Discourse #5

In the blog post “Kesha and Rape Culture in the Music Industry,” Morton connects a very specific idea created within feminist ideology and connects it with the culture at large, allowing the readers to learn about rape culture in way that matters to them. There is an intermingling of information of the court case surrounding the pop-singer Kesha who is suing her producer, Dr. Luke. While this may sound like celebrity media that has no substance, focusing on the fact that Kesha was raped and assaulted many times while working with her producer, the writer critiques the way the law is handling  it and how it is a product of misogyny.

Around half of the blog post is about the details of the case, from Kesha’s beginnings with Dr. Luke as a rising pop-star, to the current case and how there are many obstacles in her way. While this isn’t focused on the policies surrounding the case, and there is little information given about the charges besides what they are, the audience gets a stable understanding of the case.

Next, there is a focus on the impact of the case of social media and our culture. While it doesn’t necessarily invite the reader to become part of the campaign to aid Kesha, it is shown to the reader so they could make the decision themselves. The author also puts in their opinions of Kesha’s music, and how she is different.

In the last paragraph, which I find lacking, the reader gets a small lesson on Rape Culture. It could have even given a good sentence to round off the rest of the post, but it just ends with how disadvantaged survivors are when they speak out. The concept could have been condensed to something that fit within the style of the blog, which is medium and informal, but it isn’t there. Overall, the post is well organized for the audience, which are young adults, though it could have been elaborated to be more informational.

Discourse #4

The blog post “Real Education for Healthy Youth Act Fights for Comprehensive Sex Education” begins with a funny connection to the popular movie, Mean Girls. While the reader might chuckle a bit at the line and the GIF, the writer does bring to light that this problem isn’t something that shows up on a teen flick. It is a problem that is a reality. Using this reference, she tastefully is able to hook some readers into the actual issues that our country faces on sexual education.

After the quick transition from the humor, we are then informed about the statistics surrounding young adults and their rates of STI transmission, which are affected by the lack of education. The information is succinct and there aren’t too many numbers and points that she covers, so the reader isn’t bogged down.

Next, the writer goes to talk about the new bill being passed around for legislation. She goes straight to the point, highlighting the major changes it would ask for our education system, leaving out any additional wordiness that would distract the reader. The rest of the article is then focused on the bill, educating the reader. The audience is again young people, who want the information quickly and without all the fluff.

Finally, she then starts to include all the populations that will benefit, which widens the audience more, and then suggests ways they could be active. This is solidifying the connection between the audience and the writer. They also become an engaged person within this community.

The whole post is in an informal style. It is slightly shorter than the other posts, with smaller paragraphs.  I believe it might even be in a low style, but it does have some elements of medium style. There is a lot of personality and culture references to this post, more so than the other posts.

Discourse #3

In the article “Is Campus Carry Safe for Everyone?,”Foster brings the question of whether or not the future law is protecting everyone. In order to connect the danger that guns present, she connects the date that the upcoming law takes effect to a time when there was a shooting at the University of Texas. Already, she is trying to get to the point that students holding guns on campus isn’t a good idea. She even brings up ways that students themselves have tried to negate the law.

In this article, there is less condensing of information and more about hearing the voices of different students across Texas, from different universities. She is also very careful to unite them as a body of students, visually showing that through the use of bold letters. While it is a stretch to say it’s a “reproductive justice” issue, I understand the sentiment that comes with that kind of activism. Everyone should have the right in order to feel safe.

The way that she builds up the end of the blog post is excellent. She first begins with an interview she had with  a student, that just brings up the question of overall safety. Then it continues to delve deeper into the problems of race and government overreach. It is refreshing to hear the voices of different students. They don’t all agree with themselves, but they do bring a new perspective.

In the end of the post, she unites the students by saying that universities have to listen to the voices of concerned students in order to make policies that benefit us all. Using interviews of students creates a strong piece that makes it seem that there is a group that cares about the issues (though there might be a large number that are apathetic.) In a more informal style, she gives the reader information and let’s the voices of some students be heard.

Discourse #2

In the article, “Let’s Shout About Birth Control!,” there is more information about certain policies that are getting up into action through the judicial system. Luckily, Martin is able to explain to the audience most of the situation without giving them long explanations that would otherwise go over their heads. Again, this is a more informal style, but I still believe it is within the medium range. The first couple of paragraphs are full of this kind of quick information that doesn’t drag on. Then there is a transition into something more personal, something with more of a voice, which I do enjoy.

The voice comes from the fact that these laws can have an affect with individuals that are similar to the writer. She lists all the possible reasons that birth control can be used besides preventing pregnancy, some of which will be new to potential readers that aren’t too informed.

She then continues to inform the reader about how these laws are there because they want companies that are religiously affiliated to not have to require coverage for birth control, because it infringes on their rights. While I would have gone on to drag these companies for their unreasonable demands, she does so gracefully and with respect.

After she is done informing the reader about these policies and laws, she goes back to give us images of people who use the pill for reasons that are legitimate, and are our humans rights to obtain legal and accessible healthcare. She ties this all together nicely by acknowledging the culture that she works in: social media. Using hashtags to get the reader to be more involved with the movement.

This article easily informed the reader, condensing the information so that the reader could access it without much trouble. She also connected the information more successfully to the individuals that are affected by these laws. Since she was one of those individuals, it made it easier to hear her concerns and put her voice. It was a good balance between these kinds of styles.

Discourse #1

On the blog post, “Alabama Anti-Marriage Equality Bill Also Hurts Victims of Domestic Abuse,” there is a sense trying to make the information about Alabama’s court decision more accessible to people who are of college age. The whole length of the post is quite short and to the point. While I would have thought there would be more of a voice in this post, I felt it was quite tame. There is only one line that I find kind of pointed, and it is the first sentence, “In an example of post-judicial infantilism, the state of Alabama is doing everything it possibly can to discourage same-sex marriage.” I enjoyed that kind of tone and I wish there was more of it within the post.

Going back to its style, I’d say the style of the blog post is in the higher end of medium. There is some jargon, but not to the point that one couldn’t understand the whole post. I believe that this post tried to use the minimum amount of jargon because it would make the information on the legal matters too dense, and thus they would lose the audience. There is a balance of information and accessibility. I could tell that there is a clear focusing on the issues at hand, and how it could affect other people.

The overall theme is bringing up the history Alabama has with trying to make it harder for same sex individuals to get married, all the ridiculous ways they have tried to do so, then connecting it with how it could affect women. I believe it is a good way to inform people that not following certain laws can affect other individuals besides the ones who are directly affected. While I appreciate condensing the information to a quick blog post that I could read while going from one class to the other, thus keeping me up to date with the current news, I would have liked more personality.

 

Exercise from Chapter 5

As the age of technology allows us to spread information about other regions of the world in a matter of seconds, there are many individuals who are coming across points of views that challenge their own views, and thus react against them. The spread of art and other media is also now easier because of the internet. Now, people are constantly critiquing music, films, and paintings made by artists, because they not only spread a foreign idea, but because it no longer reflects the status quo. Gaming has become one of the many battlegrounds that “digital activists” fight against one another. Should characters be censored when they are insensitive to the country to which it gets imported to? Or does it hinder the “art form” that is the game, the designs and visions of the developers. The censorship is games have always been there, but now that Western countries have access to Eastern releases, audiences are able to compare and see what is different.

One of the two main forces that are fighting for these games are feminists and those that want to save the game’s original format. One main argument is the way female game characters are portrayed. Usually, the designs of female characters include skimpy outfits and impossibly large breasts, with ridiculous physics as well. Now, some feminists find this over-sexualization of characters harmful and don’t represent the majority of women well. Others bring up the point that these characters are just characters, and don’t reflect much about our society as it is art, and should not be censored. While I don’t like censorship, I believe that people do need to step in and criticize the values that these artists have that allows for inappropriate portrayal of women. There are also the topics of racism that East Asian cultures aren’t always too aware of, since they don’t have a history of enslavement of Black individuals. Most people say it isn’t racist since it doesn’t come from a sentiment of hate, but when it is close to following harmful caricatures, I believe it should be fixed in order to make the game more accessible to others.

While I find the arguments for most of these ridiculous, especially by the way it is handled through digital spaces, I am glad there is a conversation going on within the community. They ask for developers to focus on what they want to give their players, and see if these portrayals add or take from that focus. Do we really need a girl running around a zombie-infested dungeon in a string bikini? Does following stereotypes for Black, Hispanic, Russian characters help move the gameplay forward, or is it there because the developers are unoriginal/have no time to develop actual characterization? Because these questions are being asked, there is a solid critique for these games, and future games. As developers hear their players’ cries on whether they should follow their vision or find a way to improve it as to not hurt their audience, the way they create games is changing.

When writing these three pieces, I wanted to talk about a subject that affects me as a consumer of games. I “played it by the book” and wrote something fairly accessible while informative. I’d say the style is of a medium tone, and is much more formal that what I had originally wanted.

Exercise from Chapter 4

There is a meticulous detail to time within these couple of paragraphs from Sandra Cisnero’s The House on Mango Street. There is also a lot of motion going on within the story too, with Earl moving in and out of his apartment and his dogs jumping up and down. In order to convey the motions of time, as well as the recurring nature of what is being depicted, I believe the camera should also always be in motion, and each scene isn’t necessarily connected all the time by the next scene. One scene is shown, then time passes, then the next scene.

The first scene would be Nenny looking at the basement apartment either in the morning as she leaves for school, noting the blinds are close as the sun hits the window. Then, there would be another instance in time where the audience sees Earl leave from his apartment, with an emphasis on the small door, maybe making it seem tiny compared to his frame. Then the next thing would be his dogs, which could be interacting with him outside his home. He could either be playing with them, giving them a cause for always jumping around, or maybe he could be feeding them, and their excitement can be shown through the leaps and somersaults. These scenes would not be motionless in themselves. They will have the camera panning from one side to another. Maybe Nenny walks to school, and she looks at the window as she walks across his place, the camera looking into the window, but the audience only sees blinds.

In order to convey that Nenny is watching all of this happen, it has to come from the side that she is able to see, whether she is looking out the window and sees his place, or is just interacting outside her home and is able to witness him. Now one of the troubling issues that I am not sure would be able to go well into the film without narrator is the sense of dampness, since it uses touch. The second paragraph has a lot of sound based sentences that are easily portrayed as he noisily comes home from work, and is playing with his dogs, as they bark, leap, and cause their tags to jingle. But how does one give a sense of moisture to his place. One, I believe that we do get a glimpse of the room, but only from outside the door, and it should be dark and blue. Maybe there will be greens, because I envision moss on a rock by the sea. Maybe the door could be made to sound as if it has water damage, and it makes that moan as it is opened. Show the room while it’s raining outside? I can also imagine if the surrounding ground is full of moist earth, and thus the room would too be moist as it is underground. Maybe even show a leaking pipe.

The emphasis on time of the story has to be shown with motion and playing with lighting. Early morning, afternoon, and then night time scenes could work perfectly. Then the motion of the camera will make the scenes more dynamic.