Here you will find all my projects still in the making
Rough Draft of Reflective intro
The ultimate goal of my English 1101 class “Science in Public” was for me to be able to effectively communicate the purposes and effects of scientific pieces to an audience of my choosing. I had never had the freedom of choosing any particular audience that I desired in prior English classes, and with this freedom came new responsibility that I had yet to be exposed to. I had to effectively relate to an audience the specific aspects I was trying to point out in these scientific articles and videos, ensuring that my project would use multiple modes in order to stimulate interest in the topic. The only modes previous English classes had required me to use merely included essays and PowerPoints, which were quite limited in regard to sending out the desired feelings and information, as in English 1101 we were to design entire websites and compose in whatever we thought to be the best media for particular projects. I had believed my writing to be strong based on my grades for high school English classes, but at the beginning of this semester, realized that I had much room for improvement. I learned…..
Liked contrast between high school and this class
Too in depth, focus more on just introducing the piece first
11/28/16 Critical Thinking Artifact
My works have entailed the use of critical thinking using various methods, such as analyzing arguments to demonstrate an understanding of the author’s purpose for communication. For example, I analyze Eric Holthaus’ RollingStone article in Values of Science: Don’t Learn the Hard Way “‘The [climate scientists] included this chilling warning: If emissions aren’t cut, ‘We conclude that multi-meter sea-level rise would become practically unavoidable. Social disruption and economic consequences of such large sea-level rise could be devastating. It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable, threatening the fabric of civilization’ (Holthaus). Just in those few sentences, Holthaus’ article takes a rather apocalyptic-sounding tone. With his words combined with those of the scientists, he infers that if humanity does not work proactively and try to offset these global changes before they get any worse, civilization as we know it could come to an end as the majority of it will be forced to move inland. As this was a rather bold claim, Holthaus ensured that it would look valid in the eyes of the public…” In this portion of my analysis of Holthaus’ article, I explicitly state the inferred ideas that his writing attempts to spurn within the mind of the reader, in order to further analyze the effectiveness of his article in communicating to the reader. This demonstrates a method in which I have learned to think critically about an author’s message, in which I analyze their writing to reveal its purpose.
Original section of blog post (West Coast (not Best Coast))
Doomsday threats of Yellowstone erupting, California falling into the sea, and now the entire northwest of the United States crumbling to pieces? Man am I glad I don’t live on the west coast! To think I’ve actually visited both of those places in the last four years, I’m glad I already did!
Revised 11/2/16 – actually gave some context to my first sentence with a quote from The Really Big One
Doomsday threats of Yellowstone erupting, California falling into the sea, and now the entire northwest of the United States crumbling to pieces? Man am I glad I don’t live on the west coast! It is absolutely unbelievable that I had no idea of the level of threat the northwest USA was under, and that fact disgusts me. The news media and federal government in general has done little to inform anyone of this it seems, as even I, one who pays a great deal of attention to the news (especially when it comes to science) had never heard a single word of this threat until presented with a New York Times article in my college English class! In it, Kathryn Schulz tells us of the apocalyptic sounding threat, as “When the next very big earthquake hits, the northwest edge of the continent, from California to Canada and the continental shelf to the Cascades, will drop by as much as six feet and rebound thirty to a hundred feet to the west—losing, within minutes, all the elevation and compression it has gained over centuries. Some of that shift will take place beneath the ocean, displacing a colossal quantity of seawater.” She goes on to describe to us how this scenario really is a legitimate threat given all the science behind it. That right there sent up several red flags in my mind, as why hadn’t I known about this? And what will be the nation-wide effects of such a disaster? However, most importantly, will I just happen to be in the area when such a cataclysm occurs!?
To think I’ve actually visited both of those areas of the U.S. in the last four years, I’m glad I already did….
Graslie questions 10/28/2016
- We all possess curiosity – however many of our interests would never have surfaced if they had not somehow presented themselves.
- Throughout Graslie’s presentation, she displays pictures of some of the rare oddities in her museum, likely invoking curiosity in those that had not seen such things before. These slides help her argument in that the audience may have never even thought of such things had they not been shown them by someone else.
- These slides show that curiosity is spurned by discovery, and that we need to explore the world to discover interests we never would have had otherwise.
“Curious” -Kim Todd questions 10/28/2016
- What’s her argument? – Todd seems to relate throughout her text that curiosity is an innate aspect of the human (and animal) mind. It can be good to get ideas flowing, but also can do more harm than good when taken to unnecessary places.
- Quote that supports your contention that 1 is true. – “Thought it’s easy to laugh at
Brooks, the preacher who claimed ‘curiosity is spiritual drunkenness,’
maybe he has a point about the risk that it will distort our sense of what
is important, that it will obscure the big picture”
- Your interpretation of what 2 means- In this, I feel that Todd is relating that curiosity is beneficial in that finding many small aspects of something can lead to figure out the mammoth of fact/theory behind them. However, focusing too hard on the little things and studying them for our own amusement can cause our focus to stray and perhaps distort our values.
Transforming Tech Science
The Georgia Tech video telling of how Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves was proven almost 100 years later can change the way we think of space and gravity, and of course change the way we think about an already influential man, and additionally the ad even appeals to most of the general public as almost everyone has some interest in hearing modern news about Einstein.
PopSci vs. Tech Muddy Bot
First off, PopSci’s article is significantly shorter and less in-depth than Tech’s
PopSci doesn’t even mention how GT collaborated with several other schools to conduct this research (Like Carnegie)
Tech’s article mentions the names of all the primary affiliates in this research project, while PopSci only references a single person’s quote
Tech’s article even gives background to the history of this kind of research, while PopScie mentions nothing of the sort.
Tech’s article is somewhat similar to a lab report, while PopSci’s is similar to just a minor news story
Tech’s article describes the hows and whys of the project in a very detailed manner, which would appeal to anyone more experienced on the subject, while PopSci’s broad overview seems to be more aimed at the general public
Spinning Science Peer Review
For Ed’s project
All around I feel it satisfactorily follows the rubric.
Rhetorical awareness: competent
Development of ideas: mature
Design for medium: mature
Reflection on Spinning Science Peer Review
This peer review session helped me to essentially pick up the things I missed or should have elaborated more on when writing this photo essay. It gave me an idea of where my writing may fall on the rubric, and on the areas I could improve (such as perhaps attempting to incorporate less history into the essay to make space for more analysis). The most difficult factor in revising all this is the 750 word limit, however, as I already did not incorporate all of the bits of analysis I had wished to include.
Spinning Science Ad Analysis 9/12/16
I always found the American propaganda advertisements produced during World War II to be quite interesting in the way they attempted to relay their message to the general public. Therefore, as I searched for ads from this era that would be good candidates for an analysis, I came across this one and was immediately intrigued with the number of elements the illustrator included in the image, since it appeals to the average citizen’s mind in various ways. There are several assumptions one can make about this U.S.government during this time by looking at the ad, as just the fact that it needed to call on all citizens for help signifies that it was in a time of need. After all, the ad’s sole purpose is to encourage citizens to buy war bonds to aid the war effort. In my analysis, I will describe how each piece of this war advertisement appeals to the average citizen’s mind in different ways, and the interesting ways it does so, as I believe this particular picture depicts the mindset of the American people during this era very well.
Common First Week Video Reflection as of 8/29/16
English 1101 J4
Common First Week Video Reflection
- My process consisted of thinking about what I wished to relate to my audience about writing, how I was going to say it, and what aids I would use to gain their attention so that they would fully receive my message. I then went about putting all my ideas together into making the video, despite having to start off with several takes due to stumbling over my words.
I liked my process of minimally reading small notes to remind me of the main points I wished to cover, as I felt it allowed my message to reach a more personal level of the audience. However, this at the same time was my downfall, as I also did not go as in depth as I had originally intended.
- I am most satisfied with how complete the video feels, as I believe that my message is complete in relating how I wish to improve my writing this semester. I feel that it certainly can connect on a personal level of the audience, at least to an extent, because of the visual cues, eye contact, and nonverbal cues (the sticky note and hand motions especially.
- If I could’ve done the video over again, I would’ve made sure I practiced what I intended to say a bit more so that I wouldn’t have stumbled and been forced to start over a few times. Additionally, with a more complete looking script, I may have been able to make my point even more clear than it appeared in my current video. I believe the presentation of the video is certainly accurate for its purpose, but that the message itself could have been emphasized just a little more clearly.