Hey Harry Hey Matilda: A Visual Annotation

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Instagram Narrative Proposal

The intention of the project that we will refer to as the “Instagram Narrative” is to create a narrative in which the linguistic is either just as important as or less important than the visual.  For my purposes, when I use the term “the visual”, what I intend to encompass is image, motion with or without sound, gesture, and dance.  I do not simply refer to the image or the photograph. The inspiration for the Instagram Narrative project is Hey Harry Hey Matilda, the first Instagram novel to grace our screens.  The short epistolary was written at one time and is being slowly released over a period of nine months.  What is unique about this Instagram account is not that the visual tells a story along with words–children’s stories do that–nor is it unique because of its intentional arrangement–comics and movies do this.  What is unique is the medium and the constraints that come along with it.  One constraint is that the text portion of the entry has to stay relatively small.  Readers will only continue to read the text inside of the “Caption” box for so long before becoming bored.  In fact, we might consider an ultra-hurried reader to be another one of our Instagram-specific constraints.  It is our job as the creators to slow our readers down.  A tool that we use to do this is the visual.  On Instagram, the visuals appear in tile form and act as the title page for the written component.  This means that if the visual is not appealing, the text is not seen.  Thus, the visual is the gateway to the...

Digital Capstone Project Proposal

Digital Capstone Project Proposal (Abstract) For my digital capstone project, I will be expanding upon a previous project I started for Dr. Holmes’ course, Digital Writing and Publishing, in the spring of 2015. For the course, I created a WordPress site, a blog that I called Local Atlanta Bands. I started the blog in an effort to highlight up and coming indie bands in the local Atlanta area. My audience for the site is mainly focused on college students and for people of the ages of 18-30 years of age. This audience is not limited to this age group, but I intended it to be for young people. I started the blog because I believe that Atlanta is a great, and growing, place for the indie music scene. For the digital capstone project, I plan on expanding posts by adding more content. I also plan on conducting more interviews with musicians of the Atlanta scene as well as reaching out to some other music blogs based in Atlanta. The purpose of the blog is to educate the public on the music scene in Atlanta. Places like New York and Los Angeles have long been regarded as the musical hubs of the United States and Local Atlanta Bands will argue for Atlanta’s scene. The content of the blog will incorporate several different elements. I will include many visuals, audio and video clips, and will attempt to include more interactive elements to the site (instead of a static page). Since the content will be a WordPress blog that is hosted online, the text will be short, easy to digest content that...

Capstone Proposal

After reading Joshua Reeves’ “Temptation and Its Discontents: Digital Rhetoric, Flow, and the Possible,” I have become more and more intrigued with the idea of controlled flow online and an audiences perceived agency in online interactions.  While audiences tend to feel in control of their clicking choices, I want to delve deeper into the construction and/or limitations within those choices as decided by the composer of the website, and what implications those choices have. After researching user interaction based on data mining, navigational patterns, and eye-tracking studies, I will complete a small study having users interact with one of two websites. One of the sites will be a “closed” site where any provided links will keep the user on the site, creating loops within the site.  This is perceived agency for the audience and high control for the composer (with few link options that keep them on the page).  The second website will be an “open” site with hyperlinks taking the users from the page.  This website will be provide more agency for the audience and less control for the composer (with more available links taking them away from the page, will they come back?). Through the use of an analytic program, I plan to gain knowledge as to how much time users will spend on one site compared to the other, as well as to how varying hyperlinks affect the way a user interacts with a site by tracking navigational patterns.  Following the users interaction, I will have them complete a survey in order to gain perspective on user emotion towards the varying sites, likes and dislikes, ease of...
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