After you listen to all of the listening assignments for tomorrow (see syllabus!), then please write a careful rhetorical and compositional analysis of This American Life–Superpowers! or “Lament for Joe Hall.” For example: What do you notice about how it is put together? How does it draw upon the distinct affordances of sound as a mode of storytelling? Can you talk about it’s affect and effect on the audience (you)? Does it make you feel or experience particular emotions? What will you take away from this piece as you begin your own work in audio? Be sure to point to specific moments in the podcast to illustrate your ideas.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
As a reminder:
DIY Blog Posts should provide practical instruction on a particular skill or technique that is not covered by the in-class studio, in-class practice or assigned tutorials but that might be useful for other students in the course. DIY posts should include relevant images (screenshots, etc.) and links to additional web resources or tutorials, as needed.
The idea behind these is that you do a little research and play around with the software. Google something you might want to figure out and then make your own tutorial. Personalize it and make it fun. Be ready to teach someone your trick on Wednesday!
We will also begin AUDIO and talk about your final website design ideas! Be ready to share those. Please be sure to do the readings:
Final Design Mockup (three pages + color scheme / fonts / image ideas) – bring to class!
Read:“On Your Mark. Get Set. Start Your Story.”
Read: Story Structure: E
Listen: Ira Glass on Storytelling, Part 1
For this post, spend some time browsing the Web and identify a website whose look and feel you really like. (Try to find a site that is new to you — a google search for “web design galleries” might be a place to start.) Think about the choices made by the designer (layout, colors, typography, visual concept, navigation, etc.) and write a detailed design analysis of the site. What makes the site “work” for you? How are different components of the site working together to produce a particular feel or effect? What is its rhetoric (ie. purpose, audience, argument)? What might you take away from this site design as you think about your own web design concept? As always, please include relevant screenshots and links for the class.
Choose an image — one that you find particularly challenging or compelling — from one of these three particular photo essays we are viewing for this class (“The Ruins of Detroit,” “Where the Children Sleep,” and “Remembering Hardware”) and write a detailed visual analysis. Drawing upon the readings for last week (“Top 10 Photography Composition Rules” and “The Photo Essay: Give It Your Best Shot”), your analysis should address (1) the key compositional elements of the image, (2) how you see the image fitting within the scheme of the larger photo essay of which it forms a part, (3) the emotional or rhetorical affect/effect the image evokes in you as a viewer and (4) the story the image conveys.
(Remember that rhetoric is all the available means of persuasion working together to persuade an audience toward some purpose. When you use rhetoric to analyze a piece, you want to switch from what it’s saying to how it’s saying it.)
This is due by 12 noon on Monday.
Looking forward to reading!
DIY VIDEO: DIY Blog Posts should provide practical instruction on a particular skill or technique that is not covered by the in-class studio, in-class practice or assigned tutorials but that might be useful for other students in the course. DIY posts should include relevant images (screenshots, etc.) and links to additional web resources or tutorials, as needed. Have fun with these and make them your own. Consider something you want to learn yourself or something you can help others learn. Please do not simply copy a tutorial online or offer a link. Instead, learn something from an online tutorial, but then personalize it, learn it, teach it, and share it with the class.
Looking forward to it!