Descriptions on an Object Rather than an Idea

The “Ancient Crayon”

This article was published by Cosmos magazine and contains information about an “ancient crayon” discovered by archaeologists.  It is interesting that this object is more than 10,000 years old and was able to be used and created at this time. According to the article this was found during the stone age.

Paraphrase “While only some of culture takes material form, the part that does  records the shape and imprint of otherwise more abstract, conceptual,or even metaphysical aspects of that culture that they quite literally embody.” (Haltman)

I think this passage means that objects record and contain thoughts, and emotions, and other things you can not always see or feel.


“The Secret to Good Writing” with a Haltman Perspective

I did my supplemental text annotation on the article “The Secret to Good Writing: It’s About Objects not Ideas”. This text really helped me understand the Haltman text more and gave me a much better understanding of the ideas of each writings. The format of the supplemental text was much better for me to comprehend and to be more attentive to. The spacing and quotations and examples were more styled for me and other younger readers. Many times I felt personally spoken to by the examples and made note of it in my annotations. This text really helped me understand why it is important to focus on concrete objects instead of ideas. George Orwell’s quote, “When you think of a concrete object, you think wordlessly, and then, if you want to describe the thing you have been visualizing you probably hunt about until you find the exact words that seem to fit. When you think of something abstract, you are more inclined to use words from the start, and unless you make a conscious effort to prevent it, the existing dialect will come rushing in and do the job for you, at the expense of blurring or even changing your meaning”, really put it all into focus. I had never understood why it was so hard for me to gather my thoughts and not add fluff and mush into my papers. It was because I was focused on an abstract idea or thought and not researching and turning my ideas into concrete objects which are easily and accurately described. I know understand why our first writing will be on the AIDS quilt as it is a concrete object and will be a good piece of writing.

Haltman Text Thoughts and Application

This text was describing how to properly and precisely organize yourself and your ideas and create an impression of a material you are working on. Haltman continuously describes how the language you use creates and paints a picture for your audience based upon the type of vocabulary that one uses. He explains how the key to a good description is rich, nuanced vocabulary.  This and using active words will bring writing to life.  One of my favorite points that Haltman made was that there can be too much information and also not enough, but that no information at all is the only total failure.  Another point that I feel is important was that in order to inspire the most thought and research, one has to describe an event or object and not just tell what it is.  The text continues to say it is also important to incorporate the way something makes you feel and your emotions into your writing. I thought the Prown analysis  was a very creative and unique approach to writing. Description leading to deduction,  which gives way to speculation, then gives way to research, and finally a interpretive analysis. Overall I learned a lot from this text and am trying to implement this style of writing into my current works.

Conventions of the Book and Blog Genre

Conventions of the Book and Blog Genre

There are many differences between the book and the blog.

The book on one hand has a very standard and official front page.  It contains a large font title detailing the content of the book with horizontal lines around it. Underneath there is a subtitle with not as big of a font size. The font then goes even smaller as it provides the editors of the book and then at the very bottom it offers the publisher of the book. Again in smaller font. Throughout the title page the font gets smaller and the spacing increases.

This type of genre offers a lot of information in a compact form. This type of genre requires a lot of research and thought based on mostly expert experiences.  It is mostly targeted towards others in the same subject comprehension as the authors. The vocabulary is very extensive and hard to understand if you are not on the same level.  This type of text has a lot to offer if you equally do the same research as the authors. It has a lot of information and good points, but can also be cloudy and hard to decipher.

The blog offers a more vibrant and and unique front page that has a bright purple color and fancy cursive handwriting. At the top there is a title like the book followed by when it was posted. The title is then repeated again with a picture that supports the title. This theme is repeated throughout the blog in various posts.

This type of genre is more complex in terms physical appearance, which makes it easier to pick out different parts of the text. It offers colors, boxes and pictures to make it more appealing for the reader and easier to flow from one subject to the next. Personally, I like this kind of text more and it allows my attention to not just run over the words but to focus on their context. This genre also offers more simple vocabulary and a wider variation in the audience.  Anyone from students to teachers to older people can read this kind of writing well. This type of writing also allows for a more personal take on the subject and not as much information. The writing can be based upon mostly personal observation and opinions rather than the factual side of things.