One of the gallery examples that surprised me, and that we didn’t discuss much in class, was the Yelp restaurant review. There is much more to these reviews that meets the eye. They fit under many of the umbrella categories of writing we discussed in class, like entertainment, advertising, and personal. While these articles aren’t held to the same standard of professionalism as an advertisement and are not being graded like a piece of academic writing, the reviews are being read critically by consumers and their selling points can be influential.
The other gallery item that gave me pause was the mural painting. After reading the description below the image, I am still unsure whether or not I would categorize the painting as a form of writing. However, Enni makes some very valid arguments on why murals can be considered writing: like writing, the murals deliver a message and express emotion. This example made me second guess my definition of writing as something that had to be done with pen and paper or by a computer.
This activity, and the reflections we have begun to analyze in Writing 220, have helped me to expand my definition of what qualifies as writing. In the “cut-up” activity, I was reminded of the creative freedom writing allows, which goes way beyond just making an argument. This “What Counts” gallery was another reminder of the creativity present in such a wide variety of writing genres. Everybody’s definitions of “What Counts” as writing can be flexible and can differ from one another, and that is where so much of writing’s creativity stems from.