This weeks readings were very interesting . One reason that I found them interesting was because they focused on visuals more than any other reading has thus far. After my discovery that both websites were working properly and that I had not reached the sites in error, I attempted for a third time to understand the visual projects.
The first website that I decided to revisit was http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/22.1/praxis/adams/index.html. This decision was easy to make because, I knew that out of the two websites that I had visited, this one was less confusing in comparison. After clicking the link tot he website, immediately I see a nice web page that promotes the importance of audio-visual composing. The reader is told that the purpose of this is to, “connect to cultural and geographic communities outside of campus and to interrogate their own personal perceptions of and connections to place.” After reading more, I learn that there were three students that participated in a visual assignment. In this assignment, each student learned different things or connected in different ways with their subject. Students were able to eliminate technological comfort zones and also relate to the people they interviewed. The raw interactions filmed via camera caused students to realize their strengths as interviewers and different concepts that they could improve upon. Through their analysis of what they learned from this project, it is easy to see the importance of this assignment. Though some of the students initially viewed the assignment as difficult, it seemed to make them feel as if they really accomplished a critical goal at the culmination of the project. This assignment allowed students to take more of an active role in audio and visual technology. Oftentimes, students are on the other side of the camera. However, with this assignment they were able to take on the challenge of interacting with strangers in a new, creative opportunity.
The final “reading” focused on visual components as well. Though I was not thoroughly excited to try to decipher the Florida turnpike challenge again, I did. When I returned to this website, I went through a similar process to try to find out what the true crux of this visual conundrum was. Finally, I think I have a slightly better understanding of this website. The author states that , “This project, the Deepwater Horizon MEmorial Roadkill Tollbooth, proposes an electrate alternative to memorializing the disaster of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. It also offers an alternative method to studying the causes, impacts, and implications of this disaster.”
This project discusses public policy issues in relation to oil production and consumption while taking its viewer along the map of the previous oil spill. This method shows different ways that we could have made changes in our reaction and action in relation to this disaster. This project analyzes improvements that could have been made politically and socially. Though it was difficult for me to understand initially, I believe that this project is an awesome way for one to review past mistakes to help others become better equipped in the future.