Technologies: Future media, shadows of a post flash world, and negotiating tag-wrangling
Composing in Emerging and for Future Media: Developing Multimodal Adaptability | Brenta Blevins: Communication technologies are rapidly evolving, offering new media and new digital tools for production and consumption of texts, but creating pedagogical challenges for instructors focused on supporting long-term student compositional capabilities. The speaker discusses the implementation of an Augmented Reality project in the classroom, presenting the scaffolding of reading, research, and class discussion of composition decisions, designed to develop communication adaptability.
The Shadows of Wonder: Rhetorical Frameworks for Post-Flash Animation | Daniel Liddle: This presentation considers how design guidelines for user interfaces frame animation as a tool primarily for perception and cognition rather than emotion, awe, or wonder. The speaker argues this approach is meant to counter negative perceptions of animation as inherently ornamental and decorative. Despite this turn, the speaker highlights how the attention to wonder still remains in the current guidelines, albeit as a secondary, often marginal focus.
Tag-Wrangling on AO3: Negotiating the Space Between Prescriptivism and Descriptivism | Adrienne Raw: AO3’s tag wrangling practices build on prescriptivist guidelines informed by descriptivist principles, introducing space between this traditional binary and suggesting that these views are not as insurmountably at odds as they are often theorized. This presentations draws on Cameron’s concept of verbal hygiene and Milroy and Milroy’s theorizing about standardization to examine the fanfiction community of practice (Eckert and McConnell-Ginet) as a space that provokes new reflection about the relationship between prescriptivism and descriptivism.