Successful Strategies for Making an Argument through a Multimodal Project…
Successful Strategies for Making an Argument through a Multimodal Project and Process Paper
Thesis Statements/Statement of Argument
Just saying it: The main argument I hope to make it [then say it] Using meta-writing to signal the importance, the scope, and the goals of the project: "I will be analysing how disabled bodies are discriminated and treated as lesser in the society we live in and in the societies we've seen in the past. And by showing this, I will connect this to the show being watched in class, Rick and Morty."
Make it argumentative: shape the thesis to show not just WHAT the text does, but HOW the text is doing it. "By representing disability in x, y, and z, Rick and MOrty does [insert argument here about stakes]
Critiquing the show: here's how the show sort of fails/the limitations of the humor Critique the fans: fans reproduce disqualifications; fans perform x, y, and z cultural work, and we need to think about the stakes of fan culture
Press the media platform: In order to make my argument about Rick and Morty, I turn to x media because of the specific rhetorical strategies x media makes available (text, image, audio, social components, etc).
Setting up the Intro
Rick and Morty first: first sentence sets the stakes (women, sexism, and stem); uses a specific textual moment (Rick and Summer, crazy 'chick'). Set the stakes, give us a sexy textual moment to frame the issue
Here's my purpose first: I chose Tumblr because x, y, and z. I hope to show x, y, and z
Tell a story: how you came to your media and why the form of that media makes sense for your goal.argument
Choosing your media
Twitter: Live tweeting episodes (because as you watch it, you don't think about it because of the temporal and narrative experiences; by making use of Twitter--a genre concerned with automatic response and a linear/stream way of presenting--the form is conducive to making the argument.
Twitter made for automatic response.
The media's form matches your argument's content
As a platform, makes use of various media on that platform: gif, pictures, screencaps, reblog/create community
how do you wrestle with fanart? How do we make sense of "authorial" voices if it's not made by the creators of the show? --investigating who gets included/excluded in fan communities --using fans to show reader response: even if the text is putting sexist words in an unreliable character's mouth, how does fan response illuminate the problem?
Being aware of multiple types of audiences! Not everyone who looks at the twitter/podcast/blog will have the same reaction
Paper guiding project?
Use paper as outline/roadmap. Paper becomes way to organize and lock down ideas. Solidifes body of evidence
Project guiding paper
Generate username, actually PRODUCE your evidence first, then use paper to go back and read it.
Gather evidence/do hands-on internet fieldwork; how does the project-first reshape assumptions about your inquiry/hypothesis