Seas Article Blog Post

So, I haven’t yet taken any rhetoric classes despite being a WRC major.  The crash course in class helped, but I still feel that I was missing the point of the text to some extent as a result.  I made do, but I’m probably not getting the intent of the article.

Seas mentions the theory that trends, changes, and activism follow a path similar to an epidemic.  Unlike an epidemic, these are not necessarily a bad thing.  Apparently, we can harness the “epidemic” to further our activism.  Seas finds the argument that we can control the flow of ideas and make something catch on dubious at best.  However, Seas does not suggest throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  She thinks that some of the ideas are valid, just not all of them.  

She mentions framing, by bringing up the example of different methods of getting people to recycle aluminum foil by framing it differently for different demographics.  I think that this is something that we can borrow.  Actually, we have discussed this somewhat already.  How do we finesse a situation.  Choosing our words carefully includes paying attention to what will convince someone.  Obviously, going to our stakeholders and telling them that they aren’t taking care of Indy students and asking if they even care about them wouldn’t be the best way to frame our concerns.  My dad loves the word finesse and he usually couples it with the phrase “be assertive without being rude.”  I think this applies here. 

I’m not sure how much help some of this is.  We are trying to get input from Indy students, but we are trying to get a system in place before we can really do much.  The communication system is the end goal, so it can’t exactly be part of the way to get to the goal.  I guess our network is us and the stakeholders, but I think that in a perfect world, more Indy students would be part of the network.  

Maybe we can use the epidemic model next year if we get this project actually started.  I feel that it is more about convincing a group of something than just convincing the stakeholders.  I’m trying to look at this project long-term.  The goal is to create a group that won’t fall apart when the senior leadership graduates.  We want a stable system of some sort to keeps Indy students from falling through the cracks.  But, to make this work, we will need to get a strong group of Indys to serve on a board/comittee and organize it.  So, more group effort will be required to make the group run rather than just get permission to get it started (which is more the scope of this project in the limited time we have).

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