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Mind Map: Class Meeting 2/18/14

Suzanne's Mind Map

(Additions this week are in black again since we have worked through each of the colors.)

The CHAT authors are interested in remapping the traditional canonical understanding of composition and rhetoric. From this discussion, I was struck most by the rethinking of delivery as a significant canon. I agree that the role of delivery was significantly diminished after English Studies developed as a written discipline as opposed to the oratorical goals of classical rhetoric. This may have resonated with me as I am working with a delivery system for my object of study, but it seems to build on a thread I have been working with. Last week, I added nodes to civic web sites to show the link between the evaluative criterion of usability and Spinuzzi's declaration of communication and information design becoming ever-more inextricable linked. I added the claim from CHAT authors to that set of nodes that spoke to the same overlap in English and the digital world.

To that growth, I added a node for "delivery" as the CHAT authors describe as being made up of "mediation" and "distribution", or choices we make about form and choices we make for getting that form to the audience respectively. I see a connection between mediation and the cluster of nodes dealing with how English Studies is linked to information technology. The growing use of digital media for rhetorical products requires mediation, choice of form, probably more than the traditional printed essay due to the highly variable environment that does not have a prescribed set of style guidelines like MLA. I thought about where else we have seen mediation as an important element. I thought of genre and Vatz's argument about the role of the rhetor. Genre mediates content by restricting it to a particular form. The rhetor chooses and edits content thus mediating the information an audience receives. I connected these nodes to the mediation node.

I added a node to genre to show the connection between it and what the CHAT authors call "affordances." I wrote about this in my reading notes and feel there may be some further exploration on that point - namely an idea I am kicking around about where action comes from. It seems genre theorists argue that actions stem from genres, but I think the CHAT authors are saying that actions collect into certain affordances that then make objects' use easier or more difficult. Are they coming at action from different angles? One with action as an effect of genre, the other with genre (affordances) as an effect of action?

Lastly, I added a node for "memory networks", the burgeoning archivist I like to see myself as. I connected this to Foucault's archives that I already suggested are a type of network. I connected a node for Solberg and Rohan, both CHAT authors dealing with memory, to that. Solberg suggests strong memories can impact the emotional environment in a positive way and Rohan argues that collective memory is built upon the reuse and repurposing of memory artifacts. I see both of these views as bearing on my object of study as effects of the seeing UPS as a memory network. I also connected that UPS node to "distribution" from the previous paragraph.

This is making me thinking about the relationship between memory and delivery. The classical canon suggests that to deliver a speech, we must have committed it to memory. The UPS is both a memory network, like Rohan's grates collecting thoughts and building a group memory, and a distributive system. I think this will be an interesting place to explore - and I'm glad the mind map was there to suggest it. I'm not sure I would have thought about it otherwise.

If the embed feature works, you will also see the current map here:

Assignment: How Stuff Works Part 2 – Asynchronous Activities

Summer's Activity on Cloud Computing:
Maury's Activity of Networking:
Amy's Activity on Wifi:
Leslie's Activity on Buses:
Daniel's Activity on Social Networking:
  • Visual Map of Social Networks


    This was interesting for a few reasons. First, I had not previously considered the idea or ramifications of using one network to connect to another network. It connects spheres of my life in ways I superficially assumed were disparate entities. Second, Google controls my life. Everything stems from how I connect to the networks, which is through my Google browser. I assume this is why Facebook shows me ads from shopping sites I have recently been to. And these are not just ads, but pictures of the actual items I looked at. This kind of connectivity can leave me with a creepy feeling, a Big Brother-knows-all kind of feeling. Lastly, I have managed to completely segregate my guilty pleasure - Twitter. I have no followers from real life. I post and read about all my favorite celebrities and gossip and fashion and entertainment news. I am sharply satirical in ways I would not be in any other space. I don't want to share this space with anyone either. It's for me to revel in the guiltiest and basest of my escapes. I get to it from my phone and never connect through any other means than directly from the app on my phone. Maybe it's a delusion, and there really is someway for Google or Facebook to know who I am on twitter and make that public for all to know, but hopefully no one will shatter my belief in a little network privacy.

    Jenny's  Activity on Networking:
    Chvonne's Activity on WiFi:
    • Cell Phone Quiz: 4/10 (Well, I know how to work a cell phone even if I don't know how a cell phone works!)
      My Activity on Memory:

      I thought that creating a Venn Diagram would be a helpful way to show where there is overlap in our memory and storage systems. Unfortunately, the process was difficult for me to do digitally. I tried Google Drawings and some online Venn Diagram makers. None of these options were very easy to use because of the number of spheres I needed - work computer, laptop, Google Drive, work's provided network space for the writing center (S Drive), work's provided network space for personal use (M Drive), three flash drives (the sailboat shaped one, the Gaston College one from the HR fair, and the red one that flips open but that I have to jiggle just right to get the computer to recognize it), a portable hard drive from when the old laptop crashed, there's stuff saved on my phone like photos, and other photos are on a memory card in a digital camera, some photos are on CDs from before around 2011,and then my Outlook email, Yahoo email, and Gmail email where I might have sent stuff by attachment to myself...

      And if you want to count the stuff that isn't stored digitally, well there are some bookshelves. And boxes in a storage unit...

      Basically, a Venn Diagram can't contain this madness. I have stuff saved everywhere. I save willy-nilly. Helter-skelter. A devil-may-care attitude, if you will. My memory network makes grown men weep.

      I need help. Lots of help. Some sort of personal trainer to come in and shout at me through a bullhorn. Organize, collate, back-up, create some sort of regimen.

      Perhaps I am doomed to exist in a chaotic network of nodes and connections? Perhaps it will be one of those summer break projects that always seem to get completed before the rush of Fall semester, right?

      Sigh. Que sera, sera.

      NO! I'm going to do something. Be pro-active! Make a list of what gets saved where! Make folders! Move and copy files and delete...

      But wait... that phrase from before reminded me of something.


      Yeah... I'm going to get right on that project, but first I should check out that video...