How to Read Like a Writer Notes/Reflection


               “When you read like a writer,you are trying to figure out how the text you are reading was constructed so that you learn how to “build” one for yourself” (Bunn 87). Starting to read this article I read it as if I was “a historian” I was looking out for the ideas and topics and what I was supposed to learn from the article. But going more in depth author Mike Bunn wants us to learn how to read like a writer. That meant to read it like an architect, looking at the structure of a building which is looking at the strategies and structure of writings in essays. When I finished reading this article I read it again even though we went through part of it at the end. Reading the first page was completely different, I was learning the authors intent of trying to be relatable and make himself seem like a normal ordinary guy. He used strategies to make the passage readable then giving us an important idea to keep in our heads. He said “I came to realize that all writing consists of a series of choices” (Bunn 72).

This was a great article to prepare us all for our finals. Reading this article will make me adapt to implement structures and strategies I discovered from reading other articles. Also, I think I’ll be more confident on completing my final.


Key terms and Main Idea

  • Liberal- one who is open to new behavior and opinions; most of the time democrats
  • Conservative- One who upholds traditional attitudes and values; mostly republicans
  • Divisive- tending to create controversy and / or cause disagreement
  • Context- parameters of comments, statements, ideas and etc.
  • Genre- Indicates the type of writing
  • Antiquated- old fashioned

Main Idea- The main idea of this article is to develop the skill of how to read like a writer by looking at the structure of the reading and using that to your advantage by understanding the author better and to be able to implement those structures and strategies into my own writing.


              In the reading “How to Read like a Writer” , author Mike Bunn teaches us how to become better readers and writers. Using the read like a writer strategy teaches us how to read a reading by looking at the structures and strategies. By doing this we will get a better in-depth learning experience from the passage. It gives us a more of an author point of view. On top of that it gives us skills and strategies for our own writings. Bunn also teaches us that we should ask ourselves questions when reading a passage such as “What is the author’s purpose for this piece of writing?” (Bunn 79) and other questions. Also he tells us to highlight and annotate to get better understanding of readings.

Selfie Post

Joshua Jaime

Bonnie Robinson

English 1117

22 October 2018

Selfie Post

        Since the beginning of the semester, we’ve learned about written, visual, and quantitative self-representation. We’ve also learned about technological and cultural filters and self-representation and identity through the use of photos or and selfies. In this weeks post (for you of those who don’t know) is about selfies and reflecting and connecting them to what we have learned so far this semester. Since I can’t cover everything we’ve learned because that is a lot to cover, all the seeds of topics and main ideas and on top of that all the ideas that flourish… it’s just too much. I’ve chosen my mother, Maria Conchita Cruz, to show a bit of what I’ve learned. With my mother’s permission to use selfies and photos from her Facebook account, I’ve chosen three photos and I’ll let my ideas and thoughts spill out as I go.

         The picture you see right above this paragraph is my mother, this was her profile picture about six months ago. My mom constantly changes her profile pics around 6sixtimes a year. I asked her why did she choose that picture and she said: “because I like it”(in Spanish, duh) Obviously this wasn’t the “rich” and descriptive answer that I wanted. So I explained to her what we have learned so far and she had more to say the second time. “I like to be represented as confident and happy with myself in my profile pictures,” she said. This touches back to the first chapter that we read in “Seeing Ourselves through Technology” (SOTT)  by Jill Walker Rettburg. This also related to chapter three of SOTT in how “a profile picture is a visual expression of identity, and our choice of profile photos is clearly a form of visual self-representation”(Rettburg pg 40).  I kept on with the interview/date (forgot to mention that on the 24th of October of 2018 I took my mother to Sea Ocean Buffet as a surprise and that is where I asked her for her permission for use of her Facebook posts and the interview. But, I made the surprise not for this assignment but you should appreciate your mother and it doesn’t have to be her birthday or mothers day to do so)  and I asked her did she edit her picture. She said she just cropped it and filtered it to be brighter. In chapter two of SOTT the main focus was on filters. He talked “about technological filters, ways in which our devices and algorithms have certain technical affordances and constraints that cause them to act much as literal filters do: straining out certain information and making other information more visible.”(Rettburg pg.32). I’m positive my mom filter the picture to make it more vivid so it didn’t look dark and depressed because she wants to portray a positive image.

           Above this paragraph is a little collage I made, the one on the left is also old profile picture from last December and the two on the right were from the surprise for my mom. Another question I asked her is why she changes her picture so often. She responded with “I like different angles and they show different sides of me.” I think this has to do with the idea that I got after reading chapter three of SOTT. I don’t like taking selfies because I don’t think it represents correctly who I am. When I post a profile picture it is typically a group photo or a photo of me taken by someone else. I also believe when someone else takes a picture of you is because they acknowledge you or the picture they take of you is the way they see you. I also agree with what my mom said on the different angles phrase.

          I still have many more thoughts on the ideas of selfies and what we’ve learned so far but you should find your own ideas too. You might agree with my ideas or the author’s ideas but what’s going to matter to you is the ideas you make off what you read of others, or maybe you already have some ideas. If you made it this far into this blog post, thank you for reading some of my moms, mine and Jill’s ideas.

Notes for Chapter 3 of “Seeing Ourselves Through Technology”

Main Idea and Key Terms:

  • Time Lapse Selfies: Photos taken at a constant rate over a usually long period of time.
  • Visual identity: usually a profile picture, that profile picture maybe a selfie, group picture or something else but it’s the way we want to represent ourselves.
  • Frivolous: carefree
  • Automatic Portraits: Pictures take automatically with almost instant production of the photos, like a photo booth
  • Surrealism: The principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or affects in art, literature, film or theater by means of a natural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations
  • Manifesto: A public declaration of policy and aims
  • Main Idea: Selfie can be used in a time lapse sequence to show growth, this also shows change in ourselves. We can also take automatic photos with almost – instant production showing us surrealism in ourselves with our representations of images.


In chapter three of “Seeing Ourselves Through Technology” author Jill W Rettburg goes on to talk about selfies taken in a timed order. He also goes into depth of talking how posts only tell part of the story. He gives many examples and stories of serial selfies. Also like all other chapters he writes about self to the presentation but in this chapter it was with the use of time lapse selfie videos or things close to that. Rettburg also wants us to understand social media genres and we need to see them as feeds and analyze them as a part of a series (like Instagram).

Notes for Chapter 2 “Seeing Ourselves Through Technology” (Late Pass #2)

Main Idea and Key Terms:

  • Algorithmic Culture: The ways in which computers, running complex mathematical formulae, engage in what’s often considered to be the traditional work of culture.
  • Academia: The environment or community concerned with the pursuit of education, research and scholarship.
  • Filter: to process or reformat (data) using a filter esp. so as remove unwanted content
  • Terministic Screens: The terms in our language through which our understanding of the world is filtered.
  • Ethnography: the study of customs of individuals or and cultures.
  • Emotional Contagion: The spreading of a same emotional response
  • Main Idea: Technological filters are alike too literal filters in how technological filters have accordances and constraints. These filters play a huge part in modern culture.


Arthur Jill Walker Rettberg talks about filters in today’s algorithmic culture. Rettburg says filters or a crucial part of today’s technology with the power to remove content out of a topic or subject to shape ideas so they can be seen differently. He also talks about constraints and advantages when it comes to using filters. He also expands on his idea how they are different ways to use filters; technological, cultural or cognitive or maybe even a combination of both. He uses many examples to get into more depth of these filters and the ways they are used. In this chapter he makes us think about how we use filters to share a picture and to shape it how we want it to be seen.

Making Connections:

“In the July 2014 debates around the emotional contagion experiment in which nearly 700,000 Facebook users are shown posts including more or less positive words than previously (Kramer, Guillory and Hancock 2014), we learned that this minor tweak to the way in which the newsfeed filters our friends’ posts actually changed the users’ own status updates.”

You can still see this in modern-day social media, many people post sad content and the audience usually responds with the same charge of negativity. Also, when someone posts happy or joyful content like a cute puppy or something the audience usually responds also with a positive energy.

” Instagram-style filters may make our selfies and photos of our everyday life seem unfamiliar, but the filter itself is repeated so often that the defamiliarisation effect wears off and becomes cliché.”

This makes me wonder if it’s the same with famous people, because they seem to be having a good life with always good events occurring to them.

“The Mechanical Bride” Notes

The Mechanical Bride Section

Key Terms & Main Idea:

  • Key Terms
    • Discontinuity:  a sharp difference of characteristics between parts of something.
    • Intelligibility: The state or quality of being intelligible.
    • Annul: To declare invalid.
    • Condemnation: The expression if very strong disapproval.
    • Amid: In the atmosphere or against the background of.
    • The Incorrigible Dunker: A person who isn’t able to be corrected and thinks they’re always correct.
  • The Main Idea
    • We should see opposing ideas and opinions as a different point of view instead of wrong.


             At the beginning of this passage, the author expressively takes about a newspaper and relates it to a piece of art saying that it is a “collective work of art”. Throughout the passage, the author talked about how we all have our opinions and ideas and other people do too. What we see is other ideas as opposing instead of a different point-of-view. rather than wrong. The author also wants to tell us to keep an open mind of other ideas and not be an “incorrigible dunker.”

Making Connections:

           I found this article to be very interesting in talking about how we might find something boring to us while others might find it amazingly interesting and perceive that as a masterpiece. Instead of viewing the newspaper as bad and boring as we think we look at it from the author’s point of view saying that “any paper today is a collective work of art.” This seems to make a lot of sense and if you to apply it to more events and problems instead of selectively throughout my thoughts I also get to understand that maybe our president isn’t as bad as you might think. Instead of him being apposing to my ideas and the way I see things as correct, he might just have a different idea or vision of making out country a better place.

Our Thinking Process When We Post on Instagram Story

Joshua Jaime

Bonnie Robinson

English 1117

04 October 2018

Our Thinking Process When We Post on Instagram Story

            If you don’t know what Instagram stories are it is like snapchat with a bit more features. In this article, I’ll tell you about my experience on Instagram stories and some types of posts along with their thinking process. On Instagram stories there are a great variety of different types of posts, there’s the food post, the Fortnite win post, the workout post, the date posts, the “ask me a question” post, the event post, the occasional birthday post, the selfie post, the comedic post,the holiday post, the college life post, the advertising post and many more. If you have an Instagram account you’ve certainly have posted or at least seen one of these types of post. In this essay, I will talk about three posts with their thinking process. The ones that I’ll be including is the “ask me a question” post, the comedic post, and the selfie post.

             It is obvious that we all don’t have the same thinking when it comes to sharing and posting things on the internet. The “ask me a question” post allows the viewer to respond and give their own idea, opinion or answer. When it comes to the “ask me a question” posts there are many types of thinking to make yourself post this type of post because of the fact you can ask any question. Hence the thinking you do also depends on the questions you ask. I’m going to focus more on just the “ask me a question” question. Usually, the thinking one does is “what do people think of me?” or “what do people want to know about me?” After this is thought and usually have a mood of a bit of boredom, they post it for their followers to see. The questions typically come from people they know. In the younger generation like 13-year-olds get questions like “ what’s your favorite song right now?” or “ who do you like?” You know the little kid questions.

           The comedic post usually consists of a humorous short 10-second video or a meme. Memes are less work to post so they are often posted more than videos. A meme is a funny picture that includes a bit of text or dialog. The meme that is very popular right now is the moth and lamp meme. The thinking that one does to share posts of this type usually goes a little like this. For accounts that just want followers usually think “what is funny right now, what do people like right now?” They also think “ what can get me the most followers for my page?”For people who don’t focus on followers usually just share this type of post to share a laugh. They think “this is funny, I know many of the people that follow me will also find this funny.”

        The selfie post has been one of the oldest types of posts and there are many different types of thinking about this type of post. One of the many ways of the thinking process there is before posting something a little like this is (before you read the next sentence use your teenage girl voice just to read the next sentence)“I look good today, wow I’m such a queen, I’m feeling it today, my followers need to see me.” After that type of thinking usually, they include some text like a quote of some sort or a caption sometimes nothing at all. A different type of thinking is the same thinking but a bit more added on to it. What is added on to it is “I want some compliments” so they add text saying something around the lines of “I’m ugly.”After that usually they do get compliments but if you’re like me you say “yes, yes you are.”

         Telling you my ideas of thought processes before making certain types of posts makes you realize that people don’t post and share things for no reason. I’ll leave you to thinking about the other posts and what they’re thought process might be like. We should also take into mind that when we post things we make an impact on people and social media. In how some people expect a response or an action done by the audience and it might be something small like a comment but it could also be lead to something bigger and may also lead to other people making their own ideas out of your posts.

“Imagining the Blogosphere” Reflection

Starting to read this article I wasn’t very interested even though I like to be presented with facts and statistics or surveys. This article was very informative which was probably what the author wanted to do. But reading up on blogging is probably a good idea when I’m trying to create my own for school. After eating the introduction and I knew I wasn’t going to be into the article as I would be into other topics that are modern day problems. When I started reading the section of imagining community it started to reinforce the idea of how blogging has an impact on different things. Which made me think differently of modern day social media and how it also impacts the world of media. Continuing to read, I read different stories of people’s experiences with blogging. Also when I got presented with a story or statistic I didn’t seem that surprised because it seemed about right. When I went into reading the filtering community section I noticed how time has passed and changed with social media and how we can filter based on the things we like. Nowadays it is easy to filter on apps like Facebook and Instagram but I thought when it was just blogs it must’ve been more specific. When I got to the global audience, global access section I felt like I was reading this article for hours. To be honest when I was reading to this article I highlighted and rotated points and grammar that I thought it was important and I made my notes based off that. I wasn’t really interested in the article but it is what I have to do to get a decent grade, and in all I become more informed on the blogosphere.

Notes on “Imagining the Blogosphere”


  • Blogosphere: The world and communities of blogs.
  • Nano-audience: A group of listeners and viewers made up of family and friends.
  • Blogging Iceberg: A survey that proves that 2/3 of public web blogs created to be a centralized hosting services have not been updated in two months are considered abandoned.
  • Diary Blog: A blog about ones self and events that happen to themselves and/or problems they overcome or don’t.
  • Informative/Journalistic Blog: A blog about other events or problems in the world and not about ones self.
  • Blogdom: The singular blog, an entity comprised of distinct, short chunks of information arranged in reverse chronological order.
  • THE MAIN IDEA-Blogging doesn’t get as much attention and focus as other types of media, but it still has it’s fair impact on the global mediascape. Blogging promotes a good way of becoming a better writer.


  • The blogosphere is a small yet large community and take different forms such as diary blogs, journalism and more. Blogs can be used in any way for ones creative mind to present your thoughts to an audience you want to present to. Blogging also a great way to become more skillful in your writing. Blogging can have a great impact if executed in a strong way to a massive audience. At the end blogging is a good and beneficial for ones self and perhaps even others.

Why blog? Reflection, Assignment #2

After reading Why Blog? I didn’t feel much different or feel like I learned anything new, the article just gave more of an in-depth details of the topics we were talking about last week. When I began reading the article it informed me about some interesting facts, “it takes some 10,000 hours of dedication to your craft profession to become an expert”. Right away I began wonder if I was an expert in anything, obviously I am not but I guess that I’m an amateur in many things.I wasn’t told to write about what I’m good at so, reading more into the article I read something that I already knew, blogging is a good way to do a develop as a writer.Although we’ve been blogging for two weeks I do feel like I have been improving in my writing skills or maybe it’s the fact that I didn’t get many assignments before. More into the article it talks about the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, and I have neither. Hopefully doing this more often I can become motivated more intrinsically. The Article also talks about writing things were interested and how to present it. The article says to think about my audience and what they expect me. I usually don’t do this or think about this, this confuses me because were told to write how we want about what we want but still follow these rules. More questions they ask is what my purpose for writing this blog? Hopefully by following these rhetorical questions it helps me in my scholarly writing skills but more my grade. By reading this whole article and coming to answering a reading a reflection of this article… since reflect means to think about deeply what I honestly thought was that I didn’t find the article that interesting and it really didn’t make me think of much besides the fact that I get distracted easily when I’m reading and it’s hard for me to reach these word counts. I really want to do good in this class but I’m bad in the most of the things we do so honestly I don’t think I’m going to get an A, but since I have a lot of room for improvement I’ll probably learn a lot.

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