Creating Want

So I was thinking about Happy Meal commercials the other day (I was hungry) when I decided to look up some of the Happy Meal commercials from my childhood. Check this guy out. I started thinking about all of the cool happy meal toys and the movies that were made in...

To the Hand and to the Eye

Relaying sensory experiences is not often something that is associated with expository writing. We often think about sensory experience in relation to emotion, not often in relation to a place. And when we do think of sense in relation to real physical feelings or...

Framing

The challenge with analyzing an older object (like the one we’ve been assigned) is the challenge readers face when analyzing literature; objects, like words, change definition over time and space. Framing becomes a problem in each situation, this time because...

What is expository writing

What is exposition you ask? Exposition writing for me gives me the freedom to express how I would speak about a topic. It helps my words flow better without adhering to a certain style. I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed the most semester, is giving a...

Positively Exposition

What is exposition? Sometimes the simplest question is the hardest to answer. I mean, we’ve only been discussing material culture through an expository lens all semester. I should be able to dive right in with this post. However, I don’t know that this is...

Want VS Need

This prompt is definitely something I’ve considered, sometimes on a daily basis.I work in a retail environment that is FULL of want. However, to sell an item you must label it as a need. So that means that I have to tell people they NEED this $400 creme for...

It may not be sharp, but it’s deadly!

In his article What Is a Machete, Anyway? John Cline discusses how a machete can be a tool and a weapon. Doing a quick google search on baseball bats, I found most of the entries were about the object as a tool for playing a sport. But about 3/4th of the way do)wn the...

Expository Writing Debunked

When I first entered this class back in August, I had no idea what to expect. I had initially tried to sign up for the Persuasion part of the course but they filled up fast. So I was stuck with Expository and my initial feeling and thoughts toward expository writing...

What I Want

I want a puppy. I want a new laptop. I want tickets to go see my favorite artist. Do I need these things? Not necessarily, but it would sure make your girl happy. What is it about wanting things that makes us go crazy? I mean I can always wait to move out to have a...

Wanting vs. Needing

While studying material culture, we (as a class) have observed individually what is important to us. These items spoke to functionality, sentimental value, and entertainment while revealing information about each individual’s personality and personal history....

A Clean Window

Expository writing, by its very nature, is the most difficult of all writing. Words are innacurate symbols to capture the truth that exposition requires. Exposition should capture something and place it before your eyes, and make you see it the same way the writer saw...

Symbols about Symbols

Humans are symbolic creatures. In fact, we are the only symbolic creatures. That’s what makes us human. We use symbols to communicate ideas to each other. I’m using symbols to communicate ideas about symbols to you right now. Pretty meta. So we use symbols...

Blog Post #8 – Value and Material Culture Studies

I must admit, I’ve struggled over the past couple of months in this class in coming to a common ground of thinking of exposition and its ties to material culture.  I haven’t found the course particularly easy in terms of digesting the assigned reading and...

Innovative Value

“Innovation is change that unlocks new value”  – Jamie Notter I think the quote above explains the answers to alot of the questions we had as a class. Its hold the key to why it has been difficult to find information on our artifacts as well as how...

Blog Post #5 Dull and Dangerous?

An object can shift in purpose as desired. It can function interchangeably from a tool or an ordinary, everyday object—used as directed, into an object capable of violence or some other form of abuse. Some objects are more notably abused than others and often are...
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