AP Lang Discourse Project
Works Cited

Works Cited

"30+ Miles of Smoke: Satellite Photos Show Smoke Plume From Burning Oil Rig [Update: It Sunk]." TreeHugger. Web. 17 May 2010. <http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/04/oil-rig-explosion-fire-photos.php?campaign=TH_rotator>.

George, Tara. “Silly Bandz, the Animal Rubber Bands Children Love - NYTimes.com.” The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 16 Apr. 2010. Web. 17 May 2010. <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/17/nyregion/17toy.html>

Green, John. “YouTube - The Greek Debt Crisis Explained in Four Minutes.” YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Nerdfighters. Web. 31 May 2010. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEVqeaFHsHE>.

Kaufman, Gil. “Lady Gaga Supports Teen Sent Home For ‘Lady Gay Gay’ T-Shirt - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News.” New Music Videos, Reality TV Shows, Celebrity News, Top Stories | MTV. Web. 17 May 2010. <http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1635666/20100408/lady_gaga.jhtml>.

Lady GaGa. Message to fans. 7 April. 2010. Tweet.

Mohr, Holbrook. “Choppy Seas Frustrate Effort to Contain Oil Spill - Yahoo! News.” The Top News Headlines on Current Events from Yahoo! News - Yahoo! News. Web. 17 May 2010. <http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100430/ap_on_bi_ge/us_louisiana_oil_rig_explosion>.

"Police Examining Video from Times Square - CNN.com." CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. Web. 17 May 2010. <http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/05/02/times.square.closure/index.html?hpt=P1&iref=NS1>.

Traynor, Ian. “Greek Debt Crisis: Europe Feels Shockwaves as Bailout Falters | Business | The Guardian.” Latest News, Comment and Reviews from the Guardian | Guardian.co.uk. Web. 31 May 2010. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/apr/28/greek-debt-crisis-europe-bailout>.

"World Exclusive: Meet Sandra Bullock’s Baby Boy! - Babies, Sandra Bullock : People.com." People.com : The #1 Celebrity Site for Breaking News, Celebrity Pictures and Star Style. 28 Apr. 2010. Web. 17 May 2010. <http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0„20364464_20364639,00.html>.

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Peer Comments on this blog

Ava Rojo May 9 at 5:35pm Reply   I think it was very interesting how you chose examples that showcased the same topic in a different way. This was a great way to show just how many forms of discourse there are today on every topic. The stories were all so different, from Lady Gaga to the Greek debt crisis. They all were looked at in two or more different ways. Some, like the silly bandz and the oil spill article from Yahoo news, were simply news articles, print sources. In a way they were not even print sources because they were found on the web, again showing all the different ways we veiw discourse. Other examples, like the oil spill blog, the article on Sandra Bullock, or the Greek debt crisis video, used multimedia advantages to present their stories such as videos or pictures, or both! The boy used discourse through his clothing, which caused a media frenzy, which caused Lady Gaga herself to respond to the issue through another form of disourse; Twitter. The point came across that you stated in your analysus of the wide variety of technological ways to veiw the news. Now we have the oppurtunity to chose how we want our news presented to us.
Leah Barrett May 9 at 5:58pm Reply   I love how your project incorporated something I love very much, and that is SURFING! I was glued to your project because I get anxious if I stay on one web page for more than 4 minutes. The wide variety of examples really shows how well rounded our media has become. Virtually anybody who has access to a computer or phone can be informed of these topics in a comprehendible way. Like Ava said, we have the power to make the choice of how we want our news presented to us. I also noticed something that your project cleverly and indirectly highlighted, and that was the competition between all of these medias. Twitter, Facebook, blogs, youtube; they are the places to be! Here we are, in a huge global economic crisis, but these entertainers and artists behind media are making fortunes. Why we are cutting the art program at our school is beyond me when there is so much money to be made in the arts. Anyway, I loved the topic you chose, it was so fresh and effective. Well done!
Lindsay McCoy May 9 at 6:46pm Reply   I liked how you picked one topic to have throughout because it is easier to follow that way. I love the overall idea for the project as well. It is something that happens daily that we don’t really think about. There are things broadcasted that I see multiple times a day via facebook, twiter, the tv, youtube, news articles, etc. I like when you said “The plain old news article just doesn’t cut it anymore,” because I completely agree. More times than not, I hear about what is going on in the news by facebook and by the television. I will read an article here and there, but it is mostly by other sources. I also think that by reading this, it shows that the most popular sources are the ones we can access by our phones. We are on the go a lot nowadays, and it is a lot easer to pull up a tweet or a facebook status to figure out what is going on in the world. I also liked the wide range of ideas for each of the news articles. You went from Laday Gaga to the car bomb in Times Square. I really liked everything about your project. Good job!
Katie Cummings May 9 at 10:52pm Reply   I LOVED how you showed side by side that different mediums can portray totally different pictures and twist and change stories so much. It reminded me of a time when I was flipping through news channals one time and amazed at how i was watching the same piece of news being reported at the same time in three different ways. It proves that you can’t just rely solely on one place to get all your information from the world, and you have to be wary of everything you read because discourse effects all. I also really liked how you included many different topics, because it just shows that discourse occurs with all types of news, from politics to pop culture. I also really liked how you chose topics that were geared toward us, because it made me better understand the difference between each medium. I loved reading your project! Great job, Katie!
Megan Preis May 13 at 10:43pm Reply This was an amazing display of themes that are prominent in the media today. I love the idea of the twitter posts because it shows how currently, media and news can be conveyed by viewers themselves. In this case, perhaps the point of views that we have about occurrences in society are swayed and influenced by the bias of those presenting their opinions to us. I think that it would be very interesting to have someone view your project who is not subjected to sources such as twitter, facebook, etc and see how they convey the news, as opposed to someone who is constantly exposed to such means of entertainment.

Welcome to my Discourse Project

Hi, this is my Discourse Project for AP Lang and Comp

In this project, I chose five different news topics: the greek debt crisis, a student being persecuted for wearing a controversial Lady GaGa T-Shirt, the recent oil spill, Silly Bandz, and the top stories on People.com and CNN.com

each news story is posted in pairs, with two different mediums displaying the issue. For example, there is a youtube video about the greek crisis, followed by an article about the issue.

my idea in this project is to show how “news” can be displayed in many different ways, thanks to the widespread availability of technology and the internet. Take for example the Lady Gaga section. The article offers an explanation of the issue from an objective standpoint. But Lady GaGa herself offers three tweets about it, bringing her personal feelings to the world in under 140 characters per tweet.

Or look at the contrast between the Greek crisis video and the article. The article is wordy and in depth, but explains the crisis. The John Green video is casual, somewhat humorous, and still manages to explain the issue in an understandable way.

Facebook is another medium used to display information - the silly bandz facebook page shows real people interactive about the phenomenon while the article again just explains it.

I also tried to show how different medias focus on different things. For example, People Magazines top story of the week was about Sandra Bullock, while CNN’s was the car bomb in Times Square

With blogs, twitter, facebook, and all these websites and things to use, news can no longer be categorized neatly. There are so many different ways to discuss or show an issue, and sometimes the plain old news article just doesn’t cut it anymore.

So look at the posts, and please offer your comments! thanks!

-Katie McMo

Silly Bandz fan page on facebook

Silly Bandz fan page on facebook

Nytimes.com article on Silly Bandz

Silly Bandz, the Bracelets That Spring Off Shelves

The bracelets are called silly bandz, and they are today’s kid fad. Sold in packs of 12 for about $2.50, or 24 for about $5, they are organized according to theme: animals, princesses, alphabet, Western, for example. Children stack them on their wrists and trade them. The coveted ones glow in the dark. On a child’s wrist, they look like brightly colored rubber bands, but laid on a lunchroom table for inspection, they revert to their original shape.

“It’s definitely an obsession,” said Mr. Casaren, whose store, Sparkhouse Kids, has sold out and is awaiting a new shipment of 16 cases.

If Sparkhouse Kids is like other stores throughout the region, those cases will also sell out soon after their contents land on shelves. Children call stores wanting to know if new bands are in. Parents ask to be put on waiting lists, or even offer to pay more for first dibs on new arrivals.

Blog post using photos to comment on the oil spill

Yahoo News Article on the recent Oil Spill

Choppy seas frustrate effort to contain oil spill

APBy CAIN BURDEAU and HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press Writers Cain Burdeau And Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press Writers – Fri Apr 30, 7:57 pm ET

MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER – High winds and choppy seas frustrated efforts to hold back the oil spill seeping into Louisiana's rich fishing grounds and nesting areas Friday, and the government desperately cast about for new ideas for dealing with the nation's biggest environmental crisis in decades.

President Barack Obama, meanwhile, halted any new offshore drilling projects unless rigs have new safeguards to prevent a repeat of the disaster that was set in motion when an offshore platform exploded and sank 50 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.

As the mile-deep BP well continued to spew an estimated 200,000 gallons of crude a day, one of more than two dozen lawsuits filed in the wake of the explosion claimed it was caused when workers for oil services contractor Halliburton Inc. improperly capped the well. Halliburton denied it.

The seas were too rough and the winds too strong Friday to burn off the oil, suck it up effectively with skimmer vessels, or hold it in check with the miles of orange and yellow inflatable booms strung along the coast.

The floating barriers broke loose in the choppy water, and waves sent oily water lapping over them.

"It just can’t take the wave action," said Billy Nungesser, president of Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish.

The spill — a slick more than 130 miles long and 70 miles wide — threatens hundreds of species of wildlife, including birds, dolphins and the fish, shrimp, oysters and crabs that make the Gulf Coast one of the nation’s most abundant sources of seafood. Louisiana closed some fishing grounds and oyster beds because of the risk of oil contamination.

A lawsuit filed this week by an injured technician on the platform claims that Halliburton improperly cemented the well. Cementing is a process in which a slurry is used to fill the gap between the drilled hole and the casing, or the pipe that brings oil and gas up out of the ground.

In a statement, Halliburton said workers had finished a cementing operation 20 hours before the rig went up in flames. But the company said it was “premature and irresponsible to speculate” on what caused the disaster.

police find clues in potential car bomb

Sandra Bullock adopts baby boy after recent split from husband