September 14

Stream of Conciousness

Throughout Addario’s autobiography she uses rhetorical devices such as sentence structure and organization to help make her story more compelling or vivid.  These same rhetorical devices can be transferred into my passion blog to make it more exciting. 

On pages 116-117, Addario reveals the correspondence that she has with he one of her editors describing what she needs before she enters a war zone.  Addario’s sentence structure is very visual and grabs the reader’s attention.  The first thing that one can notice is the extended use of commas and parentheses.  The commas help to show her nervousness about the situation as it is a stream of consciousness.  Addario’s continued thoughts help her to cope with her new situation. One can see that Addario is nervous about this entire situation by reading what she writes in parentheses. Addario is unsure about what will be dangerous could be flying towards her, but is putting on a brave face saying that she is only afraid of heavy objects.  That is why she is not too sure what will be coming toward her as she states “guess that would mean ceramic plates”.  She also talks in a parenthetical phrase about how she is tired and just wants to get the planning over.  Addario is stressed about the planning, and therefore, is ranting about wanting to have the event pass stating “sorry if this is too much info for you….get this planning over with…” The other important rhetorical device is organization.  Addario writes this section by building each paragraph with more in detail than the next.  She is explaining what she actually knows she needs to document about the trip.  In a sense this is her realizing what she is about to photograph.  The building of detail after detail show the stress she is experiencing.

While my blog is pretty care free, because reality television is made for relaxation.  However, I can use sentence structure to highlight an idea.  For example, a short sentence in the midst of long sentences can reflect and important idea and vice versa.  I can organize my paragraphs in a similar fashion as Addario does to entice the reader.  I can also organize my paragraph chronologically or topically to entertain the reader and have the reader focus on certain ideas. For example in my next post  will discuss The Bachelor.  I will divide the paragraphs based on topics, the Bachelor, the Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise.  My excitement for the show will be show in short sentences, while I will have longer sentences about things that I did not like that happened in the show.  This will be similar to how Addario expressed her stress in a stream of consciousness.

RhetoricaImage result for the bachelorl devices help to show the reader what they are truly thinking about.  They can show emotion and explain the environment people are experiencing, allowing the reader feel as though he were in conversation with the speaker in the book/blog.

September 7

Igniting the Passion

The novel “It’s what I do” depicts the passion of war photographer Lyndsey Addario.  Throughout the novel one learns of Addario’s different trials and tribulations as a war photographer.  Everyone on earth has a passion, photography is Addario’s passion, and it’s what ignites the fire or passion within her.

One section of the story flashes back to a story of Addario speaking with her Nana.  It discusses the passion that her Nana and her lover, Sal, shared.  Sal ended up marrying her Nana’s friend and the three individuals all remained friends for years.  After Nana’s friend Eleanor died, Sal kissed Nana and it was just as passionate as when they were dating many years ago.  However, after this interaction their relationship became tense and this did not happen again.  The passion between these two lovers is the same way that Addario feels about war photography, and unlike her Nana she does not want to miss out on any part of it.  Addario includes this story to relate her passion to love, something that is easier for people understand.

While I cannot relate to having a passion for war photography, I can relate to being very passionate about something.  Reality television is a part of my existence.  I go into a trance where I can forget about all the problems in the world.  I can go back to my first time watching reality television like it was yesterday, watching “Dance Moms” on loop laughing about all the ridiculousness that occurring and laughing about it.  I think what is magical about “trash” television is can be extremely relaxing and entertaining, but it also teaches people important lessons that may aid them in the trials and tribulations of life.  Therefore, much like the war photImage result for the bachelorography of Addario and the kiss from Sal to Nana, reality television is my passion and is something that I love to watch.

August 31

It’s What I Do…

I am passionate about many things in my life.  Two of my most intense passions are obsessing over dogs, specifically my dog, and watching reality television.  I believe either of these ideas would make for an entertaining blog.

Ever since I could speak I would ask my parents to open our home to a second dog, because one was never enough, as I’m obsessed with dogs. The dream of owning two dogs at the same time never happened.  Approximately three years ago my very intelligent dog passed away and in May 2015, my family adopted in a cognitively impaired dog.  We named him Biscuit, after Biscuit in the children’s books.  Like Biscuit in the children’s books, my dog enjoys going on various adventures.  Therefore I think that it would be so fun to blog about my dog’s life and his weird antics, as I am passionate about all dogs, but especially mine.

The other passion that I have in my life is “trash television.”  I find that when one is a very academic person they need brain breaks.  For many people this can be exercise, reading, hanging out with friends, or all of the above.  While to some people reality television may seem mind numbing, but I find it relaxing.  Some of my favorite relaxing television shows include The Bachelor and its spinoffs, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, WAGS and its spin-offs, Second Wives Club, and Dance Moms.  While many of these “reality” television shows draw criticism for being scripted, they are still successful.  The other idea that I have for my blog is to assess what makes these television shows successful and why so many people enjoy following them. 

I am a very passionate person, and love dogs, especially mine, and reality television, thus I would love to blog about one of my passions.