Writing on the walls…
What is the difference between graffiti on a train and a blog on the Internet? How do the small words scratched into the bathroom stall door affect us differently than the typed words on a facebook page? How is it that blobs of ink, pixels on a screen, colors on the sidewalk, can impact our thoughts, emotions, and actions?
Have you ever thought about the true power of language? Picture a cardboard sign in the hand of a begging child that reads: “Abandoned. Homeless. Starving.” Why does a combination of letters, really just a series of lines and curves, penciled onto the back of a cardboard box grab the strings of our hearts?
Picture one word painted across the side of a building: “Obama”. Just this one simple word can draw out anger, frustration, happiness, hope, indifference… How is that possible?
Think about the humor that comes from written language. Picture the image of a T-Rex drawn on your friend’s notebook. Beside the T-rex it says the words “T-Rex hates push-ups”. Maybe the corniness of the joke is too much to make you laugh, but isn’t it odd that words on a page can cause a smile to form on our face and our lungs to fill up with laughter?
This idea got me thinking about my next genre paper. Dr. G wants our papers to be ‘publically impactful’ and I can’t help but to think of the enormous impact words have on the public. However, I am having trouble coming up with a good way to get the general public to care about whatever I write. I think CSU students are ‘chalk-full’ of chalk writing in the plaza, if you know what I mean. How else can I have a public display of words that will draw people’s attention while at the same time being able to monitor how it is effecting people? This is going to take a lot of brainstorming…