Andrew and Stefan
As a group, we decided to use an infographic to make the claim that hybrid cars are a better choice over the conventional automobile. The topic we started with was environmentalism, and then, as we had learned to do from previous assignments, we narrowed down the rather broad topic of environmentalism to specifically the major environmental symbol of the hybrid car. Many people today see hybrid cars as an incredulously over expensive piece of equipment for an only negligible return on the environment. This infographic seeks to bring to light how greatly driving a hybrid car benefits the environment and also how much driving a hybrid actually saves you money as an automobile owner.
The first block of the infographic is a general comparison between the average hybrid car and its average conventional automobile equivalent. The very first argument addressed in this part, and therefore the rest of the infographic, is that the cost difference between a hybrid car and a conventional automobile actually is not very large. The price difference is almost always the first thing on anyone’s mind when thinking about getting a conventional car over a hybrid, and as a result it is the first thing that we address in our infographic. Basic monetary comparisons are made, with a gold dollar sign over on the hybrid side of the chart to help emphasize that driving a hybrid is the way to save money.
The second block provides a more visually appealing chart of how a hybrid car is better than a conventional automobile. The second block draws arrows to each individual part of a car, and then gives a brief caption on how that particular part of the car on a hybrid is better than its conventional equivalent. The picture uses a white car and black arrows and lettering to allow a very easy contrast between the two, in addition to drawing attention to the actual information being displayed because it is a darker color on a brighter green background. We stick to the theme of all black clip art in this block to create an informal structure, and also to prevent distraction from a wide array of different colors.
The last block provides closer to the infographic, finally stating the claim that has been swirling about its text for its entirety. Unlike the block above it, this block has many different colors, illustrating a vibrant environment that is made possible by those that choose to drive hybrid cars. There is also money on the tree and on the bush, making a claim that when you drive a hybrid car, you are saving so much money you’d think it was growing on trees.
I did all five of the blog post. I started with three reading response post and then did two experimental post. As far as comments went I have nine associated with my username and one of the anonymous comments is mine. I am not sure why it is anonymous but it is the one in response to “Whose Side is Congress on?”
I decided to revise “Fighting for which Future? When Google Met WikiLeaks.” since this blog post had the most comments on it. I decided to change the concluding sentence based on the first comment suggestion that I do mention how WikiLeaks changed the internet. I liked this suggestion because it went along with my argument that WikiLeaks was not actual what was so interesting, but the structure of the website itself was what generated so much “buzz.” Another change I made was to expand on the statement that WikiLeaks is mentioned more when discussing a government controlled internet. This is because the second comment showed confusion about what this statement meant and though it could mean WikiLeaks would support a government controlled internet. In reality I was trying to infer the opposite position so I added another sentence explaining the previous one to remove any confusion. I believe these edits to the blog post made it easier to understand and removed any confusion from the original argument.
Two Other Posts:
I did like my first post about big data in the historical world. I liked this one because of how easy it seemed it was to incorporate the historical world with the current term of big data. This was before we started to give defined definitions to our terms, like data, and this enabled me to give a broader use of example since I only had to argue the reason for each example. I had also been reading Caesar’s Commentaries at the time and was happy I was able to use the term pleb since it was the proper term for the Roman peasants.
My second favorite post I had was the “Does Education Need to Change?” I have watched TED talks for a while now as was happy to be able to write a blog post about a TED talk. It took a while for me to decide which TED talk I wanted to use but picked one on education since I had not seen it yet and education is a very interesting current argument. I think I did a good job describing why Robinson’s argument was so strong, especially through the TED video format instead of an essay format. He was a very strong public speaker and gave me a lot to work into my argument.
The comment section was probably my favorite part of the blog. I did like the change to one longer blog post but after the change I did not get any comment on my own blog post so I only ended up replying to one or two comments. I had three different types of comments I would write. The first type of comment I would write is when I agree with the author. These were not the most interesting comments, but I try to add to the author’s argument and mention any particular parts of the argument I really like. The second type of comment I will write is when I think there can be things added to the argument. I mention parts of the argument that are confusing our places where more information can be added to the argument that would help the overall blog post. The final type of comment I would make is when I disagree with the author’s argument. These are the most interesting since they create a discussion. I usually spent the most time on these since I was disagreeing with the author. In these argument I would try to create a compact counterargument. I would direct each example at specific example of theirs and I found this the most fun argument. It was very helpful when I started to get emails when a comment was put on one of my blog posts since this allowed me to respond right away, but unfortunately the last two of my post have no comments.
I completed all five required blog posts for this course: 3 experiential and 2 reading-response posts. Prior to the comments change mid-semester, I consistently commented three times each week on different blog posts: after the change, I did between 1 and 3 each week.
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Music has long been imbedded into American Society and prevails to this very day. It is heard and adored around the country and it is reflective of the society’s interests. Popular songs are simply a result of a multitude of people enjoying and promoting a song by means of ratings and purchases. Based on this principle, it leads one to believe the idea that the general mood of the country, as well as prominent events, is reflective of the popular songs during that time.
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