Putting It Together

5 12 2008

Now that I am finalizing my project, I am starting to realize how many images I need. In going from a display of texts to one based almost entirely on images, I have found how hard it is to get the images—just how many I need! I seem to need one for every few sentences at least, or the slides will not keep up with my narration. I am beginning to realize how such a presentation preferences the visual, and so now I have to consider the punctum of the images more closely.

            I originally thought that writing a paper would be more difficult, but I have spent as much time if not more fine-tuning the PowerPoint as I would have spent writing an essay! It’s taking a lot of work just to get everything timed out just right, and I’m still not sure it will come out as well as I hope. I’m having some trouble finding pictures that represent my overview of the book Tuck Everlasting—I want to save the film images for the film discussion, but then I have to supplement with either found picture or text, and that is proving irksome since I’m not finding what I want. (I may just go with the film version.) I’m also trying to get the film clips to come out just right, and that is very time-consuming. I’m not complaining, just realizing that a good presentation can be just as much work as a long paper.

            I have, though, been using some of these strategies in my other class when I present—I’m not sure it’s making much of a difference, but it helps me process the material when I have to work through it so much to make it accessible. Finding a picture to stand for an idea really helps me grapple with the idea itself. Even if the audience doesn’t see a difference, I do.

            We discussed in class how we might use guerilla tactics at conferences; I’ve been thinking that just reading a paper can be an attempt at this, if the paper itself challenges ideas and conventions. Thus, the ideas themselves can be the shot across the bunker’s walls. I guess this would be the sedentary type of resistance but it’s worth considering.



“If you don’t execute your ideas, they die.”  –Roger von Oech, author and consultant





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