on rationales

The rationale should be a formal reflection on the choices you have made in composing your project and how you feel they have advanced your goals. This is your opportunity to sell me on your project and overcome any objections or concerns, so be thorough. To bolster your discussion and increase your credibility, you should draw on the readings and ideas from class—don’t forget to cite where appropriate (I do not care what style you use). You will need at least 600–700 words to adequately address the requirements.

The questions below are unashamedly inspired by (and in some cases outright stolen from) from Jody Shipka’s  article “Sound Engineering.”

  1. What is this piece trying to accomplish—above and beyond satisfying the basic requirements outlined in the task description? In other words, what work does, or might, this piece do? For whom? In what contexts?
  2. What specific rhetorical, technological, and material choices did you make in service of accomplishing the goal(s) articulated above? That is, how did you utilize the affordances of this medium to meet your goals? Why did you do things the way you did them?
  3. How did the various choices listed above allow you to accomplish things that other sets or combinations of choices would not have? What might you change given the opportunity to revise or begin again?
  4. How did composing a piece to be heard/seen/encountered/etc. differ from composing a piece to be read?

Tip: Be careful not to get bogged down in play-by-play histories of your various rejected ideas or deep background information on your argument. While both of these can be interesting and relevant in small doses, I am most interested in learning about the material rhetorical choices you have made.


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