Whitney Lew James
December 16th, 2019
Write about what you’ve learned in this unit about spatial arguments, the design of websites, and prevalence of tracking and profiling as well as the composing process and yourself as a writer/composer. Draw on readings and discussions from class and try to use direct quotes or specific examples. End by connecting what you’ve learned in this unit to the previous units in this course.
In this section, Spacial Arguments were discussed, read about, and worked on. I was able to learn a lot about what a digital space is and how I encounter these.I was also able to analyze and create criteria on what makes a good digital space.
In class I had the opportunity to see a first draft of everyone else’s projects and was able to critique and answer questions for them. The feedback I received from my teacher and classmates was very helpful in conducting my final project.
Since I have always been a fan of things that are visually appealing, I do enjoy critiquing the design of certain spaces. For example, in class my group had to view the popular website, Reddit. Its design was very poor and simple. It was pretty complicated to use and I did not understand the purpose or organization of it.
Within this section, we were able to download different devices that allowed us to see how certain websites track the user and how they draw information. I personally downloaded “Ghostery” and currently use it. These also serve as add blockers and can be used to show how many advertisements there are on a page. On the side of almost every website, there are advertisements.
“Ghostery helps you browse smarter by giving you control over ads and tracking technologies to speed up page loads, eliminate clutter, and protect your data.” https://www.ghostery.com/
By taking a look at my Google profile,I was to see my preferences and see how accurate they really are. It guessed my age correctly, gender, and my personal preferences.
By taking a look at my Google, profile, I was able to see my preferences and see how accurate they really are. It had guessed my age, gender, and personal preferences correctly and made assumptions about others. I do not remember the title of the other one, but it also analyzed my preferences correctly.
For my final project (WP3) I was able to analyze and critique the Instagram Explore page. Within this research I was able to see how Instagram selects its adds. Even though I did not include advertisements in my Final draft, I know how they work and have research on how often they are displayed.
“y default, anyone can see your profile and posts on Instagram. You can make your account private so that only followers you approve can see what you share. If your account is set to private, only your approved followers will see your photos or videos on hashtag or location pages.” https://help.instagram.com/196883487377501
I had originally planned to analyze and critique the differences between a private Instagram Account and a Public Account. Instagram makes it clear on what type of account works best for what you are trying to accomplish. A business account would most likely be public so anyone can view what type of services, products, or offers the company may have.
Certain websites sell and use personal information as a way to generate revenue. They use this personal information and sell it to companies who may use it to direct their adds. Through research there were a lot of blog posts and other websites complaining how websites do this, but in return, no one is forcing the user to participate on the website. If they do not want to risk having their information stolen or sold, then they do not have to input or use the space.
Throughout this course, I had also seen improvements in my drafting processes. Even though I had to scratch my first draft for almost every project, I was able to see where my research was headed. I was able to choose a specific topic and a specific audience.
Throughout this course, I learned a great deal in the first two Units. In Unit 1, I learned the importance of Reporting as Argument. I was able to analyze different articles and specifically choose and audience. In Unit 2, I learned about Image as Argument. I then created a Comic Strip displaying the advertising schemes brought upon the vape market. These devices and schemes were used to draw in new customers and drive up revenues. I discussed Unit 3 earlier in this post and had found new was to critique a source as well as analyze the differences between each individual source.
Unit 1: Report as Argument
Unit 2: Image as Argument
Unit 3: Space as Argument