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Vice President Joe Biden

On April 8, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to CU-Boulder to speak about his current campaign #ItsOnUs. This campaign is designed to help put a stop on sexual assaults on college campuses. The three and a half hour wait was such an awesome experience since I was able to shake with him after his speech. That hand shake was thus far one of my most remarkable moments as a student here at CU. 

 

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Life of A Transgender

I chose to do a comic for Project 2. Personally, I was never really into reading comics or ever considered making one before this project. Therefore, I chose to challenge myself since I had no prior knowledge beforehand. I struggled a bit at first because I added too many speech bubbles for my rough draft. In my head all the speech bubbles made sense but I had to keep my audience in mind and make the comic reader-friendly. But, after spending plenty of time on Pixton, I learned how to break apart panels to strengthen the conversation to fully grasp the character’s facial expression. I chose my comic to be about how we should learn to be accepting of transgender individuals and how gender expression and sexual orientation should not ultimately define a person. I incorporated a few pop culture references to make the comic more interesting and chose pretty realistic settings for the characters to have deep conversations. Hope you enjoy!

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Single, Double and Third Contingency Perspectives

The Writing Tool I chose for this assignment was tool number thirty-one: build your work around a key question. In order to achieve this, I used a piece of a final paper I wrote from last semester. This class was Perspectives of Human Communication. In the after, I have addressed the question that is answered in both the before and after section.


Before

The single contingency perspective as described in Messages is the effective use of sending and receiving messages. However, due to the ability of sending and receiving effective messages, the single perspective contingency is centered on the ability to influence others. The challenging part of this perspective however, is depended upon constructing effective message(s) in a way the sender intended the receiver to interpret the message. The downfall of to the single contingency perspective is that it sets limitations due to the fact that there is no observable, everyday communication.

The double contingency perspective on the other hand, expands the meaning of the single contingency. In order to achieve successful communication through the use of the double contingency, the communicators must send and receive messages effectively in a specific way that will allow them to do things together. The communicators can strategically find ways to produce their preferred social outcomes of the interaction.

Similar to the double contingency, the third contingency expands from both of the previous contingencies. The definition of the triple contingency perspective does not explicitly state the single perspective however; it is implied that the communicators must send and receive messages effectively in order to move to the next contingency. This perspective requires political as well as social interaction between the communicators. The third contingency highlights the ability of competing for the interest, beliefs, values, identities, etc. of individuals or groups over others’. Furthermore, this perspective enables us to choose sides in regards to issues that are politically or socially problematic.

After

What are the three contingency perspectives and why are they important to communication?

The single contingency perspective as described in Messages is the effective use of sending and receiving messages. However, due to the ability of sending and receiving effective messages, the single perspective contingency is centered on the ability to influence others. The challenging part of this perspective however, is depended upon constructing effective message(s) in a way the sender intended the receiver to interpret the message. The downfall of to the single contingency perspective is that it sets limitations due to the fact that there is no observable, everyday communication.

The double contingency perspective on the other hand, expands the meaning of the single contingency. In order to achieve successful communication through the use of the double contingency, the communicators must send and receive messages effectively in a specific way that will allow them to do things together. The communicators can strategically find ways to produce their preferred social outcomes of the interaction.

Similar to the double contingency, the third contingency expands from both of the previous contingencies. The definition of the triple contingency perspective does not explicitly state the single perspective however; it is implied that the communicators must send and receive messages effectively in order to move to the next contingency. This perspective requires political as well as social interaction between the communicators. The third contingency highlights the ability of competing for the interest, beliefs, values, identities, etc. of individuals or groups over others’. Furthermore, this perspective enables us to choose sides in regards to issues that are politically or socially problematic.

Gender or Heteronormativity or Both?

The article that I created a standalone presentation for was Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity by Kristen Schilt & Laurel Westbrook. I have, to my belief, included the major concepts Schilt and Westbrook mentioned in the article about heteronormativity and gender. For the most part, I designed my standalone slides to flow in chronological order just like the article. However, I tweaked a few slides around towards the end to make it flow cohesively.

Also, I included two slides that depict the study cases on transgender individuals. I thought these study cases were vital to the article and a must-have for my standalone slides. 

The moment you have been waiting for is here! Check it outDoing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity

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Thoughts on Student Example Projects

Journey To A Chivalrous and Strong Masculine Lesbian

Option: Personal experience

Media format: Digital storytelling

I really enjoyed watching this student’s sample project. It was a twelve minute video and I enjoyed all twelve minutes of it. The student tells her story and the issues she overcame when coming out as gay. It was overall such a touching video. Danie was accepted among many of her family members but the one person who did not accept her for who she is was her younger sibling. This hurt Danie very much because she cared mostly about her family’s reaction rather than her friend’s reaction. The way Danie made this project come to life was fantastic. I felt like she was speaking to me the entire time. Therefore, sharing her personal story was a rhetorical strategy.


Transgender In Media

Option: Advocacy message

Media format: Comic

I thoroughly enjoyed this student’s project. As someone who has watched Orange Is The New Black, I completely understood the concept of the project. The only thing I would say is that I feel as though people who have not watched the series could feel lost and not fully understand the purpose of the project. Or it could be that the audience might not know who Laverne Cox is. However, again, as someone who has watched the series, I thought it was really clever to reference how Laverne Cox was the first transgender in the media. I actually did not know that prior to this project. The main message of the project was that one of the characters assumed that the other character would not be understanding of gay people/transgender because of her religious beliefs. However, it turns out that that person is transgender individual. Several parts of the project demonstrated rhetorical strategies such as Sally being overall knowledgeable about the transgender community and when she admits to Jeff that she is transgender.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

The Writing Tool I chose for this week’s assignment is Tool #24, work from a plan. In the after section, I have a created a plan that is organized chronologically. This plan will help the reader credit the structure and content of the reflection paragraph I wrote for the Looking at Dance class I took last semester.

Before

The shift between Bausch and de Keersmaeker is recognized by the embodiment of subjectivity. The subjectivity from Rainer to de Keersmaeker is the complete opposite. De Keersmaeker uses repetition of minimal gesture movements throughout her dance piece. However, this repetition lets the dancers explore synchronicity, find rhythm, and pattern together. A connection that I made about this dance piece and why it is important is because it portrayed “everyday, female behavior”. The movements could be portrayed as female behavior because it demonstrates typical habits in which females partake. I found the video that was shown in class about Beyoncé appropriating de Keersmaeker’s choreography to be extremely intriguing. I had never seen either dance pieces, however, it was completely surprising to see a world-wide singer appropriating someone else’s work without giving credit. Regardless if Beyoncé might not have been the choreographer for this video, credit should be given were credit is due. The appropriation illustrates the concept as mentioned in lecture as “art defined as imitation”.

After
  • Subjectivity
  • Repetition (minimal gesture movements)
  • Exploration of synchronization, finding rhythm, and pattern together
  • Everyday female behavior
  • Appropriation

Hey Beautiful, Let Me Take You On A Date

Location: Last summer during a Santa Monica Pier concert.

One of my good friends Rachel was dating Kristen. Rachel considers herself as super femme. Whereas her partner, Kristen is the complete opposite of femme. (*NOTE: Rachel and Kristen have since broken up and Rachel is now dating a male.)

I was walking to the nearest portable bathroom with Rachel and a random guy approaches us. He appeared to be friendly and I continued to make small conversation with him while walking to the restroom. I noticed that he seemed to be into Rachel by the way he kept making conversation and Rachel only kept responding to him with “OK” and “yeah” responses. Rachel felt like he was invading her space and told him to back off by saying “I have a girlfriend.” The guy froze and did not know what to respond, he was in shock. The only words that came out of his mouth were “wow really? You’re too beautiful, let me take you on a date.” Rachel did not say a word and was furious by this time. She did not want to start a fight with a random guy in a public area so she started speed walking to the bathroom. I did not speed walk with Rachel, therefore the random guy kept questioning why Rachel stormed off and why she wouldn’t want to go on a date with him. I responded to him by saying how happy she is with her current partner and that he should respect that. I then asked him to leave us alone and he did. Rachel came out of the bathroom looking very annoyed and I quickly apologized for the guy’s behavior. I understood why she was upset. Although she didn’t appear to be a lesbian because of her gender expression, no one should make assumptions of others’ sexual orientation without truly knowing that person’s sexual orientation.

“How Do You Spell Femaphobic?”

For this Writing Tool, I decided to work with Tool #20, choose the number of elements with a purpose in mind. The changes that I have made can be noticed in bold. For a better understanding of the changes I have made, I have put in (paranthesis) the effect each change should have. This paragraph comes from the final paper I wrote for my Dance 4037 class last semester. For this paper, I had to attend a dance performance that was held on campus. The title of the dance performance was: Lec/Dec or “How Do You Spell Femaphobic?”

Before

In Mason’s dance piece, the main performer mentions stereotypes. These stereotypes relate to the female gender through the use of clothes. The intention of this was to get rid of the meaning of the stereotypes that have been created for females over the past years. One at a time, the voice over in Mason’s dance piece would mention a well-known name and the main performer would do a certain move that according to said female and represent her in a way that she would be known in society. Nonetheless, the female body transformed completely onstage, from fully clothed to a topless female paired with panties. This dance piece explicitly highlights the female body and all of the abilities it has.

After

The main performer in Mason’s dance piece educates the audience of stereotypes that relate to the female gender through the use of clothes. (power). The intention of the stereotypes were to differentiate the categorical meaning of the stereotypes that have been created for females over the past years. (contrast). One at a time, the voice over in Mason’s dance piece would mention a well-known female name. The main performer would strike a pose, strip her clothes off, or do a dance according to said female and represent her in a way that she would be known in society. (completeness, wholeness, roundness). Nonetheless, the female body transformed completely onstage. It went from fully clothed to a topless female paired with panties. (power). This dance piece explicitly highlights the female body and all of the abilities it has.

What is Dance?

The tool I chose to work with for this writing assignment was tool #18 set the pace with sentence length. The revisions I have made are shown in bold. This paragraph comes from the last paper I wrote for a Dance class I took last semester.

Before

Dance is an extremely intriguing form of art. More often than not, dance is utilized to express and provoke feelings, thoughts, or emotions in a way that words simply cannot. While some forms of dances were intended to portray certain historical movements, there are other dances that do quite the opposite. In other words, there are a quite a few dances that are practiced for the sake of enjoyment. I have come to understand the intent and purpose of certain dance performances through the articles and videos that are presented in class. The videos that have been presented in class have helped me understand the material clearly and effectively. They have helped me comprehend and visually see the choreography rather than just reading about it.

After

Dance is an extremely intriguing form of art. Dance is utilized to express and provoke feelings, thoughts, or emotions. Dance helps express what words simply cannot. While some forms of dances are intended to portray certain historical movements, there are other dances that do the opposite. In other words, there are dances that are practiced for the sake of enjoyment. The articles and videos that were presented in class have helped me understand the intent and purpose of certain dance performances. The videos have helped me grasp the material clearly and effectively. As well as helping me comprehend and visually seeing the choreography rather than just reading about it.

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