Digital Capstone Project Abstract

Local Atlanta Bands Abstract Local Atlanta Bands is part of my digital capstone project for English 4320. It aims to highlight emerging indie music coming on to the Atlanta scene. The rhetorical choice of the blog is short, easy to read profiles of bands that is intended to be read on-the-go, or if the reader only has a few minutes (mostly due in part to readability online slowed by 30%). It utilizes multimodality and provides the reader with pictures, videos, sound clips, links, and basic band information. I started the project for Dr. Holmes’ Digital Writing and Publishing course last spring, and decided to continue the project. I am proud of the work I put into my project, and I hope the audience enjoys what I’ve produced. Local Atlanta...

Career Review Presentation

My career review presentation can be viewed on Prezi. A copy of the interview transcript is found below:     What is the typical length of study as a graduate student? It varies depending on the program, how quickly a student is able to finish their coursework, how long it takes them to finish their thesis, etc. I’m wrapping up my fourth year, with one left to go, but I have friends who entered the MFA program at the same time I did—or even later!—who are graduating this spring. So it’s possible to finish the MFA program in three years, but it takes a certain degree of monomaniacal focus that I don’t really have, I think. (For one thing, it means taking the comp exam and turning in your thesis the same semester, almost immediately after finishing your coursework, which…yeesh. Good for them if they can pull it off, though.) This program can offer no more than four years of funding for MFA students, and five years for PhD students—but I didn’t start receiving funding until halfway through my second year, so I’m still covered through next spring. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your graduate classes? (This may include actual credit hours and/or time spent doing work outside of class.) It depends on the class, really. For most lit studies classes, we end up reading about a book a week (maybe two weeks for longer books), along with supplementary materials, our own written work, etc. It’s been a couple of years since I was last taking a full load of classes, but I remember it taking…most...

Stanley E. Jones and Curtis D. LeBaron’s “Research on the Relationship Between Verbal and Nonverbal Communication” Gestural Annotations

In Stanley E. Jones and Curtis D. LeBaron’s article “Research on the Relationship Between Verbal and Nonverbal Communication: Emerging Integrations,” the pair argue that for years verbal and nonverbal communications have been studied separately. They urge for researchers to study the relationship between the two as part of a whole. Below are my gestural annotations for the article. (source: Smithsonian Magazine) Cultural respect (handshake). (source: Stratosphere Studio) “Demonstrative Suffering” (Heath) (source: ETQT Etiquette)...

Career Interview and Observation Summary

For my career review, I interviewed and observed Jamey McDermott. Jamey is a Creative Writing graduate student as well as a professor at Georgia State University. He also is a contributing editor at Five Points, a literary journal hosted at the university. During the observation, Jamey talked about his experiences as both a graduate student and a professor of English Composition (he has also taught Introduction to Creative Writing). His day-to-day tasks vary each day. As far as his biggest challenge as a graduate student? Money (at one point) and time management. For the interview, I emailed Jamey some questions mostly referring to writing and its process. Below is a (brief) manuscript of the interview: What do you think is the most rewarding part about teaching? The most challenging? Jamey McDermott: This is a pretty broad answer, but I really like the process of actually working with students, interacting with them in the classroom (when they’re engaged in the discussion, at least). It’s a great feeling when I’m able to help students reach certain understandings/conclusions about writing—whether it’s composition or fiction. It doesn’t work quite as well when I’m just lecturing about whatever subject matter, but I think I’m pretty good at leading discussions (if/when my students are willing to participate, which isn’t always the case). The most challenging parts are grading and trying to get students engaged on “off” days. Grading is very time-consuming, but that part’s fine: what I find most challenging about it is trying to give quantitative assessments for written work. It always comes down to my own subjective judgment, ultimately, which it took me a...

Bump Halbritter’s “Musical Rhetoric in Integrated-Media Composition” Sonic Annotations

“An epideictic speaker excels at character portrayal.” – Aristotle In Bump Halbritter’s article, “Musical Rhetoric in Integrated-Media Composition,” the author argues that a film’s soundtrack (that is, the mix of dialogue, music, and sounds) can convey a director’s rhetoric, and provide meaning in a piece where words spoke by characters may fail. Halbritter examines the use of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in 1983’s The Big Chill and a student-produced video of 1999’s Fight Club mixed with the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.” Below, are my sonic annotations for the article. From Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999) featuring “Magic Man” by Heart (source: YouTube) (source: YouTube) From Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979) featuring Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin (source: YouTube) From Wes Anderon’s Rushmore (1998) featuring The Kink’s “Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl” Works Cited Halbritter, Bump. “Musical Rhetoric in Integrated-Media Composition.” Computers and Composition. 23.3. (2006): 317-334. Web. The Virgin Suicides. Dir. Sofia Coppola. Perf. Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett. Paramount Classics, 1999. Film. Heart. “Magic Man.” Dreamboat Annie. Mushroom, 1976. Audio. Rushmore. Dir. Wes Anderson. Perf. Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray. Tombstone Pictures, 1998. Film. Kinks, The. “Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl.” Kinda Kinks. Pye, 1965. Audio. Manhattan. Dir. Woody Allen. Perf. Woody Allen, Mariel Hemingway. United Artists, 1979. Film. Gershwin, George. Rhapsody in Blue. Perf. New York Philharmonic. Audio....
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