This is the first portfolio for Media and Culture. Over the course of just a few months, I have engaged with readings, online articles, and videos to demonstrate my ability to comprehend the course material. Each post was different in its’ entirety of content. This Portfolio 1.
Since starting the spring semester I wanted to really add more content to my blog posts. My blog on the canons of rhetoric really went into the depth of each canon and how they can be applied. The post itself is long in length but I went through each category with detail to give outside readers my full interpretation. The fifth day of “The Name of The Rose” went into detail of how Umberto the eco, the author drew me into the reading with his use of imagery. I talked about the details of the book and how the author used this as a strategy to keep readers engaged.
Over the course of the semester I have not been all too risky with my post and I have posted material from which we have read from. Cursive writing was never my strong area so for that matter I feel I took a risk and talked about something I have never been really comfortable in talking or blogging about. The Second Day of “The Name of the Rose” was a bit of a challenge for me because the first few sections of the book were very confusing. For example on canvas, I talked about what was challenging for me.
“As far as simple people are concerned, my only fear is that they may be terrified by them, confusing them with those works of the Devil of which their preachers speak too often. You see, I have known very skilled physicians who had distilled medicines capable of curing a disease.”
On an open discussion board I took the risk of engaging with a difficult text and close-read to find the true meaning of the quoted passage.
I decided to post what I found most significant in my readings and that helped me develop an appropriate blog post for Eco:Second Day.
As far as discussion goes with the course. We have all discussed the importance of looking up words and phrases within Eco’s text.
For example on Canvas, Eco:First Day, Danisha pointed out that she had to look up a certain phrase.
“I looked up master glazier because I wasnt sure if what I was thinking was correct, but they did say they’re window makers.”
I came across this conclusion in many of my fellow classmates’ posts.
In Eco:Second Day, other classmates had the same thoughts I shared when the author decided to use imagery to describe where and when the men found the first body.
Reading through the Dk Book, it really made me think back on the presentation Dr. Sasmor gave the class on the history of writing tools and manuscript. I saw several references Dr. Sasmor made that were parallel with what I read in the book.
In Eco:Fourth Day, I noticed something that was said by Dr. Jerz when he first was describing “The Name of the Rose” to the class. I noticed this book had a Da Vinci Code vibe to it and he was exactly right. In the book, the characters draw upon their conclusions from the books of the monks’ history and this is what made me reflect upon Dr. Jerz statement.
When reading the article about why we forget most of the books we read, this article made me reflect upon my reading of, “The Name of the Rose”. The book is challenging is get through and I came to the realization you cannot skim the text and I saw how this article related to our current course reading.
Upon starting a blog for my second time here at Seton Hill I really wanted to keep up with the post and their assigned dates. One post in particular was a bit late but the reading is a lot so I kept on with the reading and published my post as soon as possible.
When I first started to watch the hour long video on Plato’s Apology, I thought it was going to be miserable. I did not cover everything on the video but I chose to blog bout what aspects sparked my interests. I think the decision was a wise choice because I incorporated details from the video to engage with such detailed literature.
The blog on the canons really showed my ability to cover material in all of its’ content. Here I posted an article covering all of the canons not just the important ones I thought would be most useful.
All in all, I think my blog posts have shown my ability to engage with the assigned course materials. I think the areas I need to work on is commenting more and engaging in discussion on word press with my peers. This is something I lack except for on discussion on canvas. Another area is my timeliness, the book was a challenge to read but I could have done better at keeping up with the reading. Overall, I think the blogs have been a success and it has helped compared my ideas with the material from our course with fellow classmates during class discussions.
Source: Participation Portfolio 1