April 7, 2014
Together with Keane and Frank, I will be composing an online Zine with a focus on new media and its ability to change and further our abilities to communicate. Communication, for the purpose of our Zine, will include a more broad definition including: internalized/externalized memorization, instantaneous dialog, and lexical expansion. Our Zine begins with the acknowledgment that new medias will continue to evolve – it then becomes paramount to understand how these changes will impact our cognition and ability to communicate. In addition, with a more clear understanding of the impacts of new media, systems that foster productive advancement can be pursued.
As a group we have briefly discussed which supplementary readings will be referenced within our Zine, however, I have not yet found any additional online sources. Nevertheless, I believe compelling information may be gleamed by reviewing other successful Zines in order to better grasp how these unique platforms can best be created.
The three of us will be creating an online Zine. (It will be converted into a print format upon its completion.) Our Zine will include multiple writing disciplines alongside multi-modal media. Our written work will range from academic to poetic, and our visuals aids will include both photographic and hand drawn images. Beginning with our table of contents and a mock list of publishing positions, our Zine will begin on a professional level. While maintaining an academic tone, our Zine will dive in and out of creatively and formally written articles. Our Zine will deliver information in a variety of methods, all while maintaining a loose connection to the structure of a formal essay – introduction, supporting information, and conclusion.
Our online Zine will be an appropriate media platform to communicate our message. Zines retain some structure from their parent-format magazines; however, they offer a more creative attitude in their approach to information organization. We will be able to practice, first hand, many of the new media rhetorical devices we have read about in our supplementary readings.