Research Assignment

Based on your project idea, each person in your group needs to find 2 pieces of research (at least one scholarly, one popular; but can also be two scholarly; they can all be linear or multimodal, doesn’t matter). Annotate both of those pieces for your groupmates. The annotation should:

  • be a written summary of the research
  • describe how the research relates to your proposed project
  • point out any important points you can use in your project
  • point out any important points you think the article misses that your project will fill
  • include an appropriate multimodal representation of the research, which you might be able to use as part of your webtext

Post what your two articles are here, as Comments on this blog post. Include here the research item’s title, its publication venue, a link if that’s available, and enough info (1-2 sentences) as to why you think this piece is a good fit for your project. The point isn’t to pick ANY two pieces of research; it’s to choose at least two pieces that will be of significant use to your project. Each person can post their two, or the group can post collectively.

You need to post your choices by Friday of this week. Your annotations are due in class next Wednesday.

17 thoughts on “Research Assignment

  1. Jenna Salak

    Dr. Ball,

    These are the two articles I have to give you–I also have some articles coming from interlibrary loan so I can give you the titles but all you can read is the abstract or summary of them since they are not available online. I will at least give you the titles in case one of the articles you do not approve. I specifically would like to use the susan tolson article from harpers because in it she talks about the way she dresses in france and what is deemed “acceptable” there then how she would dress in California

    (Ebsco) The other articles are:
    Looking Russian or Estonian: young consumers constructing the ethnic “self” and “other” by Triin Vihalemm and Margit Keller
    The Self as Image: Critical Appraisal of Postmodern Theories of Fashion by Liewellyn Negrin
    You can’t always get what you want: unsustainable identity projects in the main fashion system by Marie-Agnes Parmentier and Eileen Fischer

  2. Beth Keller

    1. How anonymous are you online? Examining online social behaviors from a cross-cultural perspective.
    AI & Society
    This article discusses different levels of anonymity with one being visual anonymity. By using an avatar, you are not using your real identity if you choose not to but people can still find social clues in your avatar depending of what kind of avatar you create and how you use it.
    2. Second Life Official website
    Linden Research
    This website shows you how to use Second Life and effectively live in it. You can also view the Facebook pages and blogs to get other real-life accounts of other people playing so you can get other people’s opinions which is good to examine instead of studying only my character and my reactions.

  3. Brian Sorenson
    ‘Worst Ever Movie Poster Cliches’

    This article lists a series of movie poster cliches, including the prevalence of contemporary action movies that feature blue and orange prominently and the ubiquitous “leaning couple” in romantic movie posters. The piece is a good fit for the project because it categorizes a number of movie poster cliches. The piece also illustrates how the idea that movie poster cliches exists is something that is well-known to the movie-going populace. If that’s the case, why do marketers still design movie posters this way?

    The book “We’ll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema during World War II” seems like a worthy scholarly source for the project because we aim to compare and contrast movie posters from older movies with contemporary posters. We endeavor to find out the rationale behind why movie posters are designed as they are, and one way to find this out is by finding out more about the movies to which the posters belong.

  4. Aaron Lankster

    Title: Does the Type of Anonymity Matter? The Impact of Visualization on Information Sharing in Online Groups.
    Venue: CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking
    This study investigates how two personality types, prosocials and proselfs, are affected by the inclusion or removal of a group picture in an anonymous work setting, revealing anonymous online behavior.

    Title: Zynga website
    Venue: official Zynga website
    I am reading through as much of Zanga’s website as possible to learn about their mission goals in creating online games. So far their message has been about connectivity and relieving stress.

    1. admin

      Aaron, the first one is fine (one of your groupmates is using it), but the second one doesn’t yet connect to your project. What does “creating online games” have to do with anonymity? I’d recommend finding another resource.

  5. Chris Krueger

    Psychology of Anonymity
    This article has quotes from videogame designers who have encountered problems with anonymity. Having their point of view will help greatly with our project. Mostly focused on combat games.

    Does the Type of Anonymity Matter? The Impact of Visualization on Information Sharing in Online Groups.
    Cyberpsychology journal
    We had a few questions about degrees of anonymity and their differences and this source had some data about that.

  6. Jess Krist


    This article outlines some of the most common fonts used within our society and where we typically see them displayed. A brief description is listed with each font explaining the message each type face conveys to its audience. I felt the article relevant because its advising its audience against using certain typography and explains the message it conveys which is important regarding our project- noting the different fonts used for each genre.

    2. “Typographic Influences on Reading”
    This is a research study conducted looking at roughly 30 different fonts with varying size and boldness. The purpose of the study is to determine how fast or slow one might read something based on its font. Even though my project is not researching how fast an audience can read a movie poster, I think it will be helpful to learn what fonts allow someone to read faster or slower. By reading the article then comparing the fonts used in movie posters it may give insight on why fonts differ from genre to genre.

  7. Bridget Clemens

    “Fashion, Culture, and Identity” (Book- Fred Davis)

    This book covers basically all of the topics we are addressing in our project:
    • the purpose style/fashion serves in social differentiation and social integration
    • the psychological needs style/fashion satisfies
    • through clothing people communicate some things about their persons (we can only form conclusions without quite knowing how we derived them)

    “What Does Your Clothing Say About You?” (, blog)

    Explores the reasoning of WHY we dress the way we do.
    • Are we truly dressing for ourselves? Or are we dressing for others?
    • What message does our choice in clothes send to others? Are people “receiving” the message WE are trying to send?
    • Our clothing can “transform” us

    “Lineage of Influence” (blog)

    Explores the influences that shape(d) our personal style.
    • Who we aspire to be like
    • How our age changes our style
    • Our financial situations
    • Learning what “works” for our bodies

    1. admin

      Bridget, I’m concerned about the time it could take to read the book, particularly when your other sources are blogs, which are not as credible or reliable as the book is. What are your plans for making time to read and digest and use the book?

  8. Darian Longmire

    Wearing Out Racial Discourse: Tokyo Street Fashion and Race as Style

    -This article touches on the idea of people in Tokyo defining their race through clothing and street culture. It works well with our project because it gives a case study of dress in culture.

    Showing, Seeing: Hip-Hop, Visual Culture, and the Show-and-Tell Performance

    -This one is especially nice because it looks through the realm of a musical subculture, relates that to clothing and then draws on the racial observations.

  9. Chris Snyder

    Dr. Ball,

    The first article I found was entitled Music & Fashion: The Balancing Act Between Creativity and Control. This article is pretty handy in that it has sections that deal with music and fashion, fashion and society, both music and fashion history as well as a number of other topics relating to the project. I think for what we’re trying to accomplish, it’s important to gain a knowledge of the background that helped shape the way music and fashion are today. I posted the PDF below. (it can also be found by typing Music & Fashion: The Balancing Act Between Creativity and Control in google)

    This next article gives us more information on the trends that went along with specific styles of music throughout the years. Understanding how and why fashion works with music is a big part of this project and each of these articles could shed a lot of light on what it is that we’re trying to accomplish.

  10. Casey Kilroy

    This first article focuses on the history behind movie posters, something that is crucial to understanding if you want to compare movie posters of the past and present. It breaks down the history of movie posters by time periods: pre-1940, 1940-1980, and post 1980. It also mentions how changing technology (such as the internet) has an effect on movie posters. I will be using this site for my group project because it effectively describes how and for what reason movie posters are portrayed the way they are.

    I chose this article because it focuses on comparing the visual aspects of the original movie poster with that of the remake movie poster. It mentions text size, color, and positioning, as well background setting and color. Even though many of the examples in this article are of horror movie remakes (our group is focusing on action and comedy remakes), there are still a few good examples of action (King Kong 1933 & 2005) and comedy (The Longest Yard 1974 & 2005) remakes, which effectively show the side to side comparison between the two movie posters.

    1. admin

      Casey, these sound OK, although I wonder how you will explain their credibility? Also, The Longest Yard as comedy? I thought it was drama. Hmm.. (Maybe the remake is a comedy? I’ve only seen the original.)

  11. Kristina Mowers

    Dr. Ball,

    The first article I found will provide ample background information on one of our research participants’ fashion style. This article specifically pertains to the subculture of one of the genres we’ll be looking at–riot girl music and culture. It is a pdf file, so you if copy/paste it in your browser it should download:

    The second article provides additional information about this same culture:

    1. Cheryl


      As the instructions say, they are due in class. (I should have specified that they can/should be shared with your groupmates in some way. We’ll make time to do that in class.) If you all *want* a DropBox to share them electronically, I will make one during class.


  12. Erin Lentz

    Color Theory
    This would be significant because it goes in depth about the color theories and it will allow us to understand the reasoning for the use of each color. It will give us a good background of the colors as well.

    Cinematic Color Choices
    Duarte Journal
    I think this would be significant for our project because we are researching why there is the orange-blue trend for action movies and this article explains why they do this and how this trend started. It also talks about the importance of color which is important to know as well for this project.


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