One of the first things that I learned from this unit is that visual rhetoric can in all sorts of different things. This includes infographics, photo essays, and even comic strips. I always assumed that the only visual rhetoric that really made sense was an infographic because since I started my college career that’s one of the main things that I have always seen. The first reading of the unit was a great way to have an overview of all different types of options. I chose to write on an infographic because for one of my chosen target audience I believe that college students connect the best with an infographic compared to a comic strip or a photo essay.
I used chapter 6 to help me determine what topic I wanted to use. I chose the Juul because its an everyday problem and in the book, during chapter 6 there is a section that speaks about everyday problems. It explained that “not all rhetorical problems arise from singular events. Many problems are subtler, recurring things that only become recognizable as problems over long periods of time. We might call these “everyday problems,” to distinguish them from event-based problems.” (126) This is where I got my idea about smoking or the use of e-cigarettes specifically the Juul. This is because the Juul isn’t an event-based problem is actually an everyday problem because most college students use the Juul at any time and anywhere. This causes me to have concerns for people using the Juul on a regular basis. I have determined that it will help if I create an infographic to help people see the negative effects of a Juul and the best way they could go about quitting this nicotine device in the very near future. Overall, I have learned a lot throughout this unit.