So, here I am in ENG 375

Photo credit: Talia’s Tidbits

And, just like that, I – a person with a negligible online presence – find myself in a Composing New Media class. My overall desire for privacy (particularly where the internet is concerned) has led me to avoid exactly what I’m doing right now: baring all for… well, who knows. New Media is a constantly evolving technological experience, but it always shares a commonality in its purpose to communicate messages across geographical boundaries. I’m expecting to be uncomfortable at first; that comes with the territory of trying something totally new. Beyond that discomfort, my expectations and goals are such:

  1. Explore how rhetoric has evolved to its current place on social media
  2. Explore the role that visual elements play in online rhetoric
  3. Explore the factors that make or break online branding endeavors
  4. Experiment with multiple media platforms and become technologically fluent in their structures and purposes
  5. Improve my “on demand” creativity

Digital Presences:

Talia’s Channel | YouTube | Talia Salido | Jan. 2017

  • Contribute rarely
  • Watch videos infrequently

Talia Salido’s Page | Facebook | Talia Salido | Dec. 2014

  • Contribute infrequently
  • Read posts every other day

Talia | Twitter | @taliasalido | May 2013

  • Contibute weekly
  • Read posts daily

Talia | Snapchat | @tatamadison | May 2013

  • Contribute weekly
  • Look at posts daily

Talia Salido | Instagram | @taliasalido | Sept. 2012

  • Contribute infrequently
  • Look at posts daily

Talia Salido | Pinterest | @taliamadison | Sept. 2012

  • Never contribute
  • Look at posts monthly

(Some dates are best estimates — don’t hold my memory against me!)


2 thoughts on “So, here I am in ENG 375

  1. You show beguiling storytelling skills with your opening paragraph. Just like that! And did you know you created narrative tension here? For a person with a “negligible online presence,” you sure do seem to have quite a few open accounts. How do you account for that contrast? Do you equate “presence” with contribution? Interesting thought thread to unravel.

    To your technique wish list:
    Explore how rhetoric has evolved to its current place on social media:
    – Hmmm, I’m not sure I understand what you mean. I wouldn’t necessarily say that rhetoric has evolved, rather that some of the most successful practitioners of new media understand deeply the core concepts of rhetoric and use them to great advantage across platforms.

    Explore the role that visual elements play in online rhetoric:
    Visual rhetoric is increasingly important, isn’t it? One of my favorite websites that explores this quite smartly is “No Caption Needed: Photojournalism, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy.” Link here: The blog creators are rhetoric professors with a particular interest in photography.

    Explore the factors that make or break online branding endeavors:
    Now that you’ve grappled with Aristotle’s “rhetoric” concepts, I’m guessing you have the framework to ably evaluate online branding endeavors for likeliness to succeed.

    Experiment with multiple media platforms and become technologically fluent in their structures and purposes:
    – That’s the dream. That’s what we’re working toward. We’re doing it.

    Improve my “on demand” creativity:
    – That is a real skill and one of the best ways to develop it is to practice and goodness knows you’ll get plenty of practice in this class.

    I look forward to being your guide and reading more of your writing this semester.


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