I found the “99 Problems” activity very interesting. My group had the first section of the article. There were many examples of analyzing. The author used many sources, assumptions, and statics. The article was researched very well. The author covered what the song said and dissected each part. He explained it’s deeper meaning. The author showed the true meanings of the word choices that the singer used. Not everyone would know what he meant by what he sang. He used classification to explain the artist’s meaning in the song. Also since the writer of the article studied the whole picture, he was able to research everything the artist did. He was able to look at the whole picture, all the facts, and got to see Jay Z’s notes. I found this activity very interesting. I think I will have to You Tube this song now since I have never heard it.
There are many ways to analyze images. It is important to stay focused on the image you are looking at. As you study the image it helps to examine each part of the image. Deconstructing an image means picking that image apart. To do that you must look at all the fine detail. To do that you use denotation. Denotation is identifying and defining the elements on a basic dictionary level. Another way is using connotation. Connotation is linking an object with other signs and meanings. Using connotation varys from reader to reader. One reader could get something very different in a image than another reader. Knowing how the objects are made up is called composition. The framing of the picture, angles, and connections between images can help analyze the image too. (http:www.mediaknowall.com/as_alevel/alevel.php?pageID=image) It is also helpful to recognize sensory descriptions. Looking at all the shapes, sounds, color and textures of the image is important. The content of the subject, topic, information captured in the photo determines the theme of the idea. Knowing the dominant idea of the image helps the reader to figure out the point of what they are looking at. As long as you stay on your focused idea, examine each part of the image, and put it all together it should help the reader to capture the main point of what you are looking at. I think the more practice of analyzing images can also be helpful to students. The more we look at them, the better we can become at being more observant when looking at an ad. In class when we looked at the Panzani ad I realized how unobservant I am when I see an ad. I could use alot of practice in this subject of analyzing images. I hope to get better at understanding and noticing what I am seeing.
The first thing that I did think when I saw the ad was just honestly about speghetti. I do agree that the ad did make me hungry for speghetti. I don’t normally even eat speghetti so now I know what I am probably going to go home and have since I have left over speghetti. I did not right away think having dinner as a family until we talked about it in class. That could be because I don’t have 6 chairs at my table, the kids have us down to 3 for now. Half of us eat in the living room and half in the kitchen. Thinking back to the ad though, it did take me back to a family gathering where we did have a family speghetti dinner when I was young. The ad also reminded me of my Uncle who always made speghetti and mostacholi. He always said his recipe was “top secret”. I do think it was a good ad, I just didn’t think of it too much until people analyzed it.