What is a Sentence Like?

A sentence starts out like someone who is having problems going to sleep. The intent and the ideas are there and the resources are there, but the mind is too busy to go to sleep. It’s peculiar how when one wants to sleep, the brain wants to focus on everything else but the sleep that the rest of the body needs; in the same way, it’s peculiar how when one wants to write, the brain wants to focus on everything but the writing process. The ideas are like dreams; they come and they go quickly. Eventually after an hour, twelve hours, one day, or even a couple of days, falling asleep becomes easier as the mind reorganizes itself, just as writing one sentence after another becomes easier after a long amount of time.


Can Images Do What Words Do? (Part II)

The video production “Make” does have truth value  especially when it shows the images of stoic people outside the Apple store and inside the Samsung store and the images of a girl being bored and the man being angry to the point where he puts a hole through his laptop with his fist. The pacing of the images drums out the fact that people as a whole can become too obsessive over technology. Because of the value of technology in the American society, they are more than willing to ignore that particular issue. In this sense, the argument’s “propositions and . . . argumentative function and roles are expressed visually”. (Blair) In other words, not only is the video arguing about the role of technology in our society, but it is also arguing about how people perceive the issues associated with technology through the expressions of the people. Since the video presents, through images, “claims or reasons [that] can be accepted or rejected” (Blair), the production has truth value.

Discovery and Relaxation

One place that I feel two ways about is the Oyster Creek, located in Missouri City, TX where my neighborhood is. It’s not the prettiest of creeks, although the scenery around it is full of beautiful trees and other vegetation. I was told by my father plenty of times that Oyster Creek was the creek Stephen F. Austin and his companions sailed on when they first arrived to the state of Texas to settle there. Granted they never stayed in present-day Missouri City that I know of, but just the fact that the creek was a means of transportation by the founders of modern day Texas makes the creek pretty special, although many people living in the area around it now probably don’t even know that little fact. These days, the creek isn’t really used for much. People occasionally go to the creek and attempt to fish (although the chances of getting any catches of fish are pretty low) and I have seen a handful of people actually ride on a boat across the creek, but that is extremely rare. If anything, more people walk around the creek. Since the days of Stephen F. Austin, the landscape around the creek has been transformed into not only neighborhoods but also a trail (Oyster Creek Trail) and a park (Oyster Creek Park). Thinking about it now, I just find it interesting that Oyster Creek has transformed from being a waterway that was part of the discovery of modern-day Texas into a waterway where people go to for recreational purposes.

Sign of the Times – “Medieval Helpdesk” Commentary


Gunther Kress argues in “The Futures of Literacy” that “the world narrated is a different world to the world depicted and displayed”. If you watch the video that is linked above, you would see this type of thinking in action. In a nutshell, a man asks for assistance in how to not only read it but also to manipulate it and is constantly confused by the instructions the help desk assistant gives. Given that this video is titled “Medieval helpdesk”, it was probably meant to parody the reactions of the people when the way to tell stories transformed from orally to written. The video is comical to the viewers because chances are they know how to use and manage a spine-bound book. But what if it – the video, that is –  is a glimpse into the future, especially with the growing preference to screen and images as opposed to books and words? What if, in the future, people will really not understand how to manage and manipulate a print book because they will be raised with writing, reading, and communicating with the screen? After all, Gunther Kress maintains that in the future, only the elite will be using “the older media” while the masses will switch to the digital and textless, It will only be the elite that will argue that images cannot do what words do while the masses ignore them and continue to rely on images to inform them of what is happening throughout the world.

An Inkwell and a Cap

What could possibly be the relationship between an inkwell and a small worn down cap from the early 1900s? Well, quite possibly, the two objects belonged to someone who was very organized and who wrote many letters or documents. The person would use the inkwell to store his ink and then use the cap and screw it on the inkwell to prevent the ink from spilling all over the desk and his papers.  Of course, given the time period that these objects came from, they would probably be found mostly in homes of well-to-do and aristocratic families, specifically in what would be called the study room. I would think that the concept of writing by hand was well-revered at the time, in contrast to the digital world that is constantly changing, even to this day.  If there is a cover for an inkwell that’s protecting ink, writing with it must have been a huge deal, especially considering ink probably wasn’t all that cheap either. Given that, if the people from the early 1900s saw all the broken pens with ink spilling out of them today, they would probably be aghast or even start crying.

An inkwell and a cap. They seem like such insignificant objects in comparison to all the tools we can use today. However, they also represent a time where writing was important and even revered. If one made a mistake on the document, they could not erase it. Sure, they could cross it out, but in most cases, the writer had to get a new piece of paper and rewrite what they needed to write. With the invention of erasable pens and pencils and with the ability to backspace on a computer, this kind of error seems minuscule now, making people less aware of what they’re writing and the meaning of their writing.