CPE Final Draft

Be not afraid: It says 25 pages, but 10 of those are appendices/works cited.

Kylie Webb Final Draft

Logistically, this project ended up a bit of a nightmare. The original topic I proposed was a comparative analysis of two different Q&A podcasts recorded as a podcasts, but instead it ended up being an analysis on one podcast in comparison to earlier advice columns through a postmodern lens. Not even recorded as a podcast because I did start losing my voice halfway through yesterday when I was supposed to record and so now it’s just hypertext with about 12 pages of appendices also with appendices.

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CPE (really) rough draft


The history of podcasts is not a particularly long one. The art of podcasting has only been around since the late 90s in its base form, as a primarily audio-centric medium for dispersal of information similar to radio, but produced and distributed over the internet instead. As we know them now, they’ve been around for about half as long. Despite this, podcasting is a widespread medium. Apple estimates that last year, 550,000 podcast shows were published on iTunes, with even more than that separate from Apple’s platform entirely.

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Manjoo 1-3

I’m really, really trying to understand Manjoo for what he seems to be wanting to get at and not what he’s saying at the surface level. I’m struggling, though, because while he’s presenting a lot of issues with information dispersal and synthesization in American society right now, he’s not stating where these issues originate, or how to go about fixing them.

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Wysocki’s “The Sticky Embrace of Beauty”

“My very (learned) idea of what is beautiful, of what is well-formed, is dangerous for women and any aestheticized Others.” (Wysocki, 168)

Much like Laura Mulvey critiques the male gaze and objectification of women in “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” and Barbara Kruger critiques the position of women in capitalistic systems, Wysocki takes the principles of design, advertising and neutrality to task. In Wysocki’s essay, she speaks to the idea of social construction in advertising, and that even the things we view as neutral — for example, “good design principles” — are by no means not steeped in its social surrounding.

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Critical Photo Essay Proposal

I’m curious about podcasts because they’re a really fascinating media to me, but I’m not really sure just about what yet, so I have kind of a list of questions going through my head now that I intend to narrow down to one after more research. What does it take to make a popular podcast? What role does scripting play in podcasts that seem off-the-cuff, i.e. question and answer podcasts? How much of a podcast’s popularity is due to production value? Host personality? Subject? Current cultural values?

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McCloud 7-9

I’m posting this late because I didn’t pick up on the importance of McCloud’s last section until class and couldn’t, for the life of me, think of anything worthwhile to say, and then, after class, I needed more time to think about it.

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McCloud 4-6

Oh man, McCloud’s chapter on time in comics was wildly interesting. The first thing I thought of was how they say that six years in our time is equivalent to one year in Marvel comic time, nevermind all the reboots and retcons. Along with this, his idea of what text placement in a panel means with respect to time was something I think I’d subconsciously realized as a reader, but definitely wouldn’t be able to vocalize had he not laid it out on the page the way he did.

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