2 years ago
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The American Room by Paul Ford
This piece details one man's musings about "The American Room," as presented through social media. He begins at Youtube, and the "standard room" of American viral videos, and moves on to the ideals and fantasy homes we see in pins and music videos that leave behind the beige, art-less walls and replace them with browns, vintage decor and wine bottles that nobody is drinking from. While the actual words or grammar used within the piece don't necessarily scream "this is fantastic!," its the more subtle bits, and the organization of his thoughts, that really caught my eye. This man is on to something that while we may know it, we have not realized it. Some exceptional parts of this piece that I think we, as writers, can learn from: =Incorporating the familiar --- We have all see Youtube. We know what an American home looks like. We scroll Pinterest and Twitter and Facebook, and we know what we see every day. In this familiarity, we have a lot of understanding =And then turn it on it's head. ---Yes, we are familiar with all of this stuff. And that's Ford's point. It's so familiar that America itself has become standardized. The structure of homes are the same from neighborhood to neighborhood, only differing in the occupants and which outlet store the family bought their furniture from. By flipping the familiar ideas that we are so accustomed to around, we are questioning if we, too, have fallen into these ideals and practices. =Multi-media incorporation ---This might be something more difficult to do if you're turning in a written essay, but with the wonders of the internet and printing these days, the incorporation of other kinds of media besides writing can do wonders. Especially if you're writing about something Youtube, which can be described but speaks so much louder in video format. Remember, stories aren't only told through written word. =Sectioned Headings ---This ones's tough for me to say, because sometimes I really hate when a piece needs sectioned headings to make it comprehensible. However, in this piece, I didn't feel that the headings were being used as a crutch. Rather, each section header highlighted an idea that had already been brought up, and set the focus. I truly believe that without these headers, the piece would have been fine, but with it, the reader is able to more clearly focus on each aspect that the author is trying to share. =Use of phrases like "the room" in the first sentence. ---This sets us up for the themes of standardization and Americanization that will come up throughout the piece. Rather than saying a room, we are seeing the room, because it is, in this author's eyes, the only one. Were there any other parts of the piece you latched onto?
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I enjoyed the naturalness of the language, to be honest. I felt like anyone I know could have been the narrator, and that made the just....normal repetitiveness of it all even more impacting.
@timeturnerjones True, I didn't even think of that. It really is very...plain? It was crafted to not feel crafted which is really how a lot of my favorite writing looks.