The concept of Kairos can change how we approach rhetoric by giving us the ability to look at things in a opportunistic perspective. This is because the meaning of Kairos is: “Putting the two meanings together, one might understand kairos to refer to a passing instant when an opening appears which must be driven through with force if success is to be achieved. (13)” (Sheridan, Michel, and Ridolfo). I think of Kairos as seeing a gap in traffic and merging into it, why? Because there was an open opportunity. Another example of Kairos is what I did in my rhetoric paper, which was the idea of the “Crabs in a Barrel” mentality in the black community that is portrayed in the movie Super Fly (1972), the movie of praised and remembered for its drug dealing aspect, but I took the opportunity to examine the crabs in a barrel mentality between Eddie and Youngblood Priest. Another example of Kairos can be the topic of Divorce. Most people can think of divorce as something that happens because two people grow apart, or perhaps infidelity, or abuse, or even irreconcilable differences. But, I would take the opportunity to discuss the statistic that states that majority of divorces happen because of financial problems. It seems that the elephant in the room a lot of people avoid, it is a great opportunity to discuss financial issues in marriages. The concept of Kairos helps us to read between the lines and take the opportunity to extract a subtle aspect of something and turn it into a conversation.

Add comment April 29, 2019 AndreaP1224

Asian American Hipster Rhetoric

The article is about the Fung Brothers, David and Andrew, who are of Chinese American descent, that make YouTube videos that primarily target the Asian American and Asian community. Their videos also target non-Asian people as well. Their videos have a main focus of Asian American culture, and what it is like to be the child of Asian immigrants.

In relation to the in-class discourse, this article about the Fung brothers utilizes rhetoric to reach out to a community (Asian-American) to give them something to relate too. They use humor, discuss culture which includes music and food and they educate the viewers on their experiences. In-class, we define rhetoric as a way of talking. To elaborate, how we talk about different topics and why are we talking about it in that manner, is how we define rhetoric. The Fung brother’s rhetoric is used for Asian American people (primarily the millennial group) so they can have representation on a social media platform and they can have something to relate to. Their rhetoric is also used for Asians, because they can have a perspective on what it is like to be the American children of immigrants and how sometimes, it can be challenging because standards in America are different from standards in Asia. Lastly, the Fung brothers rhetoric can be used for educational purposes for non-Asians who may be curious about Asian culture and who may be ignorant to what it’s like to be the child of immigrants or to be an immigrant.

1 comment March 22, 2019 AndreaP1224

Nelson Flores, Blog 7

Nelson Flores’s “Making Millions Off of 30-Million-Word Gap” overall is about the purpose of what the 30 million word gap is supposed to serve, yet what it is actually doing. The 30 million-word gap is introduced in the beginning of this article as an argument that goes as follows: “Low in-come children of color hear 30 million fewer words within the first three years of life than their more affluent peers.” (Flores, Paragraph 1). It stresses the issues with academic inequality and how it perpetuates racism. Flores, then goes on to introduce perspectives from other people such as Douglas Sperry, Linda Sperry and Peggy Miller and how it goes against the grain of the 30 million-word gap that was conceptualized by Betty Hart and Todd Risely. Flores finally goes into his own perspective of the 30 million-word gap, Sperry, Sperry and Miller’s arguments, and Hart and Risely’s concept. His own critique is that while the purpose of it was to go against the structure of racism, it actually perpetuates it with this idea that low income children of color need to be “fixed”, instead of simply being granted the same opportunities as their affluent peers. Flores argues, that it is more important to invest the money into the resources of the teachers and the schools and build on the strengths of the kids as oppose to trying to “fix” them. 

What Flores does here, is introduce the concept of the 30 million-word gap, then he brings different perspectives of what the 30 million-word gap actually is, then he puts his own perspective in. By doing this, he is able to give the reader knowledge on what the topic of this essay is about, the opposing arguments from others outside of himself, and then introduce his own argument and why he feels that way. Flores’s frame to informed, introduced objectivity, then brought in his own argument . This frame leaves the reader to develop his or her own perspective. This is because we’re informed on what the 30 million-word gap is, we hear the purpose it’s supposed to serve, we hear what it’s actually doing, from both allied and opposed sides, then we get the writers perspective.

1 comment March 16, 2019 AndreaP1224

Blog 5

My literacy sponsors are my mother, father and school. My mother provided me with a variety of books growing up. The books were Dr. Seuss and Alice in Bibleland. I’ve also read Sailor Moon Mangas that my parents bought me growing up. I remember my father driving me all the way to Barnes and Noble when I was younger just so he can purchase whatever books I wanted. In school, I’ve read primarily African American literature. Examples are: Bluford book series, Black Boy by Richard Wright, The Skin I’m in by Sharon G. Flake, Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers, etc. Being exposed to mostly African American literature, it gave me a better understanding of my culture/race. But, it kept me pretty close minded. I say this because when it came time to read Shakespeare for the very first time in my second year of college, I felt out of place. This was not introduced to me during my years in school before college. This type of literature was considered too “White”  to read where I come from. Thankfully though, I read all races of people now and some of my favorite authors of all time are not just Black, but also White and even Latino/a. I even expanded my horizons and started reading more mangas outside of Sailor Moon, I just started reading Dragon Ball. I would like to explore more Asian literature as well. Reading literature from multiple perspectives is very mind opening and fun.

Basically, my mom exposed me to kids books: which inspired my love for illustrating cartoons and having a spontaneous imagination. School, from Kindergarten to 12th grade, exposed me to African American literature like 97% of the time: which helped in understanding my culture and race better. And college: has helped me look into more authors besides the ones who share the same skin color and race as skin me.

Add comment February 18, 2019 AndreaP1224

My Writing Process

After reading Lamott’s “Shitty First Draft” and Murakami’s “The Running Novelist”, I couldn’t help but to think about my process as a writer. In relation to Lamott’s essay, I also have to write a terrible first draft in order to write an even better second draft. I’ve done good work on first drafts before, but that’s normally when I’m writing a short story. Even with my short stories, I have to revise them, no matter how good the first piece is. When it comes to essays, it’s extremely rare that I ever write a good first draft. Because, essays make me cringe, and the rules to writing them scares me a little. I believe that’s the reason why I don’t do very well on my first draft essays is because I NEVER feel confident walking into them. Hell, I only feel like 10% confident walking into writing a short story. I just have an idea in my head and I write it on paper. And a lot of the time, it’s not the most articulate or pleasant to read.

In relation to Murakami’s essay, He speaks of some writers having a natural talent and himself being one of the writers who do not have that natural talent. While it comes natural for me to write stories, I do feel that sometimes it is hard to write my ideas down. Because I become self conscious of how they sound. I just have to let go and write sometimes, but when I finish writing, I find myself holding my stories hostage and being scared to share them with the world because I personally don’t feel they’re worthy of reading. When it comes time to share my stories with a class, I get mixed feelings. Even if I put what I feel is my best work forward, I still have this belief that maybe, just maybe, it sucks ass!

What helps me with overcoming difficulties during the writing process is by splattering all my ideas on paper, then organizing them. Sometimes, I get very hell bent on getting EVERYTHING right the first time, that I butcher the original idea and almost end up writing something generic. I’ll end up getting scared that my ideas may not sound cool to other people. The best thing  ever did was let go, just write, then figure it out when I’m done. When I let go, the ideas are much more organic. Once they’re on paper, I start seasoning them and putting them in the right order. That’s how my “best” writings came along.


2 comments February 9, 2019 AndreaP1224

Blog #3

Pixelating the self as very interesting. What I found interesting is that, she was told by her parents that children should be quiet. This is a problem because it perpetuates the notion that children’s voices do not matter. It’s like when parents tell their children “because I said so” instead of giving a logical explanation for why they gave that particular instruction. I’m not a mother, so it’s not really my place to tell a mother or father how to raise their child. What I do know though, is by backing a child into a wall, they eventually rebel. This is because they’ve become restricted from expressing themselves. This is not to say that there shouldn’t be any rules in a household. But this is to say, that kids have to have some sort of voice of their own. Because what will they do when they become adults and have to speak up for themselves? They will have problems communicating because they have gotten so use to being backed in a corner, they don’t develop proper communication skills. Also, what it teaches them to do is shut other people’s voices down. It’s not a good idea to tell a child to stay silent, then when they get older tell them to speak up for themselves. Think about it, “be quiet, you’re a kid” then 10 years later when they’re 18, “speak up for yourself! You’re an adult!”. It’s a recipe for disaster. I’ll say this, if you teach your kids from an early age to speak their mind but learn to do so respectfully, it will be much more effective than just shutting them up when they’re children, then allowing them to let loose when they get older. That’s crazy man. Crazy.

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Blog #2

So what is the original understanding of the essay? According to Jeff Porter, the original understanding of the essay was defined by Montaigne. To paraphrase, Montaigne writings were mostly catching the mind in the midst of thinking. He treated the essay as if it was capable of turning the mind inside out. This means that Montaigne achieved writing his thoughts out during a time that expressing your thoughts in an essay was not a thing to do.

Institutionalized essays often want for you to not express your feelings, it does not give you the room to be free. It places you in a box and forces you to go by a list of rules of what an essay “should be” instead of it being a way to explore your thoughts and express them in an articulate and profound manner. As Porter said, “No other genre is as infinitely adaptable as the essay.” (Porter, 1). The essay is adaptable, it is not made to be limited to rules. By an essay being institutionalized, it takes away from the versatility of the overall genre. It almost defeats the purpose of writing in general. The only time I feel restrictions are necessary is when the essay is for a specific topic. However, essay’s overall have a reputation for being restricted to a certain format when essay’s can be written as a form of self expression too, it does not have to be all about “facts” and “research”. Thoughts and feelings can be involved too.

2 comments February 4, 2019 AndreaP1224

George Orwell

George Orwell’s “Why I Write” is an interesting essay that explores the reasons why Orwell has made a habit of writing. The part that stood out the most to me was when he spoke about feeling lonely as a child due to the age gaps between him and his siblings and the lack of relationship between him and his father. He was that child that was prone to creating imaginary friends and making stories in his mind. He was the “Odd” one in school growing up. He often felt “undervalued” and “isolated”. This sounds like the mindset often associated with an only child. This was not the case with Orwell. He was the middle child, which is interesting. Because he was not literally lonely, but he felt it because he felt he could not relate to anyone around him.

I can relate to Orwell, because I feel what he felt. He was lonely (mentally and emotionally), he felt undervalued and isolated, he had imaginary friends and made up stories in his mind as a child. He imagined himself as Robin Hood and envisioned himself being a super hero. As a child, I was very much the same way. Except, I am the youngest. My siblings are 9, 10, 16 and 22 years older than me. I played alone and because of that, my imagination is so vivid. I had to create an imaginary world for myself, I didn’t realize what I was actually doing though. I just thought of it as something every other child was probably doing. As a young adult, I look back and realize that all along, I was trying to escape reality through that imaginary world. I still do this today, to some extent.

My approach to writing is diving into my world of ideas and vomiting them on paper. Meaning, I have these ideas of a story I’d like to write and I just start writing them out, unorganized and all over the place, then I organize them and make it flow. Let’s say, for example, I come up with character names like “Florence Ross”, “Billy Reid ” and “Peggy Calloway” (I literally just spit those names out on this blog post) and the story takes place in Minnesota. Boom, I have names and a location, now time to just write. It sounds crazy, but I just start developing a story line with these random names and location. It’s something that comes natural, it’s hard to explain. I realize I’m probably not making much sense, but I did mention in class that I’m not very good at expressing myself. So, excuse me if my thoughts are all over the place.

Add comment February 3, 2019 AndreaP1224

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1 comment January 29, 2019 AndreaP1224






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