Sorry again for the late start on this– funny how deadlines on various things all seem to creep up at the same time! Anyway, a few thoughts to get you going here:
- For our purposes, chapter 2 is pretty “skimmable” because it is primarily his argument as to why teaching audio and video in composition and rhetoric classes is a “writerly” activity. Keep in mind that one of the main audiences that Halbritter has in mind are folks who are skeptical of all this media in a writing class. I think he makes some good points here, but we’re not skeptical– or at least I’m not. Anyway, read it/skim it, but since our focus here isn’t on pedagogy, I’ll not say too much more.
- I think the “dimensional” aspect of rhetoric and the discussion of Burke’s notion of “entitling” is interesting, though I’m not sure I get how this is connected to writing with audio and video really. I do see the point of the multi-track video/audio though, and there is a “dimensionality” to sound/video that is not literally present in words-in-a-row writing. And I think his example about Moore’s use of sound effects in Fahrenheit 911 is pretty effective, too.
- I like the connection to Robin Williams’ “C.R.A.P.” for visual layout, something that is so simple and so useful in thinking about good visuals and much more. By the way, I think this is the video that Halbritter is writing about, the campaign movie “American Stories, American Solutions.” That said, I am not sure if Halbritter is doing more here than a good “critical reading” of these videos.