The image above is of a poster that a design company put together and is currently selling online. Proceeds are given to the Canadian Red Cross. Good idea? Read this response first:

John Pavlus “Is This Poster to Aid Japan’s Tsunami Victims a Crime Against Design?”

Post a brief comment (no more than a paragraph) with your position on this. In/appropriate? Disaster-porn? Helpful?

As we discussed this afternoon, there are some members of Congress who will camp out for a spot on the aisle so that they can shake the President’s hand (and get a few seconds on national tv). Salon.com was thinking the same thing, and has an article called “Meet Congress’ Five Biggest Aisle Hogs”. They also have the following video compilation showing the biggest aisle hogs from the past ten years:
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Now for the blog entry. Once you watched the speech and have read some articles about the address, comment on the following:

1) Civil or Subdued? There were fewer standing ovations, and less applause than in past years. Was this because of an air of civility, or was the audience not as responsive? How did this visual play out during the speech.

2) Invited Guests. As expected, there were a number of invited guests in the balcony that were referred to in the speech. Was that effective? Why have them present for the speech?

3) GOP Response. Rep. Ryan gave the GOP response, speaking in the Budget Committee’s Hearing Room. How did the choice of location work in comparison to the President? Were the visuals/location important? How well did he meet the expectations for the response?

Please post your comments by Thursday morning. See you in class-

Watch the video of President Clinton speaking after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 (viewable here), and speak to the following:

1) how does he meet the expectations of a speech of this type?
2) how effectively does Clinton address the cause of the bombing (as defined within the speech)?
3) compare this speech with the speeches given by Presidents Reagan and Obama- which is the most effective?

Welcome to the blog for Comm 353: Visual Rhetoric taught by Dr. Anand Rao in Spring 2011. This blog will host course materials, student grade pages, as well as the blog entries for student comment (announced in class). The password for protected class pages will be provided in class. Student grade pages will be protected using the passwords provided to the instructor.

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