mode (image and sound) to the already existing modes (linguistic and spatial). The book says that “in order to produce a successful text, writers must be able to consciously use different modes both alone and in combination to each other” (Writer Design pg. 3).

    I do remember your images were used to show different bedside manners. You said that your images are just a visual aid, a broad overview of how technology could not replace bedside manner. I second that since I was part of your peer review group :) You had a nice TED talk about the doctor patient relationship and due to the speaker’s status; the source is credible and backs up the visual mode. And as I previously said, this combo makes a successful text!

  2. Couldn’t agree with you. Dr. Wharton has definitely open us up to a new way of research that I absolutely appreciate. To me it makes writing the paper a little easier because pictures are truly worth a thousand words . I think the way you plan on using the images in your research paper is good. Especially because though pictures are worth a thousand words, if not explained they can be misinterpreted. I love the creative aspect of the research paper and I would have that, that has been the aspect that appreciate the most. My topic is on sex trafficking so using imagery will be a powerful statement.

  3. I strongly agree with everything that you’ve said in this post. Before Dr. Wharton’s course, I never knew that you could add multimodes such as photos, videos, and podcasts to an essay, and it still be considered an essay. The only thing I ever considered was the standard MLA format (Times, 12 pt. font, double spaced), because that is what has been taught to us time and time again throughout our schooling. College has definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things such as this.

    I also agree with you on the fact that the sole purpose of the addition of the addition of these multimodes should be to enhance your text. Having too many pictures, font styles, and colors can overshadow your argument and leave the reader distracted and confused. It is a good idea to have a balance between the two to create harmony in your essay.

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