Friday, December 9, 2016

Anthology Introduction

Throughout the semester, my assignment blog reflects an experimentation of ideas from trying to discover my own voice and style within writing academically and creatively. I learned that I need to be open to new genres in writing and how I had better improve as a writer. I considered myself a satirical writer in most scenarios with a tendency to forget usual grammar rules, yet as I delved during “Food, Feelings, & Film”, each piece delves deeper into my weaknesses with technicality and finesse. To better experience feelings, a person must become vulnerable to allow for improvement. Without a doubt, I commonly felt demoralized after every undesired grade on an assignment, but strength through adversity always promotes growth. The term “feelings” lies in the middle between “food and film” as it connects those two subject matters with an intimate tie that allows us to relate to the matter. My favorite foods hold deep nostalgic emotions from my childhood, especially as I begin adulthood. Movies portray a catalyst for viewers to reminisce about their own feelings. By understanding our emotion through these two subjects, we understand ourselves more as our own interpretation of who we are as a person.

These specific blogs posts reflect a transition from a post high school writer to a beginning conscientious lifetime writer. The Amazon review highlights one of the first posts in the class and my more informative posts that do not include a personal addition. The ethnography represents one of the first more “academic” posts that I wrote, yet it seems more satirical than anything else. The religion and food post describes my first successful foray in writing academically and relating back to myself without including a satirical personality. The Pie post represents a very creative experiment on my current problems and how to draw inspiration from it. Lastly, my Proust post exemplifies the combination of personal memories within a more academic selection. I place the posts in this order as it displays the evolution in my writing as I attempt to find a post that allows me to transcribe my personality into the academic selection. I first try to write more academically in the earlier posts, but I gradually transition with experimenting with my persona to eventually learning an important lesson from the last post.

Amazon Review (Revised 2)

A typical Amazon review usually discusses the product in term of the experience the owner had with the product. A reviewer rates the product depending on the positives and negatives of the experience with the product. This selected Amazon review does not exemplify a review that informs potential customers of their experience. The individual uses the milk product as an element in the story the reviewer writes. The reviewer most likely wrote the review for an entertainment purpose as the review does not rate the product, but a situation involving the product. In the review, the reviewer states that,” he always brought home milk on Friday… And me? Well, I’ve gone soy.” To justify this claim, the reviewer then reveals that, “there was that Friday, the terrible Friday that would ruin every Friday for the rest of my life… That was when I knew. He was tired of this life with me, tired of bring home the Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz.” The focus of an informative review should be the product, but the product only plays as a clue in the story the reviewer writes, so it does not fit the outline of an informative review. The review focuses on the breakup of the woman with her husband instead of the milk product.

The review doesn’t target people interested in the product, but it does target people who are curios at the type of review this milk product has. People do not typically order fresh food on Amazon, so reviews for the product typically focus on creative endeavors and how they cleverly include the milk product.

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Ethnography (Revised)

Cox Hall differs from Dobbs Market as it allows for students and staff to have freedom on how to spend their Dooley Dollars. Dobbs Market requires students to have swipes which come in set amount depending on which meal plan a student buys. Students can freely add Dooley Dollars to their account without having to buy a meal plan. Cox Hall has a Mexican themed stall, an Italian pasta stall, an Indian stall, an Asian stall, a pizza/burger stall, and a coffee/smoothie stall. All the stalls receive about the same traffic with the exception being the Asian stall based on observations. The Asian stall marginally received more students.

September 19, 2016 (10:00 – 10:50 AM)
I interview a student from my English class about her opinions on Cox Hall. She has been to Cox Hall and usually goes around 2 o’clock PM as her lunch fits into that time period in the schedule. Also, she prefers to get the Asian food if available. When asked what could be improved in Cox Hall, she replied that she would like a soft serve ice cream machine to be added. While asking my how financially better the Dobbs University Center and Cox Hall, she mentioned that Cox Hall might be financially better as she gets to dictate how much she spends on food instead of paying a set amount for swipes.

September 23, 2016 (5:30 – 6:30 PM)
In the first minutes of walking into Cox Hall, the students do what is expected in Cox Hall, eat. I notice the type of people who enter each line. The diversity of people in just the Mexican-themed food line shutters the usually convention for familiarity. These certain Asian students ask their nearby peers for what’s the best tacos to get from the place as they don’t seem to be familiar with Mexican food. Then I realize that people in the Asian line were learning about bulgogi as someone asked what the beef option was for their protein. People may learn about these dishes from just interacting with people and not just eating the food.

            After seeing the main crowd move away after the lunch rush, people still linger on enjoying a much longer lunch than others. These students either work during their lunch or just socialize with their friends. Most students took their lunch as a break while few labored on their computers and notebooks. On a typical day of relief for many, students still study as the norm at Emory. The diversity Cox Hall holds tells much about the students as the same place held people studying and people pre-partying at the same time. The insights through Cox Hall often hold the most gravity in learning about the community and the people in it.

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