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Post #7

During my research I watch a few interviews with the creator of the mobile phone, the first brick phone, Martin Cooper. During his interviews he always brings up very interesting things or answers interesting questions from a creator’s perspective rather then a user’s perspective. I noticed that he never had in mind the amount of personalization of the cell phone that occurs today. Which led me to think about how inventions are made to be useful. In fact, the most popular inventions seem to be created in order to be useful and over time, as they become popular they begin to be personalized and changed to suit its users even if its not the most useful manner.

I thought this was very interesting. When looking to the past through artifacts, we try and interpret their meanings very deeply in order to better understand the past times. For example, the teapot. A teapot found can say a lot about its time and its times advancement. A few teapot’s might help show the difference between classes and the amount of abundance or poverty of those times.

As I studied the cell phone I constantly wondered what the cell phone would say about us if it is ever found thousands of years from now. What would it say about us? There are so many models and so uniquely personalized that it will hopefully show the technology leaps we have been making in the last 20 yrs with it. It might also say something of our economic state over this time as there are not an abundance of luxury phones, etc. But it will definitely show how dependent we are of them since there are probably a vast amount of them everywhere.

Post #10

After this semester I have reached my own conclusions about  what expository writing is. Because I have studied rhetoric for a couple semesters I have believe that in concern to it expository writing is more of the research than the actual persuasion. Although I believe expository writing can be persuasive, its main goal might be more to explain, inform and learn rather then to cause a movement or action. There is more intrigue in expository writing than anything else. In my opinion its more of special in depth research over a particular topic. Although it is similar to research its different in that it is more specific. I am glad to  have been able to take this class and learn about this time of writing. I think that this class should continued to be offered especially to those  interested in subjects such as history. Because Expository writing contains such concentrated information and research this obviously is very useful to people that work in archeology. This type of writing allows a simple to object to be put under a microscope and perceived in many ways. Expository writing can ultimately contain cultural, literal, historical  information.

Post #9 The Cell phone

The iPhone 5c cell phone is 5 inches in length, 2 inches in width and about .35 inches in depth. Its about the size of an adult palm. It is only 4.65 ounces heavy which is relatively light or equal in weight compared to other things that we carry on an everyday basis. When the cell phone is not being used it has a a screen that covers the entire front (except on the borders which is the most minimal). 4 inches of that screen is an LED-blacklit widescreen. It is a multi-touch display with IPS technology which includes a 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi. It also includes a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on the from and support for the display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously.

On the back side of the phone there is a iSight Camera. It has 8 megapixels. a sapphire crystal lens cover and an LED flash. When using the camera it is capable of autofocus, tap to focus, exposure control, HDR for photos, face detection, panorama and geotagging. With this same camera one can also switch to video recording. While recording the LED flash is available, there is face detections, the ability to still take photos while recording video, 3x zoom and video geotagging. A camera lens is also incorporated to the front of the cell phone in order to facilitate FaceTime Camera. It is often used to take selfies as well all though there are less options on this camera. It only includes face  detection, exposure control, video recording and a backside illumination sensor.

Besides the camera lens on the front of the cell phone, there is also a listening opening meant for typical conversations. There is also a singular a button on the opposite end of the phone called the Home button. These 3 things are the only things on the front screen.

On the side there are several other buttons. there is a Volume up/down button, a Ring/ silent button, an on/off sleep/wake button, and a built-in speaker. There is also a microphone, 3.5 – mm stereo headphone minijack and lighting connector.

On the back there is only a camera lens, a flash lens, the Apple icon  and the information about the identity of the phone.

This is a description of the outer and physical properties of the iPhone 5c. The internal technologies create infinite possibilities to assist humans.

Timeline: Technological Communication

“Can you hear me now?”

Honing in on the cell phone, in the history of human communication, has astounding results. About 40 years ago the first big brick phone successfully made its first call. Today, billions of cellphones later, anyone without a cell phone is out of touch. To be in touch we must have something at our fingertips ready to assist us as no other person or best friend ever could. It is amazing what we confide in our phones today. However, just as with any and every relationship, there are strings attached.  Even this mobile cordless device has many people strung on the overwhelming amount of information and promises it provides.

Researching this device and observing its impact on culture has shown me that the device was never intended to make us its slaves but vice versa. Unfortunately, as with anything that seems too good to be true, we only  notice the true and over all effects after our enamored eyes have cleared. Today the cellphone is almost needed to survive and we can’t continue without it for very long. Unfortunatley it also has tracking devices that other people can track us through. It also contains many secrets that we thought personal. Because time has proved to us that our phones are the furthest things from private we have learned to cope with using a device that can answer almost every question at our command and at the same time has the power to crumble our lives outside of its virtual world (like our jobs and actual perception of us).

Also through studying this device I have been able to notice the attachment and value we give the cell phone. Although we can’t live without its function, it’s outer shell is disposable when a more attractive “skin” for it comes out. In today’s world, when that same thing is even possible for humans through cosmetic surgery, it seems as though our values are no longer held in a good conversation but in the superficial delivery of it — can you here me now?



Beatrice Marovich, a writer and academic ( presents the topic of cuteness in relation to animals in her essay in The Atlantic (Moravich) to propose a perspective on how humans have given “cuteness” to an animal and how the cute animal in return serves the human. In her essay, Maravich, provides the example of the cuteness of cats. Cats have been deemed cute by humans and also by humans through created figures such as Hello Kitty. The essay also provides an insight of how these cats have gained their “cuteness” by history. Because of cats becoming saviors to silk economics in the 17th century in Japan (by eliminating the cats that ate the silk worms that made silk), cats became a good luck charm. In the case of Hello Kitty, Marovich suggests that it’s vacant look gives humans the opportunity to fill that vacancy with themselves through the cuteness of the expressionless Kitty. A very interesting point that Marovich ties in toward the end of her essay is how cats, who have been deemed cute, have become something that people pay for, just to spend time with them. Unfortunately, Marovich doesn’t delve into the psychological questions about this but the skeptical observant question that lingers is: What does this endowment of cuteness do or affect?

Something that pop’s out in Marovich’s essay is the word vacancy. The eyes of the cute cat seem vacant and almost beckoning for someone to live through it. When something is “cute” it is: appealing, mentally keen, attractive ( The opposite of “cute” is”: ugly, unhappy, unpleasant ( This suggests that something “cute” is something that makes one feel better or seems to beckon one in a strange but delightful manner. For example, carrying around a small dog that matches one’s outfit is cute, because it makes the human feel that the cute little animal needs them and they empower the animal with the “pop” that their outfit or person needs. The most interesting part of cuteness is the way in which it works or the cycle which it forms.

When a human seems something “cute”, the human perceives that “thing” as an object that needs something, it contains a void that can potentially be filled — attention and care from the human. Giving this “cute little thing” that attention makes the human feel wanted or needed and/or giving, generous, compassionate, human, loving, etc. In return, the “cute little thing” provides the human credit for what they’ve done, and provides the human satisfactions in one or a variety of areas. These areas might encompass a human’s character, fashion style, compassion, “religiousness” or anything in relation to the expression of that human. As this occurs the “cute little thing” is given power, a power to enhance (or un-enhance) a human’s identity in one way or another. Although this “cute little thing” is bestowed power, the “cute little thing” becomes objectified (even if it is a living thing). When something becomes objectified it can be made, it is not one of a kind, it can be replaced; thus, a cute little accessory Chihuahua dog can be replaced by a cute little Affenpinscher at any given moment. Through these examples, Marovich clearly explains a perspective on cuteness and how it tends to objectify which is only scratches the surface of that definition.


Works Cited

“About – Beatrice Marovich.” Beatrice Marovich. Web. 5 Sept. 2014. <>.

Marovich, Beatrice. “The Powerful Authority of Cute Animals.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 14 May 2014. Web. 5 Sept. 2014.

“cuteness.” The Dictionary of American Slang. 05 Sep. 2014. <>.

“cute.” Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Philip Lief Group 2009. 05 Sep. 2014. <>.