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October 28, 2008
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Since “Intertexts” addresses the concept of collaboration, it is only fitting that the article itself stands as a product of collaboration.  And since the quotes referenced seem to show favoring towards collaboration, the negatives seem to be somewhat overlooked.  Besides legal and credit issues, what are some problems of collaboration?

Do problems in collaboration change when the goal changes, meaning the difference between publishing a texts and completing a group project for a grade?

Since “Intertexts” is a collaborative effort about collaboration, the text, in a sense, doesn’t always recognize itself.  The format and construction of the article is rather experimental or alternative.  Does this make collaboration a form of experimentalism?


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Response to Audio Project

October 16, 2008
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Chris Magiet
INFO 390
Mark Barnes

Casual Dialogue Contrasted with Inebriated Behavior

In creating an audio essay, the choice of form and its function takes on a greater significance of weight than one might predict.  Yes, the form may be labeled as simply as “audio” or “aural,” but the specific voices, background noise, timing, and sound level are all choices of form in themselves; just as word choice enhances or degrades the validity of an argument in a traditionally typed essay, the elements of sound function with the same value.  When writing the traditional essay, one concentrates on formation of words into points/arguments/evidence within paragraphs, and the form is already decided for you.  In an audio essay, the sensory medium is implied (ears, hearing) as with written essays (eyes, seeing), but the form of what types of sounds and voices to be used bear more weight on constructing form than the content (what is literally said or heard).
In my audio essay, my goal was to present an informal conversation among peers about a prevalent topic in the university student body.  Originally, I figured that using ambient noise from the location of the conversation would invoke meaning given the topic.  The topic was set to be drunken behavior and topics of conversation at bars and parties involving the typical college student.  I was going to use the background noise of a bar or restaurant around dinnertime as fodder for meaningful accessory sound, with the clanking of glasses, music from the jukebox, faded banter from elsewhere in the establishment, voices of bartenders and servers, and whatever else could be noticed in the ambiance of a bar.  After further contemplation on this choice of form, I considered a different avenue for showing meaning through sound outside of the actual main dialogue.
I managed to record sound at a friend’s birthday party, where alcohol consumption was probably in excess, and captured conversations, rants, and interjections.  I figured that superimposing more directly captured ambiance next to a direct dialogue would exemplify my points more thoroughly.  The dialogue focuses on how informal conversation or discourse compares to inebriated versions.  In one sense, the audio piece as a whole could be viewed as in a single location, where there is a sober conversation occurring within a chaotic slew of drunken rant.  Interestingly, the issues addressed in the dialogue mimic the content of the party atmosphere in the background.  In another possible interpretation, one could perceive the two audio samples as engaging in a conversation or discourse between themselves.  As I moved further along in editing the sound clips and arranging the levels, I noticed somewhat of an unexpected phenomenon in which due to spikes of sound intensity on one track some content seemed to bleed into its counterpart, sounding like it belongs in the other line of sound and creating an interwoven aspect of parallel progressions of audio.
Within the different layers of my goal, I wanted to show the aspects of “essay” as we know it traditionally, and how they can be applied to different modes and mediums of various calibers.  The functions of essay to engage in some sort of discourse and show examples has seemed to provide worth when applied to various modes, as we see with newscasts, television shows, radio broadcasts, podcasts, internet videos, blogs, text messages, and so on.  While not trying to show the effectiveness of one method over another, I wanted to illustrate the great potential for effectiveness in various modes once the concept of what the traditional accomplishes is realized.  Perhaps this is somewhat hinting at a remediation of concept in addition to remediation of tangible content.

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Audio Essay

October 16, 2008
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click on the link to either download or listen to the essay.

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October 14, 2008
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Does the quality of a documentary change, whether it is strictly planned out or with an ending in doubt, if the equipment is “insufficient” for either situation?

Is non-fiction film necessarily documentary?  What exactly is the difference if there is one?

If there is concern for “truth versus reality” in reality videos and shows, shouldn’t the same concern be applied to traditionally made documentaries?

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On Shipka

October 7, 2008
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Shipka claims in his article, “Asking students to
imagine two or three ways of responding to a task helps to underscore the point that rhetorical
and material soundness is not about producing the perfect text (i.e., one that works equally
well for every audience or in every context), but about being willing and flexible enough to
think beyond, or to think in addition to, the repertoire of choices one eventually commits to as
deadlines approach and texts are due.”

In response to this, wouldn’t many students instead of trying to explore different multi-genre modes rather try to figure which will be most compatible with their strengths when considering deadlines?

In response to Dan’s press package project: Since his goal was to entertain listeners about the the OED subject, doesn’t this contradict the idea of rigorous academic point-making?

Doesn’t this just contribute to the notion that multi-modal composition reflects the “playing” of students in multi-genre academics?

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photo essay

October 2, 2008
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in response to photographic essay

October 2, 2008
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Chris Magiet

INFO 390

Mark Barnes


Picture Messages of Text Messages

In this photographic essay, the focal purpose was to call into question the contexts in which many of us find ourselves using text messages. Many of us can certainly agree that the use of text messages has exponentially increased over a few recent years, but it seems as though sometimes we overlook the precarious situations in which we use the silent form of communication (and at times elusive or secretive). It is in these situations I cannot help but wonder: Do we need to text now?

As I thought about this concept, I began to tinker with the possibility that text messaging could function on contrast to the general goal of communication. Perhaps texting at some point becomes a form of anti-communication. The factors that seem to contribute to this notion include the ability for text messaging to allow delay between responses. Since the rhetoric of text messaging is almost exclusively conversational, text messages appear as a fragmented telephone conversation. While e-mail possesses the same concept of delayed thought-out response, text messaging carries with it the expectation for instant response. Very often, this expectation for instantaneous response gets corrupted by factors of deception of location, activity, and time. These factors seem to fragment the aspired fluency of communication.

As much as there are inconsistencies in communication through text messaging, the contributing factors also exist in the environment around the text-messenger. I tried to exhibit this in my photographs. The potential breakdown of communication that lingers in the act of text messaging is evident countless times a day. Perhaps someone is trying to communicate through speaking to some who is text messaging. Since the text message can usually wait, the speaking situation is flawed. I have found that this breakdown is rooted in somewhat of a social gravitation towards isolation in a growing world of presumed person-to-person connectivity via technology.

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Chris Magiet is a blog editor for TrainSignal Training, writing about the new things going on at TrainSignal. He brings news on training releases, industry updates, and more exclusive content. A recent Liberal Arts grad from the University of Illinois, Chris joined the TrainSignal team to support a great experience for the users of TrainSignal Training.