Journal entry

I need a journal entry possibly 250 words. What is your favorite book? (Or movie if you don’t read) ? What is it that draws you in ? Is it the story line? A certain character ? The language ? What makes the story interesting? (Or not so interesting) ?


n this essay (3-6 pages), you will be comparing or contrasting visual elements in web sites, other texts, objects, or places that touch on one of the themes in “America on the Move” or “American Enterprise,” or the theme of college. Alternately, you may choose to compare political cartoons for their visual elements. These visual elements may be images, type faces, color combinations, or videos. i would recommend comparing Honda and Toyota official websites or different car company webpage to write visual analysis essay. ONE Example Essay the teacher gave to me Considering Color and Interactivity A website’s usage of color theme and interactive features varies greatly depending upon who is meant to access the site. Is it primarily meant for enthusiasts of some kind to gather more information about or inspiration from something they already know and love? Or is it meant to educate a more casual audience and attempt to generate curiosity and interest? Or could it be a blend of the two, an invitation for a vaguely familiar audience to become more closely intimate with ideas that they already know, and inspire them to explore related subjects in greater detail? The website for the Smithsonian exhibit America on the Move seems to be more interested in educating a casual audience, while the website for the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit American Cool seems to be directed more toward the already initiated. A site that does not expect to persuade its audience generally has less introductory information on the subject, and is likely to spend less pixels on creating features to try to keep visitors on the page. The idea is that an interested audience needs less provocation for sticking around and exploring a site, since they are already intrigued by the topic. This audience would require less bells and whistles from a site, and find satisfaction in accessing photos or information directly. The site for American Cool seems to take this approach, as there are more static photographs and plain texts than interactive features on the site. A site directed toward a more aloof audience would need to spend more time explaining the subjects to be covered, and would benefit from creating games and other features to keep site visitors interested while disseminating information. There is an entire genre of educational materials dubbed “Infotainment,” designed as a way of entertaining and informing audiences at the same time. Sites which utilize the strategy of “Infotainment” often rely heavily upon interactive features and brightly colored materials. America on the Move seems to fit that profile, using games and other interactive applications to inspire visitors to engage with the quite lengthy history of transportation in the United States. The layouts chosen for each web page also appear to have been tailored to their respective audiences. The site for American Cool opens on a page with a wide, steel blue header, sitting atop a text box with lots of stark, white space. The largeness of the header and the small black text floating in a sea of white space below it immediately give the viewer a sense of spaciousness and a certain brand of grandeur. Within the header, close up photos of well-known entertainers vacillate, each one rendered in black and white. Those familiar with the concept of American cool begin to get a sense of it from the very layout and color scheme of the landing page. Those unfamiliar are perhaps receiving their first lesson in what could be meant by American cool. Mood is commonly coded by color, and the grayscale and desaturated blues used on the front page begin to communicate the attitude of cool, and what can be expected on the rest of the site, as well as in the physical exhibit. The American Cool landing page has a number of text-heavy tabs. This reliance on plain text shows an expectation that the site visitor is interested enough to read about the subject of cool without much provocation. While the tabs explaining what is meant by “American Cool” are organized by time period as is customary for historical information, the tabs are titled using euphemisms: the heading “The Roots of Cool,” is used to denote the time period before the 1940’s, “The Birth of Cool,” is used indicate 1940-59, followed by “Cool and the Counterculture,” (1960-79) and “The Legacies of Cool,” (1980-Present). This use of euphemisms is in keeping with the overall mood of the site, which emphasizes that cool is about attitude and mode of expression. These headings also assume that the visitor already has a point of reference for what is meant by counterculture, and one of the headings gives a nod to a famous album by one of the artists featured in the exhibit, Miles Davis’ Birth of Cool. These somewhat esoteric headings seem to assume a certain foreknowledge of the subject by the audience. America on the Move opens with a similar muted shade of blue as American Coolhowever there are many more hyperlinks and text boxes to spur further engagement. There are several hyperlink blocks laden with action verbs, inviting viewers to “Explore Transportation,” “Travel Across America,” Investigate Artifacts,” and “Visit the Museum.” Right away, the web page attempts to draw interest and give visitors incentive for exploring the site further. This may be due in part to the fact that there is a great deal of information within the site, making hyperlinks an effective way to organize and access it all. It is clear, however, that thought has been given to making the site inviting. Site visitors are able to choose their own starting point for learning about transportation in the U.S., with the ability to browse by transportation type, state and even vehicle. Even if one is not particularly interested in transportation generally, each person has a point of reference for vehicles or perhaps the area of the U.S. that they’re from, so including this way of browsing is another way of drawing visitors in and perhaps creating connections between the subject matter and the viewer [s1] . From the main page, visitors also have the option of clicking the vividly colored “Games” icon and then choosing from several games where players are able to match vehicles with destinations or “Travel through time,” choosing a mode of transportation for completing a trip in different eras. The emphasis is on interaction and creating avenues for visitors to place themselves in the shoes of Americans in the past in relation to transportation. This seems to assume that the average site visitor is not necessarily interested in doing so without prompting. Both sites achieve their objectives, in my view. I am soothed by the grayscale and desaturated shades of blue that recur throughout the site for American Cool and I do feel a sense of the mood and disposition it is meant to convey. Its use of close up black and white photographs of iconic American artists with disinterested expressions, aloof postures, or world-weary gazes clearly quantify what the exhibit means by American cool, and what could be expected in the physical show. Also, the many activities and interactive features on the web page for America on the Move did draw me in and generate a higher level of curiosity about the evolution of transportation in America, creating interest in visiting the exhibit to see more. The amount of links on the site gave me a sense of how much there is to learn in regards to U.S. transportation and the bright colors on many of the pages drew my eye to them and made the information feel more dynamic. Any web page designer must give some consideration to the intended audience of the site they are creating, and configure their content accordingly. The creator of the website for American Cool seems to have used muted shades of blue and black and white photography as a means of connecting with a more familiar audience, while the creators of the site for America on the Move used more bright hues and developed interactive features to draw in more casual site visitors. Both sites are quite well done and could serve as templates for other web creators searching for the best approach for reaching their respective audiences. Works Cited America on the Move. Smithsonian National Museum of American History, American Cool. Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture,


Wk 4: Discuss 1 Remember: You may need to scroll down in order to view and complete this assignment. Discussion Prompt: Modern Day Philosophy at Work After reviewing the readings and videos in the Week 4 Explore area, select 1 of the philosophies that you learned about this week. In 150-200 words, share where you observe the philosophy’s presence in the culture at large, today. Assignment Instructions Please scroll down to the input box to type your response to the discussion prompt. After keying in your response, click the SAVE button. Once you’ve posted your initial response to the question, you can join your fellow learners in the discussion forum by clicking the “Discussion” tab on the top of the “Course Outline” page. Grading Criteria Click the “Grading Criteria” button below to view the rubric, which will be used to evaluate your contributions for this activity. Grading Criteria Discuss (Discussion field can’t be blank). Word count: 0 Files Choose Files Drop files here The file size should not be more than 200 MB

Lesson #4 Writing Assignment

You are a detective called to the scene of a homicide in an apartment building. The deceased is a young male who has been stabbed numerous times. The roommate of the deceased man is present in the room, his shirt is covered with blood, and there is a knife on the floor. Uniformed officers are guarding the doors and the roommate. There are four important actions you must take; discuss each of these fully including how the actions should be taken, their importance, and consequences of not taking the actions.

Article essay

Essay Article: The Happiness of Pursuit Attached Files: the LINK….File TIME July 8-15 2013 Happiness of Pursuit (No Ads).pdf (6.207 MB) Read the article above, The Pursuit of Happiness, and write a 65 word minimum answer to each question in standard Written English answering the following questions: 1. Identify the research method(s) used to accumulate the data which served as the basis for this article. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the research method(s)? 2.Draw three conclusions that can be deduced from the graphs or charts presented in this article. 3. In the study done by Lieberman and Morelli, what were the physiological and psychological processes involved in their study of empathy? 4. In the quote by Morelli, “Being distracted reduces our empathy for others and blunts responses in the brain”, what are the implications of this quote for civic engagement?