For the final project on the short story I wrote, I am thinking about doing some sort of picture or illustration as my project. As of this moment, I am not completely sure whether the finished project will be an actual drawing done by me or rather a photo taken by me. I am not the greatest drawer in the world so taking a photo would be much easier for me, but I am not sure if I will be able to get the photo I have imagined in time for the assigned due date.
I envision my drawing or photo to be a police officer arresting someone dressed in all black attire in a parking lot or some sort of public place. A major part of the short story I wrote was the scene where we all get arrested for the crime after we get caught by the police. I think that is the main scene that sticks out in my mind when I read the story, and I think the photo will really be able to capture what the story is all about. If I decide to draw the picture rather than take a photo, the setting will be at night time, just like in the story, but if I do get the photo I am looking for, it will be during the day or in a very well-lit area at night, so that the photo is visible enough so that you can see what is going on. I believe that this assignment is going to turn out very well; whether I draw the scene or take a photo, I think the picture will really show the reader what this short story is all about, and after reading the story, the reader will notice the many similarities between the short story and the photo.
Car Ad 1930
The photo above shows an advertisement in Time Magazine for a 1930 Marmon vehicle. I would say the audience would be wealthier people because during the 1930’s, having a car was not as common as it in today. The rhetoric used in this ad would be ethos because the ad shows a paragraph of why Marmon has the best straight eights, which establishes credibility. This ad is different from the ads in later time periods because there is no color, the ad is just in black and white, there is less description on this ad than on the other ones, and this ad does not show a picture of the actual car, but rather a sketch or drawing.
Car Ad 1960
The photo above shows an ad in Time Magazine for a 1960 Ford Falcon. I would say the audience for this ad would be men and also families. Men because the ad mentions the power and luxury interior the Falcon has, and families because the ad mentions the car can fit six people and gets great miles per gallon. Rhetoric used in this ad would be ethos because it mentions that it gets 30 miles per gallon and is America’s lowest priced six passenger car. Both of these facts establish credibility for the ad. This ad is different from the ads in other time periods because, unlike the car ad from 1930, this ad has an actual photo of the car rather than an artist rendering. The ad is different form the 2000 ad because there is no color on the ad, it is black and white like the 1930 ad.
Car Ad 2000
The photo above shows an ad in Time Magazine for the 2000 Chevrolet Suburban. The audience for this ad would probably be for men and families, again. The ad would be relevant for men because the ad mentions the Suburban has great towing and hauling capabilities and a powerful V8 engine. It would be relevant for families because it seats up to eight people.This ad is different from the car ads in previous years because it has color, (although it is not shown in the photo above, the original ad was colored) and this ad shows the car in an open field, which is a staged photo, the photo of the car in 1930 was just a regular non-staged photo of the car.
After reading about the “My Lai Massacre” article from Hersh’s point of view and listening to the interview on “On The Media”, it seems that Hersh has a very interesting process of investigation to get the facts and information he needed to write the article.
Hersh took a trip to the base in Columbia, South Carolina, where Calley was, and just started to search for him. After finding out Calley was living in the senior bachelor officer’s headquarters, he continued to search for him. Hersh had a “never give up” attitude and he would not rest until he found what he was looking for. He eventually found Calley and got him to talk a little about what he did. But this was not enough for Hersh, he needed more. After getting a roster sheet with a list of soldiers who were with Calley, Hersh visited a soldier who was with Calley at the time of the killings. Hersh used every source he could find and worked extremely hard to find the sources. He was willing to travel all over the country just to find these men who were with Calley. Hersh’s process was kind of like a scavenger hunt; once he found out information about someone or something, he would travel to find more and more until he found everything he needed.
What he wrote about was a huge deal to many people, his article greatly reduced American support for the Vietnam War and fueled more people to demand withdrawal from Vietnam. I think the article he wrote had a big impact on America back in the Vietnam era as well as America today.
The first feature article is about the “Justin Bieber might be a father” rumor that has been going around. The inroduction goes as follows:
“Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the allegations that Justin Bieber sired a baby boy after 30-seconds of backstage bathroom sex with a plucked from the crowd concert-goer are true. Many of the details of the story ring true — from the backstage girl-herding for Justin’s selection to the frenzied quickie and then post-coital dissing by the heartthrob. In fact, it sounds routine.” I think the lead in this article is the first sentence of the article. I think it’s a pretty outgoing statement and it makes you want to read more. The nut-graph of the article comes later on, “Bieber serves as an allegory for the way we treat American teens: leading them to temptation, unprotected and unprepared, and expecting more of them than we do of ourselves.” I think this was what the writer was trying to get across to the readers.
The second article is about the death of Andy Rooney at age 92. The introduction goes as follows:
“Andy Rooney so dreaded the day he had to end his signature “60 Minutes” commentaries about life’s large and small absurdities that he kept going until he was 92 years old.Even then, he said he wasn’t retiring. Writers never retire. But his life after the end of “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney” was short: He died Friday night, according to CBS, only a month after delivering his 1,097th and final televised commentary.” The hook in this article is the first sentence. I think it would bring back memories for people who watch “60 Minutes” and remember when Rooney retired. The nut-graph, I believe, is when the writer mentioned that Rooney died friday night. That was the overall point he was trying to get across.
Overall, I think both of these feature stories have great leads and nut-graphs, and are also interesting to read.
The two blogs above are the ones I picked as having an ineffective template or background. The first blog, whch is entitled Why I Find Breakfast So Important by “The Breakfast Bachelor”, has a basic mint green background and standard font. Nothing really pops out or seems exciting about the layout, which makes it less attractive to read unless you really enjoy the topic of breakfast.
The second blog I chose as having an ineffective layout is called College vs. The Real World by “The Unknowledge Tree.” This blog has a basic white layout and standard font. The only somewhat interesting artistic parts of this certain blog are the stick figure drawings in it. This template also might make the blogs less attractive to read because it is so standard and boring.
The two blogs above are the ones I picked as having an effective template or background. The first blog which is entitled Still Life by “allrainydaysarentgray”, shows a very colorful and artistic layout. The layout is filled with colors and cool designs, so it instantly makes the seem more interested in the article. Another cool thing about this certain blog is that there are many interesting and colorful paintings in it, which makes it more appealing to the reader.
The second blog I chose as effective is called Day 277, October 26, 2011 by “Mimos’ 365-One Photo a Day.” I chose this blog because it had a very interesting picture as it’s template and it immediately caught my attention. The photo appears to be taken by an underwater camera; it shows a shadow of a person with it’s legs under water and the rest of it’s body above the water, with the sun slowly going down in the background. This photo made me a little more interested in checking out other photos on this blog. This certain blog was more or a photography one rather than a writing one but I still think the same principles apply ro both types. If you have an interesting template or layout, people are going to be more interested in the overall blog.
“Broken Glass” is a story about former journalist Stephen Glass, who made up and created stories in The New Republic, a Washington newspaper, and passed those stories off as true. I thought the article was well written, but I wondered throughout the story how somebody could pass off so many newspaper stories as true when they were really all just made up. This story made me realize and confirm that not everything you read is true, and some or even most stories are somewhat fabricated.
This does make me quite a bit skeptical on the story “Prophets and Losses” we read earlier, which was written by Stephen Glass. After knowing that most of the stories Glass wrote were fabricated, I am somewhat doubtful that “Prophets and Losses” was entirely true. This article is different from “Prophets and Losses” in many different ways; one being the fact that the narration is different. “Prophets and Losses” was first-person narration by Glass, himself, “Shattered Glass” was third-person omniscient narration and it was told by an outside source, Buzz Bissinger. Also, the persuasion used is different in both stories; in “Prophets and Losses”, Glass is trying to persuade the audience by saying he actually did become a psychic. In “Broken Glass”, Bissinger persuades the audience by telling us about conversations and stories about and with Stephen Glass.
Overall, I thought it was a terrific and interesting story and it really shows that writers who fabricate stories eventually get caught and have to pay the price.
“Prophets and Losses” was an interesting article about Stephen Glass’ work as a psychic during the night. I did not really understand why an Ivy League graduate wanted to become a psychic when he already had a great job, but he seemed very invested in working as a one. Glass used the argument that most people call psychics just to talk to somebody and have them be reassured. Glass also claims that the phone psychics mainly tell people about what happened to them in their past. This seems silly to Glass because someone who was not there is telling someone who was there what happened.
This article made me come to the conclusion that if you have education and will-power, you can do anything. Glass was someone with an Ivy League education but no actual knowledge about being a psychic, and with determination, he became a terrific psychic. One thing I really enjoyed about this article was the story about Rochelle who worked at McDonalds and thre the bucket of secret sauce. I thought that story brought some needed humor to the article. I also liked the comparison of Sally, a fellow psychic, to Holden Caulfield. Overall, I thought this was a very enjoyable and interesting article to read.
In the story I am writing, the audience does not really play a big part in how the story goes. I would say the audience is pretty unimportant in my story. I would love for the audience to really put themselves in the character’s shoes and see what he is going through, but I would say that the audience does not really play a key role in the story. For my story, I really didn’t have a certain audience or demographic in mind when I was writing it, so the type of audience does not really effect the story. Also, if I removed the audience from my story, the topic of the story does not change, whatsoever.
I would say that the type of audience who would enjoy my story are people who like action, adventure, and like little bits of comedy thrown in a story. Although the things in my story would most likely never happen to anyone and are uncommon, I think people who have had to do something big or difficult for a family member or a friend can somewhat relate to the story. Overall, the audience really does not play a big part in my story and I would say they are pretty unimportant for this particular story.
For my conference earlier this week, we talked about changing the concept of the story a little bit. I needed to establish if this was going to be a heist story that is heightened reality, or a slice of life story that is a little bit more toned down. We also talked about having the stakes raised a little bit for the main character, so that he needs to complete the robbery or something terrible or catastrophic will happen.
As far as how my main character changes, he does something that he never thought in a million years he would do, which is stealing or robbing someone. He does it for the benefit of another person so it wouldn’t really be considered selfishness. I think the things that will influence revision for the rest of the story are excitement and understanding. I think having excitement in a heist or crime story in a main component in making the story great. I also want to coney the message of why he is stealing and have the reader really understand why the main character is doing this. I also really want to make the reader to really think about if they were in the main character’s situation, if they would do the same thing or do something completely different.
Endings in sports are basically inevitable. They play a large part in sports; all games, seasons, and careers must come to an end, eventually. Happy vs. sad endings are,for the most part, black and white, but there is a slight shade of grey in it for most situations. For example, if a team is having a poor year and the season is coming to a close and the team knows they will not be playoff contenders, they will usually get a higher pick in the draft for next year. It is even said that when some teams know they will not make the playoffs that year, they will purposely lose games towards the end of they season so they can get a higher draft pick. As far as careers and games go, they usually have a black and white ending. Either your career or game ends with triumph and success, or failure and defeat.
I would have to say the most significant ending in my eyes would be the retirement of my favorite baseball player ever, Ken Griffey Jr., he retired in June 2010, halfway through the season. His career ended because of old age and a few lingering injuries, so he went out in kind of a negative way, but he was still remembered as one of the greatest baseball players of all time.