I find myself writing so much that I do not know what to write about when I do not have a specific purpose or prompt. I am currently in 3 Upper Level writing courses and this Writing 220 class, so needless to say, I write a lot. I have an average of 3 papers/ blog posts/ some sort of writing assignment a week and only have a total 4 exams this whole semester, to give you a comparison. I actually blog for two of my classes, my Comm 478 class about new media and this class. Although this blog for my comm. class has specific prompts we have to write to about that all relate to technological platforms, I find it ironic that I somehow the prompts I write about for that blog relate so much to what I am writing about as my topic in Writing 220.
For my blog posts in Comm. 478 the past 2 weeks, I focused on gender in videogames and gendered technological applications like Siri being a female voice. At first when I am assigned prompts where I am supposed to analyze a media technological platform, I have no idea even where to begin. So what I end up doing is making the topic more to my interest and ironically, somehow they always become about gender and feminism. Yesterday when I was working on my Guitar Hero Analysis, reading simple analysis on computer interfaces bored me and I did not even know where to begin. Yet when I did my own analysis of the over-sexualized ways the characters are developed and dressed, my argument came to form. I then began to analyze commercials for Guitar Hero and how those are gendered as well based on the over-sexualized females in the marketing campaigns as well.
In comparison, for my remediation and repurposing project I am also focused on anti-feminist attitudes in the movie Legally Blonde. Even though the prompts completely different in this class, somehow the overall themes of femininity became apparent in my paper. I guess that this really showed me how much how writing can be shaped by your views and becomes a reflection of your interests.