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Post  KaylaRutledge on Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:44 pm

A rhetorical situation is the context in which people choose to communicate. It includes the writer, reader, text, and medium. This situation creates a rough boundary of what your writing will be able to explore. Rhetorical analysis is basically just an overview of what your plans are for writing in the rhetorical situation you chose. This analysis answers questions like, why are you writing? who is your audience? does your text style explore your subject thoroughly?and even, Should media be provided? Without analyzing your rhetorical situation, you would be unable to respond creatively as a writer while being aware of your limits and freedom.
I believe that the best online writing appeals to pathos because it engages readers emotionally and tries to appeal to their values and beliefs. Drawing out emotion from the reader may be difficult but it is necessary to keep their attention while reading the story. This style of writing is the closest one can get to expressing what they really mean without physically saying the words in person.

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Post  KaylaRutledge on Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:12 pm

Kairos is the opportunity when something fits the absolute best moment of time that it could be presented or said. It is a confusing word that basically implies the right thing is said at the right time. This article says that Kairos is necessary in blogs for ultimate success.

A concern presented at the beginning of the article was that weblogs may seem private but they really are not. Public blogging has the potential to be read and reviewed by anyone in the world. An obvious concern with this is privacy. The obsession of writing and expressing one’s life online may come back to bite you someday (like the example of a girl who got fired for sharing her feelings on an online blog).I think weblogs are not concerning if they are used appropriately. Privacy is necessary when sharing things online and as long as the author realizes this, weblogs aren't dangerous.

Voyeurism is important to the understanding of reading/writing because it can describe why people enjoy hearing stories or other people. Reality tv shows “real” people who have “real” experiences filmed for everyone to see. The interest of shows like this is in the idea of comparing ones own life to that of another. These shows are not always reality, however. People may be able to relate to the people on the show, but usually entertainment like this is scripted and not as real as people might think. Understanding this is beneficial to the audience so that they can understand the difference between real life and a show/blog that exaggerates the lives of others to boost popularity.

1) The article mentioned that blogs are meant to be read but are also meant to be a self-reflection from the author. How can the idea of a private and public blog be true?
2) Why is Kairos so important for every blog?
3) Is there a decline in web blogging now that social media websites like twitter and instagram can be the equivalent to expressing oneself in words and pictures?

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Post  KaylaRutledge on Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:55 pm

The blog I have chosen to write about is called World of Wanderlust. It is written by Brooke Saward, a young girl originally from Australia. This travel and lifestyle blog began a little over two years ago in 2012 and is now a globally known website. Brooke describes World of Wanderlust as being “home to my travel tales, knowledge, and reviews so that you can follow my adventures and gain insight into places you might not have normally thought to visit or experiences you would not have otherwise known existed”. She provides travel tips, destinations and places to explore, as well as motivational posts about reasons to travel or simple lifestyle suggestions. Brooke’s purpose of the blog is to “inspire others to travel more often and to more places.” She openly presents herself as being someone who lives out of a suitcase and calls the entire world her home.
I think the ideal audience for World of Wanderlust is younger adults in their 20s who have hopes to travel the world someday. This blog serves as an inspiration to make their traveling dreams come true. It also provides suggestions as to where to travel, which hotels/resorts to stay at, and even what tourism sites are worth while. The audience may also include people who wish to simply learn more about the world and its people in it. All the readers do not necessarily want to travel themselves, some might simply enjoy reading about the experiences of another person doing it.
The audience seems to be mostly females who are either in college or working to start their careers off right. Some of the posts are directed towards honeymooners or people who want to travel with their “sweethearts” so the audience probably includes young couples who are in their mid twenties about to be married. After looking at the numerous comments posted by various readers, the majority of responses provide some sort of agreement with what Brooke is suggesting or they may also be statements of jealousy and hope that they too will be able to travel to wherever Brooke may be at that time. They value the freedom of choice, meaning that they approve of Brooke’s decisions to get up and go see the world. I would consider the majority of them to be young hopefuls who want to work their way up in life to the point where they can afford to see the world.
The blog works with the audience by mainly providing a motivational section of the blog which discusses the lessons Brooke has learned while abroad as well as quotes or reasons to “follow your dreams”. The blog plays with the heartstrings of the audiences by giving them exactly what they want: a reason to travel. It is inspiring and provides beautiful images and stories of her experiences around the world. It also targets younger women by including fashionable pictures that would make many people jealous of not only the location, but also the lifestyle that Brooke is living.

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Post  KaylaRutledge on Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:41 pm

The first speaker used a personal story where he experienced an encounter with an unemployed citizen. He said that Obama's unemployment was designed to fall to about 8% but is currently at 10%. This obvious difference has proven opposite of what Obama once promised. This logical and statistical statement is an example of logos.
He then asked if Obama would consider (in the name of little junior and his dad) a cross the board tax relief that could stimulate broad based economic growth? He did not directly ask why Obama was neglecting the unemployed citizens like the people he mentioned early in his speech. However, this was hidden behind his question.
This speaker was calm and collected but used the touching story he experienced to bring about emotion in those listening as well as Obama himself. This is an example of pathos.
Another speaker (Paul) started by saying that Obamas spending has been increased by 84%. He proposed to create a constitutional version of the line item veto. He asked why not start freezing money now and if he would support the line item veto. This speaker approached the question/answer session with facts that are concerning for everyone (pathos) and then directed the cause of these facts at Obama’s presidency decisions which was very forward of him to do.
Another speaker was concerned about certain policies that were “job killing”. She asked him to re-look at these policies to ensure West Virginians Obama was listening. She basically put the entire situation into his control (ethos- his morals and values would determine it)
Many other speakers used Pathos for their questions to evoke the audiences attention and concern with what they were arguing for/against.
One speaker towards the end of the event was consistent with using statistics, facts, and previous proposals to prove that a budget that was originally designed to help cut spending was ignored. He said he “respected” the president and his decisions but was not considerate of this in his question that Obamas presidency had tripled debt of America. Obama disagreed, however. His question then basically asked if Obama would continue to screw up like this in the future. This was rude but could be understandable if all of his facts were true. The question was structured as a topic point for arguing against Obama.

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Post  KaylaRutledge on Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:56 pm

I think that Ong’s argument is that the literate mind has been dramatically changed by the technology of writing. Without writing, the mind would not think the way it does, not only when writing but even when composing thoughts orally or just thinking in general. Writing has become the technology of our brains and has changed human consciousness more than anything else invented.

“Language is writing is, at best, uninformed. It provides egregious evidence of the unreflective chirographic and/or typographic squint that haunts us all.”
“The fact that we do not commonly feel the influence of writing on our thoughts shows that we have interiorized the technology of writing so deeply that without tremendous effort we cannot separate it from ourselves or even recognize its presence and influence.”

These quotes describe how the technology that makes up our brain’s though processes and language is entirely due to writing and has become a natural occurrence in our everyday lives.

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Post  KaylaRutledge on Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:18 pm

Gee describes literacy as being the socially accepted association among ways of using language, thinking, and acting that can be used to identify oneself as a member of a socially meaningful group or a social network. He believes it to be the “identity kit” which comes complete with the appropriate costume and instructions on how to act and talk so as to take on a particular role that others will recognize. It is the way a person expresses oneself and ultimately presents themselves to others.

This made me view literacy in a different way than before. I never looked at it as being our identity and what defines a person. This makes me understand why literacy stories may have such impact on people because it affected their lives.

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Post  KaylaRutledge on Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:00 pm

What effects has Netflix had on the TV & movie industry in the past few years and how is it predicted to change in the future?

What factors make dogs or animals in general so attractive to pet owners and how do humans and animals form relationships?


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Post  KaylaRutledge on Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:10 pm

SOURCE ONE
Chao, Chiang-nan, & Zhao, Saibei (May 12, 2013) Emergence of Movie Stream Challenges Traditional DVD Movie Rental—An Empirical Study with a User Focus. International Journal of
Business Administration, Vol. 4, No. 3. doi:10.5430/ijba.v4n3p

This source talks a lot about how the traditional movie DVD rental model has been challenged by a new business model of movie stream. Movie stream possesses convincing advantages over the traditional DVD rental. E-commerce shows a trend in the movie industry that consumers can stream comparable quality movies and TV shows directly from the Internet instead of waiting for the DVDs in the mail. Thanks to global technology advancement, movie stream has already prevailed. This study focused on consumers’ preferences of decision making variables for streaming movie from the Internet and the traditional DVD movie rental. The results indicate that consumers are shifting from DVD movie rental to movie stream, while home entertainment industry needs to improve both in technology and customer service. The consumers favor movie streaming and make it better competing with other ways of watching movie. The quality of movie stream and renting DVD disks may be less important for movie viewers. Movie industry should make movie stream easy to watch.
This source will be useful because it talks a lot about consumer wants and needs related to renting movies instead of just using statistical facts.


SOURCE TWO
Ellingsen, Steinar. (Feb 2014). Seismic Shifts: Platforms, Content Creators and Spreadable Data. Media International Australia. Issue 150, p106-113.

This article talks about the “seismic shift” of television and media platforms to the digital/online sources. One of the lessons to be drawn from this article is that if content is king, then
distribution is King Kong. The author talks about how the consumers have changed the industry by following what is most convenient and not necessarily traditional. Netflix is described in detail as to why it is growing and has had past success. This source will obviously help me in the overall paper because almost everything the author writes about deals directly with my research question.


SOURCE THREE

Hinkel, Nate. (May 30, 2005). Entertainment Whenever, Wherever. Arkansas Business, Vol. 22, Issue 21. Retrieved from: http://search.proquest.com/docview/220394229?pq-origsite=summon

This source discusses the entertainment world in general and how it is necessary for them to re-evaluate their entire model because of the increase of technology in our culture. This article mentions Netlifx a little but goes into detail about the chancing industry. It also says that movie theaters should begin to adapt and not remain as traditional in previous years. I think this source is helpful in the beginning part of my essay because it provides facts about the changing industry in general and not all about Netflix.

SOURCE FOUR

Sullivan, Ryan. (2010). ThenRental Epidemic of the Twenty-First Century: A Look at How Netflix and Redbox are Damaging the Health of the Hollywood Film Industry and How to Stop It. Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, Vol. 30, Issue 327. Retrieved from: http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/laent30&type=Image&id=333

This source talks about the film industry and how the DVD sales have fallen. This is a problem because many films only start to turn a profit when people but it on DVD. However, Neflix and companies like Redbox are flourishing during this time. It also brings up the First Sale Doctrine which applies directly to the online or renting businesses. Then the article goes into the history of the rental evolution and other acts/laws that have effected the movie industry. This source will help provide more information about the business side of movie industries and also gives detail about how the evolution of movie rentals has changed dramatically over the past few years.

SOURCE FIVE

Allen, Grace, Feils, Dorothee, & Disbrow, Holly. (2014). The Rise and Fall of Netlix: What Happened and Where Will it Go From Here?. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, Vol. 20, Issue 1. Retrieved From: http://search.proquest.com/docview/1647822304?pq-origsite=summon

This article talked a lot about Netflix and the background of the company. It also discusses the managerial decisions that helped make it such a successful brand and business today. It argues that Netflix is not expected to expand much further without costly additions. Many statistics are provided related to costs/profits and consumer use of the company. This source is probably the most beneficial when dealing with direct effects Netflix has had on the movie industry. There are not a lot of informative statistics from my other sources so this one provides a lot of help in that area.


Public conversation about Netflix taking over the movie industry tend to focus attention on the positive shows and convenient opportunities that the online rental business provides. There are some shows that have been produced by Netflix (House of Cards) that have taken off and become extremely popular within the social media communication world. The sources I have researched talk much more about the effects that Netflix has had and how some of these effects will destroy the movie theaters whereas the consumers who are talking about Netflix are happy with the change and glad there is a new technological source that is much cheaper and easier to use now.

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Digital Presentation

Post  KaylaRutledge on Sat May 09, 2015 3:52 pm

https://twitter.com/NetflixSuzy

My digital presentation is a twitter account from the perspective of an avid movie watcher/consumer. My third essay was about how Netflix has effected the movie industry over the past few years so instead of focusing this project on the company itself, I decided to make my presentation from the perspective of an average consumer. The twitter account shows how Suzy (a Netflix consumer) gradually switched from watching movies found at blockbuster or at the theater in the 90's to the current Netflix craze that is taking over the world. It reflects the interests and attractions of an average American during this entertainment transition of watching movies and TV.

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