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S: Let's Get Digital: An Analysis of the 2008 Article, "Literature and Digital Illumination" Lengel

BC: The End (except not really. I have more to argue such as "How the creators propose their argument through text, the pros and cons to their arguments, a sum up/conclusion of it all, and references).

FC: Let's Get Digital: An Analysis of the 2008 Article, "Literature and Digital Illumination" | Elizabeth Lengel

1: About the Article | This presentation addresses Lis Lindeman and Gregory O. Smith's website, "Literature and Digital Illumination." Through the use flash videos, blocks of text, and standard and doctored images on the site, the creators intend to convince the reader that there are opportunities in the classroom to understand and analyze literature through the use of digital media. To support their claim, the creators look at the remediation of certain texts, such as the hpyertext of T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land," and doctored images that represent the analyses of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," T.S. Eliot's poem, "The Hollow Men," and other literary pieces. In order to further encourage the reader to appriciate literary analysis through a digital medium, Lindeman provides a short presentation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice through the use of a flash video. All of this is done to convince the reader that educational experiences, especially literary experiences, are no longer limited to the printed page. Lindeman, Lis and Smith, Greogory O. "Literature and Digital Illumination." Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 12.3 (2008): n. pag. Web. 27 July 2011.

2: Lindeman and Smith's presentation serves as a defense against stagnancy in the classroom. The creators argue that "there are vast untapped potentials for digital media in the literature classroom" ("Our Position" page). However, the site only makes use of flash video and doctored photos as the examples of these "vast, untapped potentials" of digital media. Although their claim is valid and supported with eveidence, said evidence seems to be weak portrayals of all that the digital world has to offer. Their use of digital media could be more diverse, more prominant, and even more modern in order to make a stonger, better convincing case in this argument. Through the combination of site design, the choices and application of the digital media, and the creators' text that defends this media, there is a sense of persuasion for the move to digital media, but a lack in strength in the digital media itself. | The Issues

3: Snapshot Samples of the Site's Media | Flash Video, "Our Position" page | Flash Video, "Encouragement" page | Doctored Image, "Enhancement" page | Doctored Image, "Enhancement" page

4: First Impressions: What It Looks Like | The appearance of the site is simple. Every page consists of the site's heading ("Literature and Digital Illumination"), the title of the page the user is on, the content of the page, and the navigation bar at the bottom. The background is a dulled, blue/gray color. Upon opening the website, the user automatically begins on the "Our Position" page, and the flash video of that page immediately starts playing.

5: Visual Pros & Cons | Pros There is nothing to distract the reader from the site's message. The blue/gray background is dull enough to be easy on the eyes, and it is an interesting break from a standard, white page. | Cons The site is simple enough to be concidered amateur, which decreases its authority. The navigation bar is at the bottom of the screen, which goes against what most users are used to (that being the navigation bar towards the top). There is no "Home" page to ease the user into the site. The user is thrown in to it immediately upon opening. The flash video begins as soon as the site opens, giving the user no time to ease into the site's presentation.

6: Digital Media: The Creators' Choices | On two pages, Lindeman and Smith use flash videos as either all or most of the pages' content. The "Our Position" page consists of just a video. The "Encouragement" page is made up of both a video and blocks of text. Standard and Doctored images make up parts of the "Assumption" page, "Status" page, "Illumination" page, "Enhancement" page, and the "Conclusion" page.

7: The Choices: Pros & Cons | Pros: Doctored images have limitless potential to be creative, persuasive, and story-telling when well-made. The Site utilizes such well-made images. Flash videos are entertaining and easy to watch. They are a fun break from text. | Cons: Flash videos can not be sped up, re-wound, paused, or stopped. As soon as they begin, the user must watch. If they miss a part or want to hear something again, they must wait for the whole video to finish, relpay it, and wait for the video to reach the desired part. Flash is a dated medium when compared to other video media, especially youtube, which has better features and is more "user-friendly." Using only doctored images become old, tiring, and repetitive. Since these two mediums are the only ones in use, the claim that there are vast amounts of digital media to bring in to the classroom is weak.

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