Seeing/Re-Seeing the Wall: Visual and Media Analysis of the Southern US Border

Now that you've gathered and written about a lot of info for Parts I and II, we'll put together a conclusion for your project. This will be considered a finished document and I will publish it in the online journal I have set up for the classes I teach related to visual rhetoric In the work from last year you will see Lena's work from the course I taught last summer. It is a great project and super interesting.

  • Read the final chapter in Griess' book.
  • Post in the Updates Forum all the points you have learned about the border / border fence. Just make an informal list. But the points should be from everyone's work, not just your own. By pointing out what you've learned from reading others' work you will help them better understand their work too. Often other readers can see better what we are saying than we can ourselves.
  • Use Griess' Conclusion as a model, but don't feel you have to cover all the sections like we did in Part I. As Griess does, you are going to talk about what you discovered in doing your research. We only have 5 weeks, so don't feel that you have to have all the answers. Talk about what you found, what you learned, where you ran into roadblocks, where you think you need to / want to do more work in the future, etc. Think of this as a wrap-up, sort of a book report of what you did over your summer vacation in the course you took :)
  • Just as Griess does for the Obama Hope image, summarize your findings for the three main areas she uses: circulation, transformation and consequentiality. Griess includes a chart to show the circulation of her image. Really neat, but it's up to you whether you want to do that.
  • Use points from Griess' final chapter to help you present your findings. Don't try to use all of them though. Pick the ones that make the most sense and apply to what you have found in your project. For example, she has lists on pages 285 & 288-290. You might pick one or two concepts from each list to help you present your findings. Your conclusion needs to show that you can discuss your image and your findings using the perspectives in Griess project. This is not just talking from your personal perspective about what you see or what you like or don't like.
  • This will be a stand alone document, so you can't expect the reader to know anything about Parts I and II. Use what you gathered in Parts I and II, but organize and summarize the main points, ideas, highlights, interesting things, etc.
  • You will need to include your images, so make sure you give complete documentation info for all images. You can't just give the url. (More on this later.) The chapter in Griess' book about Fair Use should have brought home the point that we have to provide the appropriate info and give credit to where we obtained the images we include in our documents. Since this is a project for a school course, you do not need to get permissions as Griess did. But you do have to provide complete documentation.
  • You will need to turn in a first draft, and I will provide feedback. If you don't get the draft in by the due date, I will provide feedback as soon as possible, but I can't guarantee a quick response time.
  • The final draft will count as the final for the course, and it should be ready for publication in the online journal.