Critical Thinking Through Writing 2

“Assemblage theory . . . emphasizes fluidity, exchangeability, and multiple functionalities. Assemblages appear to be functioning as a whole, but are actually coherent bits of a system whose components can be ‘yanked’ out of one system, ‘plugged’ into another, and still work” –“Assemblage Theory,” University of Texas ________________________________________________________ The pieces of the pie. The parts that are able to combine and make meaning, change, evolve, or exchange and create alternate meanings are assemblages. It is a series of things rather than just one thing. This also defines media flow. A flow that is not a linear path, like a river, but is instead a series of things that are linked to one another, connected, and that interact (Reeves 316). The flow can move back and forth connecting one idea or bit of information to another. It is the parts rather than the sum, yet all the parts combine to create meaning of some sort. ________________________________________________________ Media flow is the main idea of Joshua Reeves’ “Temptation and Its Discontents: Digital Rhetoric, Flow, and the Possible.” Reeves explores the “flow” of digital compositions on the World Wide Web, examining how presentation of multimodal compositions impacts audience interaction with the composition and how the audience is both liberated and constrained by it. Traditional rhetorical texts possess a linear flow that leads the audience down the author’s intended path. Through the rise of multimodal compositions online, texts now have images, videos, links, and advertisements. There is information everywhere leading the audience on divergent paths. This provides audiences with a sense of autonomy and choice, however Reeves’ thinks that choice is an illusion and...
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