1010 Day 10 Unit 2 Review Essay--Additional Notes on Journal 3 Freewriting
What object/text will I review?
- Fergie’s National Anthem—many people say it was awful—criteria for judgement?
- Tastefulness=respectfulness for a lot of people
- She herself said she was trying too hard to be different for differences sake
- She should be able to sing with her unique voice, though—often
- Compare her Anthem with others
- Jimi Hendrix’s guitar solo made a lot of America very angry because they didn’t think it was respectful
What criteria will I use to review? How am I going to judge my object/text? How do others judge?
- Often thinking about Genre codes can help (what makes an action film an action film…certainly there have to be lengthy and outrageous action sequences—car chases, knife fights--but there are often also rescue tropes being used—in Taken, the main character is trying to rescue his daughter)
- Successful, or a failure? For whom? Movies…
- Realism, technical perfection
- Historical movies with no character development
- Movies are good because:
- Mental stimulation
- Narrative surprises, like a surprise ending…
- Surprises that bend or break the genre
- Stimulates the need for good, 3 dimensional characters
- Some backstory—Indiana Jones—he was a college professor who had a lot of groupies
- Good dialogue
- Great cinematography
- Great technical effects
- Good acting—believability—and good actors: Meryl streep vs. Harrison Ford—he seems similar in many films
- Action if it’s an action film
- Pathos: fear, sadness—somehow entertaining
- Entertainment in summer, school children audience? 16-25 year old males
- Lee’s movie criteria are mental stimulation, good dialogue, and 3 dimensional characterization. If there is surprise, she wants it to be artistic rather than plot focused
What will my rhetorical situation be? Who am I writing for? Who am I not writing for?
- How do I avoid writing for too small of an audience?
- How will I persuade a certain audience to agree with me, or to at least see that I am fair (have good ethos), and that I have acceptable evidence (have good logos), and that I can at least somewhat keep them interested (possibly pathos)?
- Ethos or fairness—you will likely comment on good and bad aspects
- Logos--Good examples with a lot of detail/description + each criterion + circumstances
- Pathos—emotion—emotion in stories, can often keep the audience really listening
- A reading audience is more judgmental about your writing than your mom.
- An audience reading a review may be even more judgmental
- They like better writing
- They already have certain intense opinions