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Doritos Super Bowl XLV commercial

I chose this Doritos commercial because I felt it best suit
some of the styles we have been reading about. The suggestive body language is
one example.  The wording of the
announcer fits the play by-play of what the couple is attempting but through
the language of football, which kind of resembles a paradox.  There are also different examples of figures
of thought such as anticipation and hesitations.

Hanes: Airplane Constructive Criticism

I chose this Hanes commercial because it fits the trope
metonomy (names something with a word or phrase closely associated with it).  If you say Hanes people automatically think
of underwear. There are also rhetorical questions being asked, such as “Can I
see your underwear?”  I also noticed a
few other tropes like hyperbole, an elegant way of straining the truth, what
you can or cannot do with this particular brand of underwear. I’m sure there
are other styles found throughout this commercial.

Bud Light Severance Package

This Bud Light commercial is very clear of the goal of the
task that it wants to portray. Most Bud Light commercials have style issues. If
I’m correct in my assumption there might be some enargeia (a vivid painted
picture). The employees’ want to get fire but for the “severance package” which
is a case of Bud Light. The office environment is also showing inappropriate behavior,
clearly leaning toward the use of irony in this scene. They are showing
national television how to behave in ordered to get fired, but for the wrong
reasons.

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Ancient Style

After reading  Crowley and Hawhee I got the impression that I was back in AP Literature. With all the literary terms and style definitions it was like I was reading bits and pieces of a lecture we had.  It was definitely a refresh to the mind on some of the terminology.  especially with this being my first semester back in a classroom in quite some time.  I was amazed at how much I actually remembered and did not have to use the dictionary as often.  The whole tropes section kinda through me off, definitely needs a second read through to grasp the material a bit more.  The section on repetition was surprising to me.  I couldn’t help but think back to another class and we were discussing repetition as it relates to commercials and adverting.  I was shocked to have that correlation to the Ancient Greeks.

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Peer Review Recap

In general group work does not appeal to me.  I cringe almost every time I see task “group work”.  One reason is scheduling.  Trying to work with one another on a particular task in a particular time frame is challenging.  Meaning one or two people is on top of the work load while the others lag behind for whatever reason.  Point two is the lack of effort on some group members.  There is always that one group member who does not contribute to their fullest potential.

I think I was pretty honest in what  I had to say to my group.  However I do wish that the critics could come a little earlier so I would not have had to wait so long to do my blog.  But then again that’s just me, early rather than late.  I appreciate the comments I received were dead on.  I used almost all of them.  It was nice to have someone other than myself pick at my paper.  I take criticism well so I love the feed back part.  Although some people do take it a bit too far.

Working with Google Docs was nice.  I never knew that program existed.  I think it is neat to share documents across the web like that, especially  since I plan to keep my blog page going after this class.  Google Docs is going to be very useful to me.  It was very easy to set up and easy to follow.  I do not believe that there is no other way to explain Google Doc other than  watching the video and following it step by step.  It is very self explanatory.

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Writing With Twizzlers!

What you are looking at are TWIZZLERS PULL N PEEL.  I got this idea from my children.  They were playing with their food, as usual, but the whole time I was completely intrigued.  I had an “ahh ha” moment so to speak.  These twizzlers  fit the criteria I was looking for.  It’s adaptable and portable, if you place the letters on paper after shaping them and possibly make the letters smaller.   But, then you would need to use tools to help with the shaping, which I’m sure is a no, no in this project. 

It was a fun to do, though tricky because the twizzlers kept moving. Shaping letters out of sticky wet twizzlers was the last thing I thought I would be doing.  I would have never thought to use such a simple tool, my hand, so to speak but it was right in front of me. This project definately had me thinking what else can we write with.

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The writing technologies I tend to use all the time are text messaging, face booking and email.  Though I like to  post an occasional stat or two i frequently check on friends.   I tend to send a quick text message of  “Hello hows it going” alot more than email.  Its faster and easier than calling a person and interupting. 

Witnessing the change in the way we communicate has been amazing.  We have gone from learning how to write a letter and addressing an envelope, to the proper way to send an email and now sending quick text messages which have to be decoded.  I tend to stay away from those type of  messages. They include too many acronyms, also too much confusion occurs and not everybody understands what all the different abbreviations mean.  I would rather say what I need to say and be done with it.

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