Writing 220 Remediation Idea: Emily Fishman

Hey y’all! I’ve been thinking about what I want to do for my remediation and I think there’s any idea with which I’m interested.

My repurposed piece is a mock-stylebook based on a piece I wrote for The Michigan Daily about my lack of creativity and my need for structure and a different way of thinking about the creative process. The stylebook is pretty referential and serves as a guide for how to write about not being able to write (as confusing as that is).

My current idea for my remediation piece is to take the stylebook that I have created and apply it to a fictional magazine or other publication. The piece would be a combination of prose and design elements: ideally, I would create two or so pages of the document and then “edit” them according to the stylebook repurposing piece. The “original” piece would have flaws and errors that are emblematic of my creative anxiety, and the “edited” version would indicate the superior skill set and perspective that I have after discovering my need for structure. This feels like a complement to the original, as the fictionalized publication would not be meant to stand on its own without the original stylebook. I’m excited to see where this piece takes me!


Writing 220: Remediation Ideas – Max Rysztak

In thinking about my remediation for my essay on IDF militaristic development and potential US similarities, a couple of options stand out.

Firstly, I am most excited by translating my essay into a speech. I’ve always wanted to be a political/policy speechwriter and I think a translation would be a great use of this essay. There is a lot of potential for this to be a speech as it is already academic, well supported, and relevant. The biggest challenge in this idea, however, is getting the right tone as the setting for the speech would be undefined.

For the complement section, I think it would be interesting to dive deeper into one of the policial actors I analyze in my original piece. Since I look at 4 Haganah (and future IDF) leaders, I could create a complement piece in hopes of diving deeper into one of the leaders – providing a more immersive reading background.

I am less excited about the adaptation/inspiration areas of a potential remediation simply due to the topic of my original essay. A potential adaptation piece could be one of adapting an original essay into an informational video (widely available and easy to understand). This could serve as educating the masses by using visuals to help explain the complex geographic conflict. In terms of inspiration, I think that a potential fiction piece, maybe on an IDF soldier being inspired by the leadership of one of the military leaders has potential – in that the point of view of the soldier could be more deeply understood.

Remediating an Argument, Digitally

In terms of what’s to come next, I have many routes before me for our upcoming Remediation Project. Over the course of my past two years here at Michigan, I feel that I have been given limited openings, and had limited access to build course projects outside of the essay writing sphere. Academically, I’ve rarely had the ability to branch out into other project styles, as the steady diet of exams-essays-exams-essays and more exams seems to be the norm at our academic institution. Building and expressing my ideas through the creation of media-based project opportunities, most notably through video production, has become my very favorite method of creative expression as a young man. This being said, as I have been looking to get into a new video project, I was curious as to how I might go about presenting a video for this project, outside of the standard YouTube platform (looking mostly for website/resource suggestions, as I continue to search down a topic).

As I felt upon first learning about the project, I believe that the Remediation Project will be a fantastic opportunity for me to drive home a set of ideas through media creation, allowing me to also focus away from the sphere of essay writing, for a short period. I truly cannot wait to pin down a topic for my new project (I am considering anything from a humanities based research experience, to a montage/compilation of what it means to be an objectively, or subjectively, successful student at the University of Michigan). I very much look forward to discussing these ideas in class this week, in order to delve into what may be the best road for my own Remediation project!

Remediation Station. First Stop: proposal

For my repurposing project, I took a piece I wrote about masculinity on Modern Family and made it into a GQ magazine article. In doing this, I geared my argument to early 20 to 30-year-old men. I knew that for the remediation I wanted to make a video montage of sorts but I really didn’t know what platform to use. Then I looked at all of the tabs I had open on Google Chrome and saw “Buzzfeed.” Lightbulb.

How many hours have I spent watching Buzzfeed videos? I couldn’t even tell you, but it’s a lot. I think that making a Buzzfeed video keeps my audience and argument the same. Many young adults view content on Buzzfeed, or see the material shared on Facebook and Twitter, which would actually broaden my audience by reaching both genders. My argument that Modern Family presents more than just the hegemonic male masculinity would transfer well into a video. In my repurposed project I talked about the masculinities represented character by character, which I could also do in the video.

Most Buzzfeed videos are under two minutes long and aren’t extremely text heavy, which means epic consolidation on my part, but I’ll take that challenge. A lot of what I’ve explained in writing in my repurposed assignment I will have to explain using visuals from the show. I will do this by taking video screenshots from episodes of the show (I will have to learn how to do this) and then piecing them together in iMovie. I can add text to the video to explain the essentials of each character and the different type of masculinity they represent.

If you’ve never watched a Buzzfeed video (which is a crime), here is a link to get an idea of what I’m trying to emulate. I like these videos because they are short, entertaining, and informative and they have the easy capability to be shared online. I essentially want to make concrete what is visible about the masculinities on Modern Family putting a little bit of an academic spin on a popular television show.