So back in January I said one of my goals was to explain to my Grandpa what Digital Rhetoric was. Could I do that today? Heck yeayuh, my grandpa has a hearing aid so he can’t hear much at all and is really good at pretending he can hear you when he really can’t. So maybe instead of trying to explain it to him in person while he half-heard I’d probably send him an e-mail about how DR is the study of how digital technologies (such as e-mail!) are changing how humans interact with each other and the world. Then maybe give him an example that would pertain to him such as how we skype Aunt Lori and Uncle Ron every Christmas, or those cool Bible apps that allow you to look up full Bible verses just by searching a few words from the verse or those church applications that allow you to give tithes from your credit card. With the ubiquity of technology anybody no matter what generation they come from has experienced digital rhetoric. So that’s one thing I learned so far in this class, DR is apart of everyone’s lives.
I defined DR in January as, “the discourse that emerges when users engage in the exchange, production, and consumption of information on a digital interface while adhering to the limits of this interface as well as exploring the extents of its capabilities” honestly I like this definition although I had would define “discourse” a bit differently this time around. At first I saw discourse as a sort of motivator, an unseen element of persuasion however after this class I would tag on academic discourse into this definition, because I really had no idea how much writing there was on all the different facets of this topic! Gotta love academics… so thorough.
Honestly though while the theories and different ideas we studied were illuminating what I found most useful in this class was the more practical bits I learned. My final project was a lot of firsts for me. I had never made a prezi, never made a screen recording, never made an i-movie, and for the ingographics section it was my first graphic I made in Microsoft excel. This knowledge will, I hope, pave the way for me to begin working with more multimodal forms of communication. Also I cannot tell you how fun it was for me to not have to write a final paper for this class. Though it probably took much longer it felt more comfortable and less soul sucking… Not too mention this was my first graduate course! I was very nervous about graduate school but now I know I got it in me!! Also my entire graduate program is online so I’m getting some good practice for how discourse in an online class works. I did get to meet with Alec, Ben, and Dr. Christensen. I had a great time with you three as I was seriously craving some good ol’ human interaction! Anyways hope all of you have a great summer and I hope to see some of you in future classes!