Class Work

Haltman Material Culture reading

In the Haltman reading, it discussed something called the “Prownian Analysis”. This concept was very neat. It was like a breakdown of how to observe an object deeper. To find out its “material culture”. A quote that stuck out to me was “We have to seek its cultural significance”. I feel thinking about an object on a much deeper level and not only describing it in writing will make writing ten times better. It sounds difficult but it makes a lot of sense. If a person can give more than a description and actually connect to the object on an intense and intellectual level it adds more depth to the work done. “It is important to pay attention to all aspects, be attentive for detail but keep an eye on the big picture” was another quote that stuck out to me. Writing is about painting a picture for the readers. It needs to be more than just descriptive work. You have to dig deep and find the significance of its material culture. That adds that extra that a person needs when reading about an object. It allows for a person to picture the object in their mind and where the object came from and what time period the object came out of. Paying close attention when observing is key. The prown method is now the perfect analytic tool for “student learning”. More students should definitely learn about this method because it will take them a long way. This reading really made me think. It really informed me on a lot. I am super excited to apply these methods to my future endeavors.

50 years in photos blog

The article “50 years in photos”was extremely interesting! I am a fan of history. I love artifacts and looking at old pictures. The picture of the South Vietnamese General, chief of the national police, firing his pistol, and executing suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem on February 1, 1968, early in the Tet Offensive really pulled on my heart strings. There were so many emotions brought up from looking at that particular picture. Not only was the article full of sadness, there were some highly weird and interesting pictures as well. For example, the picture of the man in the leopard outfit was very strange yet very interesting at the same time, in my opinion. I find that the fashion in 1968 was very .. what is the word.. different than how things are now. As I continued to scroll through the images I came across a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and as I read the caption it said it was one of the last pictures of him. That made the picture more interesting. I recently went to visit MLK’s museums and church and that made me very emotional. It was so beautiful and a great honor to be able to visit where he once was or see the house where he lived. I also ran across a picture of his widow, Loretta Scott King, and it was her leading 10,000 people in a memorial march for her slain husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I love seeing people come together and become one with one purpose in mind.