Being born in the technological age, I grew up learning how much of an impact visuals had. For the holidays, the fine china and special plates were brought out; for school, the cool kids always wore what was the height of fashion, and the coolest games had the coolest effects. With the world growing to become more and more technologically advance, multimodal composition is becoming more and more of a crucial element in presentations, reports, speeches, etc. High school projects that used to just require a simple powerpoint presentation now require special effects and images in order to get that A. Teachers are including more images and videos to hold the interest of their short-attention-spanned students. Public speakers add more gestures and eye contact rather than just stand and read notes off a paper.

Throughout this class, multimodality played a major role in the assignments. For this class, quotes from articles and books were not used as evidence, but images of tables and graphs and video interviews. Due to my primary source being an article from a science journal, I relied heavily on combining the linguistic mode with the visual, and spatial modes to keep the reader engaged. For the timeline, I used images (visual) and descriptions (linguistic) for major events described from my primary source. For the primary source analysis, I used images (visual) as evidence for my claims in my analysis and placed the images in a way that kept the readers’ attention (spatial).

The linguistic mode refers to written/spoken words. The visual mode refers to how people see things. The spatial mode refers to physical arrangement. By using these three modes of communication, I can enhance the appeal for my analysis, claim, etc. By using these three modes, you can argue virtually anything, even that the Georgia State mascot is a tiger.

 

Arola, Kristin, Bell, Cheryl, Sheppard, Jennifer. Writer Designer. 

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