Journey Log 5 Kylee KEenan

Persistence is the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short and long-term projects.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been forced to utilize the habit of mind of persistence. Two weeks ago, I had four tests in one week, while this past week, I had six papers due, yes that’s right, six papers. So you could say persistence was something very much necessary to allow me to endure through those couple of weeks. However, I want to focus on one particular paper that truly tested my ability to sustain interest and attention. That is the annotated bibliography (raid three) completed for this class, accelerated composition. The villain or monster that I have chosen to delve deeper into for this research project is Ursula. For this particular paper, we were required to find six sources, four of them being peer-reviewed journals or articles coming from credible academic sources. Two popular culture news articles or websites were also permissible. I understood these guidelines as I was completing my groundwork; however, as the journey began, these recommendations proved to be something that would cause me trouble. I began the process by utilizing Clemson University’s library website and by probing through the databases it offers. In addition, I searched through Google Scholar to try and find sources that would lend me valuable and reputable information. I began by looking for articles relating only to Ursula but soon found that this would be close to impossible; my search was too narrow. I then tried to widen my exploration by looking for articles relating to Disney villains, sea witches, and even other witches seen throughout the history of Disney. This led to more articles but none with a substantial amount of quality material. As I struggled with the investigation process for scholarly sources, I turned to look for popular culture ones that would possibly provide me with more evidence. As I turned my gaze upon these types of sources, I began to unravel information that would be key to my villain paper. I am still struggling to find scholarly information that will help me create an accurate historical account of Ursula, but I intend to use persistence throughout the rest of this arduous voyage of finding research on the evil sea witch, Ursula.

Curiosity is the desire to know more about the world.

As I read through Carroll’s “Backpacks vs. Briefcases,” she mentioned several times that rhetoric is often viewed in the media that we are presented with on a day to day basis. She stated that we need to become aware of the messages that these different types of media are portraying in order to be able to make smart decisions and judgments about the things we interact with. These claims sparked my curiosity, making me want to look into more examples of the rhetoric that can be seen everyday in culture. Places that rhetoric can be seen the most are in music, movies, newspapers, commercials on television, and even billboards. I like the example that Carroll uses in discussing the commercial for men’s deodorant that portrays the idea that if men use a specific type of deodorant, they will instantly become irresistible to women. She explains how the commercial is not only trying to sell the consumer their product, but also the ideals presented in the ad. They want the buyer to believe the messages of how women interact with men and their sexuality. When participating in the media that we do, we have to be conscious of messages that are being transmitted like this one. We need to remember to look at the underlying idea underneath what is being shown on the surface level. I think Carroll does a good job of reminding the reader to stay active in engaging with media and the rhetoric being displayed. It is important that we reflect upon the things we are taking in everyday through different types of communication that surround us.

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