Multi-modal Object Analysis REFLECTION

The analysis that I wrote was based on the way the lions have been represented by humans in art throughout history. To complete an analysis on this subject, I had to think heavily about the relationship that lions had with people. People’s perceptions of lions have a very strong direct correlation with how lions are portrayed in art, so understanding the relationship between the people and the object (in this case, lions) was very important for my analysis.   In the early portions of the project, my assumption was that because lions are strong, people portrayed them in art as strong. However, as my research progressed, I noticed many other qualities consistently developed in lion-based art, as well, such as bravery, guardianship, loyalty, and peace. Lions were often portrayed as wise, calm creatures when they are typically violent, aggressive animals in the wild. While the relationship between humans and lions in nature could often be violent, the relationship between humans and their perceptions of lions is typically warm and respectful, making the art humans make based on lions very flattering to the lions.   In terms of multi-modality, writing the analysis made me think a lot about how I could best hold a reader’s intrigue and best communicate something to them. I occasionally incorporated a video in areas where I felt a visual representation of something could better communicate the message I was trying to convey.   Whenever I mentioned a specific piece of art I chose to reference an image of the piece in my analysis, as well. I felt as though showing the reader what the pieces...

MMOA Reflection

I had a difficult time analyzing the relationship between humans and kaolin other than the basic/topical relationship of humans using kaolin individually or combined with another to cater towards their needs. It’s interesting that it’s difficult for a rhet/comp major to get creative within research. All of the readings related to material culture were fascinating, but for some reason I wasn’t coming up with much to make my object to really analyze its significance to humans. I think the main concept I pulled away from material studies is that people see in objects what they either culturally know or individually desire. For example, pertaining to the pipe, men of war in the 1800s saw pipes as a means to ingest tobacco to calm their nerves or as a remedy for illness, whereas other European artistic people saw pipes as art and wanted to start a culture of artistic and antique...

Wanting Things Blog Post

Sales for large corporate retail chains often increase in December because people go out to spend money on gifts for the holiday season. The recipients of the gifts often do not need the gift which they received,

Presentation Peer Review – Austin Williams

Presentation Design – I liked the PowerPoint format that you used, although I would have made the colors a bit brighter. Keeping the background dark may have been intentional, though, to match the war aesthetic which comes with the Civil War belt buckle. If so, I like the idea.   Content Layout – Beginning the presentation with a discussion about the history or culture’s perception of belt buckles was very engaging. I think everyone connected with the presentation once you told us that our thoughts about cowboys and belt buckles were wrong. After the discussion about belt buckles as a whole, the transition into the discussion about Civil War belt buckles was easy to engage with because our interest in the subject was peaked.   Quality of Historical Content – I liked how you discussed the differences between the belt buckles from different sides of the Civil War. Knowing which side used what type of buckle and the reasons WHY they wore those buckles (economic differences in manufacturing) was important to the context of your object. It would have been interesting to know how those economic differences continued to develop after the war, though. If that is not in your analysis it may be something worth...

Reading Thing Blog Post

The way society perceives an object, regardless of just how true the perception may be, has a great influence on how that object is written about. My research has been centered around a small figurine of a lion, so I have been looking into how lions have been viewed throughout history and how they have been shown in different cultures. I have been finding that many cultures viewed lions as powerful and portrayed them in that way. I believe that this is the case because of a societal belief that lions are creatures of strength.   The text that I chose to study is a video of a lion hunting and attacking its prey. The video shows a lion chasing and pouncing on the animal which it wanted to kill. It illustrates just how powerful a wild lion can be when it is motivated to kill. By witnessing actions like this, humans developed a belief that lions were strong and should be represented as animals that are strong and powerful. This belief resulted in many representations of lions throughout many cultures following this pattern.  ...
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