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  1. Feb 2018
    1. A picture will quickly convey more information in this situation than will a written description.

      A picture can be more useful in other situations as well. For example, referring again to the supplemental text, it would have been more helpful for the news cast about hurricane Irma to include pictures of what was going on, rather than having a translator that did not know what he was doing to stand in front of the camera without a purpose. An image in this case, would have been more straight forward and everyone could have understood the circumstances without leaving people out. Although people should not have to resort to pictures for newscasts, it is more wise to use a picture rather than excluding a minority group.

    2. The visual mode refers to the use of images and other characteris-tics that readers see.

      This can be tied to the quilts at the quilt gallery. Some quilts are designed in different ways for example, some quilts have a lot of detail and stitching while others are more plane and don't have much detail. The amount of detail can also be tied with the age of the person that the quilt is memorializing. For example, the quilt is chose this time has small patches added on that looked to be drawn on by a kid with crayons. The conclusion can be drawn that the man that passed due to aids had kids or was a mentor to kids. Therefore, he was older in age.

    3. The spatial mode is about physical arrangement.

      Spatial mode can go hand in hand with visual mode. They both have to do with what looks better to the eye. For example, where certain pictures are located or the type of font that is used to convey a message impacts how a message is received.

    4. but what about the increas-ingly tense background music in a lV drama,

      Aural mode is especially important when it comes to movies, tv shows, etc. Music changes the mood of a movie or tv show. makes things more happy, suspenseful, etc.

    5. Visual Mode

      Visual mode has a lot to do with what is appealing to the eye and what isn't. An example that is not mentioned in the reading is restaurant menus. It is easier for a person to follow a menu that is straight forward, sleek, detailed word description, rather than a menu that is colorful, has many pictures, etc. This is because people generate their own ideas and images of how things look on their own using details. Menus are different examples because they use words to describe how something looks, that way people will imagine the plate in the best way possible.

    6. The linguistic mode refers to the use of language, which usually ~ means written or spoken word~. When we think about the ways ~ the linguistic mode is used to make or understand meaning, we can consider

      Linguistic mode is important when considering the audience that something is directed towards. for example, if you want to get a point across to a child, you would speak in a more soothing tone or a more motherly tone in order to calm them down or make them understand. A politician that is attempting to get elected as governor will probably use a more sophisticated tone, use different reliable sources and such in order to appeal to the people he wants to vote for him.

    7. For instance, lolcats, a well-known Internet meme, are multimodal. They combine photographs of cats with words written In humor-ously incorrect grammar to create a text that uses both visuals and language-11111/tip/e modes-to be funny.

      This paragraph of the reading is relatable to me and to the meme culture of today. Nearly every week there is a new meme that goes viral on the internet and more times than not, the texts associated are poorly written. The lack of grammar knowledge is most likely used to be funny or in attempt to use as least words as possible to make a point.


    8. Comidcr, for example, all of the mode-. at play in a simple TV

      In the reading, the author gives an example of all the modes at play while making a tv commercial. The people that work to create the tv commercial know about the product and know how to appeal to the audiences' emotions in order to sell it. It is important for one to know how to interpret information so that people understand a text. The supplemental reading i chose was: "Deaf Community outraged after interpreter signed gibberish before Irma." This article talks about a man that was "interpreting" news about the hurricane but did not know how to properly translate. Instead of having deaf people understand the news report, they were angered because he disrespected them. This relates to the example in the reading because in order for the text to be valid or relatable, then the interpretation must be understandable.

    9. Text traditionally means written words. But because we want to talk about the visuals, sounds, and movement that make up multi-media, we use the term text to refer to a piece of communication as a whole. A text can be anything from a lolcat to a concert tee shirt to a dictionary to a performance.

      Often times on social media platforms, there will be an option or an area to attach a piece of text when uploading a picture or video. This text helps to explain the picture and gives it meaning. For example, a person may post a picture of a person or an object and the caption can explain the picture and give it more in depth meaning.

    10. For instance, lolcats, a well-known Internet meme, are multimodal. They combine photographs of cats with words written In humor-ously incorrect grammar to create a text that uses both visuals and language-11111/tip/e modes-to be funny.

      Today, most of the internet and social media revolves around memes and ridiculous pictures of animals or humans doing different activities. The lolcat is one of the many memes in today's culture. A meme that can relate to the lolcat is the chicken spongebob meme. The point of this meme is to say something obvious and then another person replies to it in a mocking tone. The mocking tone is represented by the lack of capitalization rules and the sassy pose that spongebob is making is making in the picture. attached is an example of the meme.


  2. Jan 2018
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    1. We begin with the premise that in objects there can he read essential evidence of unconscious as well as conscious attitudes and beliefs, some specific to those objects' original makers and users as individuals, others latent in the larger cultural milieus in which those objects circulated.

      Objects can be interpreted by beliefs that are prominent in object or some that are more hidden but nonetheless important. It is simply a matter of correctly interpreting and trying to go into as much detail as possible to gain the best results.

    2. The longer and harder une looks, the better one sees; the better one sees, the subtler the connections one tinds one-self able to make.

      This is a true statement and is relevant to the project. The first day we visited the quilt gallery, i chose the panel i wanted to work with and wrote down some ideas that i could use for the project later on. Ever since, i have looked back about 3 times and each time i think of new ideas and new interpretations of the panel, whether it be the color scheme, the materials the people used, or the statements they places on the panel. Every time, I found out something different and more unique from the panel. In conclusion, this statement is very true. The more time and effort one puts into something, the better the results.


    3. They constitute a sort of pedagogic sampler, an anthology of essays in the strictly etymological sense: experiments in or elaborations of a rigorously practical (as opposed to purely theoretical) approach to understanding things.

      in simpler words this means that the essays written are meant to show a different perspective on things or a different way of thinking. I am guessing Haltman will explain how to properly interpret and object or ways of doing do throughout the reading.

    4. Matenal culture begins with a world of objects bur takes place in a world of words.

      In society we pick an object and give it a deeper meaning. Haltman explains that material culture, as in how we interpret objects in society, more or less is given more meaning than the object has as an object. So, an object can be chosen, then it is given a deeper meaning through language and literature.

    5. In searching our an object to interpret, these are factors co be kept in mind. Moreover, such polarities and oppositions offer effective analytic "hooks" of use in organizing insigh

      Haltman, in this section of the reading, gives examples on how to interpret an object. He suggests we use "polarities" because often times this will be easier to identify how the object looks, what it feels like, etc. However, this interpretation is only physical.

    6. The supplemental article I chose originally was "Material Culture", by Sophie Woodward. This article basically touches on the similar ideas that the first paragraphs on "American Artifacts" focused on; how culture relates to objects. Basically, Woodward explains how materials relate to culture. She states that the way that people interpret the object, either culturally or historically, gives it a deeper meaning. For example, a glass coke bottle can be a way of culturally and historically interpreting an object. A glass coke in all can mean nothing, but time, place, date it was made can all add to the meaning of the bottle.

      During World War 2, Coca-Cola trademarked their bottle to be unique and unlike any drinking bottle in America. As time progressed, the traditional coke bottle changed its for, but regardless, the glass coke bottle remained known by consumers that this was a traditional coke bottle originally designed during the early 1900's. Therefore, the coke bottle has become more than just an object to Americans. It is a symbol of patriotism, of interaction, of the growing economy.

      In conclusion, all both Haltman and Woodward are saying in their articles is that any object can have more in depth meaning other than its literal meaning. The ways that the an object can have more meaning is based on cultural meaning, or phycological meaning but nonetheless a more in depth meaning.


    7. All objects signify; some signify more expressively than others.

      This statement, while simple, really calls out to me because of its accuracy. Every object, if given the time, has a meaning beyond its outside material. For example, a drinking cup is simply a drinking cup, but if one goes more into depth as to what it means then it can have several alternate meanings. If a cup is placed on a flag, it can mean that the state is hardworking (because of thirst) or if it is a clean cup then the state is "clean." While this example may seem silly, it's a way of viewing what Haltman is saying in its entirety.

    8. Our investigations-analysis followed by interpretation-necessarily begin in the material realm with the objects themselves but gain analytic hold and open upon interpretation only through vigorous attention,

      In the second part of this paragraph, Haltman goes over the "steps" that historians go through in order to interpret an artifact. He lightly touches on what the analysis consists of. For example, he makes it evident that when analyzing an artifact, they begin my interpreting the artifact itself, then going in afterwards and interpreting beyond the material. This part of the reading can be helpful if someone is looking to interpret an artifact, because it is written by a historian. In other words, his instructions are reliable.

    9. While only some of culture takes material form, the part that does records the shape and imprint of otherwise more abstract, conceptual, or even metaphysical aspects of that culture that they quite literally embody. These are the objects we as historians in the field of Material Culture seek to understand

      Haltman explains in the beginning of this paragraph how materials only explain a slim part of a certain culture. He continues by stating the rest of culture is the interpretation of the materials. The purpose of this article is for Haltman to explain the importance of correctly interpreting the beyond meaning of primary artifacts in history, which can include the examples he listed above: teapot, card table, cigarette lighter, etc.