Issue 9.1

September 6, 2019

Let’s Talk about Miiverse
by Delson Cox

Questioning Logical Fallacies
by Jewell Boyd

Article 13: Banning Memes & Cultural Expression
by Amy Wagner

A Book’s Perspective on Its Creation
by Bridget Hovancsek


Happy fall, digital readers and writers! The JUMP+ is excited to share issue 9.1 with you, which showcases several diverse formats in which today’s undergraduate authors are composing. Issue 9.1 includes two webtexts, one video, and one audio composition.

To start, in a webtext that he coded by hand, Delson Cox explores the discontinuation of Nintendo’s Miiverse network service. As Cox states, “Let’s Talk about Miiverse” highlights “how important the Miiverse was to those who used it, while pointing out areas the platform could have improved so that future platforms can learn from the mistakes of the past.”

Next, in her webtext “Questioning Logical Fallacies,” Jewell Boyd guides us through an in-depth analysis of logical fallacies through the lens of feminist rhetorical theory. Boyd chose a webtext as the final form for her extensive work on fallacies because she “wanted the theoretical ideas of others as well as my own to be available to as many people as possible, and since the internet is readily available to a large majority of people, I felt that a website was perfect.”

Third, Amy Wagner provides video commentary on the European Union’s Article 13, a piece of copyright legislation commonly known as the “meme killer.” Wagner includes visual, audio, and video memes in her video, and these examples, Wagner states, enable her to “explore the breadth of what an internet meme really is and demonstrate how difficult it is to eliminate copyright content from memes as a result of the combination of all of the different forms they take on and sources they pull from.”

Finally, Bridget Hovancsek’s “A Book’s Perspective on Its Creation” offers a unique kind of literacy narrative, told through the voice of the author’s own writing itself. Hovancsek’s own voice, along with the composed voice of her book, reveal a compelling narrative of learning to write across years. Hovancsek’s reflection also details how she was still learning even as she created this audio piece. She states, “I’m really glad I had the opportunity (or was forced to) think outside of the box in a class and have to create, fail endlessly (or so it felt like), and then create again until I made a piece I am really proud of.”

These projects by undergraduate authors are augmented by responses composed by their instructors: Daniel Liddle (Cox), Kerri Hauman (Boyd), Angela Laflen (Wagner), and Sara Austin (Hovancsek). Members of the JUMP+ editorial collective also offer analysis and commentary: Drew Stowe and Wendi Sierra (Cox), Glen Southergill and Merideth Garcia (Boyd), Adrienne Raw and Anna Mullens (Wagner), and Justin Hodgson and Abigail Bainbridge (Hovancsek).

We invite you to read, listen, and learn from these impressive texts and the rich pedagogical materials provided alongside them.

Justin Hodgson
Crystal VanKooten
Alison Witte