For my first 3 blog posts, I noticed that I would try and problematize, or at least show further instances where the topic we had been covering was problematic. This likely stemmed from my background as a Sociology major where, in my time at Davidson, I have been trained to look for angles to problematize seemingly innocuous aspects of our daily lives which end up being sites of rich analysis. For my last two posts, I pulled from forms of entertainment media (specifically The Good Place – a television show – and Her Story – a video game) to try and expand on previous readings and class discussions. It is blatantly obvious that I was not very keen on using images and gifs to help illustrate was I was talking about: it wasn’t until my third blog post, Black Twitter is Best Twitter that I included an actual screenshot.
In my opinion, the quality of my academic inquiry and analysis also gradually increased through each successive blog post. It is clear that I took more time and energy into the final product of each post. I was particularly pleased with my fifth blog post, I Want My Own Janet because I felt that I did a good job of highlighting the extent to which the show’s writers work towards creating a thoroughly in-depth personality out of a seemingly straightforward and easy to understand character. What I appreciate about these blog posts and other writing assignments for the Digital Studies courses I have taken, is the much more casual, but still academic, tone that I am allowed to use. I am not worried about dropping a question somewhere in the middle of my writing or at the very end that I leave unanswered because it is a much more accurate demonstration of my thought processes when writing. I am freer to insert the slight conversations I have with myself into my writing and my blog posts very clearly demonstrate that process.