I found this kind of visual way of presenting an agreement to be interesting. It introduces new challenges for putting your argument forth but also gives new ways to show your point. The largest challenge I found was that because on the time restraint I had to skip interest fact or details for a specific slide. An example of this was that during the slide with Clay Mathews I had prepared a joke about how I was going to use a picture of myself but decided against it. There was also more information about how good Harry Carrson and Carl Banks were, but I did not have time to go into their statistics. This would have helped some of my claims about how Lawrence Taylor did not do it all himself. The time limit also prevented me from using more examples about how lineman and defensive players have become faster. The advantage of a visual presentation is that some pictures speak for themselves. The one with Clay Mathews I did not have to make an argument that he was strong you could just see it in his body. The visual element also allowed to include some of the new defensive blitz that have emerged into football and show how they take advantage of the speed and agility of players instead of just their force. I wish I did spend more time preparing the speech it was much more difficult than I expected with the slide switching automatically. I still think standard presentations are better ways of relaying information to people, but this did show how effective spoken words with pictures could be and that the bullet points on power points are usually unnecessary. For the argument it could have used more organization. I originally thought that splitting up the defensive players would allow me to go more in detail about how no large change in salary has happened to any particular position, but thinking back that point was not very important to the argument and I could have done without out it. I also would have liked to spend more time talking about “The Blind Side” since this is a very good introduction to a topic that not many people are informed or even interested in. Even with the things I would like to change about the presentation style and mine in specific I was happy with the assignment and my final result.
Producing a video adds another layer of complexity to an argument. Unlike written passages, a video captures the verbal response from the author as well as other more insightful aspects. A video allows the viewer to see the author or speaker’s facial expressions and emotional connection to what they are talking about. Furthermore, a video gives the viewer a more personal connection to the author, as opposed to written text which makes it easy to alienate one’s self from the author.
Despite these benefits to a visual response, a video is more difficult to successfully produce. In my video I struggled convey exactly what I wanted to and I feel that because I used guidelines rather than a script, the video may have lacked smooth flow from one topic to the next. On the other hand, verbal responses are not usually held to the same level of speech as written text because people generally write better than they speak. The trick is to juggle the two and find a healthy median.
If I had more time to work on the video I would make it longer and improve my statement in order to make it more concise and meaningful.
I chose to focus on the academic aspect as my response to the story because of how I notice myself being affected by technology in my work. If I let the technology do most of the work for me wen writing notes for a history class or completing a math assignment or even writing an email I notice that whatever skill I had in completing those tasks on my own begins to diminish. Spell check is a wonderful tool but if I have realized that if I just let the program fix my grammar and spelling mistakes than I lose the ability to catch those mistakes on my own. If I had more time with this video I would probably talk about different areas where technology has affected how I do certain things. For me producing a video was less challenging than producing an essay. An essay for one, is longer, more thought out, and less personal than a video. Visual communication creates a better connection between the author and his or her audience.
I chose to speak about the ways in which this article influenced my reflections about technology largely due to my technology-centered upbringing by a father who devoted his life to the study of engineering. Having observed the positive and negative effects that modernization has had on people, I found Ted Chiang’s article represented of the way in which I draw my own boundaries in the matter. In the video I wanted to convey my beliefs that technology should be wielded as a tool for our betterment rather than have technology actually replace some of our human functions. However, to truly go into the matter I would have needed more time. I should have condensed my facts to account for this, and feel as though my speech were a little drawn out and un-specific. In addition to this, I feel as though I under-exploited the visual and nonverbal techniques offered in speeches. On the positive side, I did try to provide an example of a controversial issue in modern society to connect my stance to the hesitant one taken by Ted Chiang in his article.