Convergence: Volume 3: Issue 2

From the Editors

By Pamela Gores & Brittany Herrmann


Literacy Within the World of Music: The Creative Process of Annotating Musical Scores

Abstract This essay is an analysis based on a literacy activity I interact with regularly — marking annotations upon my sheets of music. Within this essay, I analyze my musical scores, which I have previously annotated upon, and discuss in-depth why the act of annotating my sheet music can be considered a creative activity. Focusing on the definition of creativity produced by Tusting and Papen in their article "Creativity in Everyday Literacy Practices," I discuss how my everyday task of writing annotations upon my sheet music is inherently a creative process, unique to me as the musician utilizing these sheets of music.

By Autumn McComas


Fake News, Real Author: Tracking the Rise and Fall of a Falsified Identity

Abstract The 21st century has cultivated a digital environment that prioritizes speed and ease of information over accuracy. Due to this change of opinion and the rise of social media, incorrect information or fake news is spread widely and quickly without regard for the facts. However, writers may utilize rhetorical techniques to further convince audiences of their piece’s validity by using fallacies, modifying the article based on the platform or channel, and considering kairos before releasing news. This essay tracks the growth and development of one specific falsified news story and examines how the author and related rhetors controlled and modified the message using multiple rhetorical techniques.

By Brittany Herrmann


Patterns of Speech in Garret Center Tutoring

Abstract As a writing center tutor, my job is to create learning opportunities for student writers. In this work, I used one of my tutoring sessions as a case study and examined the effect my rhetoric had on creating those opportunities. Using a transcript created using Magdalena Gilewicz and Terese Thonus’ method of close vertical transcription, I looked for patterns in both my and the writer's use of elements of discourse as defined by Laurel Johnson Black and Gilewicz and Thonus. Significant patterns emerged in our use of backchanneling, topic initiation, and descriptions of uncertainty. In framing this analysis with Andrea Lunsford's three writing center styles, I found my rhetoric created a Garret Center rather than a Burkean Parlor. Based on this research, I plan to be more direct with writers in future sessions, including using more imperatives and being less hesitant to initiate topics.

By Lindsey Wright


Humane Society Quillow Project (External Link)

Abstract The goal of this project was to use visual storytelling practices to highlight a story we thought needed to be told in a place we knew very well. While we were inclined to find a story within the city of Orlando, I wasn’t too familiar with the city to find an impactful story. Instinctively, I found myself researching stories from my hometown of Bradenton, Florida, a place I was more comfortable with. It wasn’t long before I decided to focus my project around the Humane Society of Manatee county. Every year, they rescue hundreds of animals from the streets and do their best to find them good homes. In December of 2014, my family adopted our dog, Reno, from the Humane Society after he and his siblings were found in a recycling bin. This story that hit close to home and therefore was the narrative I wanted to pursue.

By Marissa DuBois


Aristotelian Rhetoric and Argument Efficiency: An Analysis of Closing Statements in the Quinlan Case

Abstract The right to die is an ancient concept based upon the premise that human beings who lack the will to live due to being subjected to a terminal illness are entitled to end their lives via assisted suicide or refusal of life-prolonging treatments. The question of who, if anyone, should be allowed to make such decisions has remained central to the age-old debate about the right to die concept and has given rise to many legal battles. The 1975 landmark court case In re Quinlan generated new contestation over the choice to embrace accepted medical standards, the philosophical right to die, and brought a young American woman, Karen Ann Quinlan, into the center of ongoing controversy.

By Rachel Casey