After reviewing my classmates’ pages, I realized that we had not created and included a poll, survey, or any other interactive media in our page. I simply hadn’t considered trying to engage the reader in this way. My peers’ pages added significant interest and engagement through these media and their roles in complementing the text.James Gregory reviewed our wiki page on McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage and other articles. I was surprised and confused by some of James’ comments. Without specifying which concepts were missing, he suggested double-checking that we had accounted for each of the twelve key concepts. I double-checked the graphic depicting the relationships among McLuhan’s ideas and the key concepts, and each of the twelve concepts is explicitly addressed. Also, he praised the C.R.A.P. design of our page but then later suggested redesigning the page so it mirrored a website’s design. At the risk of sounding defensive, the contradictory feedback was less than helpful.
Laura Ray also reviewed our page, and then she commented on this blog entry. I was surprised that she also felt the C.R.A.P. design could be improved. I certainly don't think our page is "God's Gift to Designers," but I also don't think our "very concise yet thorough" text (to use Laura's words) needs more bullets, sub-headings, etc. I agree, however, that each of the images could be left-aligned with text-wrapping. This would create the illusion of less text and even more concision. Laura also provided some good ideas for incorporating more interactive elements, and she brought up the difficulty of noticing the sub-pages. Lastly, Laura nailed the previously unnoticed problem with the "Usefulness for Producing New Media" section, in which the only example relates to print rather than new media.
Collin Gifford Brooke. Lingua Fracta: Towards a Rhetoric of New Media. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2009. Print.