Chelsea’s Review of Remix Composition

This is where we’ll talk about Chelsea L.’s review of Jason Palmeri’s book, Remixing Composition: A History of Multimodal Writing Pedagogy

I know that Chelsea was going to invite Jason in on the discussion, so maybe he’ll show up on the site and have something to say about this review here. We’ll see!

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7 Responses to Chelsea’s Review of Remix Composition

  1. Sarah K. says:

    I can see how writing is a multimodal process in that it involves several different actions to make it successful. It was interesting to hear Palmeri’s theories about it. I didn’t hear any voices when I closed my eyes, but I do try to make my writing a clear expression of a part of myself so I can understand his point that “writing is an embodied experience”. Nice job.

  2. Bryan A says:

    Great job on the video, but what is that building “airplane” sound around the 1:25 minute mark? LOL. Was that your hard drive processing the video while recording? Sorry, it was just slightly distracting.

    As far as multimodality is concerned, the author’s take on technologies such as photography and orality as being components of writing literacy revisits the notion we considered at the beginning of the semester of what exactly is writing and writing technologies. We again take so many things for granted as they have become so ingrained in our processes that they “disappear.” So Palmeri’s concept of writing always having been multimodal sounds very plausible to me.

  3. chelsea says:

    that would be the fan on my computer. it’s always running. loudly.

  4. Danielle says:

    I like your list of ten reasons why you liked the book. I particularly loved the discussion of the creative overlap between art and writing. I love to think of writing as a creative process and I often find myself comparing it in my head to producing a piece of art.

    BTW, what software did you end up using to record/edit your video? I remember you trying to figure this out and talking about it in the UWC last week, so I’m just curious what you ended up doing.

  5. Jackie K. says:

    I also liked the idea of writing always having been multimodal, and I agree with Bryan, that this book seems to link in to some of what we read early on this semester.

    I also really liked your second point, about how interdisciplinary composition is. I think I appreciated that point in particular because it ties in to some of my work at my other office, where our program offers all kinds of classes that capitalize on the combination/overlap/whatever of arts and writing (with the classes on creating children’s literature and creating graphic novels being my favorites).

    I’d definitely like to snoop through this book myself. Thanks for the review!

  6. chelsea says:

    DO IT. read it. now. :)

  7. germaine says:

    I appreciated the fact that you prefaced each of your 10 points with text and then followed up by explaining why. Easy to follow and understand.

    The one aspect that stuck out to me the most was the idea that all composition is multimodal because we are always using or, at least, referring to multiple senses as we compose, create, or even read. In a way, composition is always exploring how to reimagine and recreate that which is real to achieve some mirrored pinnacle reality. It’s like bringing into existence some altered dimension, perspective, that positions us relative to the author’s experience and make it our own. Didn’t mean to get all rhetorical, but have been researching motion/movement (kinema/dromos) so, it’s on my brain big time.

    I think anytime multi-modal or digital humanities or digital literacies comes into the conversation, visual rhetoric is closely linked because our understanding of text and how we interact with it is constantly evolving with new technologies.

    Anyways, this sounds like a really interesting book! Will have to check it out!

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