Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Purpose Statement WP#4

Topic: Vaccines

Purpose: Should parents avoid vaccinating their children?  I want to answer this question so that parents as well as future parents are aware of how their choice will or will not effect their children.  I am going to give the facts of how avoiding vaccines will or will not effect their lives.  I am going to answer this question through research and show how certain choices can effect the lives of their children as well as their grandkids.

Audience:  Parents, future parents, doctors, and nurses

Context:  Why should parents not avoid vaccinating their children?  Don't want to make their children sick.  The time and place for the parents would be at a doctors office at an appointment for their children and they are very busy people and trying to deal with their children in a way that they see fit.  Parents are working as well as taking care of their kids, maybe one stays at home while the other works.  The time and place for the doctors and nurses would be while they are working at their hospital or a doctors office.  The nurses and doctors are very busy people as well and will be giving parents and insight to how their choices of vaccination can effect their lives.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Work, Career, Vocation

Work: a paid job that a person is able to do without prior knowledge or experience doing - example: working in a grocery store.  Working is necessary in life to be able to provide for yourself and your family.  Work is just a way to be able to have an income.  Some people that just work and don't have a career are worried about how much money they make and have to budget and balance their money well to be able to provide.
Career: a paid job that a person must have gone to school/college for or had some kind of knowledge/training for it - example: working as a doctor.  A career has to be earned such as going to school and earning a degree.  For most careers people have a steady income and they don't need to worry because it is just enough money for them to be able to provide for their family without worry.
Vocation: a calling, the reason a person is born - example: I was born to be a psychiatrist.  A person lives up to their vocation from the day they are born.  If they happen to chose a job that is not their vocation, they may not enjoy their job as much as they would have if they did choose their vocation.  Most people have a difficult time trying to figure out what their vocation is throughout life, but once people know what their vocation is, it is obvious and they realize that they could have known it all along.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Purpose Statement & Design Plan

Purpose Statement
Purpose:  I want to analyze posters of the movie Jaws 2 and show how the posters made to advertise the movie are attractive and how in all of the posters the shark is ginormous showing that people will have no power against the shark if they were to be attacked.  In general the ocean has an advantage, as there are things at the bottom that could kill us at any moment.  The ocean is huge and we are tiny speckles at the surface.  If people really look at an advertisement, they will see that there is more to it than pictures and text.  The posters basically tell a summary of the movie.  If you are picking the pieces apart and asking why this is here or there and understand then you realize why the creator of the advertisement did what they did.
Audience:  My audience would be those people that love seeing horror movies or who have interests in life under the water in the ocean.  I dislike horror movies but I have an interest in sharks and that is why I love watching Jaws.  My audience will also include my professor as well as my classmates and peers.
Context:  The communication will take place in class the day that the assignment is due.  The communication will take place in the classroom in front of my classmates and professor.  I will also be posting my paper on my blog for others to see.  Time matters because I want people to see and read my paper before they go and see the Jaws 2 movie.  Place matters in that I want my paper to be placed either in a movie theater or in a store that sells or rents movies because I want people to see my paper and read it to understand how to analyze a poster in a useful way as well as hopefully help them decide if they’d like to see it or not.   

Design Plan
Ethos: Jeannot Szwarc who was the director for Jaws 2 has lots of credibility.  He directed many movies but his most famous movies were Somewhere in Time, and Supergirl.  In 1981 he won a Critics award at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival for his movie Somewhere in Time.  As well in 1981 he won a Best Film award at the Fantafestival for his movie Somewhere in Time.  In 2008 he was nominated for the Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form at the Hugo Awards for the television series Heroes.
Pathos:  I think that the posters as well as the director got great emotion out of people.  The posters may make people feel scared but also excited.
Logos:  I think that the author’s argument for these posters is that sharks are superior to humans and basically if we encounter a shark we are done.  Some people say if you hit a shark in the nose when they attack you that they will let go.  Who would think of hitting the shark in the nose when the person thinks they are about to get dragged down to the bottom of the ocean?  The author makes a good argument because some may say you can get out of a shark attack and some may think if that ever happens you’re dead.  From the way the posters are made, shows how the sharks are huge and therefor more powerful than us humans.
Medium:  I am going to be using four posters that were used to advertise the movie for an academic paper.  I will analyze them and show how the posters can be used as an insight to the movie or summary of the movie.
Arrangement:  In my essay I want to arrange the four posters so that they are in the middle of my essay and so that the text is going around the outside of the posters.  I feel that it would give more focus to the posters I am analyzing.  Of course I am only going to put the poster I am analyzing in the center.  I think I will keep each poster on a separate page so that the audience knows which poster I am talking about specifically and so they can refer to the picture in the middle of the page easily while reading my analysis.
Testing:  I will bring my essay draft on analyzing the posters to class and get feedback on what my classmates think my purpose was and fix it to make it a way for my audience to understand clearly.

The visual is the predominant focus, there is text but to me the visual is predominant.

The text and the visual complement each other in a way that the author put the title, Jaws 2, in red maybe to depict blood and horror to his audience.  Sharks + humans = blood

The visual adds a lot of information that the text does not.  If it were just the text, the poster wouldn’t make much sense.  The visual explains what the movie is going to be about.  Also the other way around, the visual needs the text as well.

The visual deepens the understanding of the text in that the text on the page makes the audience wonder what is going to happen next and can assume it is going to be a shark attack with the picture and the text together.

The visual is placed in the middle near the top or it covers the whole entire page.

The audience would have to assume what is going to happen and picture it themselves if there were to be no visual.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Poster Analysis: Cars 2 Movie

I can tell from the poster that Cars 2 is a comedy because of the way the creator designed how the cars look.  It is almost silly in a way with how one car has two front teeth and one car even has a mustache.  All of the cars without even seeing the movie look like they all have their own personalities, they all look very different.  Along with that the poster looks to me like the movie would be a comedy, the colors the creator used catches the audiences eye.  The creator uses dark colors throughout most of the poster and I think the creator did that to make it seem technological.  The floor that the cars are sitting on is very techno as well.  The dark colors also make all the cars stand out and even though it is a very dark poster all the cars are smiling which makes the audience feel emotion and makes them want to smile back at the poster.  With the world in the background the audience can assume that the movie may take place in different parts of the world.  With the world in the background my eyes tend to circle around it, but it always brings my eyes back to the main part, the cars.  My eyes start from the title "Cars 2" and follows on downward because of the arrow like feel or in other words the car logo to direct the audiences eyes towards the actual characters in the movie, the cars.  Overall I think the purpose of the poster was to make it seem technological because the whole movie is about cars and the dark colors make the cars really stand out especially the way the title in the car logo directs the audiences eye towards the characters who are all strange looking but show how the movie is a comedy because of the way they were drawn or characterized.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Purpose Statement

PURPOSE: I want to explain soccer, my injuries, my cousin who is a nurse and how nursing is a great job and yes some people think that it doesn’t pay well but it can and it is more than money that you get out of nursing, you get a sense of giving back to the community.  You are able to help people in need when they are sick or help parents that lose loved ones and talk to them to make them feel better.  It is a very emotional job and I know that because my cousin, Jenny, is a nurse as well and she ended up traveling to Haiti one summer after she graduated to help the people there.  Now she goes to Haiti almost twice a year for months at a time and wants to move there.  She fell in love with Haiti and the wonderful people there and she cherishes all the memories.  If I ever ask her about Haiti she ends up in tears because we are so fortunate for what we have and they don’t have much.  She doesn’t only go there as a nurse to help the ones who are sick, she goes there to help build houses as well as relationships with the people.  I hope my audience will feel that nursing is a great career and it is not only taking care of people, it’s being emotionally tied to people and helping them whether they are sick or not.  I have had 3 knee surgeries from playing soccer and one that actually happened during the middle of 2014 and those nurses that helped me as well as my cousin, have inspired me to become a nurse myself.  When I had my knee surgeries, the nurses were always very sweet and loving.  My love for nursing only gets stronger and stronger because the nurses I see are great people and it makes me want to be like them and make people feel the way that those nurses made me feel.  I want to be a pediatric nurse because going through my surgeries the nurses were so fantastic and always kept me calm and were such sweet people.  I was inspired to communicate with others when my grandpa, having cerebral palsy, fell over his walker and ended up breaking his wrist and getting multiple stitches in his chin.  I would go and keep him company at the hospital until he got to leave.  I would talk to the wonderful nurses there and they treated my grandpa and myself with respect and always had a smile on and always came into the hospital room to talk with my grandpa, just friendly communication.  That made me want to communicate with others or in general the older people in society because sometimes they are lonely and all they want is someone to talk to.  I believe the best possible outcome of communication would be that it helps people know that they are cared about.  The worst possible outcome of communication is someone reading the message wrong and getting angry or upset because people interpret certain things in a certain way.
AUDIENCE: My audience are my classmates as well as future nurses and even current nurses.  They are kind, sweet and caring people that are open to hearing new things.  If my audience were here now, I think they would enjoy what I am writing about because most may feel the same way I do about nursing or in general just helping others in need.  My audience could walk out of the room with a positive vibe of wanting to help others and maybe not through nursing, maybe through volunteering.  Current nurses could walk out knowing that people do appreciate what they do and know that what they do really has an impact on peoples lives.  I always think of nursing as the one job that I will absolutely love and have the feeling of never have to work a single day in my life.  
CONTEXT: The communication will take place during class when presented and turned in.  Whenever I am in a class specific to nursing, it motivates me to speak about nursing more and more.  I will be in class when my communication takes place but since it will also be on my blog, I will not be there when it takes place obviously.  I really hope people comment on my blog about my photo essay and let me know what they think.  All I want to do is help people and make people feel welcome.  Time matters because I want people to read my essay at the beginning of the day, by people I mean nurses.  If they read it at the beginning of the day, it could help make their day so much better and help them realize that if they haven't been getting the appreciation they deserve by their patients, they will know that they really truly are appreciated by me and most others and hopefully it will put a smile on their faces.  Place matters in that I would put my essay in the front of the hospital on the front desk so when people walk in or nurses walk into work that day, they will read it and maybe it will give them an extra boost for the day.  Nurses are at the hospitals for their patients and some people may take that for granted.  If they read my essay, they will understand that there are people out there that do appreciate all the things nurses do for us.
My Design Plan
ETHOS:  Even though I am going to be talking about soccer, nursing and knee surgeries, I want to come across as I know what I am talking about.  I think the ethos that best supports my purpose statement would be explaining my photos and putting a caption as well as naming them so I have credibility and authority.  I will put my pictures in an order that makes sense and so it tells my story properly.  I will put a caption and name each photo so the readers can understand exactly what I am trying to get at.
PATHOS:  I want to use pathos in a way that it makes my photos pop.  I would use contrast, brightness, and color to make my photos more appealing.  I want people to be interested in my photos but I also don’t want my photos to be too much.  I want my photos to explain parts of my story and pop out to my audience.  If I have an important part of my story I will most likely try my best to make the photo stand out more than the rest so the readers know that it is an important part to my story.
LOGOS:  I am going to put, at the most, four pictures on a power point slide.  I wouldn’t want too much on one slide because then it will be too busy and my audience won’t know what to look at or where to look.  If I am going to show a motion I know I will need to show steps of the motion which means about four pictures on one slide.  I want to show my photos in some way or design that makes them follow a path because I am doing a narrative and the photos will go in a certain order.  I don’t want to draw arrows everywhere, maybe I will use size to be the distinction of what comes next.  I want my photos to work together because if they don’t then my narrative story most likely won’t make any sense.  I need to figure out a way to place them, in what order, where, and how so my audience can understand my story properly.

MEDIUM: I am using photos.  I love taking pictures where ever I go.  I have been taking photos ever since I could hold a camera, but I have never taken a photography class.  I am going to focus on pictures of my soccer team here at Lewis University, nursing, and photos of my injuries that I have had.  I will bring them all together and they will hopefully turn out like I plan.  I have multiple pictures of my team and I have pictures of my cousin Jenny nursing in Haiti and I have photos of me playing soccer as well as a picture of my knee after surgery with staples and after that and so on.

ARRANGEMENT: I am going to arrange my photos in a way that shows how nursing isn’t just a job and how it relates to soccer, injuries and how caring nurses are.  I am going to mix and match slides with nursing, soccer and my injuries because I feel arranging my photos in that way will best explain my story.  I am going to put at least one or two photos on a page unless I am showing a motion such as a physical therapy circuit.  If I use two or more photos I will make a comparison between the two and if I only use one, I will not be comparing and just moving on through my narrative and telling my story.  

TESTING: I am going to give my photo essay to my friends and ask them what they think I am trying to say.  I think that through this way of testing, my friends will give me constructive criticism and I will be able to make my photo essay much better.  If they do not see what message I am trying to get across then I know it needs a lot more work and if they do understand then hopefully they can give me feedback to make it much more enjoyable for my readers.
My Photo Essay

I believe that I did what I was set out to do, not saying that there were not any bumps in the road.  After writing my purpose statement draft I ended up changing it up a little which meant I had to pick different photos.  It was really frustrating and when I started my design plan draft I really started to see how my project was starting to fall together.  At first it was really difficult figuring out what photos I wanted to use and then in which order I would put the photos in.  Once I figured out what photos and in what order it was difficult to figure out where and how to place them to make sure I was showing ethos, pathos, and logos.  Along with my photos it was difficult to think of good captions that made my story flow throughout and not be choppy from one photo to the next.  Throughout my photo essay I tried to show how nursing isn’t just a job and how nurses really do help people other than giving them medicine and how they influenced me to pursue the profession of being a nurse.  I showed a picture of me in the hospital and I remember that day so vividly because of the nurses and how amazing they were.  If it were not for the nurses I would most likely think of my surgeries as traumatic events.  Overall I think I did a good job in trying to show how nurses have impacted my life and how I am going to become one.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Written Communication

What does the relationship between writing and design have to do with good communication?

I believe the relationship between writing and design have to do with good communication in that there has to be a design when you are communicating whether it is through a poster or through pictures or through a certain font.  Writing and design go together, like the photo essay we are going to be doing.  We are going to have to write and there will be a design, the photo.  I believe that good communication always has to do with writing and design because you see all the stuff they advertise on TV and then you go into a certain store that is selling that certain item and they made a poster for it with some kind of quote that makes you think... maybe I should buy it because it looks like a good product.  Writing and design go together to make good communication because I believe that with design, whatever you are writing will catch someones eye such as an attention grabber.  It makes the certain text more interesting and engaging.  Design makes good communication in that people will want to read the text and design can help make it "pop."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In Class Reflection

What do you think of blogs?
I never really thought about blogs.  I've seen people writing blogs in either movies or TV shows but never myself have I ever thought about making my own blog.  I think blogs are a way for people to talk to others if they have no one else to talk to.  They are a way to get frustration or anger out or stories they want to tell but have no one to tell them to.

Can a blog be useful?
A blog can be useful in that if you want someone to talk to, there is always someone reading your blog and they can even respond to your blog or make a comment.  Blogs can be useful, like I said above, in getting anger or frustration out.  They can be useful for telling stories or in general if you feel like you have no one, you can talk or communicate to someone and make relationships through a blog.

Does a "blog" or "a blogger" signify a specific type of person to you? 
I have never written or read blogs before, but whenever I think of a person who write blogs I imagine a writer or someone who wants to be a journalist.

What kind of person blogs?
I think that people who like to write blog.  They want to share what they write and wants other people to really read it and can also get feedback.

Could a blog have a use for you? What would that be?
I think a blog could have a use for me.  I am not a writer and I don't enjoy writing but if I had a blog I would most likely write about my life, my family or sports.