Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIGITAL LITERACIES: Crayons! (From October 7, 2014)

We did not have to create a full blog post this time, but instead responded to some specifics in this week's reading--

To see my response to the question, "Under what conditions would you, as a teacher, accept an academic paper written in crayon on construction paper?", please click to see below the break

The Crayon Game
Inspired by the reading for October 7, 2014

Under what conditions would I accept an academic paper handwritten in crayon on construction paper? (p302)

Is this crayon caper serious; or just a mess-around?
If you’re going to try something as bold as this—if you’re going to “play” with so many semiotic signifiers—you need to back it up with some serious New London Group-style design:

In the final product—aside from the actual subject of the paper in question—I would expect the following ideas to be touched upon or thought of, at least:

Has the “meaning and form…been brought together in a relation motivated by the interest of the sign maker”? (Bezemer & Kress, p236)

“They need to consider how they use the spaces and not just one time that can be shaped on pages.” (Wysocki, p304)

“We need to be asking not only what is expected by a particular audience in a particular  context but also what they might not expect, what they might not be prepared to see.” (Wysocki, p306)

I’m reminded of my friend Karyn B. who once turned in a paper about James Joyce written in the style of James Joyce (something I don’t have the talent to try)—her paper was hilarious and almost transgressive, but also a work of genuine genius, with real insight and rigorous scholarship.

All that said, if you wanted to hand in an academic paper to Professor Lerner that is handwritten in crayon on construction paper, first you would need to have (because this is what I immediately see upon receipt of said paper):
--A level of artistry or good calligraphy that matches the tone of the text (see immediately below)
--The text should have a level of whimsy—or creepiness—to match the visual style.
--Needs a grabber of a title

With the above, then I would expect these:
--Has to make grand connections in the text (this isn’t about something “little”)
--Needs to be a breezy read (cannot be bogged down in in dense and tangled grad-school speak)
--Social context (must speak about broader socio-political themes)
--Uses many examples from real life as well as pop culture and/or high art
 [I'm actually hoping this paper will be good!]

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2 months ago
RE: The Crayon GameRE: The Crayon Game
That's a strong analysis, Ivan. I always run into trouble with the artistic ability part. If that's a pre-req, then aren't a lot of people automatically eliminated? 

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