In the McCloud reading, he explains how simple style doesn’t necessarily mean a simple story, and simple elements can combine in complex ways. This is a clear example of his reading, where a simple comic style of the reading is joined with very complex ideas in the reading. How do you think the comic style for this reading influenced how you read this article, and do you think you would have read this article any differently if it were in the format of the Drucker article we read?

I think that the way McCloud wrote and structured the article immediately captured my attention. It wasn’t just another long chapter filled with text, it had drawings and illustrations that directly engaged the reader with the material. It was way easier for me to read because of this. I loved his deep thoughts intertwined with simple drawings. It reminded me of reading comics as a kid. Your mind is able to pay attention to the reading and not wander off. The Mcloud reading captured and held my attention, and at the same time brought insight on the subject. I really enjoyed it.

Is it an example of language as information or beyond information, language as instructive, language as advertisement, language as identity, language creating speculation, or language as edification? Is it a combination of these things? Give specifics from the image and its location to answer this question.

I think the Obama image is an example as language as advertisement because during his campaign this image with the word “hope” or “yes we can” or “change” was everywhere. The image with the word not only advertised Obama’s image but also his message. I think the image is also an example of language as edification. The way the image is drawn it makes Obama out to seem already like a historical figure. His gaze into the upper right of the picture signifies his views towards the future. The shading of the image resembles images of past historical figures (Washington, Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., etc…) This shows that the image is more than an image, it is a statement on the society’s reaction to Obama.

-Adam Sadler

Language in the Landscape Example

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Here is my example of language in the landscape. It is John Mayer’s video of “Waiting on the World to Change”.

I chose this video because it shows how music and graffiti can be used to convey a message. A message that reflects a societal reaction to global events, such as war, pollution, misinformation, etc… I think it is a great song and video.

Questions from Drucker and Mcloud

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Here are my questions regarding the readings on Drucker and Mcloud.

On this campus there are fraternity and sorority houses everywhere. For freshman seeing greek letters might elicit different responses than seniors. How does the massive exposure to the greek alphabet and signage on this campus impact you?

Do you think graffiti is a representation of language as identity, advertising, or something else?

Mcloud states that when we watch cartoons we “see a bit of ourselves in them”. As a child what was so intriguing about watching cartoons? The simplicity, innocence, entertainment?

Reaction to Hannah’s question

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Bolter and Grusin state that “We do not claim that immediacy, hypermediacy, and remediation are universal aesthetic truths; rather, we regard them as practices of specific groups in specific times.” What do you think is different about remediation in contemporary times as compared to the examples in Bolter and Grusin’s book? Has remediation changed or is it the same as their examples? Talk about how you think remediation has changed or not changed.

Bolter and Grusin’s book wasn’t written too long ago, so their examples used in the reading was applicable today. However, in the past ten years technology has improved and advanced by leaps and bounds. Their examples of remediation held truths, but there have been many more remediation examples surface in the past decade. Hulu now allows users to watch almost any tv show they want, online. iTunes brings the record store experience right to your computer screen. Bolter and Grusin saw that as technology continued to advance so would remediation and new media formats.

-Adam Sadler

Reaction to Azeez’s question

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

“How is the World Wide Web an expression of hypermediacy?”

I think the world wide web is a perfect example of hypermediacy because it allows for the combination of various types of media. You can read the newspaper online. You can receive mail online. You can even watch tv shows online. This combination of internet with other mediums shows the web’s hypermediacy capability.

-Adam Sadler

Example of Remediation

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

I thought that online games such as poker, chess, or monopoly can be considered remediation examples, because they originally were played face-toface with another person. Now they’ve been remediated to be available online competing against other players or the computer.

Here’s a link to online monopoly.

http://board-games.pogo.com/games/monopoly