Exposition: History, Theory, and Practice, the ENGL 3090 course by Dr. Wharton that I took in the spring of 2015, greatly contributed to my view of rhetoric. The below project is the result of my realization that rhetoric transfers into every-day life. Gone was the five-paragraph essay that no one was going to read. Instead, I was sharing objects, creating images, and formatting web pages that were multi-modal and open to the interested public. Through working on Atlanta Artifacts–including a 3-D model, an object analysis, and an interactive timeline–rhetoric went from being 2-D to 3-D . I felt immersed in “real” work as I took this class in conjunction with Dr. Harker’s composition studies course. The intent of the project was to make a collection of physical artifacts digital and also to explore material culture studies.
As far as the strengths are concerned, the pages are detailed. Each image comes with an explanation about the “Porcelain Doll Head,” a helpful tool to keep readers on track. In the object analysis, I was almost painfully organized as I worked my way through each detail, but provided comic relief and a variety of images to break things up. I also worked through a new organizational system in which I described first, then conjectured, proved, and analyzed last. If I could go back, I would flesh out the timeline more and would be more conscious of format. Additionally, external links could have increased the dynamic of the site.